On December 13, Steve will be interviewing radio producer Tony Kahn live on stage at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee. As the son of blacklisted screenwriter Gordon Kahn, Tony had a unique vantage point on what it was like to live through the era of the Hollywood blacklist. Here's a summary of what they'll be discussing.
Gordon Kahn was a successful American author and screenwriter who was blacklisted for his defense of the Hollywood Ten entitled Hollywood on Trial, written in 1948. Gordon was subsequently subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), but was never called to testify. Fearing arrest, Gordon sold his 13-room Beverly Hills home and fled to Mexico where his wife and sons joined him six months later.
Tony Kahn, radio producer/personality and son of Gordon Kahn, will share stories of his family and how they were all affected by the ongoing stress of unemployment, FBI surveillance, and accusations. Tony will address the psychological challenges of this upbringing and detail the intergenerational strife and isolation that were hallmarks of his childhood.
The conversation will be facilitated by Steve Paulson, the Executive Producer and one of the founders of To The Best Of Our Knowledge. Paulson has been a contributing writer for Salon and Nautilus and has written for Slate, Huffington Post and The Atlantic. His radio reports have also been broadcast on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
For more info on the event — including where to get tickets — visit the Jewish Museum Milwaukee website.