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Shadow // Yaddo
32 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Episode 23: Maps and Legends
Opera, voyages, battlegrounds and more: Playwright Sandra Seaton on how she came to be a librettist, why she’s moved to reimagine the past and how she inhabits the nuanced hearts of historical figures. Radiant visual artists Alexi Worth and Joyce Kozloff excavate what lies beneath the surface of war cartography. Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, William Bolcom, Joan Osborne.
29 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Episode 22: Real Magic
Venture behind the scenes for a glimpse of Yaddo magic: Chef and writer Gabrielle Hamilton (Blood, Bones & Butter) in conversation with New York magazine’s “bilious gourmand” Adam Platt on the tastes of summer and what the future might hold for NYC restaurants. Award-winning journalists Mark Binelli (Detroit City Is the Place to Be) and Julian Rubenstein—author of The Holly: Five Bullets, One Gun, and the Struggle to Save an American Neighborhood—discuss life, work and moving back home to write a book. Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Michael Harrison, Janis Joplin, George Michael.
20 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Episode 21: See the Light
With summer in full swing, we consider the triumph of light over dark. The luminous writer Jo Ann Beard discusses her new book, Festival Days, with revered editor Patricia Towers. And we’ll share some news about a very special Yaddo event coming up this fall: “Art Saved Us—Let’s Save Art,” with singer-songwriter and mega-talent Shaina Taub, who gives a preview of her performance. Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Ylvis.
25 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Episode 20: Change is Like an Ocean
“Routing a racial justice revolution through Hollywood” (The New York Times): Brilliant filmmaker Shaka King, director and co-writer of Judas and the Black Messiah, discusses the difficulty of making meaningful films, New York vs. L.A., and the ebb and flow of social change with superstar Walter Mosley, celebrated writer and executive producer of Snowfall. PLUS: Photographer and veteran activist Dona Ann McAdams on a chance encounter that changed the course of her life and work: The day she met civil rights leader Harvey Milk. Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Queen, The Illustrious Blacks.
25 minutes | May 27, 2021
Episode 19: Love of Labor
Whether it’s a creative pursuit, side-hustle or “real” job, work is at the heart of this episode featuring novelists Lisa Dierbeck and Jonathan Ames on his latest book, A Man Named Doll, the first in a new noir series set in Los Angeles. Plus: Spoken word artist and poet Hakeem Furious performs “Valero Valet,” a piece he wrote about working the graveyard shift at a gas station. Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Damu the Fudgemunk.
27 minutes | May 13, 2021
Episode 18: Family Mystery
Obsession, motherhood, long-held secrets and more in this week’s exploration of family: Kirstin Valdez Quade on her new novel, The Five Wounds, in which multiple generations of family converge. Illustrator and writer Margaret Kimball, whose debut memoir Now I Spill the Family Secrets offers a riveting and layered account of divorce, mental health and coming to terms with family conflict, speaks with the wonderful novelist Charles Bock, author of Beautiful Children. Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Peter Gabriel, Sister Sledge, Three Dog Night.
30 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Episode 17: Future Forward
As arts venues reopen (hooray!), we asked two brilliant friends to imagine a new paradigm for concert classical music: Venezuelan/American composer, multimedia collaborator and Yaddo Board Member Manuel Sosa in conversation with Saratoga Performing Arts Center President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol on resilience, experimentation and turning our “lost year” into a boon for the next generation of performing arts. Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Spike T. Jones, Will T. Bear, Michael Tilson Thomas & San Francisco Symphony, Tania León, Afro Cuban All Stars, Art Tatum.
24 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Episode 16: Nature Noir
Dig into the forensics of a new kind of noir, climate crime, with acclaimed novelist and nonfiction writer Nathaniel Rich, author of Second Nature: Scenes from a World Remade, and intellectual powerhouse Philip Gourevitch, longtime staff writer for The New Yorker. We’ll also revisit the pioneering sonic composition about rewiring the earth’s atmosphere: Landfall, the genius collaboration—and now a Grammy Award-winning album—between Laurie Anderson, icon, inventor, and NASA’s first artist in residence, and Kronos Quartet. Contributing artist: Joseph Keckler.
25 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Episode 15: Full Circle
Yaddo connections run far and wide! One of these circles is having a red, hot streak in the East Village scene in New York City, where a group of performers with talent to burn—many of them Yaddo artists—have found each other and are creating new, exciting work. Playwright, songwriter and performer David Cale (Harry Clarke, We’re Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time, Lillian) and his friend and sometime-collaborator Sylver Wallace talk about pandemic projects and share new music, with nods to the East Village hotspot Pangea, Sade Adu, and… squirrels! Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Plastic Angel of the Month, Matthew Dean Marsh.
25 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Episode 14: Spring Fever
Work hard, play hard, and avoid the "tyranny of the early riser"—stay up late with Shadow // Yaddo! We’ll be delving into the ’70s, with New York Times features reporter Katherine Rosman, as she discusses the cult classic film "Dazed and Confused" with Melissa Maerz, author of "Alright, Alright, Alright." And the phenomenal writer, teacher and editor Beena Kamlani (who edited Saul Bellow, among other literary lions) shares a reading from Bellow’s Herzog. Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Rick Derringer, Nazareth, Lynyrd Skynyrd.
30 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Episode 13: Out West
Time for some Big Sky! We’re headed out west with two incredibly talented Yaddo artists: Maxim Loskutoff on rural v. urban, guns, and his new novel, “a meditation on the cultural breaking-apart of the American West.” Photographer Peter Kayafas on his recent exhibition and book, a project that explores the dramatic and wide-open landscape of the Plains States as well as the heritage and traditions of people living in a region where —despite the tropes of cowboys, dust and tumbleweed—challenges are inherently layered and complex. Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Greensky Bluegrass, Ry Cooder, Our Native Daughters.
27 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Episode 12: Dare to Fail
Writer-director Adam Goldman on bootstrapping his way to a TV series, being “a structure queen,” and procrastinating with great fervor. Miranda July shares early work she performed on an experimental radio show. Plus: new music by avant-pop band Arthur Moon, whose self-titled debut album is out now. Contributing artist: Joseph Keckler
19 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Episode 11: Invisible Among Us
Acclaimed filmmaker Mitch McCabe on her latest feature, “Civil War Surveillance Poems,” which began in 2018 as speculative nonfiction about an impending civil war in the United States. Bestselling author Jewell Parker Rhodes on writing for children and why she’s betting on kids to carry us forward. Performance artist Chin Chih Yang on the one thing he thinks everyone should do every day. Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Carol Lipnik, Sade.
30 minutes | Jan 21, 2021
Episode 10: Brave New World
Artificial intelligence, weaponized data and turning STEM into STEAM: Virtuosic mathematician, human rights lawyer and novelist Zia Haider Rahman speaks with computer scientist and poet Brian Christian, whose latest book, "The Alignment Problem: Machine Learning and Human Values," offers an insightful, provocative and fascinating account of where our world is headed. PLUS: Brilliant New York Times features reporter Katherine Rosman and bestselling author Elizabeth Holmes on royal style and how to make a statement without saying a word. Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Jamie Foxx, David Bowie.
22 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
Episode 9: Falling Down Is Funny
Dancing turtles, family antics, the joy of libraries and more in this week’s episode featuring bestselling humorist David Sedaris in conversation with Patricia Towers, a beloved editor and friend to many writers. Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Boots Riley, The Coup.
30 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
Episode 8: Merry, Merry!
For our very special holiday edition, we share a few of our favorite things: Allan Gurganus reads “A Fool for Christmas,” composer Paul Moravec shares music from his new, Grammy-nominated album, "Sanctuary Road." Plus, a dose of Dolly Parton! Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Paul Moravec, Mark Campbell, Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Kenny Rogers.
31 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
Episode 7: Cocktail Attire
We bring the cocktail party to you: Interdisciplinary artists James Hannaham and Mark King discuss quarantine fashion, architecture and more. The remarkable musical duo The Lazours share music, and Rick Moody: Life Coach offers advice for the holidays. Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Daniel and Patrick Lazour, Darlene Love.
29 minutes | Nov 26, 2020
Episode 6: Reality Dreams
The brilliant Amitava Kumar ("Immigrant, Montana") talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and novelist Ayad Akhtar, whose new novel "Homeland Elegies" is sweeping the “best books of the year” lists. Internationally acclaimed composer Dalit Warshaw shares music and her thoughts on how the Theremin—an electronic instrument invented by a Russian physicist and KGB operative—helped her embrace possibility. Contributing Artists: John Kelly and Joseph Keckler.
26 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
Episode 5: Back to Basics
Mike Doughty on his new band, new book and why he always keeps a guitar in his hands. Glendalys Medina shares a performance and discusses the difficulty of survey shows. Olivia Laing and Joseph Keckler chat about work routines and whether luck has anything to do with making art. Contributing artists: Shayla Lawson, Ghost of Vroom and Nas.
30 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
Episode 4: Home
Andrew O’Hagan discusses his “proudly misspent youth” as well as his imaginative landscape and new novel, Mayflies; Gabriel Kahane shares work from his groundbreaking oratorio on homelessness; and NPR veteran Jacki Lyden reports as herself from the Heartland in this week’s episode, themed “Home.” Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, The Oregon Symphony, Stevie Macleod, Phoebe Legere.
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