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Did you ever have a really interesting conversation at a bar -- sharing ideas over a couple of martinis -- and wish you could've bottled it? That's Bar Crawl Radio. Rebecca McKean and Alan Winson invite amazing people to Manhattan bars -- make a toast -- and then talk about about whatever inspires them -- makes their lives worth living. We talk to bar owners & bartenders -- actors -- musicians -- writers & poets -- journalists -- politicians -- social activists -- community organizers & NGOs -- brewers & mead makers -- businesspersons -- podcasters -- and sometimes -- lawyers. Who knows? BCR might be at a bar -- near you.
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Bar Crawl Radio Alan Winson & Rebecca McKean

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Did you ever have a really interesting conversation at a bar -- sharing ideas over a couple of martinis -- and wish you could've bottled it? That's Bar Crawl Radio. Rebecca McKean and Alan Winson invite amazing people to Manhattan bars -- make a toast -- and then talk about about whatever inspires them -- makes their lives worth living. We talk to bar owners & bartenders -- actors -- musicians -- writers & poets -- journalists -- politicians -- social activists -- community organizers & NGOs -- brewers & mead makers -- businesspersons -- podcasters -- and sometimes -- lawyers. Who knows? BCR might be at a bar -- near you.
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    R U Happy?

    R U Happy?

    Is it important to be happy? Are you happy? How do you really know? A credible, scientific answer to these questions would require a deeper dive with experts for a future BCR episode. For now – we just asked our Upper West Side Manhattan neighbors out for a stroll in Riverside Park below a crumbling Civil War edifice – “Are you happy?”  It was the end of summer -- a couple of days before the Jewish New Year – the world was filling with CO2 – Texas women could no longer control their health choices -- COVID-19 infections were on the rise
    --  and our guests were “happy.”

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    • 40 min
    9/11: 2001 - 2021

    9/11: 2001 - 2021

    The Poetry Foundation editors write: “When major parts of our lives seem to change in a flash, we are reminded that poetry can help us to cope with new realities and to assess the unknowns ahead. When we are stepping out into uncharted terrain, alone or together, poetry can capture our emotions. It can share our vulnerabilities and scars, along with our strengths.”
    Today. we are sharing the first program of our new podcast co-produced with Chris Brandt -- “Poetry. What is it good for?” For this first episode, we explored the 20-year social and emotional after-tremors of the attack by Saudi Arabian terrorists on the United States through the powerful tool of poetry with J. Chester Johnson and Cornelius Eady. 
    J. Chester Johnson is a poet, playwright, essayist, translator, speaker and teacher. He visited Bar Crawl Radio a couple of months ago to talk about his book – “Damaged Heritage” -- on the history and his family’s connection with the 1919 Elaine, Arkansas Massacre, one of many human crimes against humanity in which U. S. White citizens killed over 100 U.S. Black citizens and then prosecuted the survivors for their act of murder. 
    Though Cornelius Eady, an American poet, focuses on issues of race and society, his verse accomplishes a lot more as indicated in his deeply felt reactions to the 9/11 attack on this country. Cornelius is also a musician whose verse is performed as song by The Cornelius Eady Trio. His poetry is simple and accessible, centering on jazz and blues, family life, violence, and society from a racial and class-based POV.

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Wanna be an Advice Columnist?

    Wanna be an Advice Columnist?

    For this BCR "Park Bench Chats" episode -- once again, recording in Riverside Park, beneath the majestic and crumbling Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument -- Rebecca and Alan challenged Upper West Side, Manhattan neighbors to match wits with "Dear Abby" - "Ask Ann Landers" - and, "Ask Amy." These "amateurs" came up some amazing and insightful advice on several real-life, personal traumas. And -- in our estimation -- exceeded the professionals.
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    • 41 min
    Danny Doughty: Visionary Folk Artist

    Danny Doughty: Visionary Folk Artist

    BCR was on road trip to the Eastern Shore of Virginia and came upon a magical room in the small town of Onancock – an art gallery with bright yellow walls and bold, color-filled, paintings that held a singular theme, reflecting the artist’s visionary connection to the African American women who inhabited his youth. Danny Doughty calls himself a visionary folk artist. According to Eastern Virginia shore writer Ted Shockley: “[Doughty] paints scenes of the uncomplicated, quiet life he wishes for himself if he could be born again. He paints the proud but voiceless African American women of his youth who were so kind and hardworking and nurturing, and he paints them in the brilliant colors of respect and royalty, not the faded field clothes they wore then. He points scenes of celebration and love as a contrast to his own broken upbringing.” Danny’s is an authentic voice of an isolated aspect of the American South.  
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    • 53 min
    Evan Williams: Appalachian author

    Evan Williams: Appalachian author

    Bar Crawl Radio travelled to Henderson County, in western North Carolina to talk with author and apple grower, Evan Williams, whose family has resided in the Blue Ridge Mountains since before the Revolutionary War. His writing abides within the people and culture of small town Appalachia. From Evan’s website -- “Surrounded by orchard, and writing from within a former apple storage shed, converted to dwelling, Evan inhabits the family compound along with a smattering of his adult, married children, several rescue pets, and a growing number of grandchildren.”
    This conversation was recorded in the Triskelion Brewing Company in Hendersonville North Carolina. We talked about southern-style, small town religion, the mysteries of apple-growing, the "new" south, and Evan's recently published book "Ripples."

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Donald Trump Invaded My Dreams

    Donald Trump Invaded My Dreams

    Like something out of the 1956 film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” –-- Donald Trump has invaded our psyches as we sleep. We live in an irrational nation – and we work out our roiling emotions in our dreams.  Dreaming about the Trumpster is a thing -- according to a study done by a NYC psycho-therapist – Martha M. Crawford.
    For this BCR episode -- Park Bench Chat series -- we asked our neighbors promenading in Riverside Park – if the former president had made an appearance in their dreams.  Along the way we hooked an Obama dream and some political gab – and at the very end of the day  -- just as we were finishing up our cocktails -- a man named “Walker” walked into our podcast and told us an amazing story – so be sure to listen to the end of this one --
    We also give a shout-out to UWS Open Hearts led by Corinne Lowe – working to secure homes for NYC’s homeless.

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    • 42 min

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