10 episodes

“Finding Fire Island” is a docu-podcast series which brings to life how a sleepy, 19th century beach town became a modern day queer mecca for artists and the New York City theater community. 
We will take you behind the curtain of the mystique, legends and lore of the LGBT communities (Cherry Grove and The Pines), from folks who experienced their evolution from the 1950s to today.
Starring: Joel Kim Booster, Margaret Cho, Matt Rogers, DJ Lina Bradford, Brian Moylan, Ben Rimalower, Paul Rudnick & more! Executive produced by Jess Rothschild and presented by Broadway Podcast Network.

Finding Fire Island Broadway Podcast Network

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 145 Ratings

“Finding Fire Island” is a docu-podcast series which brings to life how a sleepy, 19th century beach town became a modern day queer mecca for artists and the New York City theater community. 
We will take you behind the curtain of the mystique, legends and lore of the LGBT communities (Cherry Grove and The Pines), from folks who experienced their evolution from the 1950s to today.
Starring: Joel Kim Booster, Margaret Cho, Matt Rogers, DJ Lina Bradford, Brian Moylan, Ben Rimalower, Paul Rudnick & more! Executive produced by Jess Rothschild and presented by Broadway Podcast Network.

    1. GAY SUMMER CAMP

    1. GAY SUMMER CAMP

    We are introduced to the two oldest LGBT communities in the US -- Cherry Grove and The Fire Island Pines. Our cast of characters describe their Fire Island origin stories and we quickly see how what plays out here is like "gay adult sleep-away camp." We also observe how racial and socio-economic pressures are felt on the island.
    Follow @jessxnyc on IG for everything Finding Fire Island!
    _____
    This episode features: Joel Kim Booster, Margaret Cho, Matt Rogers, Brian Moylan, Bob “Rose” Levine, “Panzi,” Ben Rimalower, Parker Sargent, Daniel Nardicio, Boudoir LeFleur, Zach Stafford, Jeanette Cincotta, Katherine Grainger, Tomik Dash and Victor Jeffreys
    More: findingfireisland.com
    _____
    Executive producer & Host: Jess Rothschild
    Editing & Sound design: Caitlin Whyte
    Cover art: Ceci Bergier
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 51 min
    2. CHERRY GROVE

    2. CHERRY GROVE

    We explore how Cherry Grove became the birthplace of Drag and Disco, contrast the quaint cottages to the Pines’ mansions, landmark venues of The Ice Palace and The Monster and the queer female population.
    Follow @jessxnyc on IG for everything Finding Fire Island!
    _____
    This episode features: Margaret Cho, Bob “Rose” Levine, “Panzi,” Parker Sargent, Daniel Nardicio, Boudoir LeFleur, Diane Romano, Christopher Rawlins, Mike Fisher, Bobby Bonnano, Jeanette Cincotta, Katherine Grainger, Brian Moylan and Ben Rimalower 
    More: findingfireisland.com
    _____
    Executive producer & Host: Jess Rothschild
    Editing & Sound design: Caitlin Whyte
    Cover art: Ceci Bergier
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 47 min
    3. THE PINES

    3. THE PINES

    We trace The Pines’ closeted past to its present day sex and party-forward atmosphere. We explore the architecture of Pines homes via Horace Gifford and the impact of Pines owner John Whyte who brought celebrity. Plus — The Meatrack, The Pavilion, the Pines Pantry and history of Tea at The Blue Whale. 
    Follow @jessxnyc on IG for everything Finding Fire Island!
    _____
    This episode features: Joel Kim Booster, Margaret Cho, Matt Rogers, Paul Rudnick, Brian Moylan, Ben Rimalower, Parker Sargent, Bobby Bonnano, John Dempsey, Karin Adir, Tomik Dash, Victor Jeffreys and Christopher Rawlins
    _____
    Executive producer & Host: Jess Rothschild
    Editing & Sound design: Caitlin Whyte
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 50 min
    4. TEA

    4. TEA

    We focus on the legendary parties Fire Island is known for, beginning with the history of The Tea Dance and DJ Lina Bradford’s 10-year reign in The Pines. We detail The Morning Party, The Underwear Party and The Pines Party. Plus, the thriving sober communities which balance it out. 
    Follow @jessxnyc on IG for everything Finding Fire Island!
    _____
    This episode features: DJ Lina Bradford, Joel Kim Booster, Margaret Cho, Matt Rogers, Paul Rudnick, Daniel Nardicio, Ben Rimalower, Pixie Aventura, Jeanette Cincotta, Katherine Grainger, Julia Sanderson and Brian Moylan
    _____
    Executive producer & Host: Jess Rothschild
    Editing & Sound design: Caitlin Whyte
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 51 min
    5. THE INVASION

    5. THE INVASION

    We experience the very first Invasion of the Pines in 1976 as told by its leader, “Panzi,” and how the annual July 4th event evolved over the years. We go deeper on the history and evolution of Drag in Cherry Grove and New York City via Lady Bunny’s Wigstock and Drag Race. 
    Follow @jessxnyc on IG for everything Finding Fire Island!
    ______
    This episode features: Lady Bunny, “Panzi,” Bob “Rose” Levine, Ben Rimalower, Boudoir LeFleur, Pixie Aventura, Diane Romano, Julia Sanderson and Paul Rudnick
    More: findingfireisland.com
    ______
    Executive producer & Host: Jess Rothschild
    Editing & Sound design: Caitlin Whyte
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 46 min
    6. LEGENDS & LORE

    6. LEGENDS & LORE

    We illuminate tales of Liza Minnelli, Carol Channing, Andy Warhol, Jerry Herman, Calvin Klein, Robert Mapplethorpe, Truman Capote, Andy Cohen, Sarah Jessica Parker and Madonna on Fire Island. Plus, the filming of “The Normal Heart” and cultural treasure troves discovered in Pines homes. 
    Follow @jessxnyc on IG for everything Finding Fire Island!
    More: findingfireisland.com
    ______
    This episode features: Matt Rogers, Bob “Rose” Levine, Paul Rudnick, “Panzi,” Daniel Nardicio, John Dempsey, Parker Sargent, Bobby Bonnano, Karin Adir, Christopher Rawlins and Ben Rimalower
    ______
    Executive producer & Host: Jess Rothschild
    Editing & Sound design: Caitlin Whyte
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
145 Ratings

145 Ratings

vahiguy76 ,

LOVE IT ALL!!

But it’s “The Normal Heart” not “A Normal Heart”.

mianedel ,

A cornerstone of queer history

This was such an incredible deep dive and made me feel connected to my queer lineage on Fire Island.

rogerdaw ,

Loved it!

Binged the whole thing in a day and a half - could not get enough. 👏

Top Podcasts In Society & Culture

Fail Better with David Duchovny
Lemonada Media
Stuff You Should Know
iHeartPodcasts
Shawn Ryan Show
Shawn Ryan | Cumulus Podcast Network
Freakonomics Radio
Freakonomics Radio + Stitcher
This American Life
This American Life
Blame it on the Fame: Milli Vanilli
Wondery

You Might Also Like

Las Culturistas with Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang
Big Money Players Network and iHeartPodcasts
The Daily
The New York Times
Handsome
Tig Notaro, Fortune Feimster, Mae Martin
SmartLess
Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes, Will Arnett
Wiser Than Me with Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Lemonada Media
Serial
Serial Productions & The New York Times