The Man and the Challenge
Season 4, Ep. 108
Bar Crawl Radio has finally gone really silly. I had to come up with an idea for this week's podcast and so I was on my bike and I remembered this TV series I used to watch as a kid -- The Man and the Challenge -- and decided to challenge my Upper West Side neighbors to figure out how to survive several death-defying scenerios. They did pretty well but only one actually survived. On a fun scale -- we had a lot of it --
Conspiracy Theories--This I believe
Season 4, Ep. 107
It's time we just give it up to all of those wonderful, wacky, weirdo conspiracy theories and go along with Rebecca and Alan for one ludicrous and fun-filled romp way past Alice in Wonderland and walk around in the land of the inane and creative. If you are a QAnon-er -- you might just get all down with TAnon -- and become an equal opportunity reviler of authority. Hear us out -- it makes sense and we have the proof. BCR is once again on the street talking with our Upper West Sider neighbors about their favorite conspiracy theories -- and we heard some wild stuff. Did you hear the one about the Denver Airport ....
Will Manhattan Bars Survive City Government Policy?
Season 4, Ep. 106
Will NYC bars survive? Between early March and early May,over 100,000 small businesses nationwidehave shut down and our neighborhood bars in NYC have been hit hard. More than 80 percent of the city’s restaurants and bars did not pay full rent in June, according to the NYC Hospitality Alliance.In this COVID19 moment, it is clear that we must social distance if we are going to beat this corona virus – but at what cost? In general -- NYCers have been doing well -- and we want to get back to enjoying our great bars -- but is it too soon?And what is going to happen to outdoor bar and restaurant business as we enter the fall?We talked with Matt Gebhard, owner of Gebhard's Beer Culture Bar--our favorite watering spot in the Upper West Side--about his efforts to keep his business afloat in the face of inconsistent and hard-on-business city policies. We were joined by Gebhard's midtown bar manager--Peter Malfatti
Mentoring Poets: Susana H. Case & Mervyn Taylor
Season 4, Ep. 105
This was a fun +hour talking with two brilliant poets who mentor each other's new work. MERVYN TAYLOR born and lives in Trinidad, and now retired there, Mervyn graduated from Howard and Columbia Universities.He taught at Bronx Community College, The Young Adult Learning Academy, He has published six books of poetry and won the Paterson Poetry Prize for sustained literary achievement.His poetry focuses on the particular and the personal, but there's always somehow the consciousness of the world.Mervyn suggested that we invite SUSANA H. CASE to the BCR conversation because he found that there was an affinity in their work.Susana has written seven books of poetry and two of her chapbooks have won poetry prizes. Her work appears in many magazines and anthologies. Dr. Case is a professor and Program Coordinator at the NY Institute of Technology.
Collateral Damage and the CVD19 Collective
Season 4, Ep. 104
Bar Crawl Radio is now on the street at West End Avenue and 92nd Street -- bringing in guests and talking with neighbors on our open mic. For Episode #104 Rebecca and Alan talked about the collateral damage of CVD19 and then had a most unusual guest.
Nathan Lents on COVID19
Season 4, Ep. 103
BCR is recording in the middle of West End Avenue -- where it is safe - for a conversation with popular scientist Nathan H. Lents, the author ofHuman Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes(2018). Lents also maintains the Human Evolution Blog and writes forPsychology Todayunder the tagline “Beastly Behavior: How Evolution Shaped Our Minds and Bodies.”Recently, he has been countering supporters of intelligent design who complain about scientific approaches to effective policies on combatting COVID19 pandemic and in April he survived the disease. Nathan was with us for BCR #16 on our first and only Margarita Crawl.
Pandemic Films: Why we eat 'em up.
Season 4, Ep. 102
It's seems to be the just-right-moment to stock up on all the essentials, preferably canned or irradiated -- find a cozy indoor spot, conveniently chained with a steel door and no windows -- and wait for it to get dark -- so we can listen for the gurgling sounds of the always ravenous walkers of the night. Life has become much like the pandemic films we so love -- Contagion -- Outbreak -- 28 Days Later -- and even -- The Andromeda Strain [Rebecca and I had to pay for this 1971 film getting ready for this podcast. It is not really interesting except to see how strange an old film can look to 21st Century, COVID19-covered eyes].Bar Crawl Radio took to the streets -- West End Avenue and 92nd St. -- to ask our neighbors if they liked pandemic films.If you have an opinion on this question, contact us at email@example.com