August 12, 1999 | 8:00 pmMy father Illya Pinhkus Kirtsman was born in 1909 in Odessa, Ukraine, the youngest of 11 children. His older sister and brother immigrated to America in 1912. The whole family planned to follow them. It was their dream for many years. In the 1930s, my father received few letters from...
June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pmWhen she was 16, KCRW General Manager Ruth Seymour was captivated by her studies with the Yiddish scholar Max Weinreich. "Yiddish is magic," he told her. "It will outwit history."
Seymour took his words to heart. Of late, she has been doing her part to help the mamaloshen survive. In...
March 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm
It's a sunny Santa Monica afternoon, and Ruth Seymour, station manager and program director of KCRW, is sitting in the Rose Cafe, neatly turned out in a dark pant suit. She's sixtyish and slim, with angular, clean features, a square, prominent jaw and a short, stylish haircut. A...
March 11, 1999 | 7:00 pmThere's a new singing cowboy in town, and his name is Ken Kunin.
"I've been in this crazy industry for about 10 years," says the lead vocalist/songwriter. And he's about to turn up the heat.
His band, davis waits, has been receiving radio airplay , including on local outlets KLOS and...
January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm
Before films such as "Radio Days," Woody Allen had his television days. And, for the next three months, fans from "the earlier, funnier Woody" camp will find plenty of artillery for their cause at the Museum of Television and Radio, where "Woody Allen's Television Days" is screening...
January 14, 1999 | 7:00 pm
Several years ago, Yvette Lowenthal's friend, ICM agent Doug Zandoren, thought her low rasp would make her a good candidate for radio spots. He was right. Since then, the twentysomething Lowenthal has been working nonstop, providing lip service on high-profile campaigns, which...
October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pmBetween tackling the Ten Commandments and co-authoring a book with a best-selling writer, it's no wonder that Rabbi Stewart Vogel is feeling so inspired these days.
Vogel, head rabbi of Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, is co-author of the recently released book "The Ten Commandments:...
July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm"Rubber Bullets: Power and Conscience in Modern Israel," by Yaron Ezrahi (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997, $25.00)
In this masterfully written, illuminating book, the rubber-coated steel bullets the IDF used to quell the intifada embody the dilemmas of power and conscience in the...