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Podcasts: Over 25 Recommended by Locals PDF Print Email


By Sarah Clifford

Nov. 28, 2018:  This month we reached out to learn about some of our readers' favorite podcasts and put together a list of over twenty-five. While doing our research, we also got responses such as "what exactly is a podcast?" and "how do you get them?" So we thought we’d share some basics. For a little more detail, click here for a primer from Wired magazine.

What is a podcast? A podcast is an audio program that you can download onto your phone, tablet, computer, or other electronic device. Podcasts are typically in a series format. Many radio programs are available as podcasts.

Why listen to a podcast? The great thing about a podcast is that it’s audio on demand. You can listen to exactly what interests you when you want--walking the dog, driving the car, taking the train or plane, working out...whenever. In addition, many podcasts are free.

How do you listen to a podcast? Podcasts are typically downloaded onto and listened to via apps. There are a number of podcast apps with varying features, some free and some for a one-time small fee. Podcast apps are typically built into cell phones. For example, iPhones have Apple Podcasts, and Android phones have Google Podcasts in Google Play. Podcasts can also be listened to on the websites that produce or host them.  

Where can you find podcasts? You can find suggestions for podcasts on podcast apps and in online lists such as ours below. Many radio shows and publications have their own podcasts. Many of the podcasts below are produced or distributed by National Public Radio, Public Radio International, Public Radio Exchange, American Public Media, or local public radio stations.

Favorite Podcasts

Over twenty-five podcasts were recommended to us. They are listed below in alphabetical order and the names are linked to the websites where you can find them. Next to the title is a description of the podcast from its website or the website of its host and in some cases a reader's comment.

Best of Both Worlds. "Hosts Laura Vanderkam, author of I Know How She Does It and a mom of four, and Sarah Hart-Unger, a practicing physician, blogger, and mom of three, discuss work/life balance, career development, parenting, time management, productivity, and making time for fun." Reader comment: "Inspiring for professionals and moms who are managing opportunities and challenges."

Big Brains. "Some of the biggest discoveries and insights changing our world for the better have happened at the University of Chicago. Meet the pioneering thinkers behind those big ideas on Big Brains. Their stories will change how you see the world."

Bon Appétit. "Featuring interviews with chefs, writers, and, well, anyone who has something cool to say about food." Reader comment: "It’s fun, funny, and informative."

The Daily. "This is how the news should sound. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, hosted by Michael Barbaro and powered by New York Times journalism." Reader comment: "Deeper look at specific current events; pulls the curtain back and also draws you in emotionally; fun to listen to."

Dirty JohnDirty John is a six-part series of investigative journalism by host LA Times reporter Christopher Goffard about a true-crime story that a reader calls "truly riveting."

Freakonomics. "Discover the hidden side of everything with Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the Freakonomics books. Each week, Freakonomics Radio tells you things you always thought you knew (but didn’t) and things you never thought you wanted to know (but do)—from the economics of sleep to how to become great at just about anything. Dubner speaks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, intellectuals and entrepreneurs, and various other underachievers." Reader comment: "Based on the book by Stephen Dubner, which we liked—analyzes conventional wisdom and how it is often wrong." 

Here's the Thing. "Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin gives the listener unique entrée into the lives of artists, policy makers and performers." Reader comment: "Interesting interview candidates ... like Ben and Jerry."

Hidden Brain. "Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to reveal the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, shape our choices and direct our relationships." Reader comment: "Interesting and relevant topics."

How I Built This. "Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built." Reader comment: "It’s inspiring to hear entrepreneurs’ stories … to see that businesses don’t get built overnight and that many people fail in different ways and capacities before they have success. I also just love knowing more about the people behind the companies that I enjoy in my everyday life. After listening to HIBT, you feel like you can do anything you put your mind to, and that’s a great feeling." 

Katie Couric. "Getting to what matters. That’s what Katie Couric does best. She asks the questions you’d ask and pushes for real answers. She helps make sense of a crazy world. And now she’s bringing her thoughtful, relatable style (along with the occasional show tune) to the world of podcasting. Join Katie and her co-host Brian Goldsmith as they talk to the most fascinating people in news, politics, and pop culture. New personalities, new insights, and new episodes—every Thursday." 

Masters of Scale. "Masters of Scale is an original podcast hosted by Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and investor at Greylock. In each episode, Reid shows how companies grow from zero to a gazillion, testing his theories with legendary leaders." Reader comment: "Inspiring stories about entrepreneurs' roads to success, e.g., Danny Meyer."

Modern Love. "Modern Love: The Podcast features the popular New York Times column, with readings by notable personalities and updates from the essayists themselves. Join host Meghna Chakrabarti (WBUR) and Modern Love editor Daniel Jones (NYT)—and fall in love at first listen." The program's tagline is "true stories of love, loss and redemption."

