These "Blueprint Specials" were musical comedies meant to be performed by soldiers, for soldiers. Most of the songs were written by Frank Loesser, before he found fame with the musical "Guys and Dolls."
“If you think about 'Fiddler on the Roof' for example, there’s no scene where Tevye and his family are sitting around eating pastrami sandwiches,” says Merwin. “This was like the caviar of eastern European Jewish life.”
Different cultures have their own ideas on toilets and associated practices. And, they can bump up against lots of cultural misunderstandings. That's something that Alina Simone has noticed in her travels.
Mindra Sahadeo, an Indo-Guyanese musician who now lives in New York, has found a niche bringing the city’s harmoniums back to life. It's a way to connect to his Indian heritage and fill his shared apartment with music.
The hostility between John F. Kennedy and Fidel Castro's Cuba is legendary. But newly-released documents show that Kennedy had plans to reconcile with Cuba — plans scuttled when he was assassinated. PRI's The World takes this look back at "The World that Was."
In 1905, a small tribe from the Philippines appeared at Coney Island as a "human exhibit." Journalist Claire Prentice chronicles their experiences in her latest book, "The Lost Tribes of Coney Island," which we've excerpted here.