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Learning to live and love life in the Hudson Valley. Hosted by Mat Zucker. Have you fantasized about living in the country? Curious what the transition is like? Or are you a local and want to see a different side of the folks who've invaded your land? The award-winning podcast Cidiot has been featured in The Albany Times-Union, Chronogram, Country Living, Hudson Valley Magazine, The Poughkeepsie Journal, NBC's Today.com, and more. For updates visit cidiot.com and follow @cidiot.hv on Instagram and @cidiot_hv on Twitter. Email: goats@cidiot.com

Cidiot Mat Zucker

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 66 Ratings

Learning to live and love life in the Hudson Valley. Hosted by Mat Zucker. Have you fantasized about living in the country? Curious what the transition is like? Or are you a local and want to see a different side of the folks who've invaded your land? The award-winning podcast Cidiot has been featured in The Albany Times-Union, Chronogram, Country Living, Hudson Valley Magazine, The Poughkeepsie Journal, NBC's Today.com, and more. For updates visit cidiot.com and follow @cidiot.hv on Instagram and @cidiot_hv on Twitter. Email: goats@cidiot.com

    58. June Farms in December (Season 4 Finale)

    58. June Farms in December (Season 4 Finale)

    I don't think we've talked this season enough about cows. So to close out the year and season four, meet Matt Baumgartner. Matt owns June Farms near Albany as well the Troy Beer Garden, the Berlin Lounge, the Olde English Pub, and Wolf’s Biergarten in Syracuse. We talk about his story, being an entrepreneur, how he started June Farms, about the animals—how pigs are smarter than cows—and you’ll even learn the funny story behind the farm's name.

    Thanks for tuning into Cidiot this season, for helping it grow even more, including the win as best regional podcast in the 2021 Chronogrammies. In the mean time, please visit the new Cidiot.com, where you can subscribe to the Cidiot email list for news about the song release in late January, shop, read the blog, rate the show, and, yes, Season 5 planning is already underway. Be sure to also follow the show on Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook.


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    • 23 min
    57. Contain Yourself

    57. Contain Yourself

    Sometimes life comes full circle. This episode, Mat interviews Lori Greenberg and Sarah Goldberg from The Container House in Tivoli, NY, coincidentally (or is it?) owned by a recruiter and business owner from Mat's past. The Container House is an awesome structure designed by Arnaud Cornillon as a model for sustainable living and where Greenberg is building a community for creative people. 

    Thanks for listening to Cidiot, the award-winning podcast about moving from the city to the Hudson Valley. Visit the all-new Cidiot.com to join the mailing list, rate and review the show, shop the Cidiot store, follow us on Instagram. And please send your questions about being a Cidiot to goats@cidiot.com. They might make my new advice column in The Red Hook Daily Catch on Fridays: “Ask a Cidiot.”


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    56. Grab Your Wingman

    56. Grab Your Wingman

    Meet Kimberlie Dykeman, a Rhinebeck native, who runs Wingman, a personal concierge and estate management business in the Hudson Valley. She and I cover what’s changed, why she started her business, advice for new homeowners, how to treat vendors that come in and out of your house, her favorite spots, and some unique requests she's gotten over the years. Thanks for helping making Cidiot winner of the 2021 Chronogrammies for best regional podcast. Visit Cidiot.com for more info and to shop the store, follow the show on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, read the "Ask a Cidiot" column in The Red Hook Daily Catch. Now you can also sign up on the Cidiot mailing list and get show perks including Kimberlie's house manual template when it's ready. 


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    • 26 min
    55. Hike Your Own Hike

    55. Hike Your Own Hike

    What’s the rush with hiking? What's the difference between a walk and a hike? This episode Mat talks to Sean O’Dwyer, who runs Mountain-Hiking.com, a popular blog for Catskills, Hudson Highlands, Adirondacks and beyond. You’ll hear what Sean loves about mountain hiking, where to go, advice for bears, a warning about radios, how to be a good citizen on a mountain, and why Reese’s Pieces should sponsor him. 