The Moth Podcast. "The Moth Podcast features re-airs of all new episodes of The Moth Radio Hour, plus additional stories." "The Moth Radio Hour features true stories told live on stage without scripts, notes, props or accompaniment. Moth storytellers stand alone, under a spotlight, with only a microphone and a roomful of strangers. Each hour mixes humorous, heartbreaking, and poignant tales that captivate, surprise, and delight with their honesty, bravery, and humor."

On BeingOn Being, with host Krista Tippett, is "a pursuit of the ancient and enduring human questions that gave rise to our spiritual traditions and resonate through every institution anew in this century: what does it mean to be human, how do we want to live, and who will we be to each other?" Reader comment: "Always makes me think."

Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations. "Awaken, discover and connect to the deeper meaning of the world around you with SuperSoul. Hear Oprah’s personal selection of her interviews with thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts. All designed to light you up, guide you through life’s big questions and help bring you one step closer to your best self." Reader comment: "Most recent guest was Michelle Obama on her book Becoming. Lots of inspiring guests."

The People's Pharmacy. "Everything from home remedies to the latest breakthrough drugs [is] discussed on The People's Pharmacy. Pharmacologist Joe Graedon and medical anthropologist Terry Graedon talk to leading experts to discuss issues relating to drugs, herbs, home remedies, vitamins and related health topics." Reader comment: "Health advice on everything from yoga to getting kids to eat healthy."

Planet Money. "The economy explained. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, 'Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy.' Now imagine that's actually a fun evening." Reader comment: "It talks about relevant and topical issues with wit and humor and in a way that appeals to all audiences. Makes economics easy to understand and fun."

Pop Culture Happy Hour. "Pop Culture Happy Hour is a fun and freewheeling chat about the latest movies, television, books, comics and music." 

Radiolab. "Radiolab, with Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, is a radio show and podcast weaving stories and science into sound and music-rich documentaries." Reader comment: "Radiolab is science explored in a creative and informative manner with hosts who are genuinely curious about the world."

Recode Decode. "One of tech's most prominent journalists, Kara Swisher is known for her insightful reporting and straight-shooting style. Listen in as she hosts hard-hitting interviews about the week in tech with influential business leaders and outspoken personalities from media, politics and more." Reader comment: "She’s a terrific interviewer."

Stay Tuned with Preet. "Join Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney who fought corruption, financial fraud and violent crime, in a series about justice and fairness."  

Studio 360. "The Peabody Award-winning show and podcast about creativity, pop culture, the arts and ideas hosted by novelist and journalist (and 'Spy' magazine co-founder) Kurt Andersen."

TED Talks Daily. "Want TED Talks on the go? Every weekday, this feed brings you our latest talks in audio format. Hear thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable—from artificial intelligence to zoology, and everything in between—given by the world's leading thinkers and doers." Reader comment: "Insightful, inspiring, and topics for every interest."

This American Life. "Mostly we do journalism, but an entertaining kind of journalism that's built around plot. In other words, stories! Our favorite sorts of stories have compelling people at the center of them, funny moments, big feelings, surprising plot twists, and interesting ideas. Like little movies for radio." Reader comment: "Compelling, insightful, well researched, expertly told stories that never cease to enlighten and always make me laugh out loud. Like a good book, once I start an episode, I can’t put it down. By the end, I will have run the gamut of emotions—every time." 

Whistlestop. "John Dickerson of Slate’s Political Gabfest revisits a moment from the American carnival of politics. Hear about the grand speeches, emergency strategies, baby kissing, and backstabbing that make each presidential cycle so fascinating." Reader comment: "John Dickerson’s podcast about the presidency ... great podcast about presidential events I remember but didn’t really understand."

Wow in the World. "Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz guide curious kids and their grown-ups on a journey into the wonders of the world around them. We'll go inside our brains, out into space and deep into the coolest new stories in science and technology." Reader comment: "Great science podcast that my son asks for in the car."

Pictured here (rotating): Icons for Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.

Ten Free Movies at Bronxville Library in November and December 2018 PDF Print Email


By Staff

Nov. 28, 2018:  Do you enjoy a good movie?  Below is a list of ten free movies that will be shown at the Bronxville Public Library in November and December. The movie name links to the description on the library's website.

Wednesday, November 28, 1:30 pm:  Marshall

Friday, November 30, 3:30 pm:  Family Film:  Hotel Transylvania

Wednesday, December 5, 1:30 pm:  A Christmas Wish

Friday, December 7, 3:30 pm:  Family Film:  Norm of the North

Wednesday, December 12, 1:30 pm:  The Man Who Invented Christmas

Friday, December 14, 3:30 pm:  Christmas with the Chipmunks

Friday, December 21, 3:15 pm:  Miracle on 34th Street

Wednesday, December 26, 2:00 pm: The Polar Express

Friday, December 28, 2:00 pm:  Incredibles 2

Pictured here:  Bronxville Public Library.

