PODCAST: “Too Jewish with Rabbi Sam Cohon and Friends” RSS feed working again

A while ago I wrote a Perl script that would create a RSS feed so I could listen to the podcast outside of iTunes (e.g. Miro).  It stopped a few months back when I moved servers.  It’s working again.

Can’t find a working RSS feed for the “Too Jewish with Rabbi Cohon” podcast? Here is a working RSS feed that is updated every Monday morning!

Miro Video Player


Last 10 

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Source code for scraping the website of Too Jewish Radio program to create two RSS feeds (audio podcast)

Many of you have asked me for the source code of the Perl application I wrote for creating the two rss feeds ( All Episodes & Last 10 Episodes ) for the Too Jewish Radio program. Well, here ya go! Keep in mind that it was written quickly and really doesn’t have much in the line of robustness (no real error checking code, etc).


use strict;
use warnings;

use utf8;

use Config::Simple;
use Date::Manip qw( ParseDate UnixDate );
use Getopt::Std;
use LWP::Simple;
use Net::FTP;
use XML::LibXML;
use XML::RSS;
use URI;

use vars qw( $opt_h $opt_n $opt_o $opt_u $opt_c );

sub print_usage {
  print "-"x40 . "\n";
  print " "x10 . "too_jewish.pl\n";
  print "-"x40 . "\n";
  print " "x4 . "-n [# episodes] : Number of episodes to list in the RSS feed\n";
  print " "x4 . "-o [filename] : Save RSS feed to file\n";
  print " "x4 . "-u     : Upload RSS feed to ftp server\n";
  print " "x4 . "-c [cfg filename]: Read configuration from filename\n";
  print " "x4 . "-h     : Print help\n";
  print "-"x40 . "\n";

sub format_W3CDTF_date {
  my $orig_date = shift;

  my $w3cdtf_format = "%Y-%m-%d";
  my $tmp_date = ParseDate($orig_date);
  $tmp_date = UnixDate($tmp_date, $w3cdtf_format);

  return $tmp_date;

sub get_episode_data {
  my $num_episodes = shift;

  my $episode_data_ref;

  # Set up the parser, and set it to recover
  # from errors so that it can handle broken
  # HTML
  my $parser = XML::LibXML->new();

  # Parse the page into a DOM tree structure
  my $url = 'http://www.toojewishradio.com/too_jewish_shows.htm';
  my $data = get($url) or die $!;
  my $doc = $parser->parse_html_string($data);

  # Extract the table rows (as an
  # array of referrences to DOM nodes)
  my @table_rows = $doc->findnodes( q{ /html/body/table/tr } );

  @table_rows = @table_rows[1..$#table_rows];

  foreach my $row (@table_rows) {
    my $row_date = $row->find('string(td[1]//font/font)')->value();
    next if $row_date =~ /^\s*$/;

    my $mp3_file = $row->find('string(td[2]/font//a[1]/@href)')->value();
    next if $mp3_file =~ /^\s*$/;

    my $description = $row->find('string(td[2]/font)')->value();
    next if $description =~ /^\s*$/;
    $description =~ s/\s+/ /g;
    $description =~ s/^\s+//;
    $description =~ s/\s+$//;

    my $abs_url_mp3 = URI->new($mp3_file)->abs($url)->as_string;

    push @$episode_data_ref, {
        'pubDate' => $row_date,
        'description' => $description,
        'url' => $abs_url_mp3

  if ($num_episodes) {
    @$episode_data_ref = @$episode_data_ref[0..$num_episodes-1];

  return $episode_data_ref;

sub create_rss_feed {
  my ($episode_data_ref, $rss_filename) = @_;

  my $rss = new XML::RSS (version => '2.0');

    title        => 'Too Jewish with Rabbi Cohon',
    link       => 'http://www.toojewishradio.com',
    description  => '"Too Jewish" with Rabbi Sam Cohon and Friends plays every Sunday morning at 7:00 am on radio station KAPR 930 AM in Douglas, Bisbee, and Sierra Vista at 9:00 am, on KJAA 1240 AM in Globe at 9:00 am, and at 9:00 am on radio station KVOI AM 690 in Tucson.

