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.

Episodes

November 17, 2022 27 min
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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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 min

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 min

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 min

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 min

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 min

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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Danyel Smith on her new page-turner, Shine Bright: A Very Personal History of Black Women in Pop. With a self-described “lust for loud,” Danyel has spent decades as a reporter and editor on the music beat at major publications. This is the book she was born to write, braiding her own stories of ambition, doubt and heartbreak with those of the Black female artists she heralded. Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Whitney Houston, ...
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We’re betting on these virtuosic minds to power a post-pandemic renaissance: Mark Morris, “the most successful and influential choreographer alive” (The New York Times), and “living legend” (The New Yorker) Fred Hersch, jazz pianist and composer, on primal improvisation, ’60s tunes, the return to live performance, embracing the gay, and more.
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March 17, 2022 19 min

As an antidote to Orwellian doublespeak, we’re highlighting Yaddo artists whose work radiates authenticity: Bestselling novelist Terry McMillan on kicking booze to the curb, finding joy in a library, and writing clean prose with a clear head. PLUS: Theater superstar and songwriter extraordinaire Shaina Taub shares new music. Apocalypse party, anyone? Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit.

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Celebrating the return of live performance, with Pulitzer Prize-winning theater artists James Lapine—Sondheim-collaborator, director and screenwriter—and acclaimed playwright Doug Wright, whose Goodnight Oscar opens soon. PLUS: Mega-talented singer/songwriter Carol Lipnik shares music from her new album, Goddess of Imperfection. Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, Blossom Dearie, David Cale.

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Conceptual artist, producer and activist John Sims on shredding confederate iconography, the power of Pi, quilting with the Amish, being handcuffed in his pajamas, the square root of love, and more. PLUS: Steve Buscemi reminds us why making art matters. Contributing artists: Joseph Keckler, John Sims Projects, Vi Hart; AfroDixie: The Rain Mix musicians, including Johnnie Barker, Thomas Bentley, Patrick Bettison, Tom Carabasi, Ally ...

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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!
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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 Ground...

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November 18, 2021 32 min

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...

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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 g...

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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, ...

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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 B...

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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...

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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...

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