Fri, 29 April 2022
Tonight, we start off with a couple episodes of “The Goldbergs.” Not the TV series set in the 1980s, but the long-running radio series from the 1930s and 40s. The show tells the story of the daily life of the Goldbergs, a Jewish family living in New York and, later, Connecticut. The program was created by and starred Gertrude Berg. When the program moved to television in the 1950s, she was the first recipient of the Emmy Award for “Lead Comedy Actress.” “The Goldbergs” was a daily, 15-minute dramedy. The family was explicitly Jewish and explicitly trying to assimilate -- a true media rarity at the time. Like the best of the Golden Age of Radio, the episodes produced during World War II are a real window into home front America. “The Goldbergs” in particular concentrated on themes of everyone working together. How good a writer was Gertrude Berg? Listen to Molly’s speech to another mother at the end of the first episode. In 2013, that episode was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry for works that "are culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States." Then on “Information Please,” are you up on famous chapter titles, political defeats, and the origins of idiomatic phrases? Get ready to stump the experts.
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