Beyond the Pale Listening Party & Discussion

In this event, the Beyond the Pale radio program co-hosts will respond to clips from the archive and discuss their relevance today. The program was executive-produced by Esther Kaplan and Marilyn Kleinberg Neimark, and produced with the support of Jews For Racial & Economic Justice.

Celebrate the recent digitization of the Beyond the Pale radio program, which was completed with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Recordings at Risk program.

Join Beyond the Pale co-hosts Marilyn Neimark and Esther Kaplan as they revisit episodes of their radio program, Beyond the Pale, which was a weekly radio program designed to provide a progressive, Jewish perspective on issues confronting the United States. The program aired on WBAI/Pacifica Radio in New York from 1995 to 2014. The topics addressed included the peace process in the Middle East, Jewish culture and artistry, responses to and confrontation of the Radical Right, Ethiopian Jewry, Zionism, domestic violence in the Jewish community, racism, and myriad other issues.

NYU's Tamiment Library holds the entire archive of Beyond the Pale, which consists of 1,258 audio recordings. Tamiment will reformat and preserve 822 at-risk elements recorded on a variety of legacy formats. The project will digitize a substantial portion of these unique recordings for preservation, which will enable NYU to conduct archival arrangement and description, and update the collection's finding aid with streaming audio files.

Event Speakers:

  • Shannon O'Neill, Curator of Tamiment-Wagner Collections
  • Kimberly Tarr, Media Preservation Unit Head
  • Michael Koncewicz, Michael Nash Archivist & Ewen Center Program Coordinator
  • Marilyn Neimark, Co-host of Beyond the Pale
  • Esther Kaplan, Co-host of Beyond the Pale
  • Ari M. Brostoff, Culture Editor at Jewish Currents
  • With special musical guest: Basya Schechter, Founder of the group Pharaoh's Daughter.

This event is presented as part of NYU Libraries' Preservation Week series of programming. Preservation Week is an annual initiative of the American Library Association aimed at connecting our communities through events, activities, and resources that highlight what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections.

Image description: a photograph of a reel-to-reel tape from the Beyond the Pale archive, with the label, "Studs w/ Meridel Leseur."
a photograph of a reel-to-reel tape from the Beyond the Pale archive, with the label, "Studs w/ Meridel Leseur."