Award-winning editor Bridget LeRoy and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Alec Sokolow were prom dates back in 1981. Now these Hamptons denizens host conversations with others on the East End of Long Island who cast their own interesting shadows. Whether it's famed artist/activist April Gornik, astrologers Amy Zerner and Monte Farber, actress Julie Andrews, musicians like G.E. Smith and Sophie B. Hawkins, the focus is always on the creative process, and what sparks passion and joy in their lives. On 88.3 WLIW FM, Long Island's only NPR station, every Sunday at 4 PM.
We chat with Grubhub Senior VP and East Hampton resident Maggie Drucker about food, working for Martha Stewart, providing counsel for The New York Times finding your creative voice in the legal world, and food. Did we say food? And her life on the East End, of course.
On our penultimate show, we chat with Anne Chaisson, executive director of the Hamptons International Film Festival, about the importance of movies, her journey from business to producer to executive director, about film festivals in general and their place in the landscape, and, of course, about the East End.
What does it take to become America's premiere college essay mentor?). For Chris Hunt, it took a lifetime in international journalism (The Wall Street Journal's Hong Kong correspondent in the '90s, among other gigs), two published books (one about motorbiking the Ho Chi Minh trail), and his own blue-chip education (Dartmouth, The London School of Economics and Political Science - LSE). Listen in, during this week of college acceptances, to hear about Chris's journey and what it takes to make the admissions offices sit up and pay attention.
This week on the show, we talk to Hampton Bays photographer and artist Matt Raynor about his creative process, his accident that left him paralyzed, his near death experience, and how art continues to be an emotional outlet for him.
This week, we chat with our old buddy, East Hampton resident and Broadway composer/cabaret artiste Amanda Green. She is the recipient of the 2013 Frederic Loewe Award from the The Dramatists Guild of America (with collaborator Trey Anastasio of Phish) for her music for "Hands On A Hardbody" (lyricist; co-composer). She's been nominated for a Tony Award, three Drama Desk Awards, and an Outer Critics Circle Award, including a nod for her lyrics (with Lin-Manuel Miranda) for "Bring It On."
We talk about the difference between writing pop/country and writing for the stage, her incredible Broadway/Hollywood upbringing (daughter of Adolph Green and Phyllis Newman), and her upcoming projects -- plus laughs and a few surprises.
We chat with journalist/author Mark Harris ("Mike Nichols: A Life"). He is the former executive editor of Entertainment Weekly, contributing editor for New York Magazine and Vulture, along with editor-at-large for TIME, and is also known for his books "Pictures At A Revolution" and "Five Came Back," which was turned into the Netflix series of the same name. Mark lives in New York with his husband, "Angels in America" Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Tony Kushner.
If you live on the East End, then you’ve no doubt seen the beautiful imaginings of artist Kara Hoblin, Kara Bella Art￼, at restaurants and other places on both forks, like First And South and Love Lane Kitchen.
From whales made of flowers, to lungs made of coral, to her now-famous “thank you” to healthcare heroes drawn on a driveway, her art expresses the connectivity of nature, but in a form as fleeting as chalk. Why chalk? Join us as we discuss her choice of medium, her near-death experience, and the art of letting go.
Marissa Bridge is well-known on the East End for her botanical paintings and her unique "paper-rolling" technique for art creation. Now, she is also known for her instant-hit podcast, "The Apology Line" on Wondery, which hearkens back to NYC in the '80s, when Marissa's late husband, Allan Bridge, hosted an anonymous phone apology line for 15 years. It started as a conceptual art project and a way of atoning for his own guilty secrets. Then, a serial killer called.
Julie Ratner of The Ellen Hermanson Foundation celebrates the life of her sister, Ellen, who was struck down by breast cancer as a young mother. That tragic event became the soil in which the East End-based institution bloomed into a 25-year source for helping other women. We also discuss Ellen's Run, the upcoming winter gala on March 6, turning poison into medicine, and more.
Join our convo with artist/organizer/environmentalist Scott Bluedorn. Among many other topics, we discuss growing up on the East End, his surreal, unique artwork, his community involvement, Richard Scarry's Busytown, making a living as an artist, and Greenport Harbor Brewing co.
We talk to localism-obsessed chef Jeremy Blutstein about growing up in Amagansett, eating too many pancakes at Estia's, getting his produce from places like Balsam Farms, LLC, his total and complete love of restaurants, and more. Plus, why Wu-Tang Clan?
If you know Kate Mueth and The Neo-Political Cowgirls, then you know Kate isn't just creative on her own, but has spent a lifetime providing a platform for others to create -- whether through art, dance, theater, prose, film, and more.
Mushrooms. Cannabis. Plant medicine. Farming. This week we talk with Bridgehampton's own maven of mycellium, David Falkowski of Open Minded Organics, LLC and the OMO Apothecary in Sag Harbor, about his journey, his roots, his involvement with his community and on educating the public.
This week our guest is Peter Guimaraes, partner in the Bice Cucina restaurant brand, CEO of Tipsy Girl, former cast member on Real Housewives of New York City, and now a candidate for mayor of NYC. Join us for this wild discussion about restaurants, the Rat Pack, growing up as an immigrant, and his decision to enter the political arena.