"Too Jewish" is a lively and fast-paced show that highlights everything interesting in contemporary Jewish life and features music, arts, culture, comedy, and inspiration. "Too Jewish" is a blend of information, irreverence, and exploration of all things Jewish in the 21st century. "Too Jewish" makes Judaism accessible, interesting, and fun for listeners of all ages and backgrounds, and brings the best of Jewish experience vividly to life. But on "Too Jewish", Rabbi Cohon also challenges accepted pieties and has fun with anything boring or inauthentic in the way Jews live today in the United States, Israel, and everywhere else.

Since its Tucson debut August 4, 2002, "Too Jewish" has featured such prominent guests as legendary singer and recording artist Neil Sedaka, Kinky Friedman, Elie Wiesel, comedian Lily Tomlin, folksinger Peter Yarrow, NPR Supreme Court Expert Nina Totenberg, Eve Ensler, U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, and many more!

Regular expert commentators of the "Too Jewish" maven section include Tom Price, an educator and former diplomat who offers unique insights into Jewish life around the world, and Amy Hirshberg Lederman, nationally syndicated columnist, who shares stories which speak to the heart of Jewish listeners. Comedy and musical selections drawn by Rabbi Cohon from the remarkable range of great Jewish material help make listening to "Too Jewish" an exciting and fun experience.',
    dc => {
        date     => format_W3CDTF_date('now'),
        subject   => 'Jewish Radio',
        creator   => 'toojewishradio@yahoo.com',
        publisher   => 'toojewishradio@yahoo.com',
        rights   => 'All Rights Reserved, toojewishradio@yahoo.com',
        language  => 'en-us',
    sync => {
        updatePeriod   => 'weekly',
        updateFrequency => '1',
        updateBase      => format_W3CDTF_date('01/01/1901'),
    taxo => [

    title => 'Too Jewish with Rabbi Cohon',
    url    => 'http://www.toojewishradio.com/Too%20Jewish%20logo_color.jpg',
    link => 'http://www.templeemanueltucson.org',
    dc => {
      creator => 'toojewishradio@yahoo.com'

  foreach my $episode (@$episode_data_ref) {
      title        => $episode->{description},
      enclosure     => {
        url    => $episode->{url},
        type => "audio/mpeg"
      description => $episode->{description},
      pubDate     => format_W3CDTF_date( $episode->{pubDate} )

  if ($rss_filename) {

  return $rss->as_string;

sub upload_rss_file {
  my ($ftp_server, $rss_filename) = @_;

  my $ftp = Net::FTP->new( $ftp_server->{server}, Debug => 0)
    or die "Cannot connect to $ftp_server->{server}: $@";
  $ftp->login( $ftp_server->{user}, $ftp_server->{password})
    or die "Cannot login ", $ftp->message;
    or die "Unable to change directory to $ftp_server->{dir}", $ftp->message;
    or die "Cannot upload $rss_filename", $ftp->message;

my $num_episodes;
my $ftp_server;
my $rss_filename;
my $upload;

if (getopts('hc:n:o:u')) {
  if ($opt_h) {

  if ($opt_n) {
    if ($opt_n =~ /^[[:digit:]]+$/) {
      $num_episodes = $opt_n;

  if ($opt_o) {
    $rss_filename = $opt_o;

  if ($opt_u) {
    $upload = 1;

    my $cfg_filename;

    if ($opt_c && -f $opt_c) {
      $cfg_filename = $opt_c;
    } else {
      $cfg_filename = '.too_jewish.ini';

    my $cfg = new Config::Simple($cfg_filename);

    if ($cfg &&
        $cfg->param('RSS.ftp_server') && $cfg->param('RSS.ftp_user') &&
        $cfg->param('RSS.ftp_password') && $cfg->param('RSS.ftp_dir')
      ) {
      $ftp_server = {
        server   => $cfg->param('RSS.ftp_server'),
        user     => $cfg->param('RSS.ftp_user'),
        password  => $cfg->param('RSS.ftp_password'),
        dir        => $cfg->param('RSS.ftp_dir')
    } else {
      print "Configuration file \"$cfg_filename\" does not contain a valid configuration!\n";

my $rss_string = create_rss_feed( get_episode_data($num_episodes), $rss_filename );

if ($rss_filename && $upload && -f $rss_filename) {
  upload_rss_file($ftp_server, $rss_filename);
} else {
  print "$rss_string\n" unless $rss_filename;
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Can’t find a working RSS feed for the “Too Jewish with Rabbi Cohon” podcast? Here is a working RSS feed that is updated every Monday morning!

