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Guide to the Joseph Kahn audiorecordings of conversations with media personalities

Collection Overview

Repository
The New School Archives and Special Collections
Title
Joseph Kahn audiorecordings of conversations with media personalities
Extent
2.2 linear ft: 2 boxes
Summary
Consists of 166 audiocassette tapes recording conversations between retired investigative journalist Joseph Kahn and reporters, editors, and other media personalities invited to his courses at The New School between 1979 and the early 1990s. Participants include Pete Hamill, Nick Pileggi, Gay Talese, and Murray Kempton, among many others. Frequent guests include Sidney Zion, Liz Smith, and Jack O'Brien.

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Biographical Note

Joseph “Joe” Kahn was a New York City-based newspaper journalist who, after retiring from a three decade career at the New York Post, taught journalism courses at The New School. Kahn attended the City College of New York, and began working at the  New York Post in 1942. He became an intrepid investigative reporter, conducting undercover investigations and exposing abuses of the public trust. Notable stories Kahn broke included the withholding of contraceptives by city hospitals in the 1950s, persecution of gay men by the New York City Police Department in the 1960s, and municipal loan fraud in the 1970s. In 1959, Kahn and fellow  Post reporter William Haddad received the George Polk Award for Metropolitan Reporting from Long Island University after they exposed scandals in urban renewal projects, or “slum clearances.” According to Kahn, the  New York Post in the mid-twentieth century was a bastion of “bleeding heart” journalism: “A poor, vulnerable person being subjected to abuse, be it in housing, hospital care, welfare or whatever, could go to the  Post. There was nobody else to go to.”

Kahn retired from the New York Post in 1978, and the following year began teaching journalism courses at The New School, often offering one or two evening courses each semester. Kahn’s courses typically featured Kahn moderating discussions with guest speakers, who shared their perspectives on print, radio, and television journalism. Editors, interviewers, critics, reporters, commentators, and subject experts participated in Kahn’s classes, many as repeat visitors. The last semester that Kahn’s classes are listed in The New School course catalogs is Fall 1992.

In addition to writing and moderating, Kahn studied painting at the National Academy of Design and served as a New York City Parks Department artist-in-residence.

Joseph Kahn died in December 1997. This Joseph Kahn should not be confused with another journalist named Joseph Kahn, who was born in 1964.

Sources

Berliner, Eve. “The Old Lion Remembered.” Eve’s Magazine. http://www.evesmag.com/wechsler.htm

Carter, David. Stonewall: The Riots that Sparked the Gay Revolution. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2004.

Long Island University. George Polk Awards. Previous Award Winners: http://www.liu.edu/About/News/Polk/Previous

New York Times. December 5, 1997. “Joseph Kahn, 84, Reporter for Post.”

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Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of 166 audiocassette tapes, with handwritten information on their cases identifying speakers and, usually, dates. In some cases, the name of The New School course is also identified. Examples of course titles include, "Great New York Interviewers," "New York Reporters: Behind the Bylines," "Great New York Columnists," "Great New York Critics and Their Targets," and "Famous Advice-Givers," For more information on these lectures, please see the course catalogs. Dates identified on cassettes do not always match information provided in the course catalogs.

The cassettes are organized numerically according to a system that was applied prior to their arrival in The New School Archives. At this time, the organizational principle behind their arrangement is unknown.

Multiple speakers are featured on single tapes.

Box 1 contains cassettes numbered 1-82. Box 2 contains cassettes numbered 83-166.

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Organization and Arrangement

Arrangement is numerical following an system assigned by previous custodian.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

The New School Archives and Special Collections January 13, 2014

66 Fifth Avenue
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New York, NY, 10011
212.229.5942
archivist@newschool.edu

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use, but no access copies of these recordings are currently available. Researchers desiring access and willing to pay a fee for digitization may do so upon consultation with The New School Archives. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for further information.

