Shadow // Yaddo

Shadow // Yaddo

Read. Listen. Tinker. Walk a mile in another’s narrative, with artists as your guide. Broadcasting hope, resistance, humor and curiosity — Shadow // Yaddo is a new podcast hosted by Elaina Richardson.


March 27, 2024 22 mins

Audio from 1890, the symbolic power of pizza, blue suede shoes, thinking like a vulture, and more in our season roundup of favorite moments, with Nafis White, Chris Rush, Alexi Worth, Odili Donald Odita, Daron Hagen, Sam Lipsyte, Will Hermes, Lee Clay Johnson, David Gates, Brian Evenson, Ilana Boltvinik, Martha McPhee and Edgar Oliver.

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Interdisciplinary artist Nafis M. White on unraveling history, finding resilience and beauty in loss, and enlisting raw materials like hair to explore power and identity.

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December 14, 2023 29 mins

Leonard Bernstein—the conductor and composer known globally for his charisma and style—comes roaring back into the public discourse. We celebrate Lenny’s relationship with Yaddo via a conversation with one of his mentees, acclaimed composer Daron Hagen. PLUS: Edgar Oliver, “the poet laureate of New York’s dispossessed” (The New York Times), performs an excerpt of his latest one-man show, Rip Tide, an ode to The...

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November 23, 2023 29 mins

Art converges with nature, meticulous work that spans decades and continents, making the i...

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November 9, 2023 24 mins

Forest restoration, how families avoid reality, coming to terms with trauma, healthy ecosystems and more, with luminous storyteller Martha McPhee, author of five novels and the long-awaited memoir, Omega Farm. PLUS: A recap of the Yaddo Artist Reunion! Contributing artist: Joseph Keckler.

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October 26, 2023 29 mins

Ghosts, artificial intelligence, horror, estrangement and more, with acclaimed writers Vauhini Vara (The Immortal King Rao, This Is Salvaged) and Brian Evenson, author of a dozen books of fiction, including Altmann’s Tongue and The Open Curtain. Contributing artist: Joseph Keckler.

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August 10, 2023 30 mins

On the Black roots of the banjo, the godfather of bluegrass, novelist as bandleader, and more, with a trio of talented musicians and writers: Celebrated author, bass player and literary outlaw Lee Clay Johnson in conversation with the incomparable David Gates, powerhouse on guitar, vocals, pedal steel, and author of several works of knock-out fiction. PLUS: Preview the new documentary featuring supernova

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July 20, 2023 29 mins

Explore liminal worlds with three phenomenal Yaddo artists: Painter Elliott Green and the writer and artist Chris Rush on landscapes of the mind, blue suede shoes, outsider empathy and more. Plus: Eleni Sikelianos performs an excerpt of the title poem from her latest collection, Your Kingdom. Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Last Train Home, Claude Debussy, Josef Sikelianos and Kat White.

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July 6, 2023 26 mins

On music, the ’90s, and NYC cool: Bestselling novelist

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June 22, 2023 29 mins

Every art form has its own language, a puzzle to unlock. One of the great joys of life is having a conversation with an artist who can decipher the code for us and allow us to see paintings anew. For this episode, we visit art galleries with two phenomenal Yaddo artists: Odili Donald Odita—the ...

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June 1, 2023 28 mins

Archival audio, a love story, new tech, and more! Hear some of the first sounds ever recorded: The New York Public Library (NYPL) digitized rare wax cylinders from Yaddo’s archive and made them available for the first time in more than 130 years. We’ll chat with the NYPL team who made this happen. PLUS: The Lazours will be headlining our Summer Benefit on June 22. Contributing artist: Joseph Keckler.

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May 18, 2023 24 mins

Shadow Yaddo hosted by Elaina Richardson is out now!

Tres—Ilana Boltvinik and Rodrigo Viñas—is an art research collective based in Mexico City. They explore the implications of garbage on critical ecosystems, relying upon artistic inquiry, science, anthropology, and archeology, among other disciplines. Their exquisitely beautiful and challenging work ranges from tracking plastics in the oce...

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December 8, 2022 28 mins

Celebrating the conclusion of Season 2, with a behind-the-scenes take on Shadow // Yaddo. Plus: A few of our favorite moments featuring Moby, Terry McMillan, Mark Morris, Elizabeth Strout and more dazzling talents. Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, John Coltrane, Patricia Towers, Colm Tóibín, Dona Ann McAdams, Saudi Burton, Fred Hersch, Dean Haspiel, Pat Palermo, Danielle Spencer, Javier Barboza, Danyel Smith.

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November 17, 2022 27 mins
Inhabiting the space between two places, forms or cultures and exploring the tensions that dissonance creates: Celebrated author Gish Jen on post-Nixon China, finding humor in heartbreak, and her intuitive approach to writing virtuosic fiction. Syrian writer Ayad Awwadawnan on the hopes, dreams and humanity of refugees and his own journey to asylum. PLUS: New music from The Lazours! Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Daniel Lazo...
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November 4, 2022 29 mins

Here are two of the hardest working artists we know: Sculptor Harry Leigh on the decades of discipline that saw him through more than half a century of making art, plus his new show in Berlin. And Acclaimed filmmaker Javier Barboza on growing up in East L.A., turning talent into gold, and building a better world. Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Billy Strange, Kid Frost, Delinquent Habits, Eartha Kitt, Kinto Sol.

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October 20, 2022 29 mins

Boom, pow, bang! Nerd-out with the cool kids of comix: Emmy- and Ringo- award winning artist and writer Dean Haspiel in conversation with acclaimed painter and cartoonist Pat Palermo on the quotidian life, faux bravado, truth as prism—and all you never knew about Spiderman. PLUS: Superstar novelist and TV writer Victor LaValle on how his discovery of comic books led to, well, books in general, both reading and writing. Contributing...

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October 6, 2022 28 mins

Patricia Towers—extraordinary editor, formidable poker player and supreme Virgo—in conversation with bestselling novelist Elizabeth Strout on process, persistence and her new novel, Lucy by the Sea, hailed by The Guardian as the “most nuanced and intensely moving Lucy Barton novel yet.” PLUS: A dip into the archive, celebrating “Yaddo firsts”—composer George Walker and poets Etheridge Knight and Gwendolyn Brooks. Contributing artis...

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September 23, 2022 28 mins

Banned Books Week: Let’s celebrate and safeguard, come hell or highwater, our freedom to read! Bestselling novelist Colm Tóibín on Salman Rushdie’s work and activism, the history of censorship in Ireland, and the slippery slope that is book banning. PLUS: Ariel Schrag, whose YA anthology Stuck in the Middle made the list of “Top 100 Most Banned Books of the Decade.” Contributing artists: Amitava Kumar, Joseph Keckler; Billy Bragg &...

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September 8, 2022 28 mins

Time to get out of the hammock, and into the intellectual groove, with a discussion on narrative medicine, a field of study that applies skills used in analyzing literature to medicine, and the impacts of storytelling on our health, work and lives. Andrew Solomon is a writer and lecturer on politics, culture and psychology; winner of the National Book Award; and an activist in LGBTQ rights, mental health, and the arts. He is the au...

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June 2, 2022 11 mins

We’re incredibly grateful to all who’ve listened and contributed to our “little podcast that could,” which began in September 2020 and now has listeners on every continent! Before we take a short summer break, we put together a highlight reel with a few favorite moments. See you in August for more Shadow // Yaddo! Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Sly and The Family Stone, Lauren Groff, Sheila Heti, Sarah Manguso, John Sims, Ly...

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