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Kaatscast: the Catskills Podcast

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Kaatscast is a biweekly podcast featuring history, travel guides, arts & culture, outdoor adventures, sustainability news and local interviews from New York's Catskill mountains and Hudson Valley. Celebrate the Catskills with Kaatscast! Support this podcast:

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Cidiot: the (other) Best Regional Podcast

September 27th, 2022


If you've ever heard (or even ... uttered) the word "cidiot," to describe an urban transplant, likely that term wasn't used in a positive light. Podcast host Mat Zucker has been doing his best to rebrand the word in a

Empire State Railway Museum: Catskills Rails Then and Now

September 13th, 2022


In our last episode we took a ride on the old Ulster & Delaware rails with Rail Explorers, a pedal bike experience in Phoenicia, NY. This week, …

Rail Explorers

August 30th, 2022


From the late 19th- to the early 20th-century, passengers could board an Ulster & Delaware train in Kingston and ride straight up through the …

The Classical Concerts that Predate 1969's Woodstock: Inside the Maverick

August 16th, 2022


Long before "THE" concert so closely associated with Woodstock, "Maverick Concerts" have been delighting fans of classical music for more than 100 years. We sat in the historic concert hall with music director Alexander …

Drive Time: at the Schoharie Turnpike – Kaaterskill Clove Road Rally

August 2nd, 2022


Earlier this summer, we joined dozens of auto enthusiasts for a 135-mile loop on the Schoharie Turnpike - Kaaterskill Clove Road Rally, one in a series of rallies that pairs Catskills scenery and history with the love …

Protecting What You Love: with Author/Angler Stephen Sautner

July 19th, 2022


Stephen Sautner is a lifelong fisherman, environmental activist, and the author of several books on those topics. And while his passion for fishing has taken him to the Falkland Islands, Cuba, the Zambezi River, and …

No Kale, Just Flowers: Crespell's Flower CSA

July 5th, 2022


Anne Hall's addiction to flower growing is a boon to Catskills designers, florists, restaurants, and individuals who want locally grown, chemical-free flowers in another league from generic supermarket fare. In …

Fire Tower Challenge!

June 21st, 2022


If you're looking for a unique way to experience Catskills views, there's no better time to check out the Catskills' 6 hiker-accessible fire towers! The 2022 Catskills Fire Tower Challenge encourages hikers to visit all …

Boom! Catskills Real Estate with Peggy Bellar

June 7th, 2022


Just a few years ago, the coveted Catskills "cabin on 5 acres" was priced at $300,000, give or take. Today, that same property could easily cost you …

Six Ticks: in the Lyme Light

May 24th, 2022


If a tick bites you in the woods, and it's free of disease-causing pathogens, does it matter? We wanted to know how many of our Catskills ticks are pathogenetic, so we sent 6 of them to the Thangamani Lab at Upstate …

Wellness Rx: a Prescription for Rural Healthcare

May 10th, 2022


Ed Ullmann is the owner and pharmacy manager of Wellness Rx, a holistic and patient-centered pharmacy in Tannersville, and soon ... Phoenicia! Far …

Post-Hibernation with Leslie T. Sharpe

April 26th, 2022


In 2020, Leslie T. Sharpe came to Silver Hollow Audio to narrate The Quarry Fox: and other Critters of the Wild Catskills, available at or …

The Bluebird Chronicles: A Catskills Romance

April 12th, 2022


The winter/spring 2022 issue of Appalachia, "America's longest-running journal of mountaineering and conservation," features an essay by Catskills writer Leslie T. Sharpe about our little blue harbinger of spring: the …

Beaverkill Trout Hatchery: Farming Trout for 5 Generations

March 29th, 2022


Beaverkill Trout Hatchery is family owned and operated by the Shaver family since 1963. We met Sherry Shaver and a few of her relatives on a recent visit to the hatchery, where they were preparing for their busiest …

Special: Pierogi for Ukraine

March 20th, 2022


On March 19th, 2022, a Pierogi and Borscht fundraiser at the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Jewett, NY, brought in thousands of dollars for the people …

Working for Women

March 15th, 2022


Working for Women is a Catskills-based organization working nationwide to connect business dollars and resources with non-profits advocating for …

The Mountain Eagle

March 1st, 2022


This year, The Mountain Eagle celebrates 40 years of newspaper publishing, and a relaunch in 2017 brought expanded coverage to Schoharie, Delaware, Greene, and northern Ulster counties. Join us for a conversation with …

The Wilderness Diary: Mental Health and Art in Roxbury

February 15th, 2022


Delaware County artist Jessica Farrell was inspired by her aunt's journal from the 1960s and '70s to create "The Wilderness Journal," a series of …

Flower Power! Woodstock's Jarita's Florist

February 1st, 2022


Snowy weather can be a challenge for Valentine's Day rose delivery, but that's nothing new for Woodstock's Jarita's florist, with 45 years of experience delivering fresh, professionally arranged flowers to Catskills …

Rescuing Animals for 130 Years at a Local SPCA

January 18th, 2022


Gina Carbonari is a retired U.S. Marine with a new mission. As executive director of the 130-year-old Ulster County SPCA, she's ensuring that the …

Ten Million for Tannersville: Talking with The Hunter Foundation

January 4th, 2022


Tannersville, NY, is a small mountain village, with big aspirations. And now, with the help of a very large grant from New York State, it's preparing …

Is This Recyclable?! "Wishcycling" at UCRRA

December 21st, 2021


Recycling is a great way to reduce the (many) truckloads of trash bound for distant landfills, but "wishcycling," the practice of throwing questionable items into the blue bin and HOPING they'll be recycled, is …

On Air: CO2 and Indoor Air Quality

December 7th, 2021


Feeling sleepy? CO2 could be the culprit. For centuries, the Catskills have offered a respite from city life, and a bit of fresh air. But indoor air …

Fins, Feathers, Furs and the Great Outdoors with Tim Byron

November 23rd, 2021


It's hunting season in the Catskills, and even if you're not a hunter, you'll want to hear our interview with Tim Byron, a longtime friend with an infectious love for hunting, fishing, camping, and observing Catskills …

Firewood: Keeping It Local!

November 9th, 2021


As daylight shortens and temperatures fall, many of us in the Catskills turn to our wood stoves to help keep warm. "Chop your own wood and it will …

Reimagining a Classic Catskills Ghost Story

October 26th, 2021


This week, we spoke with author Christine Wade about her retelling of a classic Catskills ghost story. In 1819 Washington Irving published his tale of Rip Van Winkle, who wanders off into the woods to escape his nagging …

Watershed Moments: NYC and the Catskills Past and Present

October 12th, 2021


For more than a century, New York City has relied on the Catskills for its abundant supply of clean, soft drinking water. The Catskills' relationship with NYC has been a complicated one, including the staggering loss of …

Wild Mountain Bird Rescue

September 28th, 2021


Each year, hundreds of injured birds arrive at Annie Mardiney's doorstep for a second chance at life in the wild. When she isn't rescuing birds, Annie's running educational programs, with companion raptors like …

Talking Bats with Kathy Nolan

September 14th, 2021


This week... it's the only mammal capable of flight. And it can catch 1000 mosquitos in an hour! We're talking bats with Catskill Mountainkeeper’s

Outdoor Guides of the Catskills: The “Adventure Experts”

August 31st, 2021


On May 11, 2019, the Phoenicia Library presented live, Outdoor Guides of the Catskills: The “Adventure Experts” -- this is a recording of that presentation, featuring Will Soter, co-founder of Upstate Adventure Guides …

Dowsing for Water with Bill Getz

August 17th, 2021


Need water? Choose a random spot, drill, and drill some more, until you hit water. However, if you want to pinpoint the ideal location for clean, clear water, with minimal drilling, you might consider hiring a dowser …

Lunch with Mike Cioffi at the Phoenicia Diner

August 3rd, 2021


Restaurant owner Mike Cioffi talks food, pandemic adaptations, and running (two) successful restaurants in the Catskills –– Phoenicia's landmark

Arts and Culture along the CMSB

July 20th, 2021


This week, we present an audio driving guide on arts and culture, produced a few years back, in association with the Catskill Mountains Scenic Byway. …

Outdoor Adventure Guide to the Central Catskills

July 6th, 2021


Over the years, Silver Hollow Audio has produced a number of audio driving guides, including tours of art, history, and outdoor recreation. This …

Bramley Mountain Fire Tower

June 22nd, 2021


At one time, New York state had more than 100 active fire towers, the purpose of which was to help lookouts –– you guessed it –– spot fires. These days, some of the remaining towers have been repurposed for recreational …

Hanford Mills and the Power of the Past

June 8th, 2021


Hanford Mills Museum operates an authentic water- and steam-powered historic site, which includes a sawmill, gristmill, and woodworking shop. The mission of Hanford Mills Museum is to inspire audiences of all ages to …

Honoring the Dead: Cemetery Stories from Delaware County

May 25th, 2021


This Memorial Day week, we visited two area cemeteries where historians are taking steps to memorialize former Catskills residents in the towns of Delhi and Roxbury. At the Roxbury Methodist Church cemetery, gravestones …

Vintage Baseball in Delaware County

May 11th, 2021


Hankering for some baseball circa 1895? Teams like Mountain Athletic Club and the Bovina Dairymen are playing vintage "base ball" right here in the Catskills. Spectators and players welcome! We spoke with the M.A.C.'s …

An Interview with Brian Flynn

April 27th, 2021


This week, I met with Brian Flynn for a no-holds-barred interview on his run for Congress, his business ventures, a family tragedy, a life of …

Woodstock NY Pollinator Pathway

April 13th, 2021


Honey bees aren't the only species facing serious population declines. Wild bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, and other insects, plus birds, bats, …

Sugaring Season at Oliverea Schoolhouse Maple

March 30th, 2021


Oliverea schoolhouse maple is a 4,000 tap maple farm owned and operated by Herb Van Baren. We tagged along for the day as he tapped trees and pumped …

Bicknell: the Bird and the Man

March 16th, 2021


With snow and ice still reluctant to make way for long-awaited signs of spring, bird species know that warm weather is indeed on its way, and many are already en route back to their Catskills breeding grounds. For many …

Writers in the Mountains

March 2nd, 2021


This week, we're joined by 4 Catskills writers, teachers, and board members of Writers in the Mountains, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation and …

Sustainable Catskills part 2

February 16th, 2021


Join us for part two of our behind-the-scenes tour of "Sustainable Catskills," with stops at the nation's first "passive house" library, an …

Sustainable Catskills part 1

February 2nd, 2021


Come along for a behind-the-scenes tour of "Sustainable Catskills," with a stop at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, a walk on the Ashokan Rail Trail, and a swim at the Catskill Recreation Center! Thanks …

Dean's Beans: Life-changing Coffee

January 19th, 2021


This week, an insightful interview with Dean Cycon, founder of Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Company. Hear how coffee is creating meaningful change …

Reservoir Year: A Walker's Book of Days

January 5th, 2021


Happy New Year! This week's podcast is a celebration of our annual spin around the sun, and a book by local author Nina Shengold on her 365-day walk …

The Nutcracker & Orpheum Dance

December 22nd, 2020


Each year, the Catskill Mountain Foundation's Orpheum Dance Program puts on a performance of The Nutcracker, directed by ballet pro Victoria Rinaldi. This year's pandemic brings this annual tradition online, using clips …

Catskill Historical Views: John D. Clarke

December 8th, 2020


We spoke with Delaware County historian Bill Birns about the legacy of “Hobart’s greatest” (albeit largely forgotten) son, John Davenport Clarke: farmer, forester, and congressman.  

Catskill Historical Views is a …

Voices from the Central Catskills

November 24th, 2020


This week, we highlight four segments from our original "Experience the Central Catskills" audio driving guide, for a westward drive from Olive to …

Emerson's Uses of Great Men

November 10th, 2020


American essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century, a literary, philosophical and spiritual movement with a belief in humanity's fundamental goodness; and a reverence for …

Treasure Hunt with the Delaware County Diggers!

October 27th, 2020


The Delaware County Diggers is a group of metal detecting enthusiasts with a passion for history and preservation. We joined them at the John Burroughs' Woodchuck Lodge in Roxbury, NY, where they beeped and dug their …

Fall in the Catskills and Thoreau's "Autumnal Tints"

October 13th, 2020


It’s fall in the Catskills, with that too-brief splash of color that draws leaf peepers near and far. In 1862, as famed naturalist Henry David …

Things that Sting with professor Justin O. Schmidt

September 29th, 2020


This week: bees! wasps! hornets! yellowjackets! (and other things that sting) with special guest Justin O. Schmidt, research biologist at …

Remote Work Post-Pandemic

September 15th, 2020


John Lyons is a transportation professional, sustainability leader, solar entrepreneur, and business developer with a passion for addressing the …

Climate Change in the Hudson Valley with SHV's Dave Conover

September 1st, 2020


Dave Conover is Program Coordinator at Sustainable Hudson Valley.  He grew up in the Catskills and has spent much of his career working on environmental issues as an educator and program developer.

Climate change is …

Cynthia Nikitin on Public Spaces and Resiliency

August 18th, 2020


“People, Places, Possibilities” – A Conversation with Cynthia Nikitin

Sustainable Hudson Valley is working to accelerate progress against climate change through programs to scale up the clean energy marketplace and by …

People, Places, Possibilities with Sustainable Hudson Valley

August 4th, 2020


There are a many conversations these days about the future, and understandably so. We are in the midst of four distinct crises: accelerating climate …

The Land of Little Rain

July 21st, 2020


First published in 1903, The Land of Little Rain is Mary Austin’s classic homage to the American Southwest. Her collection of short stories and …

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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