Use Restrictions

To use recordings from this collection in a public setting and/or online, permission must be obtained in writing from The New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Custodial History note

Internal transfer from The New School's Fogelman Library to The New School Archives and Special Collections, 2013. Previous custodial history unknown.

Processing Information note

Processed by Ari Spool, 2014.

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Collection Inventory

Title Box Cassette
Porter, Sylvia: Media in New York, 1979 Oct 31   1 audiotapes 1 1
Kempton, Murray: Media in New York, 1979 Oct 31   1 audiotapes 1 1
Pileggi-Parker: Journalism in New York, 1979 Oct 27   2 audiotapes 1 2-3
Smith, Liz: New York Journalism, 1979   2 audiotapes 1 4-5
Zion, Sidney: New York Journalism, 1979 Sep 26   2 cassettes 1 4-5
Cohen, Claudia, 1979 Nov 14   1 audiotapes 1 6
Greene, Gail, 1979 Nov 14   1 audiotapes 1 6
Hamill, Pete, 1979 Nov 14   1 audiotapes 1 6
Curtis, Charlotte: Journalism in New York, 1979 Oct 24   2 audiotapes 1 7-8
Newfield, Jack: Journalism in New York, 1979 Oct 24   2 audiotapes 1 7-8
Van Horne, Ms.: Journalism in New York, 1979 Oct 10   2 audiotapes 1 9-10
Wicker, Tom: Journalism in New York, 1979 Oct 10   2 audiotapes 1 9-10
Baker, Russell: Media in New York, 1979 Nov 7   1 audiotapes 1 11
Stokes, Carl: Media in New York, 1979 Nov 7   1 audiotapes 1 11
Varney, Carlton, probably Fall 1986   2 audiotapes 1 12-13
Lambert, Eleanor, probably Fall 1986   2 audiotapes 1 12-13
Anderson, Dave, 1988 Nov 1   1 audiotapes 1 14-15
Hinkel, Warren, 1988 Nov 1   1 audiotapes 1 14-15
Zion, Sidney, 1988 Nov 1   1 audiotapes 1 14-15
Hamill, Denis, 1990 Feb 6   1 audiotapes 1 16
Snow, Leida, 1990 Feb 6   1 audiotapes 1 16
Zion, Sidney, 1990 Feb 6   1 audiotapes 1 16
Talese, Gay, 1985 Oct 13   1 audiotapes 1 17
Smith, Liz, 1985 Oct 13   1 audiotapes 1 17
Scarborough, 1985 Oct 8   2 audiotapes 1 18-19
Edelson, [Doug?], 1985 Oct 8   2 audiotapes 1 18-19
Nachman, Jerry, possibly Fall 1988   2 audiotapes 1 24-25
Kosner, Ed, 1988 Aug 18   2 audiotapes 1 20-21
Kramer [Marcia?], 1985 Oct 8   2 audiotapes 1 18-19
Talese, Gay, 1988 Aug 18   2 audiotapes 1 20-21
Pileggi, Nick, 1987 Feb 24   2 audiotapes 1 22-23
Edelson, Doug, possibly Fall 1988   2 items 1 24-25
Nachman, Jerry, possibly Fall 1988   2 audiotapes 1 24-25
Dorfman, Dan, possibly Fall 1988   2 audiotapes 1 24-25
Ellenberg, Al, 1988 Oct 11   1 audiotapes 1 26
Pressman, Gabe, 1988 Oct 11   1 audiotapes 1 26
Kramer, Marcia, 1988 Oct 11   1 audiotapes 1 26
Gerberg, Mort, 1990 Mar 6   1 audiotapes 1 27
Esterhous, Milton, 1990 Mar 6   1 audiotapes 1 27
D'Lugoff, Art, 1990 Mar 6   1 audiotapes 1 27
