Cracking The Echo Chamber


Welcome to Cracking the Echo Chamber, where Rabbi Brad Hirschfield and Elad Nehorai speak to guests who are trying to help us all break outside of our personal echo chambers. From politics to religion to psychology, our goal will be to get ourselves and you wonderful listeners to stretch our hearts and minds with each guest.


  • Seeing Religion In Science, And Science In Religion

    Seeing Religion In Science, And Science In Religion

    30/06/2017 Duração: 51min

    It's become one of the defining debates of our time: can science and religion coexist? Or are they incompatible, destined to continue to drift apart and see each other as rivals? In this episode of Cracking the Echo Chamber, our guest, Kathryn Robison (a Ph.D. student and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Department of Political Science at The University of Alabama), makes the case that the two needn't live in their own echo chambers. Rather, they can coexist in a meaningful way, both informing the other. But of course, it's far more complicated than all that. As the hour progresses, we discuss the difficulties in reaching such a harmony, and how to overcome them. You can find out more about Kathryn on her website: And on her podcast, "Talking Space":

  • Can Zionism and Feminism Coexist? A Conversation with Emily Shire

    Can Zionism and Feminism Coexist? A Conversation with Emily Shire

    17/05/2017 Duração: 59min

    At the height of the protests against Trump after he took office, a controversy erupted: could someone be a feminist as well as a Zionist? More to the point, was it even possible for people who disagreed on fundamental issues to work together? The focus of this debate became a public debate that occurred between Linda Sarsour, one of the founders of the Women's March, and Emily Shire, a journalist at Bustle who wrote an op-ed for the New York Times about the topic. In this episode of "Cracking the Echo Chamber" we talk with Emily Shire to get her view on the debate, what needs to change in the discussion around identity, and where we can all go from here to heal and unite.

  • Episode 1 - Salaam Bhatti talks about #MeetAMuslim

    Episode 1 - Salaam Bhatti talks about #MeetAMuslim

    21/04/2017 Duração: 52min

    Salaam Bhatti, national spokesperson for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, joins us to discuss a fascinating program he was part of called #MeetAMuslim. Join us to hear about the program and how people responded to it, as well as Brad's challenge to Salaam about taking it even deeper.