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For more than 140 years 92nd Street Y has harnessed the power of arts and ideas to enrich, enlighten and change lives. This podcast features many of the fascinating people and conversations from our stage, both recent as well as treasures from the past.
 
Podcast Theater Productions of Don Futterman’s Moving and Hilarious Autobiograpical Monologues What they said about the original stage productions: “Beguiling. Piercing and witty adult tales, relevant to all our lives. Time flows by as swiftly as Futterman’s crises.” The Boston Globe “Funny, poignant and heartwarming, he had the audience laughing and crying.” The 92nd Street Y “Futterman mixes comedy and philosophy in an incredibly powerful form, and with only one person talking, it’s very i ...
 
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Ina Cariño on her selection: Aracelis Girmay’s “You are Who I Love,” first published in 2017, is still so, so needed today. The repetition of the title throughout the poem gives it a musicality that mimics the chants of those who march in the streets. I chose this poem because it calls to and speaks for all of us: those who fight for what is dear t…
 
Tracie Morris on her selection: I have the great pleasure of sharing small excerpts from Brent Hayes Edwards’ wonderful book, Epistrophies. In it, I repeat a quote from the legendary Mary Lou Williams to introduce Edward’s commentary on Sun Ra at the dawn of the Space Age. Epistrophies, by Brent Hayes Edwards Music: "Shift of Currents" by Blue Dot …
 
Rowan Ricardo Phillips on his selection: The poem "This Lime-tree Bower my Prison'' was written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in the summer of 1797. He had been set to journey the Quantocks with a group of friends but burned his foot in an accident and thus was left behind, under a lime tree in the garden of a friend's home, while others––including Wi…
 
Sheila Heti on her selection: I chose a chapter from Stefan Zweig’s The World of Yesterday, which he wrote between 1934 and 1941. It is one of the most fascinating and vivid descriptions I have ever read—not only of what Victorian manners and morals were like, but what it feels like to have lived through history, in particular the great political a…
 
Join the creator and stars of Peacock’s acclaimed new series Girls5eva – Meredith Scardino, Sara Bareilles, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Paula Pell, and Busy Philipps – for a conversation about the making of the show with TV Guide Magazine’s Damian Holbrook. Following the members of a one-hit wonder ‘90s girl group as they take one more shot at making t…
 
Christina Hendricks sits down with Emmy Award-winning Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner to discuss her role in NBC's Good Girls, now entering its fourth season. They also talk about their collaborative relationship, Hendricks’ new projects, stories from behind the scenes, and more. The conversation was streamed live as part of the 92nd Street Y's onli…
 
The award-winning stars of Netflix's Master of None — Lena Waithe, Naomi Ackie, Alan Yang and Aziz Ansari — discuss the comedy’s highly-anticipated third season. It's being hailed for its bold, new dramatic depths, anchored by performances from Waithe and Ackie. Writer Jim Pascoe moderates the conversation, streamed live as part of the 92nd Street …
 
Join Pulitzer Prize-winning writers Annette Gordon-Reed and Brent Staples for a discussion of Gordon-Reed’s new book, On Juneteenth — a stirring reflection on how the holiday commemorating the freeing of African-American slaves in the United States is celebrated. Focusing on her upbringing in Texas, Gordon-Reed’s candid meditation on the complex my…
 
Reel Pieces moderator Annette Insdorf interviews Academy Award®-winner Barry Jenkins about his acclaimed new series, The Underground Railroad. Based on Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, the ten episodes — currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video — trace the journey of Cora Randall, a slave who escapes a Georgia plantation and strugg…
 
The editors of Cosmopolitan and Esquire, Jessica Pels and Michael Sebastian, discuss The Future of Sex with sex educator Haylin Belay. What will sex, dating and relationships be like once COVID-19 is finally behind us? Cosmopolitan and Esquire teamed up with the iconic Kinsey Institute to find out how the future of sex will change in a post-pandemi…
 
Howard Norman on his selection: I read two diary entries by the iconic haiku master, Masaoka Shiki, which I translated with Kazumi Tanaka while in Japan in 2007. Shiki was often confined by his lifelong illness to his bed; a recurring image is a parade of the tops of black umbrellas seen just over the top of a wall. Masaoka Shiki: Selected Poems, t…
 
In this episode of 92Y Talks, SoFi and 92Y's XYZ present a conversation on work and mental health with psychologist Dr. Jaclyn Lopez Witmer and SoFi’s Ashley Stahl, a career expert and host of the popular mental health podcast You Turn. The COVID crisis has added unprecedented stress to our lives, including our work lives. They explore how your men…
 
In this episode of 92Y Talks, we present another installment of excerpts from our recent State of Democracy Summit, produced in collaboration with the Knight Foundation, ProPublica, and Craig Newmark Philanthropies. Democracy in Public: Kounkuey Design Initiative's Chelina Odbert, Eric Klinenberg of NYU's Institute for Public Knowledge, and Priya P…
 
Valzhyna Mort on her selection: On April 26th, 1986, the worst nuclear reactor accident in history occurred in Chernobyl. I am reading from Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich, translated by Keith Gessen. Voices from Chernobyl is the first book to present personal accounts of what happened to the peo…
 
In this episode of 92Y Talks, we present excerpts from our recent State of Democracy Summit, produced in collaboration with the Knight Foundation, ProPublica, and Craig Newmark Philanthropies. The 2020 election season and its aftermath is perhaps one of the most tumultuous times in recent history: bringing longstanding tensions in America into viol…
 
Paisley Rekdal on her selection: Charming may not be a word commonly associated with Alexander Pope, but for me, “Epistle to Miss Blount, On Her Leaving the Town, After the Coronation” may be one of the most charming poems I know. Pope, famous for “The Rape of the Lock,” and his exhaustingly didactic essay “A Man,” delights with this epistolary poe…
 
Jane Hirshfield on her selection: “The Lives of the Poets” Poems are about our human lives--their knowing by stories, language, feelings, comprehensions, perplexities, musics. Because the lives of poets include the making of poetry, some poems are about that. I've chosen a half-dozen, from a range of persons, places, and directions, from a folder I…
 
Huey Lewis sits down with SiriusXM’s Mark Goodman for a career-spanning conversation about his first album with his band The News in nearly two decades, Weather—a smooth, whip-smart return to the sound that helped make Huey Lewis and The News one of the biggest bands of the ’80s, earning them Grammy Awards and selling over 30 million albums. The co…
 
Stacy Schiff on her selection: In a contest between the novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard and her third husband, Kingsley Amis, I will opt for Howard every time -- with an exception made for Amis’s 1954 Lucky Jim. As laughter seems in short supply these days, I offer up this favorite Amis set-piece, arguably among the funniest pages of 20th century En…
 
In this episode of 92Y Talks, director and actor Soleil Moon Frye, star of the beloved 80s and current Peacock sitcom Punky Brewster, sits down with Demi Moore to discuss her new Hulu documentary kid 90. When Frye was a teenager, she documented hundreds of hours of her life with her friends – other young stars like David Arquette, Stephen Dorff, Ma…
 
Episode One – Psychological Warfare Can sibling rivalry and Jewish summer camp lead to Absolute Perfection? Written and performed by Don Futterman, directed by Linda Lovitch and Gizem Ozdimir, with engineering and sound design by Gizem Ozdimir. For more of Natan Gesundheit’s entrancing album, Melaveh Malkah, which is sampled in I Never Compete with…
 
Episode Two – Mystical Combat Don reaches spiritual heights in Israel, but will his grandmother’s fear of escalators knock Don back to earth? Written and performed by Don Futterman, directed by Linda Lovitch and Gizem Ozdimir, with engineering and sound design by Gizem Ozdimir. For more of Natan Gesundheit’s entrancing album, Melaveh Malkah, which …
 
Notes on the selections: It’s been a year. That’s been the chorus for the past couple of weeks, and we're here, saying it too; it feels too notable, too hard-won, too full of loss, too much not to note. This episode is a compilation of some of the poems recorded over 62 episodes: a selection of poems that seem to speak to the intensely individual a…
 
In this episode of 92Y Talks, Budd Mishkin hosts a celebration of the life and legacy of Debbie Friedman, whose music continues to inspire Jews to sing out all over the world. Special guest Mandy Patinkin discusses his close friendship with Debbie, along with Debbie's sister Cheryl Friedman, Rabbi Peter Rubinstein, Rabbi Dan Freelander, Cantor Jeff…
 
Producer's note: We return this week to Diana Khoi Nguyen's reading of poems from Asian poets in diaspora. Please support your local Asian diaspora and anti-racist community organizing, as you can. In particular, Nguyen recommends donations to Stop AAPI Hate's fund: https://www.gofundme.com/c/act/stop-aapi-hate Diana Khoi Nguyen on her selection: I…
 
In this episode of 92Y Talks, Annette Insdorf interviews director and co-writer Thomas Vinterberg and co-writer Tobias Lindholm about their film Another Round, which is Denmark’s official submission for the Best International Feature Film category of the 93rd Academy Awards. The dark comedy has already swept the European Film Awards — winning Best …
 
Yesenia Montilla on her selections: It seems truly unbelievable that we are coming on a year of this pandemic and I have been like so many: just trying my hardest to survive. How I have survived is by slipping into poetry; my own and others. What deeply moves me about the four poems I chose are their honesty and their surprise, their tenacity and h…
 
In this episode of 92Y Talks, bestselling author and cultural icon Roxane Gay discusses her new Scribd Originals story Writing into the Wound: Understanding Trauma, Truth, and Language with award-winning journalist and host of Matter of Fact Soledad O'Brien. Writing into the Wound is a remarkable consideration of being human, and a skillful guide t…
 
Raquel Salas Rivera with coquíes in background: “ataúd abierto para un obituario puertorriqueño” // “open casket for a puerto rican obituary” This poem responds to Pedro Pietri’s “Puerto Rican Obituary” by expanding it to include those Puerto Ricans that still live in Puerto Rico, recontextualizing the imagined return in contemporary Puerto Rico. I…
 
In this episode of 92Y Talks, the iconic artist Christo discusses his creative process, his creative partnership with his wife Jeanne-Claude, and much more with Amei Wallach. Some of Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s projects include the Lake Iseo project documented in the film Walking on Water, and wrapping the entire Arc de Triomphe in 270,000 square f…
 
Monique Truong on her selection: On March 5, 2020, mere days before COVID-19 would change our day-to-day existence, I attended a crowded bookstore reading here in NYC, where Yoko Tawada and her friend Bettina Brandt read from Tawada's novel, Memoirs of a Polar Bear. They sat side-by-side, each wearing one white glove, and occasionally they held ove…
 
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