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Dennis Prager

Dennis Prager
Prager speaking at the California Capitol Building in 2008
Born (1948-08-02) August 2, 1948
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Brooklyn College
Columbia University
University of Leeds
Occupation Radio host, political commentator, founder of Prager University, author, and television personality
Religion Judaism
Spouse(s) Janice Adelstein (1981–1986; divorced; 1 child)
Francine Stone (1988–2005; divorced; 1 child)
Susan Reed (2008–present)
Children 2

Dennis Mark Prager (; born August 2, 1948) is an American politically conservative nationally syndicated radio talk show host, columnist, author, and public speaker.[1][2][3]


  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
    • Media 2.1
    • Views and opinions 2.2
  • Published works 3
  • Filmography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life and education

Prager was born to modern Orthodox Jewish parents. He attended Yeshiva of Flatbush in Brooklyn, New York. There, in the 10th grade, he met Joseph Telushkin. The two became close friends and would later co-author two books. He went on to attend Brooklyn College and graduated with a double major in anthropology and history. Between 1970–72, he attended the Middle East and Russian Institutes (now Harriman Institute) at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. Prager also studied international history, comparative religion, and Arabic at the University of Leeds.[4]


Prager left graduate school without finishing his studies and decided to write an introduction to Judaism with his friend Joseph Telushkin. The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism was published in 1976 and became a bestseller, popular in all major American Jewish movements. The book was intended for the nonobservant Jews. Unlike Telushkin, who became an Orthodox rabbi, Prager abandoned his Orthodoxy as an adult although he continues to maintain many traditional Jewish practices.[4]

In April 1976, Shlomo Bardin, the founder and director of the Brandeis Institute, invited Prager to succeed him as the director, and Prager hired Telushkin as education director. Prager remained at the institute until September 1983. During his tenure, he succeeded in influencing many young Jews and built up a cadre of "Prager followers". He married Janice Goldstein in 1981, and in 1983 they had their son, David.[4]


In 1982, KABC (AM) in Los Angeles hired Prager to host a talk show on religion every Sunday night. Prager hosted the show for more than ten years. He and Telushkin published another book in 1983 – Why the Jews? The Reason for Antisemitism. Later that year, Prager became the Monday-Thursday talk show host for KABC, but he refused to work on Friday night, the beginning of Sabbath. He also wrote a syndicated column for newspapers across the country. In 1985, Prager launched his own quarterly journal, Ultimate Issues, which were renamed to Prager Perspectives in 1996.[4]

Since 1999, he has hosted a nationally syndicated talk show from KRLA in Los Angeles.[5] His show has some recurring segments. The "Happiness Hour" is based on his book Happiness Is a Serious Problem and occurs on the second hour of his show on Fridays.[6] Other regular segments are the "Male/Female Hour",[7] and "Ultimate Issues".[8]

Prager also started a website called "Prager University", that offers five-minute videos on various subjects such as the Bret Stephens, British historians Paul Johnson and Andrew Roberts, American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks, former Prime Minister of Spain Jose Maria Aznar, several university professors, and Prager himself. According to Prager, he created the site to challenge the "unhealthy effect intellectually and morally" of the American higher education system.[9]

Views and opinions

Prager opined in 2006 that [12]

Published works

Prager's columns are handled by Creators Syndicate.[13] He has been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and Commentary. His weekly syndicated column appears on such online websites as,[14] National Review Online,[15] Jewish World Review and elsewhere. He also writes a bi-weekly column for The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles.

He is also the author of seven books:

  • The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism (with Joseph Telushkin) (1986) ISBN 0-671-62261-7.
  • Think a Second Time (44 Essays on 44 Subjects) (1996) ISBN 0-06-098709-X.
  • Happiness Is a Serious Problem: A Human Nature Repair Manual (1999) ISBN 0-06-098735-9.
  • Why the Jews? The Reason for Antisemitism (with Joseph Telushkin) (2003) ISBN 0-7432-4620-9.
  • Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph (2012) ISBN 0-06198512-0.[16]
  • The Ten Commandments: Still The Best Moral Code (2015)
  • The Ten Commandments: Still The Best Path To Follow (for children) (2015)

His books have been translated into Spanish, German,[17] Russian, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.


  • For Goodness Sake, 1993.[18]
  • For Goodness Sake II, 1996.[19]
  • Israel in a Time of Terror, 2002.[20]
  • Baseball, Dennis, & the French, 2011.[21]
  • Patterns of Evidence – Exodus, 2014.[22]


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