Episode 2: Transition

The second episode of The Kibitz podcast focuses on transitions, religious and gender fluidity and what being a Jew means at B-Mitzvah age and now. Join host Dan Crane as he takes us on a journey honoring transitioning to the start of 2016.  

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Who's in this episode?

Making Transparent - featuring writer/producers Zackary Drucker and Micah Fitzerman-Blue

Zackary Drucker is an independent artist, cultural producer, and trans woman, who breaks down the way we think about gender, sexuality and seeing. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally in museums, galleries, and film festivals including the Whitney Biennial 2014, Venice Biennale, MOMA PS1, Hammer Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, among others. She is a Producer on the Golden Globe winning TV show Transparent. She is a Taurus and lives in Los Angeles.

Micah is a writer and supervising producer on Transparent.


A 95-year old nana tells jokes and stories

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.  


Kasher vs. kasher

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 College, 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”.





Converting to Judaism - a story by Christopher Noxon

Christopher Noxon is a writer, daddy and doodler. He is the author of the novel "Plus One" and the nonfiction "Rejuvenile: Kickball, Cartoons, Cupcakes and the Reinvention of the American Grown-Up." His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Details, The New York Times and Salon. He lives in LA with his wife. television producer Jenji Kohan, and their three children.





A Kid Walks in to a Bar featuring Israel Story’s Mishy Harman

Mishy Harman is a curly-haired Jerusalemite. After his military service he moved abroad and studied history at Harvard and archeology at Cambridge. He is now finishing up his PhD at the Hebrew University. He stumbled upon radio almost by chance, founding Israel Story together with his closest childhood friends. Mishy is the host of the show. 


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.