Oliver, Chris [?], 1990 Mar 6   1 audiotapes 1 27
Lehmann-Haupt, Christopher, 1989 Feb 14   1 audiotapes 1 28
Snow, Leida, 1989 Feb 14   1 audiotapes 1 28
Prial, Frank, 1989 Feb 14   1 audiotapes 1 28
McNeill, Robert, 1988 Oct 4   1 audiotapes 1 29
Smith, Liz, 1988 Oct 4   1 audiotapes 1 29
Ubell, Earl, 1985 Nov 6   2 audiotapes 1 30-31
Gottlieb, Martin, 1985 Nov 6   2 audiotapes 1 30-31
Baughman, J. Ross, 1985 Nov 6   2 audiotapes 1 30-31
Smith, Lester, 1982 Jan 13   1 audiotapes 1 32
Frieberg, Peter, 1982 Jan 13   1 audiotapes 1 32
Goldberger, Paul, 1985 Feb 12   2 audiotapes 1 33-34
Hoelterhoff, Manuela, , 1985 Feb 12   2 audiotapes 1 33-34
Quindlen, Anna, 1987 Feb 10   2 audiotapes 1 35-36
MacNeil, [Robert?], 1985 Oct 22   1 audiotapes 1 37
Dorfman, [Dan?], 1985 Oct 22   1 audiotapes 1 37
Horseley, Carter: Critics Behind the Bylines, 1989 Feb 21   1 audiotapes 1 38
Lord, M. G. :Critics Behind the Bylines, 1989 Feb 21   1 audiotapes 1 38
Hess, John: Critics Behind the Bylines, 1989 Feb 21   1 audiotapes 1 38
Larson, Kay: Critics Behind the Bylines, 1989 Feb 21   1 audiotapes 1 38
Mushnick, Phil: Critics Behind the Bylines, 1989 Feb 21   1 audiotapes 1 38
Breslin, Jimmy: Journalism in New York, 1979 Oct 4   2 audiotapes 1 39-40
Schap, Dick: Journalism in New York, 1979 Oct 4   2 audiotapes 1 39-40
Kempton, Murray, 1987 Feb 17   1 audiotapes 1 41, 48
Smith, Liz, 1984 Oct 30   2 audiotapes 1 42-43
Cohen, Alexander, 1984 Oct 30   2 audiotapes 1 42-43
Wilson, John, 1984 Oct 30   2 audiotapes 1 42-43
D'Lugoff, Art, 1984 Oct 30   2 audiotapes 1 42-43
Bianculli, David: Critics Behind the Bylines, 1989 Feb 7   1 audiotapes 1 44
Gussow, Mel: Critics Behind the Bylines, 1989 Feb 7   1 audiotapes 1 44
Hamill, Pete: Critics Behind the Bylines, 1989 Feb 7   1 audiotapes 1 44
Carter, Sylvia: Critics Behind the Bylines, 1989 Feb 7   1 audiotapes 1 44
Newfield, Jack: Critics Behind the Bylines, 1989 Feb 7   1 audiotapes 1 44
Lewis, Anthony, 1985 Feb 19   2 audiotapes 1 45-46
Zwilich, Ellen, 1985 Feb 19   2 audiotapes 1 45-46
MacNeil, Robert, undated   1 audiotapes 1 47
Smith, Liz, undated   1 audiotapes 1 47
Caro, Robert: Robert Moses, The Maker of New York, after 1973   1 audiotapes 1 49
Landers, Ann, 1982 Mar 10   1 audiotapes 1 50
Jacobs, 1984 Mar 6   2 audiotapes 1 51-52
Michaels, 1984 Mar 6   2 audiotapes 1 51-52
Buchwald, Art: 1982   2 audiotapes 1 53-54
Smith, [Terry?] [Red?], 1982   2 audiotapes 1 53-54
Laventhal, David: Editors and Publishers, 1980 Oct 29   2 audiotapes 1 55-56
Farber, Barry, 1984 Feb 14   2 audiotapes 1 57-58
Fair, Christie, 1984 Feb 14   2 audiotapes 1 57-58
Buchwald, Art, 1982 Feb 24   2 audiotapes 1 59-60
