Shadow Yaddo Podcast

A new podcast with conversations that inspire curiosity, humor, resistance and hope.

Episode 18: Family Mystery

May 13, 2021

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.

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Episode 17: Future Forward

April 29, 2021

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.

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Episode 16: Nature Noir

April 15, 2021

Dig into the forensics of a new kind of noir, climate crime, with acclaimed novelist and nonfiction writer Nathaniel Rich and intellectual powerhouse Philip Gourevitch. PLUS selections from Landfall, the genius collaboration by iconic inventor and artist Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet.

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Episode 15: Full Circle

April 1, 2021

Playwright, songwriter and performer David Cale 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!

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Episode 14: Spring Fever

March 18, 2021

Work hard, play hard, and evade the “tyranny of the early riser”—stay up late with Shadow // Yaddo! Katherine Rosman and Melissa Maerz on the cult classic, “Dazed and Confused.” Plus Beena Kamlani shares a reading from Saul Bellow’s Herzog.

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Episode 13: Out West

March 4, 2021

Time for some Big Sky! We’re headed out west with two incredibly talented Yaddo artists: Novelist Maxim Loskutoff and photographer Peter Kayafas.

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Episode 12: Dare to Fail

February 18, 2021

Innovation, big ideas, and the glory of experimentation: Writer-director Adam Goldman on bootstrapping his way to a TV series, Miranda July shares early work, and new music from Arthur Moon.

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Episode 11: Invisible Among Us

February 4, 2021

Acclaimed filmmaker Mitch McCabe on her latest feature, “Civil War Surveillance Poems,” bestselling author Jewell Parker Rhodes on writing for children, and performance artist Chin Chih Yang on the one thing he thinks everyone should do every day.

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Episode 10: Brave New World

January 21, 2021

Artificial intelligence, weaponized data and turning STEM into STEAM, with Zia Haider Rahman and Brian Christian. PLUS: Katherine Rosman and Elizabeth Holmes on how to make a statement without saying a word.

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Episode 9: Falling Down Is Funny

January 7, 2021

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.

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