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Kaatscast is a biweekly podcast delivering interviews, arts, culture, history, and outdoor adventures, from New York's Catskill mountains. Support this podcast:

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Nick Lyons: A Life Well Fished

July 7th, 2020


We recorded 85-year-old Nick Lyons at the Jerry Bartlett Angling Collection in Phoenicia, NY, as part of its "Sporting Legends of The Catskills" …

The Quarry Fox: and Other Critters of the Wild Catskills

June 23rd, 2020


In The Quarry Fox, Leslie T. Sharpe chronicles the seasons and the vibrant wildlife of a landscape she cherishes, offering her keen insights in an engaging narrative that celebrates the splendor of the natural world. …

Platte Clove and Elka Park

June 9th, 2020


Platte Clove is a steep and narrow valley, accessed by Platte Clove Road between Tannersville and West Saugerties, NY. Part of the road is seasonal use only, offering a gorgeous (and hair-raising) drive April through …

Catskills Artist Christie Scheele

May 26th, 2020


Christie Scheele is an artist living in the Catskills, whose art is collected nationally and internationally by hundreds of private and public …

Joan Wulff: “First Lady of Fly Fishing”

May 12th, 2020


On October 27, 2018, at the Phoenicia Library's Jerry Bartlett Angling Collection, “First Lady” Joan Wulff and her associate Jen Grossman took the …

Catskill Forests, Trees, Hemlocks

April 28th, 2020


Forest historian Michael Kudish talks trees and forest composition in the Stony Clove, bridging Ulster and Greene Counties. Then, a conversation with …

John Burroughs' Heart of the Southern Catskills

April 14th, 2020


Full audio edition of John Burroughs’ classic essay, "The Heart of the Southern Catskills." 

In 1886, Princeton geology professor Arnold Henry Guyot …

John Burroughs' Pepacton

March 31st, 2020


This audio edition of John Burroughs’ classic essay, "Pepacton: A Summer Voyage," is the story of Burroughs’ journey down the meandering river he called Pepacton, the name native people gave the stream. Burroughs was in …

Special: COVID-19

March 21st, 2020


Thousands infected, businesses shuttered, social distancing, and closed schools. In this special, unscheduled episode, listen in on 5 interviews on …

Lights... Camera... Catskills!

March 17th, 2020


The Catskills, with its beautiful scenery and quirky towns, offers ready-made backdrops for movies and TV. Add talented local crews and substantial …

The Loop: Haines Falls to Tannersville

March 3rd, 2020


We tour "the loop," of Routes 25 and 23c, that connects Haines Falls to Tannersville, via the mountaintop. Hear from Cyndi LaPierre and Dede Thorpe on historic homes and the origins of Onteora Park; famed residents like …

Jan Sawka: Polish Refugee in the Hudson Valley

February 18th, 2020


In 1976, renowned artist Jan Sawka fled communist Poland with his wife Hanna, and baby daughter, also named Hanna. They eventually settled in High …

Grand Hotels and Railroad Travel

February 4th, 2020


In this episode, hear from Jon Ham and Bob Gildersleeve about the grand hotels that attracted visitors at the turn of the century, and the trains that got them there. Also... "mutton?!" How one hotel's refusal to serve …

The "Kaat"skills, the Dutch, and Kaaterskill Falls

January 21st, 2020


In this episode, you’ll hear from historian Cyndi LaPierre on the history of the word "Catskills," and if you’re wondering why Kaatscast starts with …

Mountain Cloves Scenic Byway - Palenville to Hunter

January 7th, 2020


Welcome to Kaatscast –– a biweekly podcast delivering interviews, arts, culture, and history, from New York's Catskill mountains. Please subscribe, …

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