Smith, Terry [Red?], 1982 Feb 24   2 audiotapes 1 59-60
Quindlen, Anna, 1982 Mar 24   2 audiotapes 1 61-62
Crist, Judith, 1982 Mar 24   2 audiotapes 1 61-62
Schiff, Dorothy: New York City Publishers and Editors, 1980 Oct 15   2 audiotapes 1 63-64
O'Neill, Michael: New York City Publishers and Editors, 1980 Oct 15   2 audiotapes 1 63-64
Zion, Sidney, 1981 Dec 9   2 audiotapes 1 65-66
Moritz, Owen, 1981 Dec 9   2 audiotapes 1 65-66
Kelly, Katie: New York Journalism, [year unknown] 14 Oct   1 audiotapes 1 67
Nathanson, Larry: New York City Journalism, [year unknown] Oct 14   1 audiotapes 1 67
Wieghart, 1982 Nov 18   2 audiotapes 1 68-69
Levitas, Mitchell, 1982 Nov 18   2 audiotapes 1 68-69
Miller, Arthur, possibly 1983 Oct 4   1 audiotapes 1 70
Norman, Marsha, possibly 1983 Oct 4   1 audiotapes 1 70
Baughman, 1983 Nov 8   2 audiotapes 1 71-72
Genauer, Emily, 1983 Nov 8   2 audiotapes 1 71-72
Lash, Joseph P., 1983 Nov 8   2 audiotapes 1 71-72
Citron, 1984 Mar 13   2 audiotapes 1 73-74
Hamburg, 1984 Mar 13   2 audiotapes 1 73-74
Haddad, Bill, 1981 Sep 3   1 audiotapes 1 75
Bustelo, Manuel, 1982 Oct 13   2 audiotapes 1 76-77
Felker, Clay, 1982 Oct 13   2 audiotapes 1 76-77
O'Brien, [Jack]: New York Interviewers, 1981 Oct 21   1 audiotapes 1 78
Henry, [Sherrye]: New York Interviewers, 1981 Oct 21   1 audiotapes 1 78
Tallman [Tallmer, Jerry]: New York Interviewers, 1981 Oct 21   1 audiotapes 1 78
Cohn, Roy, 1984 Oct 16   2 audiotapes 1 79-80
Zion, Sidney, 1984 Oct 16   2 audiotapes 1 79-80
Bauman, Steve, 1984 Oct 16   2 audiotapes 1 79-80
Grunwald, Henry, possibly Fall 1982   4 audiotapes 1 81-84
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Mirabella, [Grace?][Alan?], possibly Fall 1982 or Fall 1989   4 audiotapes 1 81-82
2 83-84
Kerr, Walter, 1983 Oct 25   2 audiotapes 2 85-86
Schanberg, Sidney, 1983 Oct 25   2 audiotapes 2 85-86
Doherty, Steve, 1984 Oct 23   2 audiotapes 2 87-88
Neiman, LeRoy, 1984 Oct 23   2 audiotapes 2 87-88
O'Brien, Jack, 1982 Jan 7   1 audiotapes 2 89
Greene, Gael, 1982 Mar 3   1 audiotapes 2 90
Claibourne, Craig, 1982 Mar 3   1 audiotapes 2 90
Kosner, Ed: New York Editors and Publishers, 1980 Oct 8   2 audiotapes 2 91-92
Carbine, Patricia: New York Editors and Publishers, 1980 Oct 8   2 audiotapes 2 91-92
Kitman, Marvin, 1982 May 5   1 audiotapes 2 93
Brody, Jane, 1982 May 5   1 audiotapes 2 93
Baker, Russell, 1982 Feb 10   2 audiotapes 2 94-95
Smith, Liz, 1982 Feb 10   2 audiotapes 2 94-95
Hentoff, Nat, 1982 Apr 14   1 audiotapes 2 96
Newfield, Jack, 1982 Apr 14   1 audiotapes 2 96
Edelson, Doug, 1984 Feb 21   2 audiotapes 2 97-98
Garvey, Cindy, 1984 Feb 21   2 audiotapes 2 97-98
Monsky, Mark, 1980 Sep 24   2 audiotapes 2 99-100
