Radio reporter and podcast producer Jon Kalish is based in Manhattan and has been a freelance contributor to WNYC since 1980. For links to radio docs, podcasts and stories by Jon Kalish, visit his Tumblr page here.
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Saturday, May 31, 2014
Americans were once mad for mandolins. Yet today, most have disappeared. We visit one of the remaining mandolin orchestras, which is celebrating its 90th birthday.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Inventing a new product is hard if you can't afford to build a prototype. Enter maker spaces, workshops boasting shared high-tech tools. Entrepreneurs love them, and big backers are taking notice.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
In the late 1800s, Jewish immigrants brought the Eastern European tradition of synagogue murals to Burlington. Now one such mural, painted in 1910, is being restored.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
If you didn't know that spit makes a great spot remover or where prison inmates smuggle cellphones, author Mary Roach can fill you in. There's more than digestion going on down there.
Monday, April 21, 2014
The former fierce middleweight prizefighter became an international symbol after he was convicted twice for a 1966 triple murder. Carter's conviction was eventually overturned by a federal judge.
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Collective Cadenza, or CDZA for short, is a loose-knit group of musicians — many of them graduates of Juilliard. They've made a name for themselves with funny YouTube videos that have received millions of views. As a result, the group was invited to perform live at the inaugural YouTube Music Awards alongside Eminem, Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
If you've ever dreamed of being self-sufficient -- living off the grid, in a home you built yourself -- Lloyd Kahn, 78, is your man. Reporter Jon Kalish visits him in northern California.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Bread and Puppet Theater has been a familiar presence at political demonstrations since the anti-war protests of the 1960s. Its giant puppets and raucous brass band also marched against wars in Central America, Afghanistan and Iraq. The troupe marks its 50th anniversary this year.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Manufacturing is increasingly being done with robotic power tools that cost tens of thousands of dollars. They're known as CNC or computer-numerical-control machines. A California company is making low-cost CNC machines that will help in the classroom.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
For nearly 70 years, the Living Theater championed some of the most challenging work in New York Theater. It was the original off-Broadway company. But last month, Jon Kalish reports, co-founder Judith Malina shuttered the space she poured all of her money into and moved into an assisted-living home.
Friday, December 30, 2011
On Sunday, December 25, 2011, the Yiddish singer Adrienne Cooper passed away in a Manhattan hospital after battling cancer. She was 65. A memorial for Cooper will be held at the Ansche Chesed synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
If you’re one of those people who say, “Bah, Humbug!” when you hear yet another version of “Silent Night” on the store muzak systems, give a listen to the eclectic holiday mixtape that Chelsea resident Bill Adler has been doing for close to 30 years.
Saturday, July 09, 2011
For $50, guests can spend a night aboard a makeshift flotilla in the Rockaways known as the Boggsville Boatel — a group of five abandoned boats tied together on a dock in an inlet off Jamaica Bay. But the maritime accommodations aren't for everyone.
Friday, January 14, 2011
The film "Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish," which stars first-time actors who left theirclose-knit Chasidic communities in Brooklyn, debuts at the New York Jewish Film Festival on Sunday at Lincoln Center.
Monday, October 17, 2005
Last night Broadway's Virginia Theater was named after playwright August Wilson, who passed away two weeks ago at the age of 60. It is the first theater on the Great White Way to be named after an African-American. Jon Kalish reports.
REPORTER: The rededication ceremony included performances from Wilson's "Ma Rainey's ...
Saturday, May 03, 2003
A 38 year-old orthodox rabbi in upstate Monsey has been performing his original folk-rock compositions in an East Village nightclub. Jon Kalish has a report on the artist know as Rav Shmuel.
Tuesday, April 29, 2003
One of the greatest American fencers, it turns out, is from the New York area. Peter Westbrook won a bronze medal in sabre fencing at the 1984 Olympics in Atlanta. He fenced competitively into his 40's, which is unheard of in the sport. Westbrook is now 51 and lives in ...
Saturday, January 18, 2003
Portland Oregon is the unlikely center of old-timey, jug-band music. The city just wrapped up its the fourth annual Old-Time Music Gathering and the people who came out to out to hear and play early gospel, country, and folk weren’t the nineteen-sixties holdovers you'd expect. Some have blue hair ...
Tuesday, July 23, 2002
Inner City Oceans is an aquaculture company started by a scientist and a lawyer in The Bronx. It operates a fish farm in the basement of an industrial building in the South Bronx, just a stone's throw from the East River. The company raisies tilapia, an African freshwater fish. Jon ...
Tuesday, April 23, 2002
Sam Zygmontowicz is considered by many to be one of the best violin makers in America. The 45 year-old Brooklyn craftsman makes instruments in a loft off Flatbush Avenue. Jon Kalish visited his workshop and prepared this report.