Kaatscast: the Catskills Podcast


March 15, 2022

Working for Women

Working for Women is a Catskills-based organization working nationwide to connect business dollars and resources with non-profits advocating for women in the workforce and toward financial independence. We sat down with Catsk...

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March 1, 2022

The Mountain Eagle

This year, The Mountain Eagle celebrates 40 years of newspaper publishing, and a relaunch in 2017 brought expanded coverage to Schoharie, Delaware, Greene, and northern Ulster counties. Join us for a conversation with publish...

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Feb. 15, 2022

The Wilderness Diary: Mental Health and Art in Roxbury

Delaware County artist Jessica Farrell was inspired by her aunt's journal from the 1960s and '70s to create "The Wilderness Journal," a series of portraits of adolescents who would go on to struggle with mental health issues....

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Feb. 1, 2022

Flower Power! Woodstock's Jarita's Florist

Snowy weather can be a challenge for Valentine's Day rose delivery, but that's nothing new for Woodstock's Jarita's florist , with 45 years of experience delivering fresh, professionally arranged flowers to Catskills resident...

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Jan. 18, 2022

Rescuing Animals for 130 Years at a Local SPCA

Gina Carbonari is a retired U.S. Marine with a new mission. As executive director of the 130-year-old Ulster County SPCA , she's ensuring that the homeless, abused, and neglected animals there are cared for, sheltered, and r...

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Jan. 4, 2022

Ten Million for Tannersville: Talking with The Hunter Foundation

Tannersville, NY , is a small mountain village, with big aspirations. And now, with the help of a very large grant from New York State, it's preparing for a basket of revitalization projects that would surely put a smile on …

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Dec. 21, 2021

Is This Recyclable?! "Wishcycling" at UCRRA

Recycling is a great way to reduce the (many) truckloads of trash bound for distant landfills, but "wishcycling," the practice of throwing questionable items into the blue bin and HOPING they'll be recycled, is problematic, t...

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Dec. 7, 2021

On Air: CO2 and Indoor Air Quality

Feeling sleepy? CO2 could be the culprit. For centuries, the Catskills have offered a respite from city life, and a bit of fresh air. But indoor air quality can be bad no matter where you live. Fortunately, air quality can …

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Nov. 23, 2021

Fins, Feathers, Furs and the Great Outdoors with Tim Byron

It's hunting season in the Catskills, and even if you're not a hunter, you'll want to hear our interview with Tim Byron, a longtime friend with an infectious love for hunting, fishing, camping, and observing Catskills wildlif...

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Nov. 9, 2021

Firewood: Keeping It Local!

As daylight shortens and temperatures fall, many of us in the Catskills turn to our wood stoves to help keep warm. "Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice," the old adage goes. But if you don't chop …

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Oct. 26, 2021

Reimagining a Classic Catskills Ghost Story

This week, we spoke with author Christine Wade about her retelling of a classic Catskills ghost story. In 1819 Washington Irving published his tale of Rip Van Winkle , who wanders off into the woods to escape his nagging wife...

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Oct. 12, 2021

Watershed Moments: NYC and the Catskills Past and Present

For more than a century, New York City has relied on the Catskills for its abundant supply of clean, soft drinking water. The Catskills' relationship with NYC has been a complicated one, including the staggering loss of entir...

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Sept. 28, 2021

Wild Mountain Bird Rescue

Each year, hundreds of injured birds arrive at Annie Mardiney's doorstep for a second chance at life in the wild. When she isn't rescuing birds, Annie's running educational programs, with companion raptors like Peregrine Falc...

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Sept. 14, 2021

Talking Bats with Kathy Nolan

This week... it's the only mammal capable of flight. And it can catch 1000 mosquitos in an hour! We're talking bats with Catskill Mountainkeeper’s Senior Research Director, Kathy Nolan, who joined me among the little brown ba...

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Aug. 31, 2021

Outdoor Guides of the Catskills: The “Adventure Experts”

On May 11, 2019, the Phoenicia Library presented live, Outdoor Guides of the Catskills: The “Adventure Experts” -- this is a recording of that presentation, featuring Will Soter, co-founder of Upstate Adventure Guides and the...

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Aug. 17, 2021

Dowsing for Water with Bill Getz

Need water? Choose a random spot, drill, and drill some more, until you hit water. However, if you want to pinpoint the ideal location for clean, clear water, with minimal drilling, you might consider hiring a dowser like Bil...

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Aug. 3, 2021

Lunch with Mike Cioffi at the Phoenicia Diner

Restaurant owner Mike Cioffi talks food, pandemic adaptations, and running (two) successful restaurants in the Catskills –– Phoenicia's landmark Phoenicia Diner , and Woodstock's Dixon Roadside . Thanks to Mike, Courtney, Bel...

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July 20, 2021

Arts and Culture along the CMSB

This week, we present an audio driving guide on arts and culture, produced a few years back, in association with the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway . Hear from artists, musicians, and farmers with tips on farms, galleries, m...

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July 6, 2021

Outdoor Adventure Guide to the Central Catskills

Over the years, Silver Hollow Audio has produced a number of audio driving guides , including tours of art, history, and outdoor recreation. This week, we've pulled out our outdoor adventure guide, produced in 2016 in associa...

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June 22, 2021

Bramley Mountain Fire Tower

At one time, New York state had more than 100 active fire towers, the purpose of which was to help lookouts –– you guessed it –– spot fires. These days, some of the remaining towers have been repurposed for recreational …

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June 8, 2021

Hanford Mills and the Power of the Past

Hanford Mills Museum operates an authentic water- and steam-powered historic site, which includes a sawmill, gristmill, and woodworking shop. The mission of Hanford Mills Museum is to inspire audiences of all ages to explore ...

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May 25, 2021

Honoring the Dead: Cemetery Stories from Delaware County

This Memorial Day week, we visited two area cemeteries where historians are taking steps to memorialize former Catskills residents in the towns of Delhi and Roxbury. At the Roxbury Methodist Church cemetery, gravestones obscu...

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May 11, 2021

Vintage Baseball in Delaware County

Hankering for some baseball circa 1895? Teams like Mountain Athletic Club and the Bovina Dairymen are playing vintage "base ball" right here in the Catskills. Spectators and players welcome! We spoke with the M.A.C.'s Collin ...

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April 27, 2021

An Interview with Brian Flynn

This week, I met with Brian Flynn for a no-holds-barred interview on his run for Congress, his business ventures, a family tragedy, a life of activism, civic engagement, and the donation of not one, but two living organs. All...

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