Schneiderman, [David?], 1980 Sep 24   2 audiotapes 2 99-100
Dorfman, Dan, 1986 Oct 14   2 audiotapes 2 101-102
Douglas, Eileen, 1986 Oct 14   2 audiotapes 2 101-102
Blaker, Karen Dr., 1986 Oct 14   2 audiotapes 2 101-102
Dorfman, Dan, 1981 Nov 11   2 audiotapes 2 103-104
Jones, Candy, 1981 Nov 11   2 audiotapes 2 103-104
Downs, Hugh: New York Interviewers, 1981 Oct 28   1 audiotapes 2 105
Boggs, Bill: New York Interviewers, 1981 Oct 28   1 audiotapes 2 105
Kessell, Richard, probably Fall 1986   1 audiotapes 2 106
Caras, Roger, probably Fall 1986   1 audiotapes 2 106
Guest, C.Z., probably Fall 1986   1 audiotapes 2 106
Friedman, Josh, 1986 Feb 4   2 audiotapes 2 107-108
Auletta, Ken, 1984 Oct 2   1 audiotapes 2 109
Golden [Goldin?], Harrison, 1984 Oct 2   1 audiotapes 2 109
Kempton, Murray, 1989 Mar 7   1 audiotapes 2 110
Herman, Hank, 1989 Mar 7   1 audiotapes 2 110
Samuels, Lynn, 1989 Mar 7   1 audiotapes 2 110
Hechinger, Fred, 1989 Mar 7   1 audiotapes 2 110
Edelson, Doug, 1989 Mar 7   1 audiotapes 2 110
Besser, Nancy, 1986 Oct 7   2 audiotapes 2 111-112
Ubell, Earl, 1986 Oct 7   2 audiotapes 2 111-112
Kenney, Jerry, 1986 Oct 7   2 audiotapes 2 111-112
Kosner, Ed, possibly Fall 1982   2 audiotapes 2 113-114
Duggan, Dennis, possibly Fall 1982   2 audiotapes 2 113-114
Oakes, John, 1982 Nov 3   2 audiotapes 2 115-116
Bartley, Robert, 1982 Nov 3   2 audiotapes 2 115-116
Grunwald, Henry, 1982 Dec 1   2 audiotapes 2 117-118
Mirabella, Grace, 1982 Dec 1   2 audiotapes 2 117-118
Carpenter, Teresa, 1983 Oct 18   1 audiotapes 2 119
Sherman, William, 1983 Oct 18   1 audiotapes 2 119
Flaherty, Joe, 1982 Jan 20   2 audiotapes 2 120-121
Johnson, Ernie, 1982 Jan 20   2 audiotapes 2 120-121
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Balsam, Fred: Consumer News, 1986 Sep 30   2 audiotapes 2 122
2 142
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Ruderman, Rudy: Consumer News, 1986 Sep 30   2 audiotapes 2 122
2 142
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Meltzer, Bernard: Consumer News, 1986 Sep 30   2 audiotapes 2 142
2 122
Esterow, Milton, possibly Fall 1982   2 audiotapes 2 123-124
Zumbo, Tommy, possibly Fall 1982   2 audiotapes 2 123-124
Laventhol, David, possibly Fall 1982   2 audiotapes 2 125-126
Davis, [John?], possibly Fall 1982   2 audiotapes 2 125-126
Anderson [Dave?], undated   1 audiotapes 2 131
Noble, Gil, 1981 Nov 18   1 audiotapes 2 127
Wadler, Joyce, 1981 Nov 18   1 audiotapes 2 127
Kellner, Jenny, 1990 Feb 27   1 audiotapes 2 128
Seifman, David, 1990 Feb 27   1 audiotapes 2 128
Caldwell, Earl, 1982 Apr 28   1 audiotapes 2 129
Robbins, I.D., 1982 Apr 28   1 audiotapes 2 129
Piesen, John: [?] Post Racing, 1982 Apr 21   1 audiotapes 2 130
