Doug's Front Porch

Doug's Front Porch

Join host, Doug Madenford, as he welcomes guests onto his front porch for some good old-fashioned conversation. New episodes air on the 1st of each month.

Episodes

March 1, 2024 43 mins

In this episode I welcome Lew Bryson up on to the front porch. We discuss his journey from rural Lancaster county to his love of food and drink including his various publications about beer and whiskey. We close our discussion talking about his current podcast, Seen Through A Glass, and discuss the value and importance of eating and drinking locally.

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In this episode I welcome Richard Mammana on to the front porch. We discuss his multi-ethnic childhood growing up in Easton, PA. We also discuss his acamdemic journey of studying greek, latin, and church history. We close our conversation with a discussion about his current work of documenting colonial-era Pennsylvania Dutch tombstones and what walking hundreds of old cemeteries has taught him about life.

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January 1, 2024 20 mins

In this episode we welcome 2024 in by taking a short journey through my trusty Baer's Agricultural Almanac. We take a look at long range forecasts for the year, major anniversaries happening, and some humorous stories as well.

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December 1, 2023 48 mins

In this episode I welcome Katy Bodenhorn Barnes up onto the front porch. We discuss her childhood in north Texas and her journey to college at BYU. We talk a lot about her current role as the Director of Genealogical Services at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. We close our conversation with some deep questions about the power of genealogy and how learning about your past can make you a better person.

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November 1, 2023 54 mins

In this episode I welcome Brian Aynardi, a dear friend and distant cousin, up on the front porch. We talk about his childhood in Wyomissing, PA, and his journey to Penn State to pursue degrees in Turf Management. We spend the rest of our conversation talking about his addiction to alcohol and his successful road to recovery.

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October 1, 2023 45 mins

In this episode I welcome Gretchen Swank up on the front porch. We discuss her childhood in the mountains of central PA, her time as a criminal investigator for the Pennsylvania State Police and her recent journey into the world of Urglaawe and Braucherei.

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September 1, 2023 52 mins

In this episode I welcome Nancy Rodabaugh on to the front porch. Nancy recently completed the 500+ mile Camino de Santiago pilgrimage through France and Spain. We talk about her preparation, her journey, and what the experience taught her.

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August 1, 2023 65 mins

In this episode I welcome Hiram Smith up on the front porch. Hiram is a professor of Spanish and Linguistics at Bucknell University here in central PA. We discuss his youth as an "Army Brat" and the various places that he lived growing up. We also discuss African-American-English and its history within the American story as well as an honest and enlightening discussion on the "N-Word." We close the interview wit...

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July 1, 2023 53 mins

On this episode, Pete Ruggieri joins me on the front porch. We talk about his time as a 911 dispatcher in Chester County, PA and then we discuss his various charity work. Pete is the brains behind the annual Santa Stumble held in Lancaster each that has raised thousands of dollars to benefit the Lancaster mounted patrol and K-9 units. We close our discussion with stories about his involvement in fostering Doberman Pinschers. [Origi...

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June 15, 2023 49 mins

In this episode I welcome my dear friend, Michael Werner, up on the front porch. Michael is a publisher in the Palatinate region of Germany, who runs the PA Dutch language newspaper: Hiwwe wie Driwwe. Over the years his love of the PA Dutch language and culture and his work with it has helped build a strong transatlantic bridge between our two countries. We discuss his love of languages and his journey to connect with his own cultu...

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June 1, 2023 30 mins

In this episode I welcome seven of my current seniors up on the front porch to discuss their thoughts on their upcoming high school graduation. We discuss their fears, accomplishments and future plans. Shout out to Rebecca Muthler, Chris Corbin, Madeline Jones, Jack Hanna, Peter Monoski, Kelsey Burrows, and Aaron Eldred for their words.

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May 15, 2023 53 mins

In this episode I welcome German YouTuber, Feli from Germany, on to the front porch. We discuss her childhood in Munich, her various trips back and forth between the US and Germany, and the growth and success of her YouTube channel. She truly is a cultural ambassador between our two countries with a unique perspective and ability to teach the value of our differences and similarities. 

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May 1, 2023 46 mins

In this episode I welcome longtime friend and proud PA Dutchman, David Adam, on to the front porch. We discuss his bi-lingual childhood, how he met his wife of 62 years, and his love of teaching PA Dutch.

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April 15, 2023 54 mins

In this episode I invite Shan Packer up on the front porch. We discuss his childhood growing up in a real company town, his career as a machinist and his eventual transition to teaching, and we close our conversation with a discussion about the current state of career technical education in our society. Today's vo-tech is not the same vo-tech that we all grew up with.

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April 1, 2023 43 mins

In this episode I welcome friend and colleague, Len Rutecki, onto the front porch. Len is the autism teacher at my school and we discuss all things autism from what it is to how he works with his students. We also discuss how Len uses his gifts and abilities to raise money and awareness for autism outside of school. Throughout his life he has learned one thing that he continues to challenge us all to do: be kind.

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March 15, 2023 44 mins

In this episode I welcome former student and friend, Kathryn Kline, up on the front porch. We discuss her love of writing that lead to a career in journalism. We talk about her experiences from writing obituaries for the local newspaper to being a press intern in the US Senate and now her job with a major network news bureau in Washington DC. We close our conversation with some honest talk about the current media landscape and what...

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March 1, 2023 51 mins

In this episode I welcome friend and colleague, Ryan Veltri, up on the front porch. We discuss how soccer has played a major role in his life from playing to coaching, the ups and downs of being a high school emotional support teacher, and the joy that the Dave Matthew's Band brings him. 

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February 15, 2023 55 mins

In this episode I welcome Jenn Eaton up on the front porch. Jenn is the curator at the Pennsylvania Military Museum located in Boalsburg, PA. We talk about all things history and the challenges that she and her colleagues face trying to make history fun and welcoming to new generations.

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February 1, 2023 45 mins

In this episode I welcome high school friend, Kai Miller, up on the front porch. Kai has had a career that has taken her from NASA to the VA to her own business ventures. Kai has been a student and teacher of communications her whole life. In our interview we take a deep dive on just what is effective communication and how a true understanding of trust, authenticity, and empathy all aid in becoming a strong and effective communicat...

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January 15, 2023 39 mins

In this episode I welcome Taylor Leitzell onto the Front Porch. Taylor is a financial planner by trade and we talk all things money and savings. Taylor is able to make these difficult conversations easy to have, as you will hear in our talk. Want to know what an IRA is? No idea how a 401K works? Sit down, hit play, and enjoy!

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