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Exchange Exemplar: A Yiddish Professor Walks Into A Radio Show

A gathering in Jerusalem, with smiles all around.
A gathering in Jerusalem, with smiles all around.

A sense of humor helps in getting through hard times. And the Jewish people have been through a lot of hard times.

The Jewish take on humor, and its profound effect on American humor, is documented in Jeremy Dauber's book Jewish Comedy: A Serious History.

Dauber is a professor at Columbia University--what, he got all those degrees to go tell jokes?--and our guest in this interview from 2017.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily news program focused on issues, people and events across Southern Oregon and Northern California. Angela Decker is the program's senior producer, Charlie Zimmermann is the assistant producer, and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.