10 episodes

From Cavalry Audio, iHeartRadio and executive producer Alec Baldwin, Island chronicles the first three hundred years of colonization of Manhattan Island and its resounding impact on our culture and our world. Hosted by actor, writer, and New Yorker Chance Kelly, the series illustrates how this place is an island unto itself, not just geographically, but idealistically, philosophically and spiritually. Island uncovers our true lost American History. It examines the city's effect on religious and personal freedoms throughout the world. Chance's own heritage is central to much of this story directly as his great, great, great uncle Honest John Kelly, himself emerged from the slums of Five Points to become one of the first Irish-Catholic Congressmen in 1856, and would later reform the reeling Tammany Hall in the wake of the Boss Tweed era. John Kelly was a fiercely courageous advocate for oppressed immigrants from everywhere.

Island is the character-driven portrait of the inimitable souls responsible for a place founded on capitalism but perpetuated on an infectious and unapologetic measure of tolerance. Our narrative begins in 1609 when Henry Hudson happens upon Manhattan and the river that would come to bear his name, and culminates in 1909 when Western interloper William Randolph Hearst has infiltrated New York publishing and the fistfight that is Manhattan politics. Climb aboard this voyage of discovery as we tell the epic story, over three centuries, of the forging of the epicenter of the universe.

Researched, written and produced by Chance Kelly and Dr. Jaap Jacobs. Research Associate James Edward Malin.

Island Cavalry Audio and iHeartPodcasts

    • History
    • 4.8 • 220 Ratings

From Cavalry Audio, iHeartRadio and executive producer Alec Baldwin, Island chronicles the first three hundred years of colonization of Manhattan Island and its resounding impact on our culture and our world. Hosted by actor, writer, and New Yorker Chance Kelly, the series illustrates how this place is an island unto itself, not just geographically, but idealistically, philosophically and spiritually. Island uncovers our true lost American History. It examines the city's effect on religious and personal freedoms throughout the world. Chance's own heritage is central to much of this story directly as his great, great, great uncle Honest John Kelly, himself emerged from the slums of Five Points to become one of the first Irish-Catholic Congressmen in 1856, and would later reform the reeling Tammany Hall in the wake of the Boss Tweed era. John Kelly was a fiercely courageous advocate for oppressed immigrants from everywhere.

Island is the character-driven portrait of the inimitable souls responsible for a place founded on capitalism but perpetuated on an infectious and unapologetic measure of tolerance. Our narrative begins in 1609 when Henry Hudson happens upon Manhattan and the river that would come to bear his name, and culminates in 1909 when Western interloper William Randolph Hearst has infiltrated New York publishing and the fistfight that is Manhattan politics. Climb aboard this voyage of discovery as we tell the epic story, over three centuries, of the forging of the epicenter of the universe.

Researched, written and produced by Chance Kelly and Dr. Jaap Jacobs. Research Associate James Edward Malin.

    Introducing: The Shadow Girls

    Introducing: The Shadow Girls

    Secretly, the Green River Killer case haunted Carolyn Ossorio’s childhood and adolescence…growing up near Gary Ridgway's hunting grounds, where he preyed on vulnerable teens and young women, strangling them, stripping their bodies of all earthly possessions and leaving them in the river and green spaces. 49 victims...and yet the first name most think of is, Gary Ridgway. As a little girl, Carolyn never forgot how his victims were portrayed as "bad girls." The message was clear: that's what would happen to you if you were a bad girl. Decades later, during the Covid lockdown, Carolyn embarked on a deep dive into the nearly 20-year investigation, that journey would uncover never heard before audio, a long buried secret of her own and the hard truth: that bad things still happen to girls…whether they are good or bad has nothing to do with it.  Presented by Cavalry Audio and iHeartRadio
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    • 2 min
    Episode 7 - Wampum: 1612, Orson Valentine

    Episode 7 - Wampum: 1612, Orson Valentine

    Adriaen Block reconnoiters the northern seaboard and sets up trading relations with the local Algonquins. This requires him to master the complex concept of trading with wampum. The Europeans think these shell beads are money, but for the Native Americans they have a spiritual meaning. To strengthen the mutual understanding, two native young men travel to the Netherlands as emissaries.
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    • 41 min
    Episode 6 - Supercargo: 1611, Adriaen Block

    Episode 6 - Supercargo: 1611, Adriaen Block

    Amsterdam merchants send out the experienced Adriaen Block to explore the new continent and trade with its inhabitants, thus kickstarting the colonization of New Amsterdam and, ultimately, New York. Henry Hudson remains obsessed with discovering the Northern passage. On his second voyage to North America, his embattled crew resorts to mutiny. Hudson and his son come to a chilling end.
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    • 47 min
    Review Episode Number One: Henry Hudson 1609 to 1611

    Review Episode Number One: Henry Hudson 1609 to 1611

    After two voyages of discovery in the service of the English, Henry Hudson is hired in 1609 by the Dutch East India Company to discover the northeastern passage. In this review episode, Chance and Jaap go over the highlights of the previous episodes and answer questions. Do you have a question for our next review episode? Email to thepodcastisland@gmail.com.
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    • 53 min
    Episode 5 - Lutherans: 1610, Lambert Van Tweenhuysen

    Episode 5 - Lutherans: 1610, Lambert Van Tweenhuysen

    Having failed to discover a Northern passage, Henry Hudson does not return to Amsterdam, but lands in England instead. His news of a good fur trade stirs up Amsterdam merchants. Inspired, they prepare to send another ship to North America to try out the trade. Meanwhile, Hudson is hired by the English for another attempt at the Northern passage.
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    • 41 min
    Episode 4 - Obsession: 1609

    Episode 4 - Obsession: 1609

    What is driving Henry Hudson? What does he think he is doing? The further north he goes, the more he becomes obsessed to find the elusive Northern passage. But at some point the arctic cold and scarce provisions will take their toll. Is Hudson pushing his exhausted crew just a bit too far?
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
220 Ratings

220 Ratings

Coolkid💩💩🐩💨 ,

The passion for history is palpable and addictive

This entire series has had me discovering so many great things about New York’s history that I never knew or would ever know (I lived there for 20 years)

This episode in particular not only captured the host Chance’s passion for Block Island specifically, but also extolled the passion of the original explorers’/inhabitants’ experiences. It’s been a fascinating journey that I look forward to continuing (hopefully) indefinitely.

Vage1985 ,

Outstanding performance!

Chance Kelly’s performance was outstanding. His research, preparation and delivery was top notch. I have highly recommended this series of podcasts to my family, friends and colleagues. Very interesting, educational and entertaining

jv--- ,

Great!

On episode 6. I love all the detail and story telling. The production is a little spotty (technology wise) but doesn’t detract. I’d never read a book with Al this detail but a well narrated podcast while I’m doing chores, I love it!!!

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