Yiddish playwright, actor, and linguist Nahum Stutchkoff (1893-1965) authored
some of the most intensely emotional dramas ever broadcast on radio. Every week,
his Yiddish radio plays portrayed a different fictional Jewish family struggling
to adapt to life in America.
Only 26 episodes from his long-running series Bei Tate-mames Tish (Round
the Family Table) survive. These recordings are as close as we'll ever
get to hearing what life was like in the tenements of New York City in the 1930s
When not writing or acting in one of his eight weekly radio programs, Stutchkoff
penned reference books, including a monumental Yiddish thesaurus that breathes
with the linguist's genius. The gift is as evident in Stutchkoff's exhaustively
versatile matzo commercials, which listeners loved almost as much as his dramas.