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.

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Veteran anti-consumerist crusader Reverend Billy takes aim at climate change

Friday, November 26, 2021

Reverend Billy, the flamboyant "altar-ego" of New York performance artist William Talen, celebrates 20 years of crusading with his Stop Shopping Choir.


New York City's Village Halloween Parade comes back to life, saved by a serious fan

Friday, October 29, 2021

Canceled last year for only the second time ever because of the pandemic, New York City's storied Village Halloween Parade returns, partly due to one very generous fan.


A Vermont Man Needed Assistance To Kayak. His Community Got To Work To Change That

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

After a Vermont man was paralyzed from the chest down in an accident, he could only kayak if someone got him in and out of his boat. His neighbors built him a hoist so he can paddle whenever he likes.


What Residents Of NYC's Little Haiti Think About The Killing Of Haiti's President

Wednesday, July 07, 2021

People in Little Haiti in New York City weigh in on the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse.


Trojan Records, Legendary Reggae Label, Resurrects A Long Out-Of-Print Trove

Friday, June 18, 2021

"The Trojan Story" rocked the music world in 1971, introducing listeners to artists like Jimmy Cliff, the Maytals, and Lee "Scratch" Perry. Long out of print, the three-LP set is reissued on June 18.


Bob Fass, Free-Form Radio Pioneer, Dies At 87

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Bob Fass hosted the influential New York City radio show Radio Unnameable for more than 50 years. It served as a megaphone for the 1960s counterculture and boosted folk and blues artists.


'I Just Followed My Interests': Garry Trudeau On 50 Years Of 'Doonesbury'

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Doonesbury was the first daily comic strip to win a Pulitzer Prize for tackling social issues, politics and war. It all began as an irreverent strip in the Yale Daily News when Trudeau was a junior.


Online Miniature Puppet Parade Will Replace New York City's Annual Halloween Parade

Friday, October 30, 2020

New Yorkers look forward to the Greenwich Village Halloween parade every year. This year, some of the city's best out-of-work artists will create a miniature virtual parade, which will stream online.


'The Writing On The Wall' Finds Poetry Behind Bars, Projects It Onto Buildings

Sunday, October 18, 2020

"Look at all the wisdom, look at all the heart that is imprisoned in our society," says Hank Willis Thomas, cofounder of the art installation project.


'We Were Curiosities': One Of 'The Last Negroes At Harvard' Shares His Story

Saturday, April 18, 2020

In 1959, Kent Garrett was one of 18 black students accepted into a freshman class of more than 1,000. It was an early form of affirmative action, and he chronicles his time on campus in a new book.


The Archive Of Contemporary Music — And Its 3 Million Recordings — Is Leaving NY

Monday, March 02, 2020

Bob George's archive is an independent operation whose supporters have included David Bowie and Keith Richards. Now it's being forced to move due to rising rents in Manhattan.


Irving Burgie, Songwriter Who Helped Bring Calypso To America, Dies At 95

Saturday, November 30, 2019

The Brooklyn-born Burgie studied at Juilliard and co-wrote many of the songs on Harry Belafonte's breakthrough album, Calypso, including his genre-defining hit, "Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)."


Paul Krassner, Comedian Who Captured The Zeitgeist Of The '60s, Dies At 87

Monday, July 22, 2019

Paul Krassner coined the term Yippie and co-founded one of the most influential magazines of the 1960s counterculture, The Realist. Krassner died Sunday at the age of 87.


These 'Ties That Bind' Explore Life With Father

Sunday, June 16, 2019

A group of women calling themselves the Catskilled Crafters took apart hundreds of donated neckties to make fabric art exploring their relationships with their fathers and the men in their lives.


Izzy Young, Center To The Folk Music Revival, Dies At 90

Friday, February 08, 2019

Bob Dylan has called Izzy Young's Folklore Center "the citadel of Americana folk music." It was at the center of the folk music revival in New York City in the 1950s and '60s. Young died Feb. 4 at 90.


1968: After Dozens Of Acquittals, Police Forced To End Raids On Gay Haven

Sunday, December 16, 2018

When nearly two dozen gay men were arrested, put on trial, and eventually acquitted of sodomy in 1968, it demonstrated to the larger gay community that they could organize against police harassment.


Neil Simon, Preeminent And Prolific Playwright And Screenwriter, Has Died At 91

Sunday, August 26, 2018

The writer behind hits like The Odd Couple and Barefoot in the Park, known for his zany characters and comic dialogue, won over two dozen nominations for Tonys, Emmys and Oscars.


Powerhouse Disc Jockey Dan Ingram Dies At 83

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Dan Ingram was a legendary disc jockey on WABC-AM in New York City for two decades from the early '60s into the '80s.


Life Above A Library Was Like Living In Neverland

Friday, April 13, 2018

Sharon Washington grew up in an apartment above a branch of the New York Public Library — her father was its custodian. After hours, she had the run of the place. She tells that story in a new play.


A Painting Stored Away And The Artist Who Wants It To See The Light Of Day

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Critically-acclaimed when it was first shown, Simon Dinnerstein's painting The Fulbright Triptych has been in storage for 25 of its 41 years — and Dinnerstein is working to change that.