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Yiddish Radio Project: 'Yiddish Melodies In Swing'

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Yiddish Radio Project: 'Yiddish Melodies In Swing'

Yiddish Radio Project: 'Yiddish Melodies In Swing'

Yiddish Radio Project: 'Yiddish Melodies In Swing'

Only Available in Archive Formats.

Independent Producer David Isay brings us the second installment of the Yiddish Radio Project, a 10-part series airing weekly on All Things Considered. This week we hear music from a program called Yiddish Melodies in Swing. The show ran from 1938 until 1955, on radio station WHN in New York. It celebrated a peculiar but wonderful hybrid: a mixture of traditional Yiddish klezmer music with popular American swing. Forty episodes of Yiddish Melodies in Swing have survived. One of the show's stars, Claire Barry, tells us the story behind the show.

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