Yiddish Radio Project Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD
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A forgotten segment of the age of radio in America has been found by diligent searching in attics and basements. Enough of the collection has been restored to offer some of the stars of Yiddish radio programs to our ears again. Scott Simon of National Public Radio is the host of the two- hour disc, and some of the translations are read by Carl Reiner and Eli Wallach. For the listener who remembers the era from the 30s to the 50s, it is a nostalgic trip back. For the younger listener (younger than 50), it is a history lesson in the possibilities of com-munication in the America that was considered the melting pot of scores of diverse cultures. J.P. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Great for repeated listening, so definitely worth getting ! ! ! This is NPR at its best !
I enjoyed the "Jewish Philosopher" (an advice program for personal problems much like today's Dear Abbey); .........also,...... the program of a rabbi who conducted on-air arbitration (legally binding after participants signed up) to bring resolution to family disputes,..........as well as...... the program of concentration camp survivors re-uniting for the first time in many years with long-lost loved ones, broadcast live.
I would love a future CD program with an uninterrupted recording of each of the above three Yiddish programs, without any modern-day NPR commentary, but only with an English translation (with the original Yiddish speech too quiet to even hear for the most part, but keeping the music of the original).
Also, I did notice the original Yiddish speech inflections and emphasis of certain words, and their timing with appropriate pauses, and appropriate expression of emotion.....was changed in the modern-day English translation, often losing the essence of the original Yiddish. (I could hear this only at the end of an English translation, after which for two or three seconds the original Yiddish was audible.)
Therefore, the emphasis and emotion of the original Yiddish hosts should be more closely followed and so preserved in the English translation part, if this program is ever re-done.
Also if I am not mistaken, some of the original Yiddish broadcasts contained English translations within the original program itself...were bi-lingual, in other words. These would be priceless, and give me an unprecendented view into this other fascination world of the last century and another subculture than my own! I would love to hear ALL the bi-lingual programs, even ten or twelve hours of the best, if this much is preserved on the old recordings.
To summarize: a great glimpse into the past, but only a glimpse....I would enjoy a much longer audio program. I believe there may well be sufficient material preserved in the old recordings to do this. As the modern commentary says, the original broadcasts of almost a century ago were spontaneous and unpolished but therefore realistic ..... a less-polished modern production would be greatly to my liking, so I can feel I am actually listening to the radio in the livingroom or kitchen of a Yiddish-speaking family in, say, New York City, in the 1930s.
This NPR production, "Yiddish Radio Project", offers only snippets of original broadcast, interspersed with modern commentary. I invite someone to make a program with much longer segments of original broadcasts (with only English translation but little or no modern-day commentary).
Nevertheless, this recent audio program serves as a fairly satisfactory introduction to these old-time radio broadcasts.
Note: I just noticed that music from this NPR program in available on a separate CD, for those who might be interested. "Yiddish Radio Project" did offer some original musical broadcasts which I enjoyed. The CD might be worth a listen as it is edited to simulate a one-hour broadcast of the 1930s or 40s or 50s, according to one customer review!
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