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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 dr…

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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 s…

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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…

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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 naturalis…

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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 biol…

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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…

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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 w…

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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…

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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: a…

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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 sho…

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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…

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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 k…

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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 th…

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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 priva…

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May 12, 2020

Joan Wulff: “First Lady of Fly Fishing”

On October 27, 2018, at the Phoenicia Library's Jerry Bartlett Angling Collection , “First Lady” Joan Wulff and her associate Jen…

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April 28, 2020

Catskill Forests, Trees, Hemlocks

Forest historian Michael Kudish talks trees and forest composition in the Stony Clove, bridging Ulster and Greene Counties. Then,…

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April 14, 2020

John Burroughs' Heart of the Southern Catskills

Full audio edition of John Burroughs’ classic essay, "The Heart of the Southern Catskills." In 1886, Princeton geology professor …

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March 31, 2020

John Burroughs' Pepacton

This audio edition of John Burroughs’ classic essay, "Pepacton: A Summer Voyage," is the story of Burroughs’ journey down the mea…

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March 21, 2020

Special: COVID-19

Thousands infected, businesses shuttered, social distancing, and closed schools. In this special, unscheduled episode, listen in …

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March 17, 2020

Lights... Camera... Catskills!

The Catskills, with its beautiful scenery and quirky towns, offers ready-made backdrops for movies and TV. Add talented local cre…

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March 3, 2020

The Loop: Haines Falls to Tannersville

We tour "the loop," of Routes 25 and 23c, that connects Haines Falls to Tannersville, via the mountaintop. Hear from Cyndi LaPier…

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Feb. 18, 2020

Jan Sawka: Polish Refugee in the Hudson Valley

In 1976, renowned artist Jan Sawka fled communist Poland with his wife Hanna, and baby daughter, also named Hanna. They eventuall…

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Feb. 4, 2020

Grand Hotels and Railroad Travel

In this episode, hear from Jon Ham and Bob Gildersleeve about the grand hotels that attracted visitors at the turn of the century…

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Jan. 21, 2020

The "Kaat"skills, the Dutch, and Kaaterskill Falls

In this episode, you’ll hear from historian Cyndi LaPierre on the history of the word "Catskills," and if you’re wondering why Ka…

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