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:

A group of Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn is reviving the golden age of cantorial music

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Musician Jeremiah Lockwood hopes to introduce the world to a new music scene bubbling in Brooklyn.


How Russian musicians are raising money for Ukraine

Saturday, July 02, 2022

JetLAG bills itself as the largest festival of Russian, Slavic and East European musicians in the U.S. But its organizers almost canceled it this summer because of the war in Ukraine.


How the arts can help children think about gun violence

Tuesday, June 07, 2022

The former Sesame Street writer is working with the NYPD to create a small pilot program on gun violence at an elementary school in East Harlem.


Mazel Tov Cocktail Party: Take an ounce of hip hop, dash of polka, then square dance

Monday, May 02, 2022

Finding a thriving dance culture in the Adirondacks Mountains inspired the band to take its sound in an unexpected direction.


Chester Higgins' camera brings a 360 degree view to Black life

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Acclaimed African-American photographer Chester Higgins has made dozens of trips to Africa since the 1970's to document the continent's history and culture. Now 75, he has no plans on slowing down.


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.