WAMC Speakers Corner
1:33 am
Thu March 6, 2008

In Conversation With... Theodore Bikel

Albany, NY –

Perhaps only a cat with its nine lives can claim to have more than Theodore Bikel has had. Folk singer; theater, film and television actor; radio host; president of Actors' Equity; political activist; Jewish spokesman, and author are some of the many careers to which Mr. Bikel can lay claim.

Bikel's theatre life began at age 19 as a student actor in the Habima Theatre in Israel. He was invited to America to appear on Broadway in Tonight in Samarkand, and has since had many memorable stage performances. Bikel was invited to record for Elektra records - and since has made more than 25 albums of folk songs, freedom songs, cast albums of musicals, and classical works. Theodore Bikel was a co-founder of the Newport Folk Festival. Bikel made his film debut in African Queen and has made more than 35 films.

As president and CEO of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Alan Chartock often takes time from his schedule to speak with unique people who's stories should be told. From musicians to journalists to UN weapons inspectors to top philanthropists, Alan offers listeners an opportunity to hear from these individuals in frank and open conversation. Visit Alan on Myspace, or on Facebook.

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