Baker, 1983 Nov 1   1 audiotapes 2 131
Pehme, Kaleu, 1983 Jan 5   1 audiotapes 2 132
Ahearn, Bill, 1983 Jan 5   1 audiotapes 2 132
Kandel, Myron, 1985 Oct 29   1 audiotapes 2 133
Artz, George, 1985 Oct 29   1 audiotapes 2 133
Haberman, Clyde, 1981 Dec 16   2 audiotapes 2 134-135
Pelleck, Carl, 1981 Dec 16   2 audiotapes 2 134-135
Salamon, Julie: Great New York Critics, 1989 Mar 14   1 audiotapes 2 136
Parker, Paul: Great New York Critics, 1989 Mar 14   1 audiotapes 2 136
Tallmer, Jerry: New York Interviewers, 1981 Oct 21   1 audiotapes 2 137
O'Brian, Jack: New York Interviewers, 1981 Oct 21   1 audiotapes 2 137
Henry, Sherrye: New York Interviewers, 1981 Oct 21   1 audiotapes 2 137
Stolley, [Richard?], 1982 Oct 20   2 audiotapes 2 138-139
Gillespie, [Joe?], 1982 Oct 20   2 audiotapes 2 138-139
Simmons, Judy, 1984 Feb 28   2 audiotapes 2 140-141
O'Brien, Jack, 1984 Feb 28   2 audiotapes 2 140-141
Friedman, Josh: Great New York Editors and Publishers, 1980 Nov 5   2 audiotapes 2 143-144
Kershaw, Ron: Great New York Editors and Publishers, 1980 Nov 5   2 audiotapes 2 143-144
White, Timothy: Great New York Editors and Publishers, 1980 Nov 5   2 audiotapes 2 143-144
LeFrak, Sam, 1984 Nov 6   2 audiotapes 2 145-146
Moritz, Owen, 1984 Nov 6   2 audiotapes 2 145-146
Pinkerton, Stewart: Great New York Editors and Publishers, 1980 Oct 22   2 audiotapes 2 147-148
Procopa, John: Great New York Editors and Publishers, 1980 Oct 22   2 audiotapes 2 147-148
Garcia, Rudy: Great New York Editors and Publishers, 1980 Oct 22   2 audiotapes 2 147-148
Borgan, Chris: New York Interviewers, 1981 Nov 4   2 audiotapes 2 149-150
Parker, Paul: New York Interviewers, 1981 Nov 4   2 audiotapes 2 149-150
Arzt, George: Great New York Interviewers, [year unknown] Sep 30   2 audiotapes 2 151-152
Franklin, Joe: Great New York Interviewers, [year unknown] Sep 30   2 audiotapes 2 151-152
Spencer, Gil: Editors, undated   2 audiotapes 2 153-154
Gramer, Richard Ben: Editors, undated   2 audiotapes 2 153-154
Fallon, Beth, 1982 Feb 17   2 audiotapes 2 155-156
Bell, Arthur, 1982 Feb 17   2 audiotapes 2 155-156
Crist, Judith, 1984 Oct 9   2 audiotapes 2 157-158
Cordero, Angel, 1984 Oct 9   2 audiotapes 2 157-158
Mears, Walter, undated   2 audiotapes 2 159-160
Robertson, Nan, undated   2 audiotapes 2 159-160
Anderson, Dave, undated   2 audiotapes 2 159-160
Sherman, Bill, undated   2 audiotapes 2 161-162
Kerr, Kathleen, undated   2 audiotapes 2 161-162
Schneiderman, David, 1982 Dec 8   2 audiotapes 2 163-164
Trentlyon, Robert, 1982 Dec 8   2 audiotapes 2 163-164
Smith, Pat, 1982 Oct 6   2 audiotapes 2 165-166
Oliver, Dick, 1982 Oct 6   2 audiotapes 2 165-166

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