Can small decisions spark immense change? Riegert’s heroes disclose how to ignite adventure, creativity, and social justice. www.vocalheroes.com
Episode 6: “Freedom Summers: Part 2,” a Conversation with Cassie Schwerner
During the Spring and Summer of 2020, with the police murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and Jacob Blake, and the Covid pandemic surpassing 215,000 American deaths, Peter felt it important to have another conversation with Cassie Schwerner about this terrifying and transformative new moment in our country’s history. We spoke via Zoom on September 30, 2020, 7 months after our initial meeting. www.vocalheroes.com
Episode 6: “Freedom Summers: Part 1," a Conversation with Steve and Cassie Schwerner
At the outset of 1964's "Freedom Summer," the KKK murdered civil rights workers Mickey Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman in Neshoba County, Mississippi. Schwerner's brother Steve and niece Cassie talk with Peter about the lasting impact of Mickey's death, and how inspiring it has been to see the civil rights movement's aims taken up with renewed passion by global Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020. www.vocalheroes.com
Episode 5: “The Right Things,” a Conversation with Congresswoman Liz Holtzman
In 1972, Holtzman became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Defeating 50-year-incumbent Emanuel Celler, she shortly became the only Judiciary Committee member gutsy enough to ask Gerald Ford whether he'd pardoned Nixon as a quid pro quo, then filed suit to halt our illegal bombing of Cambodia during the Vietnam War. She's still not one to pull a punch. www.vocalheroes.com
Episode 4: “Ritual Objects,” a Conversation with Theater Director Carey Perloff
Director, playwright, author, and kickass warrior for cultural excellence Perloff met Peter in 1988, when she cast him as the seductively sinister Goldberg in Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party. The two discuss language, wit, doom, humor, childhood dreams of archaeology, and how the communal catharsis of fine theater helps us all survive catastrophe. www.vocalheroes.com
Episode 3: "Looking for America," a Conversation with Salsa Recording Star, Rubén Blades
Rubén and Peter examine the influence of family on building a life's credo, the decisions and luck affecting that life, and the perennial search for a true and just "America." www.vocalheroes.com
Episode 2: “Criminal History," a Conversation with Author Matthew Goodman
Matthew Goodman and Peter discuss creativity, the undertow of corruption snaking through New York City's--and America's--history, and Goodman’s book The City Game. This, his fourth work of historical non-fiction, recounts a mid-century tale of college basketball triumph-and-tragedy so iconic, it inspired sportswriting's very first use of the phrase “A Cinderella Story.” www.vocalheroes.com
Off to a Swinging Start
Loved the first episode and had to subscribe. And so should you!
Great start for the wonderful actor Peter Riegert’s podcast. His conversation with ‘Animal House’ co-star Karen Allen goes far beyond show business to cover ‘the little pieces of the puzzle’ that add up to a good life as well as a satisfying career.