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Beaconites! is a podcast about Beacon, New York and the people who live here. Interviews with artists, business owners, educators, students and other local figures provide a window on Beacon and a point of entry for listeners to get involved.

Beaconites‪!‬ Zachary Rodgers

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    • 4.9 • 29 Ratings

Beaconites! is a podcast about Beacon, New York and the people who live here. Interviews with artists, business owners, educators, students and other local figures provide a window on Beacon and a point of entry for listeners to get involved.

    Barnaby! With Mimi Sun Longo and Mike Rasimas

    Barnaby! With Mimi Sun Longo and Mike Rasimas

    Mimi and Mike, two members of rock trio Barnaby!, talk about the band’s formation, how its sound has evolved and what it means to live a life dedicated to music. Sadly missing from this interview is bassist Harrison Cannon, who was out of town on the day we recorded. 
    Follow and listen to Barnaby!: Instagram, Spotify and Bandcamp.  
    Live show: Catch Barbaby! at Boughton Place in New Paltz on Saturday, February 11. Tickets. 
    Thanks for listening. Please share this episode with someone who might enjoy it. And subscribe here to receive occasional email newsletters about Beacon and the people who live here.
    Photo by Michael Isabell. 

    • 34 min
    Beacon in 2023, With Mayor Lee Kyriacou

    Beacon in 2023, With Mayor Lee Kyriacou

    In this "state of the city" episode, Beacon's senior-most elected official offers a preview of key issues that are bubbling up this year.
    The interview is broadly grouped into four areas: affordability, sustainability, infrastructure and community. Additionally, Lee discusses the house fire at George Washington's head; his interactions with a younger, more progressive city council; proposals to ban or restrict gas hook-ups; a major roads project that will replace Teller Ave and Route 52 all the way to the Fishkill border; prospects for a community center; the ghost bridge at Madam Brett Park and more.
    And as a bonus for those who listen to the end, the mayor announces whether he'll run for re-election this year.
    Thanks for listening. Please share this episode with someone who might enjoy it. And subscribe here to receive occasional email newsletters about Beacon and the people who live here. 

    • 42 min
    Donna Minkowitz, Queer Activist and Multiple Memoirist

    Donna Minkowitz, Queer Activist and Multiple Memoirist

    Donna Minkowitz is a journalist, activist and memoirist who has written extensively about LGBTQ politics and culture. She covered gay issues and AIDS activism for The Village Voice from the late 1980s through the mid-1990s. In her book “Ferocious Romance: What My Encounters With the Right Taught Me About Sex, God, and Fury,” she describes how she went undercover as a 16 year old christian evangelical boy to investigate Focus on the Family and other anti-gay groups on the Christian Right and surprisingly found she had a lot in common with them. Donna was a lifelong resident of New York City before moving to Beacon a number of years ago.
    Episode recorded at Beacon AV Lab. Photography by Michael Isabell.
    Hear more interviews and sign up for our newsletter at Beaconites.com. 

    • 41 min
    Emily Murnane Channels Eliza Howland

    Emily Murnane Channels Eliza Howland

    Eliza Woolsey Howland was a Civil War nurse, philanthropist and historical writer who was a member of the upper crust in Beacon during the middle of the 19th century. Among other contributions to the city, she co-founded the Howland Library, which celebrated its 150th anniversary this year. 
    In honor of that anniversary, historian Emily Murnane comes on the podcast to talk about Eliza’s life and legacy in this community. Emily is a lifelong Beaconite who has worked as a teacher, gardener and historical reenactor, among other things. She portrayed Eliza in a recent presentation at the Howland  Cultural Center. For that event she wore formal period garb and adorned the stage with historically significant props while guiding her audience through the life of this fascinating nurse and benefactor. 
    Episode recorded at Beacon AV Lab. Photography by Michael Isabell.
    Hear more interviews and sign up for our newsletter at Beaconites.com. 
     

    • 39 min
    The Beacon Bonfire Festival, With Jeremy Schonfeld

    The Beacon Bonfire Festival, With Jeremy Schonfeld

    The Beacon Bonfire music & arts festival is coming up on Friday Nov 4 & Saturday Nov 5. This is a citywide event featuring upwards of 100 performers at venues across the city.
    This week's episode features Jeremy Schonfeld, one of the festival’s organizers and an accomplished musician and composer. Jeremy grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, the child and grandchild of holocaust survivors, and made his way to NYC as a young man before moving to Beacon with his family.
    To learn more and buy your pass, visit BeaconBonfire.com and follow the festival on Instagram. The handle is Beacon Bonfire.

    • 36 min
    Documentary Filmmaker Anne Alvergue

    Documentary Filmmaker Anne Alvergue

    Anne Alvergue’s film The Martha Mitchell Effect, now streaming on Netflix, a funny and fascinating documentary centered on the wife of Nixon attorney general John Mitchell. In this episode Anne describes how she got into non-fiction TV and film and how Nixon-era politics connects to our current discourse. Plus: Craig House anecdotes, Beacon's filmmaking community.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

RustyStahl ,

Excellent

Beaconites is a well-produced, thoughtful, informative, and enjoyable show! Covering a whole range of topics across society -- all happening here in our little slice of America between Mt. Beacon and the Hudson River!

LynnF-M ,

Small-town podcast, big-city quality

You can’t believe a town of 20,000 has a podcast this good. Zach conducts immersive, NPR-level interviews with all these just fascinating locals. As a Beaconite, I get to know my town and its people + issues so much more deeply through the show. Residents, visitors, and anyone who cares about the Hudson Valley will find something of interest here.

kitlas ,

Jeff Simms

Really enjoyed the interview with Jeff Simms. The words of a reporter clearly focused on the story and not another agenda were extremely refreshing to hear.

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