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Joe’s violin

last saturday morning (28th january), 1.16-1.24am, on bbc world service radio
business matters (presented by roger hearing) includes …

“One Oscar nomination this year, for best documentary short, is ‘Joe’s Violin’
It’s about a holocaust survivor in his 90’s, who donates his old violin to a New York schools project, where it ends up in the hands of young girl from one of the city’s poorest districts.”

including interview with …
• director kahane cooperman. (more…)


Outlook: Yiddish translation

this afternoon (wednesday 23rd), 5.43-5.50pm, on bbc world service radio
outlook (presented by matthew bannister) includes …

“Two years ago a district judge in New York City declared a mistrial in a bribery case involving a state senator, because dozens of hours of phone conversations had not been translated. They were all in Yiddish.
It’s a language that UNESCO describes as ‘endangered’. One of the few people in New York who could help was 71-year-old Ruth Kohn. She’s the Yiddish court translator.”

(if you missed it, available from 0:37:15 to 0:44:00 at

The Golden Bride

last wednesday afternoon (9th december), 1.24-1.29pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
newshour (presented by james menendez) includes …

“With immigrants arriving in the city from Central Europe and Russia, New York had a thriving Yiddish theatre scene. It’s said in 1923 there were 14 plays on in the theatre district, all performed in Yiddish. And this was one of them, Di Goldene Kale (The Golden Bride) … a new production has just opened in New York.”

including contributions from …
• producer zalman mlotek
• soprano rachel policar
(see also…) (more…)

Witness: ‘God of Vengeance’

yesterday morning (tuesday 20th), 7.50-8.00am, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
the controversial ‘god of vengeance’ (in the witness series)

In 1923 the entire cast of a Yiddish play was arrested in New York and charged with staging an immoral performance.
Written by the celebrated Polish-Jewish writer Sholem Asch, ‘God of Vengeance’ is set in a brothel and deals with themes such as prostitution, religion and corruption.
David Mazower, the playwright’s great-grandson, speaks about the controversy.”


Fraidy Reiss

tomorrow (saturday 27th), 5.32-5.41am, 2.32-2.41pm, and 8.32-8.41pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
boston calling leads with …

Unchained: We meet Fraidy Reiss, a New York woman who escaped from an abusive arranged marriage and is now helping others do the same thing.”


Saint Mazie

every evening for two weeks (monday 15th to friday 26th), 10.45-11.00pm, on bbc radio 4
saint mazie (10 episodes) (based on the novel by jami attenberg, based on the life of a real person, mazie phillips) (in the book at bedtime series) (more…)

Matzah and Torah animals

this afternoon (sunday 1st), 3.42-3.47pm and 3.51-3.55pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710 or 107)
boston calling includes …

Alina Simone visits Torah Animal World, a museum in New York devoted only to animals mentioned in Hebrew scripture

and …

Emma Morgenstern finds out why the last remaining matzo factory in New York plans to close shop after 90 years of business.”


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