Kaatscast: the Catskills Podcast


Voted #1 regional podcast in the 2022 Chronogrammies!
Kaatscast is a biweekly podcast covering history, arts & culture, outdoor adventure, sustainability, and local interviews from New York's Catskill mountains and Hudson Valley. Celebrate the Catskills with Kaatscast!

Recent Episodes


Catskills Thrillers: Reading Along with Kelli Huggins

Jan. 31, 2023

Washington Irving was an early author to set his fictional tale in the Catskills, but he certainly wasn't the last. If Rip Van Winkle were alive today, he'd have no shortage of contemporary Catskills suspense stories to help…

Community Local Business Sustainability

Billy's Make & Mend: Vintage Sewing Machines

Jan. 17, 2023

There's a "herd" of sewing machines in the hundreds, in Delancey, NY, and they're in the loving and capable hands of one Billy Hancock, owner of Billy's Make & Mend , an outpost for sewing machine repair and maintenance, sew…

Arts & Culture Community

Shea in the Catskills: Tarot, Art, Community

Jan. 3, 2023

To start off the new year, we visited Shea in the Catskills , a tarot practitioner, artist, facilitator, organizer + contemplative, for a (deeper than perhaps expected) conversation on community, tarot, inspiration ... and s…

Books History

Sea Lion Training in ... Kingston! The Tale of Sharkey and "Seal College"

Dec. 20, 2022

Just off the Kingston traffic circle, you'll find a couple of gas stations, a used car dealer, and a drive-through vegetarian burger joint. But in the 1940s, this was the site of "Seal College," a training facility for some …

Arts & Culture Community History

Kenny Bloodgood's Catskills Connection to a Famed Western Artist

Dec. 6, 2022

Charles Shreyvogel was an Eastern artist who painted famous Western scenes. His favorite model was also decidedly non-Western. Greene County’s Kenny Bloodgood recounts tales of his great-uncle Grant and his unlikely appearan…

Fishing And Hunting

Getting the Lead Out: Making a Case for Copper Bullets

Nov. 22, 2022

Whether you're a human who enjoys venison, or a bald eagle that scavenges a hunter's kill, lead = poison. And as it turns out, common lead bullets fragment on impact into hundreds of pepper-sized flakes that can be devastati…

About the Host

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Brett Barry

Brett hosts and produces Kaatscast from Silver Hollow Audio, in the heart of the Catskills. He teaches podcasting and audio production in the Digital Media & Journalism dept. at SUNY New Paltz.

Brett graduated from Syracuse University’s television, radio & film program and worked as an associate documentary producer for several years before launching a career in voice-overs in 2002. He returned to Syracuse 10 years later for a graduate degree in television-radio-film.

Brett is represented in NYC by Access Talent for television and radio commercials, audiobooks, promos, and narration. He’s the host of public radio’s "Sound Beat" and the voice of India’s English-language network, Zee Café. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks.