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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 • 63 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

    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. Follow the show on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, read the "Ask a Cidiot" column in The Red Hook Daily Catch, and now you can 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 Reece’s Pieces should sponsor him. Thank for listening to Cidiot, the award-winning podcast about moving from the city to the Hudson Valley. Rate and review the show, follow us on Instagram, and 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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    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. Sign up for free at The Red Hook Daily Catch for Mat's new column, "Ask A Cidiot."Send in your questions to goats@cidiot.com or via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. 

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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
    52. Citiot

    52. Citiot

    That's not a typo. That's the other spelling of Cidiot. Join me for this three-year birthday episode as I share Cidiot's early brand foundation, the story behind the logo, and an interview with Pim Zeegers, who just opened the fabulous Citiot store in Catskill, NY. Hear his take on our shared word, his story as a double outsider, about his business, and how you can get a taste of stropwafel. Plus I've started a new idea from my brother-in-law Adam: asking guests their favorite (secret) places in the Hudson Valley. 
    Thanks for listening. Cidiot was voted best regional podcast in the 2021 Chronogrammies and is a go-to source by national and regional press. You can still buy a Cidiot trucker cap with the iconic baby goat logo. Visit cidiot.com for links as well as info on sponsorships and partnerships. Come visit.

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    51. Born in the HVA

    51. Born in the HVA

    Meet Josh Santonja, who helped run Pugsly's Hudson location and has become both a barber and friend to me, my husband, father-in-law, and several friends. He's kind of a cult favorite. Josh also grew up in the Hudson Valley and has lived in multiple towns in the areas which only made me want to talk to him more about it all. We even debut a new game on the show called "Hudson Valley Geography." Thanks for listening to Cidiot. Lucky to be chosen as Best Regional Podcast in the 2021 Chorogrammie Awards. Also, my book Bronze Seeks Silver is now out on audiobook. Here's a link to through Audible program if you want to subscribe with my code.


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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
63 Ratings

63 Ratings

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.

Long time reader first time poster ,

Refreshing

What would you do for a free hat? We’ll get to that later. But if you are in search of good authentic stories of discovery, human relationships, and taking joy in the small things, Cidiot is for you. And if you like free hats, write another great review. Mat’s not only a great strategic marketer (listen to his Rising podcast) but a master tactician as well.

Eriktorgy ,

Cidiot is a Gem

Hilarious and thought provoking, Mat’s ruminations on country life are a treat to listen to. Definitely hit that subscribe button. Looking forward to more!

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