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:

Ed Sanders, Author Of Manson Family Biography, To Sell Massive Archive

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sanders wrote the definitive book on the Manson Family ("The Family.") He's currently working on a book about Robert Kennedy. He's decided to sell the assembled work on which he's based his research.


Saying Goodbye To Old Technology — And A Legendary NYC Repair Shop

Monday, August 15, 2016

Why are we parting with BlackBerry Classic and VCR — but not fax or QWERTY keyboard? We ask you to nominate outdated tech for phase-out and visit Tekserve, the closing cult Mac store in Manhattan.


These 250-Plus Violins Are About To Be Owned By The U.S. Government

Sunday, August 07, 2016

American-made violins are often regarded as inferior to European ones, but guitarist David Bromberg knows their value. So does the Library of Congress, which is acquiring his impressive collection.


Radio Drama's Leading Man, Still Adventuring

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Radio drama is in the midst of a resurgence. And producer Tom Lopez, who's been working from his upstate New York farm since the 1970s, has found a new audience, thanks to the Internet.


New Jersey Student Uses 3-D Printer For DIY Dental Work

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Tired of his crooked teeth, 24-year-old Amos Dudley made a mold of his teeth and fabricated a set of aligners using orthodontics reference books, a 3-D printer and other digital fabrication tools.


College Student Uses 3-D Printer To Fix His Crooked Teeth

Monday, April 11, 2016

A college student in New Jersey figured out how to straighten his crooked teeth using his school's 3-D printer.


Listeners Uncover Details About Mysterious Muse Behind 'The Brothers Nazaroff'

Saturday, January 16, 2016

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60 Years Later, A Wild, Baffling Recording Finds A Modern Spark

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Playing Yiddish music in public was once so common among Jewish immigrants who lived near the beaches in New York and Los Angeles that it came to be known as "boardwalk music." That's where I found The Brothers Nazaroff: on the boardwalk at Coney Island, being filmed by a Hungarian ...


Remember 'Beakman's World'? The Wacky Scientist Is Still Big In Latin America

Saturday, September 26, 2015

A children's television program that ran for only five seasons in the U.S. 20 years ago has gone on to enthrall kids around the world in reruns. The show was Beakman's World and its star was a wacky pseudo-scientist in a neon green lab coat and a Don King wig. ...


A Father, A Daughter And A Continent Between Them

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Click the audio link above to hear more messages from Meleia, as well as interviews with her stepfather, a teacher and a classmate.

There I am in Sears on Long Island with my baby daughter Meleia and her mom. We're buying baby things, and I keep thinking to ...


Inside The Wild (And Hand-Drawn) World Of Bill Plympton

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Bill Plympton has come to be known as the king of indie animation — he's made seven animated features, all carefully hand-drawn. The latest has just been released — it's called Cheatin', and it's a wild tale of love, betrayal and bumper cars. Like many of Plympton's films, it has ...


New Postage Stamps Recognize The Genius Of Martin Ramirez

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The U.S. Postal Service has just unveiled five new stamps depicting the paintings and drawings of Martin Ramirez.

An immigrant from Mexico, Ramirez was a self-taught artist who spent almost half of his life in California mental hospitals after being diagnosed as a schizophrenic.

A ceremony Thursday at the Ricco-Maresca ...


William Electric Black Tackles Gun Violence In 5 Ambitious Plays

Sunday, March 22, 2015

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

Saturday, January 24, 2015

During the the 1980s, when the traditional dance music of East European Jews known as klezmer was enjoying a revival, Pete Sokolow was called "the youngest of the old guys."

"Now I'm the oldest old guy," Sokolow says. "Most of the old guys are gone. Pincus is gone. Dave. Sidney ...


An Evangelist Who Spread The Gospel Of The Accordion

Saturday, January 10, 2015

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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

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

Friday, October 24, 2014

The second season of the political sitcom “Alpha House” begins streaming on Amazon tonight. The series revolves around four fictional Republican senators who share a Washington, D.C. townhouse. It’s written and produced by Garry Trudeau, creator of the comic strip “Doonesbury.”

“Alpha House” was one of Amazon Studios’ first ...


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.