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.
What Is The Foundation For Beacon Schools? With Anna Sullivan
A new nonprofit that was founded during the dark days of the pandemic will direct funds toward innovative curriculum in the school district.
Air Nonken Rhodes
Air Nonken Rhodes is wrapping up their time as Beacon’s city council person representing Ward 2. Ahead of a planned move to Maine, Air discusses the council’s role in Beacon’s affairs and key challenges facing the city in 2022.
A Centuries-Old Tanning Tradition, With Pergamena Owner Jesse Meyer
Jesse Meyer traces his family's history of leather tanning back to Renaissance Europe. He worked in his father's tannery as a teenager before heading off to study fine art at SUNY New Paltz. He later returned to run the business, introducing new ideas and processes including a method of parchment making from animal skins that dates back thousands of years.
Compass Arts Founder Gina Samardge
Gina Samardge is a performer, music educator and the founder of Compass Arts, a nonprofit music and arts school. As you'll hear in this interview, Gina radiates positivity and total dedication to Compass's mission of collaborative learning.
Feeding Beacon’s Students, With BCSD Food Services Director Karen Pagano
The school district serves 2,000 meals a day across its six cafeterias. But this fall, supply chain bottlenecks are plaguing the big food suppliers it has traditionally relied on. Food services director Karen Pagano has responded by building stronger connections to local food growers.
Imam Abdullah Wajid Of Beacon's Islamic Teaching Center
Imam Abdullah talks about his path to Islam, the Muslim community in Beacon and the evolving place of Islam in American culture.
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!
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.
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.