stories by Manhattan-based radio reporter, newspaper writer and podcast producer Jon Kalish
Listen to a story on NPR’s Morning Edition about the wacky musicians, engineers and video producers collectively known as CDZA. Their experimental web videos are a hoot. CDZA has more than a quarter million subscribers to their YouTube channel. Oh, and about the above photo… well, uh, they don’t look nearly that good in person.
The Klezmatics were given a lifetime achievement award by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research on November 19. The hard rockin’, hard workin’ klezmer ensemble was lauded for offering “a provocative model of how to respond to the destruction of Europe’s Yiddish culture.” The band’s trumpet player Frank London said, “We are blessed to be a link in the chain of Yiddish continuity.” Read all about it on the Arty Semite blog.
Listen to this NPR story about A.D. Carson and his garage workshop. Carson cuts up traditional bicycles and then welds together frames for recumbent bikes.
We visit with Carson in his garage. Those holes in his sweatshirt were created by welding sparks.
Here are some shots of the garage workshop:
Fans of “Doonesbury” have been doing without the Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip since the summer. The strip has been on vacation. But its creator, Garry Trudeau, has not exactly been chilling at the beach. Trudeau spent the last several months in a New York film studio making a sitcom called “Alpha House.” The show is being launched online on Amazon. It chronicles the misadventures of four fictional Republican senators who share a Washington, D.C., townhouse. We visit the set and and talk to the great cartoonist-turned-TV-producer in this NPR story.
Listen to a radio story about Ben Zion Shenker, the composer of beautiful chasidic melodies or negunim. Shenker is a Modzitzer chasid and the Modzitzters, of course, are known for their beautiful negunim. A podcast on Shenker will be produced in the coming days for the web site of The Forward.
photo by Raymond Perfetti
Read about efforts to deal with the shaky finances of the Grrenwich Village Halloween Parade in the New York Daily News.
Bread and Puppet Theater began 50 years on New York’s Lower East Side. Since 1974 it is based on a farm in the town of Glover in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Listen to an 11-minute report about Bread and Puppet’s life in Vermont on “Vermont Edition" on VPR, Vermont Public Radio. And a shorter piece on NPR.
College student Tyler McNaney became obsesses with 3D printing and not long thereafter designed a machine that grinds waste plastic down, melts it and creates spool of filament that can be used in 3D printers that make plastic objects. Listen to a report on Vermont Public Radio. And, Tyler, get your butt back in mechanical engineer class!
Listen to Only A Game this weekend to hear a story about Jahmani Swanson, the 4’5” point guard for the New York Towers, a basketball team comprised of men that are between 4’ and 4’6”. The 27 year-old New York City native is poetry in motion on the basketball court.