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Hollywood on Trial with Tony Kahn

Date(s) - Thursday, December 13th
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Jewish Museum Milwaukee


Gordon Kahn was a successful American author and screenwriter who was blacklisted for his defense of the Hollywood Ten entitled Hollywood on Trial, written in 1948. Gordon was subsequently subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), but was never called to testify. Fearing arrest, Gordon sold his 13-room Beverly Hills home and fled to Mexico where his wife and sons joined him six months later.

Tony Kahn, radio producer/personality and son of Gordon Kahn, will share stories of his family and how they were all affected by the ongoing stress of unemployment, FBI surveillance, and accusations. Tony will address the psychological challenges of this upbringing and detail the intergenerational strife and isolation that were hallmarks of his childhood.

The conversation will be facilitated by Steve Paulson, the Executive Producer and one of the founders of To The Best Of Our Knowledge. Paulson has been a contributing writer for Salon and Nautilus and has written for Slate, Huffington Post and The Atlantic. His radio reports have also been broadcast on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Walk-ins Welcome
Cost: Museum Members $5 | Non-Members $8
Free Parking

•   The Ladies that Broke the Blacklist: Madeline Gilford, Lee Grant, and Ruby Dee (Monday, October 15)
   McCarthy and the Hollywood Blacklist: Parallel Delusions (Sunday, October 21)
   Victim and Villain: Jewish Responses to the Red Scare (Wednesday, November 14)
   Hollywood on Trial with Tony Kahn (Thursday, December 13)
   The Lavender Scare: The Cold War Persecution of Gays and Lesbians in the Federal Government (Thursday, January 17)
   Hollywood’s Friendly Witness: Elia Kazan (Thursday, January 31)
Museum Members $15.00 $12.00 | Non-members $24.00 $20.00

Tony Kahn has done significant research into his family’s story to write, produce, and narrate a powerful six-part public radio series inspired by his childhood as the son of a blacklistee, called Blacklisted. The series starred Emmy award-winners Stockard Channing and Carol O’Connor.

Tony has produced work in various media but is best known for his work in public radio, and is a regular panelist on the NPR quiz show Says You! He produced and directed the WGBH program Morning Stories and hosted its podcast version, public radio’s first. He was the original host of PRI’s The World, and a contributor to Minnesota Public Radio’s Savvy Traveler. Tony has also won numerous broadcasting awards including twelve New England Emmys, six Gold Medals of the New York International Festival, the Ace Award, three Gabriel Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award for Feature Reporting.

dsc0801-version-2Sponsored by Wisconsin Public Radio and funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Offered in connection with Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, October 12, 2018 – February 10, 2019.

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