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Remembering George Jellinek and The Vocal Scene

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

I spent a few hours this weekend in renewed admiration and affection of George Jellinek. We’re planning to re-broadcast some of The Vocal Scene this summer. What are some of your favorite memories of George and of The Vocal Scene?

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Dixie Carter

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Dixie Carter may have made her name on the hit television series Designing Women, and she also starred on Broadway in the revival of Pal Joey and in Master Class – but she admitted that she found the most creative satisfaction from her cabaret career (which began only in the 1980s) – “To me, there’s no feeling as gorgeous as the feeling of singing. It’s like flying.”


The Merry Ole Land of Oz

Friday, April 09, 2010

Meinhardt Raabe, the 3 foot 6 inch Munchkin who was best known for declaring that the Wicked Witch of the East was ”Not only merely dead, but really most sincerely dead” finally died, himself, at the age of 94.


Texas Democrat Charlie Wilson, 76, Dies

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Former Texas Democratic Representative Charlie Wilson died Wednesday at age 76 of cardiopulmonary arrest.


Remembering Howard Zinn

Monday, February 01, 2010

Howard Zinn (photo by Douglas Brown/by-nc-sa)

Howard Zinn (photo by Douglas Brown/by-nc-sa)


The historian and civil rights activist Howard Zinn died last Wednesday. Perhaps best known for his book of historical revisionism, “A People’s History of the United States,” Zinn examines American ...


Acclaimed Author, J.D. Salinger, Dies

Thursday, January 28, 2010

J.D. Salinger, the author whose ground-breaking novel, "The Catcher in the Rye," is perhaps the most famous American literary work of the 20th Century, has died.

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Author and Activist Howard Zinn, 87, Dies

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Howard Zinn, an author, teacher and political activist, died yesterday at age 87.


Author J.D. Salinger Dies

Thursday, January 28, 2010

J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of the literary classic "The Catcher in the Rye," died on Wednesday of natural causes. He was 91.

Salinger published "The Catcher in the Rye," his only novel, in 1951. The story of adolescent alienation, and its protagonist Holden Caufield, ...


Howard Zinn

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Howard Zinn, the popular Boston University historian and political activist who had been an early opponent of US involvement in Vietnam, passed away at the age of 87. Leonard interviewed him in March of 2001 for his book on war.


Louis Auchincloss

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Louis Auchincloss, the dapper Wall Street lawyer and old school New Yorker who published over 60 works of fiction, biography, and literary criticism, died recently at the age of 92.


American Pianist Earl Wild, 94, Dies

Monday, January 25, 2010

American pianist Earl Wild died Saturday in Palm Springs, California, after a long bout with congestive heart disease. Davis was 94 years old.

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Kate McGarrigle

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Folk singer Kate McGarrigle, who gained acclaim for a series of projects with her sister Anna, died Monday, Jan. 18, from a rare form of cancer.


WQXR Music Host George Jellinek, 90, Dies

Monday, January 18, 2010

Former WQXR music director George Jellinek, best-known for hosting WQXR's The Vocal Scene, has died. He was 90 years old. Tune in to WQXR Saturday, January 23 between 10AM and 1PM to hear excerpts from The Vocal Scene archives.

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Eric Rohmer, French Auteur, Dies at 89

Monday, January 11, 2010

A leader of the French New Wave movement, his best known films include "Claire's Knee" and "My Night at Maud's."


NY Review Caricaturist David Levine Dies

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

David Levine, an artist whose witty caricatures illustrated The New York Review of Books for more than 40 years, died yesterday at age 83.


Henry Lewis, Legendary WNYC Host Dies

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Jan. 2009 (courtesy of WFMU)

Jan. 2009 (courtesy of WFMU)


For almost 60 years, the poised, confident baritone of Henry Lewis was the sound of Saturday night on WNYC AM 820.

If you never had the pleasure of his ...

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Percy Sutton, Trailblazing Black Attorney, Dies

Monday, December 28, 2009

Percy Sutton, one of New York's trailblazing black attorneys and businessmen, has died.  He was 89.


Percy Sutton Dies at 89

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Percy Sutton, the pioneering civil rights attorney who represented Malcolm X before launching successful careers as a political power broker and media mogul, has died. He was 89. The cause of death is not yet known.

The Texas-born Sutton moved to New York City following ...


Pioneering Black Journalist Dale R. Wright Dies

Friday, December 25, 2009

The first reporter to integrate the newsroom at the old New York World Telegram and Sun has died. Dale R. Wright was 86.

Among Wright's best-known work was a ten-part investigative series in the early 1960s about the plight of migrant farm workers. The award-winning series prompted legislators to improve ...


Broadway, TV Actress Reed-Amini Dies

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Alaina Reed-Amini, the Broadway star and TV actress best known for her long-running roles on Sesame Street and the sitcom 227, died last week at age 63.