Category: Podcast

S2 E7: The Russians Are Coming

Shadow // Yaddo hosted by Elaina Richardson—broadcasting stories of hope, resistance, humor and curiosity in our new podcast!

Ringing in the “Old New Year” with literary supernovas Gary Shteyngart (Our Country Friends) and Sloane Crosley, whose forthcoming rom-com thriller, Cult Classic, takes on metaphysics, modern love, memory and mind control. PLUS Emmy Award-winning film and television composer Nathan Barr on his Mighty Wurlitzer and the music behind The Great. Huzzah!

Tune in as we shine a light on the transformative vision of artists through conversations about art, literature, activism, ecology, inspiration and daily life.

S2 E6: You Belong Here

Shadow // Yaddo hosted by Elaina Richardson—broadcasting stories of hope, resistance, humor and curiosity in our new podcast!

It’s that time of year when many of us give some thought to our roots, our sense of home, where we belong. Travel is fraught, and the strain of the holiday season is real. Come share in a little insight and a few good laughs, with two of our favorite writers: poet and essayist Marianne Boruch, author of several collections including her latest, Bestiary Dark, inspired by wildlife in Australia, and novelist Lynn Freed (Home GroundThe Last LaughHouse of Women), brilliant expat and the Queen of the One-Liner. Contributing artists: Joseph KecklerRandy CrenshawIsabelle BoulayRufus Wainwright.

Tune in as we shine a light on the transformative vision of artists through conversations about art, literature, activism, ecology, inspiration and daily life.

S2 E5: A Grand Old Dream

Shadow // Yaddo hosted by Elaina Richardson—broadcasting stories of hope, resistance, humor and curiosity in our new podcast!

Success. Fallacy of the one who escaped. The roots of racism and more, with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Andrea Elliott on her new book, Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City, which offers an astonishing account of a homeless family in super-stratified New York City, where those grappling with extreme poverty live side by side with the very wealthy. PLUS: New music from mega-talented singer-songwriter and composer Gabriel Kahane. Contributing artist: Joseph Keckler.

Tune in as we shine a light on the transformative vision of artists through conversations about art, literature, activism, ecology, inspiration and daily life.

S2 E4: Sanctuary

Shadow // Yaddo hosted by Elaina Richardson—broadcasting stories of hope, resistance, humor and curiosity in our new podcast!

Yaddo luminaries Brad Kessler and Uwem Akpan on empathy across boundaries, essential storytelling, the paradox of sanctuary, and the decade it takes to get it right. Kessler, “a consistently impressive writer,” (PW) is the prize-winning author of the memoir Goat Song and three novels—Birds in FallLick Creek and his latest, North. Akpan, whose powerful bestseller Say You’re One of Them covered human-trafficking, prostitution and genocide through the eyes of children, returns with New York, My Village, an exuberant, LOL-funny novel that follows a Nigerian editor to NYC’s heart of darkness. Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Damu the Fudgemunk.

Tune in as we shine a light on the transformative vision of artists through conversations about art, literature, activism, ecology, inspiration and daily life.

S2 E3: Every Real Story Is a Ghost Story

Shadow // Yaddo hosted by Elaina Richardson—broadcasting stories of hope, resistance, humor and curiosity in our new podcast!

Halloween, yes! Sweater-weather, dog costumes, candy discounts and more. Gather ’round for a good old-fashioned ghost story: Acclaimed actor Rufus Collins brings to life selections from “The Ghosts of Yaddo” by Allan Gurganus, author of several books of fiction, including Oldest Living Confederate Widow and his latest, The Uncollected Stories of Allan Gurganus. Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Regina DeLuise.

Tune in as we shine a light on the transformative vision of artists through conversations about art, literature, activism, ecology, inspiration and daily life.

S2 E2: Artist Reunion

Shadow // Yaddo hosted by Elaina Richardson—broadcasting stories of hope, resistance, humor and curiosity in our new podcast!

When artists get together, conversation flows! Antics, disco, cocktails and more in this week’s celebration of our upcoming Yaddo Artist Reunion. Three fantastic writers who met at Yaddo discuss how peers influence each other: Lauren Groff, the bestselling author of six books of fiction, including Fates and Furies, Florida and her latest, Matrix; the ever-brilliant Sheila Heti, author of the novels Motherhood, How Should a Person Be? and her forthcoming book, Pure Colour; and Sarah Manguso, the luminous author of eight books, including her upcoming novel, Very Cold People. Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Destiny’s Child (“Independent Women,” the Charles J Remix). Special thanks to Glenfiddich for sponsoring our Yaddo Artist Reunion.

Tune in as we shine a light on the transformative vision of artists through conversations about art, literature, activism, ecology, inspiration and daily life.

S2 E1: Beginnings

Shadow // Yaddo hosted by Elaina Richardson—broadcasting stories of hope, resistance, humor and curiosity in our new podcast!

Celebrating the launch of Season 2 with Moby! We’ll take you back to the beginning of Yaddo, with a live performance by director and Tony Award-winning actress Blair Brown and legendary artist John Kelly. PLUS the mega-talented photographer and activist Dona Ann McAdams offers a preview of “Hardboots & Legends,” her ongoing project on the behind-the-scenes backstretch workers at the oldest horse racing track in America—Saratoga Racecourse. Contributing artists: Hot Club of Saratoga, Patricia Highsmith, Sylvia Plath, Lionel Trilling on James Baldwin, Leonard Bernstein, Carson McCullers, John Cheever, Katherine Anne Porter, Leo Lerman, Saul Bellow, Flannery O’Connor, Langston Hughes, Dorothy Parker, Michael Cunningham, Amy Tan.

