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Breaking Away

Luzer Twersky was raised as a Hasidic Jew. At the age of 23 he decided to leave his family and everything he'd ever known to move into secular society. His upbringing had been strict -- no school, no movies, no dates, no jobs. Otrasized from his community, he entered a world he knew very little about.

2010 / Josh Gleason / Vox Tablet, USA

Luzer Twersky was raised as a Hasidic Jew. At the age of 23 he decided to leave his family and everything he'd ever known to move into secular society. His upbringing had been strict -- no school, no movies, no dates, no jobs. Otrasized from his community, he entered a world he knew very little about.


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Josh Gleason

Josh Gleason is a broadcast journalist based in Brooklyn, NY. His radio work has aired on This American Life, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Weekend America, and Day to Day. He has also done multimedia reporting for The New York Times. His television credits include research and production work on documentary films for American Experience, the PBS history series. He is currently an associate producer with the PBS program History Detectives.


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