A long time ago when I used iTunes on my WinXP laptop I was able to subscribe to the Too Jewish with Rabbi Sam Cohon & Friends podcast through the iTunes Store.  Since my main desktop runs Ubuntu Linux 9.04 and the RhythmBox Music Player is unable to retrieve podcast from the iTunes Store, I was at a loss as to how to listen to the podcast.

I sent numerous emails to the webmasters at toojewishradio@yahoo.com requesting a RSS feed of the podcast to no avail.  So… I wrote a small Perl application to create two RSS feeds:

  • All Episodes
  • Last 10 Episodes

Please note that I’m only generating and hosting the RSS feeds and NOT the podcast files.  The podcast is a product of Temple Emanu-El.
Update: The source code is available at  Source code for scraping the website of Too Jewish Radio program to create two RSS feeds (audio podcast)

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Podiobooks.com: Earth Core review

Earth Core

Earth Core

I’ve been listening to the free audio book, Earth Core, by Scott Sigler on Podiobooks.com.

The premise is when a mysterious double sided platinum blade is found in a cave,  the largest deposit of platinum (multi billion $$$) on the planet is discovered three miles under a mountain.  A mining company, called Earth Core, needs not only to stake a claim but find a way to extract the platinum.   The miners have their hands full when the platinum ‘deposit’ fights back.

From the super ex-CIA agent to the spelunking uber-geologist, the story is a wild one.  I’m very impressed with Mr. Sigler’s ability to make the characters and the scenario seem very real.

If you are into adventure stories and a little gore won’t phase you, treat yourself to a good time by reading or listening to Earth Core.  You won’t forget it. 🙂

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Fast Foward Radio – a positive take on the future with Phil Bowermaster & Stephen Gordon

I recently came across Fast Forward Radio by Phil Bowermaster and Stephen Gordon.  I hope you enjoy their podcast as much as I do 🙂

Tune in every Sunday evening for a positive take on the future with Phil Bowermaster, Stephen Gordon, and some of the most fascinating people helping to shape the world that’s coming.

Fast Forward Radio

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Cali Lewis does it again! She found a new thing made with bacon flavor: Bacon Floss! droooool

About 2 mins and 20 secs in 🙂

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GeekBrief.tv episode 361: Brian Albert of My Home 2.0

There are several people at work that Brian Albert remind me of My Home 2.0

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How to fix your parents’ Windows computer remotely

Save yourself a headache and use the OneClick VNC Utility from VNCScan.com. The geeks of Hak5, in episode 3×05, demonstrate just how easy it is. The steps are very simple:


  1. edit the settings.ini file to include your domain name or ip address. Hint: use a dynamic DNS service like DynDNS (free!) to give yourself a DNS name like mywifeisdueanytime.dyndns.org
  2. forward incoming VNC traffic to your home computer
  3. use Paquet Builder to bundle the settings.ini and the OneClick VNC Utility into a single executable
  4. Put the executable somewhere on your website

Your parents:

  1. download the executable and double click on it

You now have control of their computer so you can fix whatever issue they are having.  The free version of LogMeIn should also work fine.

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Update on the missing Podcast: Art of ASE Performance & Tuning

Over on the ISUG forums, I asked Stefan Karlsson whether the Art of ASE Performance & Tuning podcast was abandoned as there hasn’t been a new episode since July 2007.   Stefan has been busy with high priority tasks within Sybase and playing around with different software packages to improve the quality of the podcast.  He has asked us to be patient.

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The code that fixes the Sybase Tech Talk podcast

Yeah, I know it isn’t pretty but it works. 
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