Jon Kalish

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.

Jon Kalish appears in the following:

William Electric Black Tackles Gun Violence In 5 Ambitious Plays

Sunday, March 22, 2015

William Electric Black, the first African American writer for Sesame Street and winner of several Emmys, has a new project: a five-play cycle on gun violence.


In Modern Klezmer, 'The Oldest Old Guy' Is The King Of The Scene

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pete Sokolow has been called irascible and a tough-as-nails teacher. He's also one of the last living links to klezmer's immigrant pioneers — and to a new generation of musicians, he's invaluable.


An Evangelist Who Spread The Gospel Of The Accordion

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Walter Kuehr made his own name by making a name for what he called "the hippest instrument on the planet": the accordion. He died earlier this month at age 59.


Cornell To Digitize A Rich Hip-Hop Archive

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The founding publicity director of Def Jam Records, Bill Adler, amassed a highly valuable collection of music, writing and images.


Podcasts Rise In Popularity, Funded By Advertisers And Listeners

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Millions are downloading and listening to podcasts. It's the source of original material and growing ad revenue. Apple's iTunes has 1 billion subscribers, and advertisers are seeing dollar signs.


Amazon's Political Sitcom 'Alpha House' Launches Second Season

Friday, October 24, 2014

The show, by the creator of the "Doonesbury" comic strip, centers on four U.S. Senators who share a house in Washington, D.C.


Legendary Vermont Bakers May Stop Selling Beloved Sourdough Bread

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The bread that Jules and Helen Rabin have made in their fieldstone oven for four decades has a cult following in central Vermont. But this may be the last summer they sell it at the farmers market.


Gaza Violence Tests Once-Unshakable Allies U.S. And Israel

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Both sides have traded barbs and criticism over the other's policies. Some believe the public feud stems from a personal animosity between President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


Effort To Preserve Yiddish Works Not 'Bupkes'

Saturday, August 09, 2014

The preservation of Yiddish as a spoken language gets more attention, but Yiddish once had a vibrant written tradition as well, filled with plays, poetry, novels and political tracts.


Comedian Irwin Corey Turns 100

Saturday, August 02, 2014

"Professor" Irwin Corey is known as "the world's foremost authority." His birthday bash was held this week at the Actors Temple in New York City.


Mandolin Orchestra Celebrates 90 Years Of Harmony

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.


High-Tech Maker Spaces: Helping Little Startups Make It Big

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.


Century-Old Jewish Mural Was Hidden For Decades In Vermont

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.


A Brief Tour Of The Alimentary Canal, From Spit To You Know What

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.


Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter Dies At 76

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.


Classical Pranksters Don't Just Play Music: They Play With It

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.


Catching Up With A Pioneer Of The DIY Movement

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.


Bread And Puppet Marks 50 Years Of Paper Mache And Protest

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.


Inexpensive CNC Machines Turn Students Into Manufacturers

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.


New York's Living Theater Drops Its Curtains

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.