Photo by A. Warner



Opening Reception for pARTners 2018 at OSilas Gallery Thursday, November 29 PDF Print Email


By OSilas Gallery

Nov. 28, 2018:  Students from Eastchester and Tuckahoe High Schools have created an art installation called pARTners 2018. Given the theme of “Borders and Boundaries,” students with special needs and their peers and art teachers have created individual works of art that explore pathways that know no borders or boundaries but instead are guided by only forces of nature.  

The artwork comes together in an installation created by the high school students in collaboration with students from Concordia College--emphasizing the importance of creating art together.

The opening reception is on Thursday, November 29, at 7:00 pm at OSilas Gallery on the campus of Concordia College. It is free and open to the public. Ample parking is available on the college campus and is accessible using the main entrance of the college. The installation is sponsored by The Community Fund.

Pictured here:  OSilas Gallery at Concordia College. 

Photo by N. Bower  

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

Bronxville High School Orchestra Performs with College and Professional Musicians PDF Print Email


Contributed by Michael Ganci, Syntax, for The Bronxville School

Nov. 14, 2018:  The Bronxville High School orchestra joined college and professional musicians onstage when they performed with the renowned Black Violin duo at a concert held on October 26 at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College.

As part of a community outreach program, which was sponsored by the college’s music conservatory, the students accompanied violinists Kevin Sylvester and Wilner Baptiste, who blended classical and hip-hop musical arrangements. The group’s name, Black Violin, is taken from an album by jazz violinist Stuff Smith, whose work has had a significant influence on the duo’s approach to music.

“We were delighted to be invited to perform with Black Violin, both to enjoy playing the hip-hop arrangements of orchestral classics with a college orchestra and professional musicians and to lend our support to Black Violin’s social action agenda,” orchestra director Denise Lutter said.

The duo has spent 10 years working to empower people of all ages and ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, helping them to discover what connects them, break barriers that divide them, and encourage others to follow their passions.

“Black Violin defies every stereotype of violinists, and by sharing their talents and their take on classical music with us and the audience, it inspired us to redefine what an orchestra can and should do,” said Sofia Ricciarini, a violinist and high school junior.

Junior Angie Pearson, a violinist, said she enjoyed playing the mixture of music genres, which included layering a Cardi B song on top of the theme from Mozart’s Symphony No. 40. Junior Amanda Troy, a violinist, said the duo’s music appeals to people with different tastes in music, ethnic backgrounds, and age groups.

“Black Violin encouraged the audience to do what they love despite stereotypes, and they made a statement about connecting with others just by adding rap beats to classical music,” said Elaina Poulos, a violist and sophomore.

Black Violin accompanied Alicia Keys at the 2004 Billboard Awards, played for the 2013 Kids’ Inaugural Concert, which was attended by the Obamas, and has worked with Aerosmith, Lupe Fiasco, Tom Petty, and Kanye West, among others. 

Pictured here: The Bronxville High School orchestra performing with the renowned Black Violin duo at a concert held October 26 at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. 

Photo courtesy The Bronxville School

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

Ann Goldstein, Acclaimed Translator, to Speak on January 8 PDF Print Email


By Margaret Mager, President, and Irena Choi Stern, Publicity Chair, Friends of the Bronxville Public Library

Nov. 14, 2018:  The Friends of the Bronxville Public Library will host Ann Goldstein, the translator and the public face of the secretive, critically acclaimed author Elena Ferrante, on the evening of Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at Concordia College’s Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts.

Ms. Goldstein will be interviewed by Bronxville’s Sissel McCarthy, distinguished lecturer and director of the journalism program at Hunter College. Furthermore, an HBO eight-episode seriesMy Brilliant Friend, based on the first novel in the Neapolitan Quartet by Elena Ferrante, is set to premiere on Sunday, November 18, at 9:00 pm.

Ms. Goldstein is a rock star of the translation world. Her translations of Ferrante's Neapolitan series have sold more than a million copies worldwide, making her one of the most sought-after translators of Italian literature.

“We are honored and thrilled to host someone of Ann Goldstein’s stature,” said Margaret Mager, president of the Friends of the Bronxville Public Library ("FOBPL"). “And we would like to give special thanks to Bronxville’s Susanne Shoemaker for connecting us to Ms. Goldstein. Elena Ferrante’s novels are one of life’s great book-related pleasures, and it may not have been possible to read them in English without Ms. Goldstein.”

In addition to Ferrante’s novels, Ms. Goldstein has translated works by writers such as Primo Levi, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Jhumpa Lahiri and has edited The Complete Works of Primo Levi. She has been the recipient of the PEN/Renato Poggioli Translation Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and awards from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2016, her translation of Ferrante’s The Story of a Lost Child was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize honoring international novels in translation. Alongside her career in translation, Ms. Goldstein was an editor at The New Yorker.

The event on January 8 is open to the public, but registration is required. Click here to register. There will be a special reserved section for FOBPL donors. Click here to donate to FOBPL.

For more information, email CLOAKING .

Pictured here: Ann Goldstein

Photo by E. Tammy Kim

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

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