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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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.


Gulliver's Gate: The Miniature World In The Middle Of New York City

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.


Legendary Newspaper Columnist Jimmy Breslin Dies At 88

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.


Cryptoparties Teach Attendees How To Stay Anonymous Online

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.


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 ...