The Yiddish Radio Project

Co-produced with Sound Portraits Productions, this Peabody Award-winning, 10-week radio series on the history of Jewish broadcasting for National Public Radio‚Äôs “All Things Considered” aired in Spring 2002. The Mayrent Institute is happy to highlight this program as a fine example of public educational programming about Yiddish culture.



The Yiddish Radio Project, Sound Portraits, and formerly Living Traditions 10-part NPR series on the history of Yiddish broadcasting has won the coveted Peabody prize. The Peabody Award for Excellence in Electronic Journalism is considered the most selective and distinguished award in broadcasting. The Yiddish Radio series was produced by Dave Isay and Henry Sapoznik.

From the press release issued by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication which awards the prize:

“…A National Public Radio program special, “The Yiddish Radio Project,” an exuberant celebration of memory, history, and nostalgia provided the Peabody Board with some of its most enjoyable listening…”

This is the first time in its 62-year history that a Peabody award has gone to a Yiddish program.

For further information, check out the Peabody site.


Maybe you‚Äôre one of the 10 million people who heard the Yiddish Radio Project on NPR‚Äôs All Things Considered this past spring. If so, you know the material is pretty amazing: dramas, music, comedies, news, Dadaist poetry, Holocaust survivor reunions, and commercials for everything from Manischewitz matzos to Portnow’s Wonder Trusses. Preserved on over 1,000 fragile discs, these programs reflect the Yiddish-American world during its renaissance and decline, and in the voices of the people as they lived it.

If you didn’t hear it, or if you’d like to hear it again, please visit, our very cool website. We are also happy to offer the critically acclaimed “Yiddish Radio Project” in a 2 CD set (or 2 audio cassettes) hosted by NPR’s Scott Simon and its companion CD “Music From the Yiddish Radio Project”. (Order form for the CDs). Both contain original unedited materials plus several surprise bonus tracks (hint: goofy commercials).

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