Kaatscast: the Catskills Podcast


April 13, 2021

Woodstock NY Pollinator Pathway

Honey bees aren't the only species facing serious population declines. Wild bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, and other insects, plus birds, bats, and amphibians are losing natural habitat and being forced out by invasive sp...

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March 30, 2021

Sugaring Season at Oliverea Schoolhouse Maple

Oliverea schoolhouse maple is a 4,000 tap maple farm owned and operated by Herb Van Baren. We tagged along for the day as he tapped trees and pumped sap to be boiled down to 1,000 gallons of Catskill Mountain syrup! …

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March 16, 2021

Bicknell: the Bird and the Man

With snow and ice still reluctant to make way for long-awaited signs of spring, bird species know that warm weather is indeed on its way, and many are already en route back to their Catskills breeding grounds. For many of …

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March 2, 2021

Writers in the Mountains

This week, we're joined by 4 Catskills writers, teachers, and board members of Writers in the Mountains , a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation and sharin...

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Feb. 16, 2021

Sustainable Catskills part 2

Join us for part two of our behind-the-scenes tour of "Sustainable Catskills," with stops at the nation's first "passive house" library, an eco-conscious resort on the banks of the Esopus, and an Arkville solar array that imp...

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Feb. 2, 2021

Sustainable Catskills part 1

Come along for a behind-the-scenes tour of "Sustainable Catskills," with a stop at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, a walk on the Ashokan Rail Trail, and a swim at the Catskill Recreation Center! Thanks to Ulst...

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Jan. 19, 2021

Dean's Beans: Life-changing Coffee

This week, an insightful interview with Dean Cycon, founder of Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Company . Hear how coffee is creating meaningful change through ethical business practices rooted in respect for the earth, the farmer...

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Jan. 5, 2021

Reservoir Year: A Walker's Book of Days

Happy New Year! This week's podcast is a celebration of our annual spin around the sun, and a book by local author Nina Shengold on her 365-day walk along the Ashokan Reservoir. On the eve of her 60th birthday, she …

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Dec. 22, 2020

The Nutcracker & Orpheum Dance

Each year, the Catskill Mountain Foundation's Orpheum Dance Program puts on a performance of The Nutcracker, directed by ballet pro Victoria Rinaldi. This year's pandemic brings this annual tradition online, using clips from ...

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Dec. 8, 2020

Catskill Historical Views: John D. Clarke

We spoke with Delaware County historian Bill Birns about the legacy of “Hobart’s greatest” (albeit largely forgotten) son, John Davenport Clarke: farmer, forester, and congressman. Catskill Historical Views is a collaboration...

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Nov. 24, 2020

Voices from the Central Catskills

This week, we highlight four segments from our original "Experience the Central Catskills" audio driving guide, for a westward drive from Olive to Andes on NYS Route 28. DEC Natural Resources Supervisor Bill Rudge and an over...

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Nov. 10, 2020

Emerson's Uses of Great Men

American essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century, a literary, philosophical and spiritual movement with a belief in humanity's fundamental goodness; and a reverence for self-rel...

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Oct. 27, 2020

Treasure Hunt with the Delaware County Diggers!

The Delaware County Diggers is a group of metal detecting enthusiasts with a passion for history and preservation. We joined them at the John Burroughs' Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury, NY, where they beeped and dug their way to a...

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Oct. 13, 2020

Fall in the Catskills and Thoreau's "Autumnal Tints"

It’s fall in the Catskills, with that too-brief splash of color that draws leaf peepers near and far. In 1862, as famed naturalist Henry David Thoreau lay dying from tuberculosis, he wrote an essay entitled "Autumnal Tints," ...

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Sept. 29, 2020

Things that Sting with professor Justin O. Schmidt

This week: bees! wasps! hornets! yellowjackets! (and other things that sting) with special guest Justin O. Schmidt, research biologist at Southwestern Biological Institute, adjunct faculty at University of Arizona’s departmen...

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Sept. 15, 2020

Remote Work Post-Pandemic

John Lyons is a transportation professional, sustainability leader, solar entrepreneur, and business developer with a passion for addressing the climate crisis and creating a clean energy future. He's been incorporating remot...

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Sept. 1, 2020

Climate Change in the Hudson Valley with SHV's Dave Conover

Dave Conover is Program Coordinator at Sustainable Hudson Valley. He grew up in the Catskills and has spent much of his career working on environmental issues as an educator and program developer. Climate change is resulting...

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Aug. 18, 2020

Cynthia Nikitin on Public Spaces and Resiliency

“People, Places, Possibilities” – A Conversation with Cynthia Nikitin Sustainable Hudson Valley is working to accelerate progress against climate change through programs to scale up the clean energy marketplace and by helping...

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Aug. 4, 2020

People, Places, Possibilities with Sustainable Hudson Valley

There are a many conversations these days about the future, and understandably so. We are in the midst of four distinct crises: accelerating climate change, a pandemic, the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression, ...

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July 21, 2020

The Land of Little Rain

First published in 1903, The Land of Little Rain is Mary Austin’s classic homage to the American Southwest. Her collection of short stories and essays takes listeners on an enchanted journey through Death Valley, the High Sie...

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July 7, 2020

Nick Lyons: A Life Well Fished

We recorded 85-year-old Nick Lyons at the Jerry Bartlett Angling Collection in Phoenicia, NY, as part of its "Sporting Legends of The Catskills" series. From that event: "Nick began to fish as a child during summers at the La...

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June 23, 2020

The Quarry Fox: and Other Critters of the Wild Catskills

In The Quarry Fox , Leslie T. Sharpe chronicles the seasons and the vibrant wildlife of a landscape she cherishes, offering her keen insights in an engaging narrative that celebrates the splendor of the natural world. From cr...

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June 9, 2020

Platte Clove and Elka Park

Platte Clove is a steep and narrow valley, accessed by Platte Clove Road between Tannersville and West Saugerties, NY. Part of the road is seasonal use only, offering a gorgeous (and hair-raising) drive April through October....

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May 26, 2020

Catskills Artist Christie Scheele

Christie Scheele is an artist living in the Catskills, whose art is collected nationally and internationally by hundreds of private and public collectors. She says, "The single most distinctive aspect to what I do as a landsc...

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