Tune in as we shine a light on the transformative vision of artists through conversations about art, literature, activism, ecology, inspiration and daily life.

S1 E24: Shorten the Distance Between Laugh Lines

Shadow // Yaddo hosted by Elaina Richardson—broadcasting stories of hope, resistance, humor and curiosity in our new podcast!

Celebrating the finale of our first season with two of our favorite humorists and radio stars: Elna Baker, writer, comedian, producer for “This American Life” and author of the “wickedly funny” (People) memoir The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance in conversation with Negin Farsad—comedian, director, panelist for “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” and author of How to Make White People Laugh as well as the host of “Fake the Nation.” Contributing artists: Joseph KecklerModest Mouse.

Shadow // Yaddo Season 2 will begin Thursday, September 23. Tune in as we shine a light on the transformative vision of artists through conversations about art, literature, activism, ecology, inspiration and daily life.

S1 E23: Maps and Legends

Shadow // Yaddo hosted by Elaina Richardson—broadcasting stories of hope, resistance, humor and curiosity in our new podcast!

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 KecklerWilliam BolcomJoan Osborne.

Shadow // Yaddo airs every other Thursday. Tune in as we shine a light on the transformative vision of artists through conversations about art, literature, activism, ecology, inspiration and daily life.

S1 E22: Real Magic

Shadow // Yaddo hosted by Elaina Richardson—broadcasting stories of hope, resistance, humor and curiosity in our new podcast!

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 Rubinstein—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.

Shadow // Yaddo airs every other Thursday. Tune in as we shine a light on the transformative vision of artists through conversations about art, literature, activism, ecology, inspiration and daily life.

S1 E21: See the Light

Shadow // Yaddo hosted by Elaina Richardson—broadcasting stories of hope, resistance, humor and curiosity in our new podcast!

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.

Shadow // Yaddo airs every other Thursday. Tune in as we shine a light on the transformative vision of artists through conversations about art, literature, activism, ecology, inspiration and daily life.

S1 E20: Change is Like an Ocean

Shadow // Yaddo hosted by Elaina Richardson—broadcasting stories of hope, resistance, humor and curiosity in our new podcast!

“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 seasoned 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.

Shadow // Yaddo airs every other Thursday. Tune in as we shine a light on the transformative vision of artists through conversations about art, literature, activism, ecology, inspiration and daily life.

S1 E19: Love of Labor

Shadow // Yaddo hosted by Elaina Richardson—broadcasting stories of hope, resistance, humor and curiosity in our new podcast!

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: Sound 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.

Shadow // Yaddo airs every other Thursday. Tune in as we shine a light on the transformative vision of artists through conversations about art, literature, activism, ecology, inspiration and daily life.

S1 E18: Family Mystery

Shadow // Yaddo hosted by Elaina Richardson—broadcasting stories of hope, resistance, humor and curiosity in our new podcast!

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.

Shadow // Yaddo airs every other Thursday. Tune in as we shine a light on the transformative vision of artists through conversations about art, literature, activism, ecology, inspiration and daily life.

S1 E17: Future Forward

Shadow // Yaddo hosted by Elaina Richardson—broadcasting stories of hope, resistance, humor and curiosity in our new podcast!

As arts venues reopen (hooray!), we asked two brilliant allies 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.

Shadow // Yaddo airs every other Thursday. Tune in as we shine a light on the transformative vision of artists through conversations about art, literature, activism, ecology, inspiration and daily life.

S1 E16: Nature Noir

Shadow // Yaddo hosted by Elaina Richardson—broadcasting stories of hope, resistance, humor and curiosity in our new podcast!

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.

Shadow // Yaddo airs every other Thursday. Tune in as we shine a light on the transformative vision of artists through conversations about art, literature, activism, ecology, inspiration and daily life.

S1 E15: Full Circle

Shadow // Yaddo hosted by Elaina Richardson—broadcasting stories of hope, resistance, humor and curiosity in our new podcast!

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.



Shadow // Yaddo airs every other Thursday. Tune in as we shine a light on the transformative vision of artists through conversations about art, literature, activism, ecology, inspiration and daily life.

S1 E14: Spring Fever

Shadow // Yaddo hosted by Elaina Richardson—broadcasting stories of hope, resistance, humor and curiosity in our new podcast!

Work hard, play hard, and evade 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.



Shadow // Yaddo airs every other Thursday. Tune in as we shine a light on the transformative vision of artists through conversations about art, literature, activism, ecology, inspiration and daily life.

S1 E13: Out West

Shadow // Yaddo hosted by Elaina Richardson—broadcasting stories of hope, resistance, humor and curiosity in our new podcast!

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.



Shadow // Yaddo airs every other Thursday. Tune in as we shine a light on the transformative vision of artists through conversations about art, literature, activism, ecology, inspiration and daily life.

S1 E12: Dare to Fail

Shadow // Yaddo hosted by Elaina Richardson—broadcasting stories of hope, resistance, humor and curiosity in our new podcast!

Innovation, big ideas and the glory of experimentation: 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 from an experimental radio show. Plus: new music by the avant-pop band Arthur Moon. Contributing artist: Joseph Keckler.



Shadow // Yaddo airs every other Thursday. Tune in as we shine a light on the transformative vision of artists through conversations about art, literature, activism, ecology, inspiration and daily life.