Episode 4: Unplug

Despite the obvious irony in a podcast about unplugging, Episode 4 of The Kibitz is all about our need to collectively unplug from technology. Join host Dan Crane on a journey celebrating the Shabbat tradition and the National Day of Unplugging

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Who's in this episode?


The Sabbath Manifesto with Dan Rollman

Dan Rollman is co-founder and CEO of RecordSetter, a digital media company showcasing the best in human achievement. The New Yorker says it's "to the Guinness World Records as Wikipedia is to the Encyclopedia Britannica." RecordSetter's video library hosts over 46,000 world records submitted from 100 countries worldwide. Prior to RecordSetter, Dan was an Emmy Award-winning copywriter and creative director, with two Super Bowl commercials (Pepsi, Emerald Nuts) to his credit. He’s developed and produced national and global brand campaigns for the likes of Comcast, HP, General Motors and the NBA. Dan interned at Late Night With Conan O'Brien in 1995, filling in as Conan's assistant and appearing in multiple comedy sketches. He also had a small speaking role in Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut (1999), receiving credit as "Rowdy College Kid." He is creator of The Sabbath Manifesto, a project designed to carve out a weekly unplug within our increasingly digital lives. The Manifesto has sparked dialogue and action across religious communities worldwide, and been covered by CNN, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.


Kasher vs. kasher: Lack Sabbath? 

David Kasher grew up in Oakland, California, but spent his summers in Hassidic Brooklyn, and he's been integrating these experiences ever since. After graduating from Wesleyan University, he knocked around for several years in yeshivas in Israel before landing in rabbinical school at Chovevei Torah, where he was ordained in 2007. He now spends his time bringing Torah to the people, one living room discussion group at a time, as the Senior Rabbinic Educator at Kevah. He's also working on a doctorate in Legal Philosophy, and writes a blog on the weekly Torah portion. You can read it, or listen to the podcasted version, at www.parshanut.com




Moshe Kasher. Comedian. Child Genius. Jew. Jew Comedian. OBGYN. Pleasure center. Good tipper. Guiding light. Beefcake. He lives alone in LA. Featured on: NBC, E!’s Chelsea Lately, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s Drunk History, @midnight, Conan, Carson Daly, Showtime’s Shameless, MTV & more… Currently the Co-host of The Champs podcast and the author of the acclaimed memoir Kasher In The Rye on Grand Central Publishing. Selected as one of Variety Magazine’s “Ten Comics to Watch”, LA Times’ “Faces to Watch”, and iTunes’ “Comic of the Year”.




A 95-year old nana tells jokes and stories

Dan’s Nana tells jokes and stories about how her parents and grandparents met.

Janice “Nana” Lubbin is 95-years-young and lives in Los Angeles. She’s the proud mother of two children, 3 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.  


Ronna & Dan Get Advice with Jessica Chaffin and Dan crane (stepping in for beverly)

Ronna Glickman & Beverly Ginsberg are the best-selling co-authors of You’ll Do A Little Better Next Time: A Guide to Marriage and Re-marriage for Jewish Singles (“It says Jewish in the name — but it’s for everyone!”). These outspoken fiftysomethings from Boston, who can be seen regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in LA, dispense their unique brand of relationship advice while interviewing/interrogating celebrity guests.




Music to Help You Unplug with Gabriel Kahane

Over the last decade, Gabriel Kahane has quietly established himself as one of the leading exponents of American song, grafting a deep interest in character and narrative to a keen sense of harmony and rhythm. On the heels of his major label debut, The Ambassador, hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of the year’s very best albums”, Kahane now celebrates the release of his fifth LP, The Fiction Issue, an album comprising three chamber works performed by string quartet Brooklyn Rider, with vocal appearances by Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, and Kahane himself. 









A Kid Walks in to a Bar featuring Mickey Rapkin

Mickey Rapkin is a screenwriter and journalist living in Los Angeles. He is the author of two books of non-fiction including "Pitch Perfect," which was made into a feature film in 2012. Rapkin, a native New Yorker, is a columnist for ELLE magazine and a contributing editor to Bon Appetit. His writing has appeared in GQ, The New York Times, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek.


The FRIDAY App for iPhone: 
Each Friday, 30 minutes before sunset, the FRIDAY App reminds you that it’s time to slow down. Read short stories and questions to light a few sparks and stoke some conversations. “Sunset” your phone into a blissful twilight to help you unplug.

The FRIDAY App is a collaboration between Reboot and world-class global design company IDEO, and has come to life thanks to the generous support of The Righteous Persons Foundation. 

Download FRIDAY for free at the iTunes Store.



Host: Dan Crane

Dan Crane is a writer, musician, Jew (lax, loves lox) and professional air-guitarist. He’s the author of To Air is Human and stars in the documentary, Air Guitar Nation. He writes about culture and travel for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, California Sunday, Slate, and numerous other publications. When he’s not writing, or hosting air guitar championships at home and abroad, he plays “there” guitar in various bands including Nous Non Plus and Ray & Remora.






This podcast is sponsored by the Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies.