Category: Podcast

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.

Shadow // Yaddo Season 2 will begin Tuesday, Septmeber 21. Tune in as we shine a light on the transformative vision of artists through conversations about art, literature, activism, ecology, inspiration and daily life.

S1E24: 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 Tuesday, Septmeber 21. Tune in as we shine a light on the transformative vision of artists through conversations about art, literature, activism, ecology, inspiration and daily life.

S1E23: 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.

S1E22: 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 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.

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.

S1E21: 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.

S1E20: 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.

S1E19: 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.

S1E18: 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.

S1E17: 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.

S1E16: 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.

S1E15: 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.

S1E14: 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.

S1E13: 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.

S1E12: 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.

S1E11: Invisible Among Us

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

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.



Learn more about performance artist Chin Chih Yang, and view images of his work here.

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.

S1E10: Brave New World

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

Artificial intelligence, weaponized data and turning STEM into STEAM: Virtuosic mathematician, human rights lawyer and acclaimed 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.

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.

S1E9: Falling Down Is Funny

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

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.



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.

S1E8: Merry, Merry!

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

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.


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.

S1E7: Cocktail Attire

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

We bring the cocktail party to you! Interdisciplinary artists James Hannaham and Mark King discuss quarantine fashion, architecture, design and more. The remarkable 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.



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.

Special thanks to our sponsors, including The Stewart’s and Dake Family Gift.

S1E6: Reality Dreams

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

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.



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.

Special thanks to our sponsors, including The Stewart’s and Dake Family Gift.