26 episodes

A window into the lives and achievements of Welsh people in New York.
Hosted by Gideon Jensen and Richard Swain, each episode features a different guest and their unique story. Often funny, sometimes sad, but always honest and inspirational.
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Mewnwelediad i fywydau a chyflawniadau y Cymry yn Efrog Newydd.
Wedi ei chyflwyno gan Gideon Jensen a Richard Swain, mae pob pennod yn taro sylw ar westeion gwahanol a’u hanes unigryw.
Yn aml yn ddoniol, weithiau’n drist, ond bob amser yn onest ac yn ysbrydoledig.

New York Welsh Cymry Efrog Newydd

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0, 61 Ratings

A window into the lives and achievements of Welsh people in New York.
Hosted by Gideon Jensen and Richard Swain, each episode features a different guest and their unique story. Often funny, sometimes sad, but always honest and inspirational.
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Mewnwelediad i fywydau a chyflawniadau y Cymry yn Efrog Newydd.
Wedi ei chyflwyno gan Gideon Jensen a Richard Swain, mae pob pennod yn taro sylw ar westeion gwahanol a’u hanes unigryw.
Yn aml yn ddoniol, weithiau’n drist, ond bob amser yn onest ac yn ysbrydoledig.

    Episode 25: Going 'West' for Wales Week - Gwenllian Higginson and Gareth John Bale

    Episode 25: Going 'West' for Wales Week - Gwenllian Higginson and Gareth John Bale

    Gwenllian Higginson is an actor and writer from North Pembrokeshire. Gareth John Bale is an actor and director from Ynysmeudwy in the Swansea Valleys. On this episode, Gideon and Richard discuss ‘West’, the play written by Owen Thomas that Gwenllian and Gareth came to New York to perform as part of Wales Week. They cover Gwenllian’s previous run of performances in New York, starring as Jackie in ‘The Good Earth’, as well as Gareth’s sensational one man play, ‘Grav’, depicting the life of rugby legend and broadcaster Ray Gravell.

    • 48 min
    Episode 24: Fake News, The Perennial Founder, and the FBI - Jaz-Michael King

    Episode 24: Fake News, The Perennial Founder, and the FBI - Jaz-Michael King

    Jaz-Michael King is a Chief Technology Officer and data privacy advocate. He the is founder of Tŵt (Toot) Wales, a new social media network built to encourage bilingualism online while providing a more private social media experience. Born in Cardiff, Jaz grew up in Llanilltud Fawr, South Glamorgan. After stints in England and France, he moved to New York in the mid-90s where his arrival coincided with the explosion of the internet. During this time, he ran a cybercafe in Brooklyn and built and sold his own internet startup, MerlinWeb, before moving into healthcare where he now works as an expert in health informatics, quality improvement, and public reporting. On this episode, Gideon and Richard discuss Jaz's experiences in New York, including setting up Brooklyn’s first youth rugby club, riding the dot-com boom, and how creating one of the largest online government conspiracy forums led to several run-ins with the FBI.

    • 48 min
    Episode 23: 2019 Year in Review

    Episode 23: 2019 Year in Review

    Joined by Rachel John and Gwilyn Roberts-Harry from the New York Welsh, Gideon and Richard look back at the last 12 months. They discuss their favorite moments from the podcast, how the New York Welsh continues to evolve as an organization, and look ahead at what's to come in 2020.

    • 52 min
    Episode 22: Wyt ti'n siarad Cymraeg? Part II - Fate of the Language

    Episode 22: Wyt ti'n siarad Cymraeg? Part II - Fate of the Language

    In the second of a two-part special episode Gideon and Richard pick up the story by looking at the catalyst for Welsh language activism in the 60s and 70s, the successes of the movement and the changes brought about by the establishing of the Welsh Assembly. With more contributions from special guest experts they learn about the sociological and neurological benefits of learning a second language and share some of the many tools for learning Welsh available today.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 21: Wyt ti'n siarad Cymraeg? Part I - History of the Language

    Episode 21: Wyt ti'n siarad Cymraeg? Part I - History of the Language

    In the first of a two-part special, Gideon and Richard ask, "Do you speak Welsh?”. They discuss the falling numbers of Welsh speakers and the various factors behind this decline. With contributions from special guest experts they delve into the history of Cymraeg, the roots of the language and how key events in history have impacted its usage—from the Roman Occupation, the English Reformation and the Industrial Revolution all the way to the 20th century.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 20: Writing in the Footsteps of History - Peter Thabit Jones

    Episode 20: Writing in the Footsteps of History - Peter Thabit Jones

    Peter Thabit Jones is a poet from Swansea in South Wales. He is the author of sixteen books and his poems have been translated into over twenty-two languages. He is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Arts Council of Wales Award, the Homer European Medal for Poetry and Art, and the Shabdaguchha Journal Poet of the Year Award for his contribution to international poetry. He has performed and given writing workshops at festivals such as the Swansea Festival of Music and the Arts, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and throughout America, including the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and the Conference of World Affairs in Colorado. He is also the founder and editor of The Seventh Quarry, a poetry magazine published in Swansea with an international perspective.
    On this episode, Gideon and Richard speak to Peter about the life of a working poet, his time spent traveling America, and how he came to be commissioned, alongside Aeronwy Thomas the poet and daughter of Dylan Thomas, to write the Dylan Thomas Walking Tour of Greenwich Village, on which Peter kindly led us in episode 18.
    Peter's new book America, Aeronwy and Me: Dylan Thomas Tribute Tour is available now.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

SmallAnt11238 ,

Highly recommend

New York hosts more 3.3 million foreign born immigrants from over 150 countries. This podcast provides an inspiring perspective on one of these micro-communities that make New York the best city in the world. Highly recommended for all New Yorkers, Welsh and anyone looking for a good story.

RJ Duggan ,

Incredible stories

As an American, it's so interesting to hear the stories/backgrounds of Welsh poeple emigrating to NYC and the unique POV/culture they bring. Highly recommended!

b00tang ,

Inspiring

Amazing to hear stories of real people brought to this great city and to learn & be exposure to being Welsh in NYC.

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