    Thanks for listening to Cidiot, the award-winning podcast about moving from the city to the Hudson Valley. Visit Cidiot.com to join the mailing list, rate and review the show, shop the Cidiot store, follow us on Instagram. And please send your questions about being a Cidiot to goats@cidiot.com. They might make my new advice column in The Red Hook Daily Catch on Fridays: “Ask a Cidiot.”


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    • 35 min
    54. Fall Forward

    54. Fall Forward

    Fall is a season of things dying to be reborn. In the thick of Fall and facing the reality of Winter, Mat makes an argument for planting seeds now that you want to bloom later. Special shoutout to the new podcast from Lindsay Shute and Michelle Hughes called KOLRHABI. 

    Thanks for listening to Cidiot, the award-winning podcast about moving from the city to the Hudson Valley. Visit Cidiot.com to join the mailing list, rate and review the show, shop the Cidiot store, follow us on Instagram and more. And please send your questions about being a Cidiot to goats@cidiot.com. They might make my new advice column in The Red Hook Daily Catch on Fridays: “Ask a Cidiot.”


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    53. Lessons from a County Legislator

    53. Lessons from a County Legislator

    The county is the “arms” of the state government, notes Rebecca Edwards, Dutchess County legislator (Town of Poughkeepsie) and Democratic minority leader. In this special episode, Edwards talks to Cidiot about why local elections matter, what our county government tackles, Dutches County as a microcosm of America, some trend-setting activities in nearby counties, the role of committees, what’s on the ballot this fall, how to stay current with what's happening—and her favorite spots. Here's also some additional links for: absentee voting and how to apply for an absentee ballot; info from the Dutchess County Board of Elections; and how Dutchess County residents can find who represents them.

    Thanks or listening. Cidiot is 2021 Chronogrammie winner for best regional podcast and the 2021 Award of Excellence for Podcasting - Society & Culture in the Communicator Awards. You can still rate and review Cidiot for your chance at a free trucker cap and tune in for more this season.


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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

Guthtaigh ,

City mouse in the country

I enjoy this podcast, it’s a wonderful exploration of cultural adjustment in real time. Mat is learning what it’s like to be a country mouse and, as former country mouse myself, I’m enjoying a lot of the ride.

Annepersico ,

Citiot is a wonderful guide to living in the Hudson Valley

When my husband and I moved up to Dutchess 3 years ago we felt like we had landed in the best place to live in the world! It has a fabulous food scene, great hiking trails and free parking. We were eager to learn about the culture of the Hudson Valley and read about events and people in The Chronogram. In their Best Of issue I learned about the Citiot podcast. Mat Zucker and his husband moved up from the city and Mat talks about their discoveries and lives with his listeners.
I loved hearing about them buying wine from Michael at Hudson Wine Merchants- we too have been buying wine from Michael for many years. He knows our tastes and always makes excellent recommendations.
After binging Season 4 of Citiot and hearing Mat rave about GioBatta’s Alimentari in Tivoli we just had to go- it was THE BEST food we had in a restaurant since the pandemic started. Great pastas and cocktails and very friendly service. We also went to Fortune’s Ice Cream shop, another of his recommendations - my Lebneh Sour Cherry was delicious.
Mat did a show about imby which stands for “in my backyard”. I signed up for the newsletter and now I have more information about news and social events in the area.
I am looking forward to hearing future Citiot episodes and recommend these podcasts to anyone who lives here or wants to. They are a wonderful ode to this beautiful part of our world.

proletarian964 ,

Gentrifiers, please don’t move to the Hudson Valley

Cool podcast but “cidiots” are pricing native Hudson Valley residents out of the area (not to mention trashing our sites of natural beauty, such as kaaterskill falls, whose parking lot was recently closed because city people were leaving so much trash there and at other local(s’) gems on the road up to hunter/tannersville). People with multi-generational roots in the area are finding it harder and harder to survive here because of the influx of gentrifiers from New York City. If you respect us Hudson Valley natives and the environment here, visit on the weekend. Don’t move here.

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