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Did you ever have a really interesting conversation at a bar -- sharing ideas over a couple of martinis -- and wish you could've bottled it? That's Bar Crawl Radio. Rebecca McKean and Alan Winson invite amazing people to Manhattan bars -- make a toast -- and then talk about about whatever inspires them -- makes their lives worth living. We talk to bar owners & bartenders -- actors -- musicians -- writers & poets -- journalists -- politicians -- social activists -- community organizers & NGOs -- brewers & mead makers -- businesspersons -- podcasters -- and sometimes -- lawyers. Who knows? BCR might be at a bar -- near you.
Tell us what you think of our programming. CONTACT: barcrawlradio@gmail.comSee what's going on with the BCR Team -- BCR BLOG SITE

Bar Crawl Radio Alan Winson & Rebecca McKean

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Did you ever have a really interesting conversation at a bar -- sharing ideas over a couple of martinis -- and wish you could've bottled it? That's Bar Crawl Radio. Rebecca McKean and Alan Winson invite amazing people to Manhattan bars -- make a toast -- and then talk about about whatever inspires them -- makes their lives worth living. We talk to bar owners & bartenders -- actors -- musicians -- writers & poets -- journalists -- politicians -- social activists -- community organizers & NGOs -- brewers & mead makers -- businesspersons -- podcasters -- and sometimes -- lawyers. Who knows? BCR might be at a bar -- near you.
Tell us what you think of our programming. CONTACT: barcrawlradio@gmail.comSee what's going on with the BCR Team -- BCR BLOG SITE

    Own OR Rent? Checking on the American Dream.

    Own OR Rent? Checking on the American Dream.

    There was this NPR report that authoritatively announced that living in owning and living in a house is better in so many ways than renting an apartment. It's healthier -- children are smarter -- one can live in privacy -- adults get involved with the community at higher rates -- and all of that equity is built up Becky and I have lived in a two-room apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side (which I made into three rooms -- two quite tiny -- with a platform for storage) for most of our lives. NPR threw down the gauntlet and we picked it up in defense of our form of city living. We recorded at 5Napkin on w. 84th Street on the UWS.
    Let us know which form of living you prefer -- barcrawlradio@gmail.com

    • 29 min
    Poetry! What is it good for? -- The Peace Poets

    Poetry! What is it good for? -- The Peace Poets

    "Poetry! What is it good for?" is a BCR series focusing on the beautiful and reverberating poetry of our times -- produced by Chris Brandt of Fordham University, English Dept. -- and member of Witness Against Torture. For this BCR episode, Chris invited two members of the inspiring NYC activist performance group The Peace Poets, a "family born of Hip Hop, heart, and hope in New York City." In 2014 their song "I Can't Breathe" protesting the murder of Eric Garner by the NYPD went viral when actor, Samuel L. Jackson, recorded himself singing I Can’t Breathe.
    These are most talented and inspiring young men with a mission to expose social problems through poetry and music. This episode includes several examples of their work. Do not miss this one and check out The Peace Poets.
    This BCR episode was recorded at Gebhard's Beer Culture Bar. Contact us at barcrawlradio@gmail.com

    • 1 hr
    Life's kinda hairy.

    Life's kinda hairy.

    Hair Love won a 2020 Oscar in the Animated Short category. It seemed appropriate to think about the many ways that hair invades and controls how we spend our time and shapes our sense of self. And if you start to think about it -- as I did -- it is a lot.
    Throwing in a caveat and a correction -- and then a note. Correction: Matthew Cherry directed the heart-tugging Oscar winning animated short "Hair Love" -- not what I said. Caveat: For my relatives in Israel who might still be listening to our podcast -- the choice by some Jewish women to wear a hair wig [sheitel] over one's hair to hide it from the male-gaze, just seems strange to me, and, for me, it's not attractive, as the wigs are clearly wigs; maybe that's the point. Note: This is my observation of a style choice -- not a judgement of a religious choice. It's part of this episode's theme -- humans are weird about hair. Added Note: How about a Jewish Orthodox version of the Hijab as a substitution for the sheitel?
    We recorded this BCR episode at 5Napkin on W. 84th Street. James, a dancer and bar keep, told us about a new burger item on the menu -- it was delicious -- and he gave us a lesson in articulation -- it's "man-HA-ten" -- not "man-HA-EN."
    Contact BCR: barcrawlradio@gmail.com

    • 35 min
    NYC is Jazz Central

    NYC is Jazz Central

    A really wonderful conversation at Gebhard's Beer Culture Bar with three talented NYC musicians about the NYC Jazz scene and why our City is the center of world Jazz. Steven Feifke is a pianist who plays regularly at the Gin Mill Speakeasy. Geoff Burke plays the saxophone and with Harry Connick Jr.. Both have their own bands. And David Pietro--Saxophonist--played for over two decades with the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra and many other big name artists; Dave is the Director of Jazz Studies at NYU/Steinhardt. Along the way we played samples of gorgeous, rich music created by all three. Becky and I spent a enjoyable hour with these talented, working, NYC Jazz artists. Alan.
    Contact us at barcrawlradio@gmail.com

    • 53 min
    Laundry Room Wars: Conflict by the Dryer

    Laundry Room Wars: Conflict by the Dryer

    When I started to think -- it became eminently clear that we are constantly engaged in TURF WARS. This battling over small pieces of ground is evident everywhere -- bathrooms -- offices -- couches and beds -- buses and plane -- blankets on a crowded beach -- sidewalks -- subways [think: man-spread} -- and a favorite spot at a beloved bar. Becky and I delved into this ongoing battle over conflicted spaces at 5Napkin Bar located on Broadway and W. 84th street - smack dab in the middle of our most-crowded UWS Manhattan neighborhood. I am sure you can think of an instance of a turf battle in your life -- and if you do -- contact Rebecca or me -- Alan -- at barcrawlradio@gmail.com

    • 29 min
    5 Conversations with W.A.T. Activists

    5 Conversations with W.A.T. Activists

    While I was "witnessing" the actions of Witness Against Torture's to end the Guantanamo Prison in Cuba in January this year, I sat down with five W.A.T. members and asked about the experiences that led them to activism.
    00:00:00 - 00:17:45 -- Christopher Spicer -- Freelance writer and stay-at-home dad.
    00:18:00 - 00:29:50 -- Don Cunning -- Longtime member of W.A.T. and other pro-peace organizations.
    00:30:00 - 00:46:10 -- Manijeh Saba -- Recently acquitted in Federal Court for protesting on Supreme Court Steps in 2018.
    00:46:25 - 1:30:20 -- Marc Alvarado -- Organizer with the InterReligious Task Force on Central America and Columbia
    1:30:25 - 2:11:30 -- Chrissy Stonebraker-Martinez -- Co-Director of the InterReligious Task Force on Central America and Columbia
    Be sure to check-out BCR #77 in which Becky and I talked with Chrissy and four other W.A.T. members at the Dubliner Bar in D.C. at the end of their fast and week of protest.
    Let us know what you think of BCR at barcrawlradio@gmail.com

    • 2 hr 11 min

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