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, 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)."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, July 10, 2017
Gulliver's Gate is a miniature world in four rooms in the middle of Times Square. It covers nearly 50,000 square feet, and it's got moving cars and boats; the Tower of London and the Panama Canal.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Jimmy Breslin was an old school reporter. His techniques are still taught in journalism schools today as he continues to inspire new reporters to find the gravediggers, and tell their stories.
Monday, February 06, 2017
In these days of cyber intrigue, journalists, activists and ordinary citizens are interested in learning how to navigate the Internet anonymously. At cryptoparties, they learn how to do just that.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
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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 ...