Cancer. It used to be whispered about. Not anymore. On this week's show, we have a discussion with Duncan Darrow, executive director of Fighting Chance, a free cancer counseling center on the East End, with a new office in Southampton along with the office in Sag Harbor. Duncan is always a great guest, and we learn so much. We talk about his own journey, what made him want to start an organization like Fighting Chance, the psychology of a cancer diagnosis, and more.
While some of us learn to become more self-sufficient during these strange times, Rachel Stephens of Sweet Woodland Farm, an avid homesteader, has been doing that for years. Join us this week to learn about the beauty of honoring nature's rhythms, growing your own vegetable and fruits, the local farmers' markets, what fire cider is, and the importance of chicken poop.
Ayni. It's a Quechua word that means "community" or "reciprocity." There are few people on the East End who embody that more than Bonnie Michelle Cannon of Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center, i.e. The Center. If you think it's all about childcare and recreation, you've got another thing coming. Listen in to an episode this week about gratitude, strength, and, most of all, LOVE.
This week we talk with Nancy Atlas, local legend, about live music and the plight of musicians on the East End during the Summer that Wasn't. Nancy, Nancy Atlas Project , and her friends (other rock stars like Johnny Blood-John Leitch, Joe Delia and others) will be performing a six-week series to raise funds for the Stephen Talkhouse.
We talk with East End power couple Andrea Grover, executive director of Guild Hall of East Hampton and Carlos Lama, arts educator, vinyl maven, and renowned DJ. Hear about their journey from Houston to the Hamptons, navigating the arts scene and parenting during Covid, and what lies ahead.
This week we are lucky enough to chat with Melissa Errico -- Broadway chanteuse, New York Times and Purist writer, wife, mother, East Ender. We discuss her trilogy of concerts with The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik, her association with the legendary French composer Michel Legrand, her marriage to Patrick McEnroe and his early battle with COVID, and more.
If there is one person on the East End who could be symbolized simply by a raised fist, it would be community organizer Lisa Votino. From her hands-on work at the U.S.-Mexico border, the marches and peaceful protests she has had a hand in supporting gender equality, LGBTQA+ causes, and more recently Black Lives Matter, Lisa is on the front lines of leveling the playing field for everyone (while also parenting her daughter and "partner in crime," Lily).
Sybille van Kempen, owner of the Bridgehampton Inn and Loaves & Fishes Cookshop, and the Sagaponack-based Loaves & Fishes Foodstore, is bringing a new collection of small, carefully-curated and locally based farm-to-table cookbooks to the market over the course of the year. Listen to her favorite recipes for this fall season, about her family and the many important farming families that make the East End everything it is.
Legendary axe man GE Smith and singer-songwriter-producer Taylor Barton -- both of Amagansett -- talk about GE's latest album, Stony Hill, recorded with famed blues musician LeRoy Bell, the music video "America," produced by Taylor, and offer how musicians and others survive -- and thrive -- in 2020 and beyond.
We talk with Jonathan and Rene Shapiro, founders of the Mixology clothing line, about their new business, Mindset Wellness CBD, their long, successful marriage, Jon's hip-hop career as Jon Saint and his several mental breakdowns on his journey.
Join us as we engage in a conversation with author and memoirist Erica Heller about her latest book, "One Last Lunch." Within the pages, Kirk Douglas asks his father what he thought of him becoming an actor. The Anglican priest George Pitcher has lunch with Jesus. Kate O'Toole dines with her dad, Peter O'Toole. Bob Balaban imagines lunch with Groucho Marx. And more...
A talk with "Beat Bobby Flay" chef and Food Network personality Palak Patel about her arrival in the states as an immigrant child, her rise up the corporate ladder and how food plays such an important role in our lives, memories, and spirit.
Join us as we chat with filmmaker Rex Miller about tennis and Black people — namely his award-winning American Masters documentary about Althea Gibson, and his upcoming Arthur Ashe doc — plus his relationship to the East End (hint: it has to do with tennis).
Screenwriter and producer Jenny Lumet, daughter of director Sidney Lumet and granddaughter of movie star Lena Horne, discusses working with Jonathan Demme, her upcoming series, Clarice, for CBS, and growing up on the East End.
Join us as we speak with Dr. James Banks, coordinator of multicultural affairs for Suffolk County Community College, and comedian Richie Byrne, founder of "United We Laugh," a diverse stand-up comedy tour that has frequently played on the East End. Hear about how this duo met and teamed up to change the narrative through laughter and meaningful dialogue.
This week, join Alec and Bridget as we take a little stroll down Memory Lane. June 14 is our last show in this current incarnation, at 11 a.m. on 88.3 WPPB - FM, as next week — drumroll please! — we change over to a new time and new call letters (but same place on your radio dial). Beginning with the June 21 show, we will still be Sundays on the East End with Bridget LeRoy & Alec Sokolow at 88.3 WLIW FM, and we will air on Sunday at 4 PM -- right after Broadway to Main Street and right before the new weekend edition of NPR All Things Considered. This Sunday, we will play a few soundbites of our favorite shows, including our interviews with Sophie B. Hawkins, April Gornik, Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton, G.E. Smith and Taylor Barton, Bonnie Michelle Cannon of the Bridgehampton Child Care & Recreation Center Inc, and Alec's cool baby brother, producer Sam Sokolow with his better half, Julia Fowler of the Southern Women Channel. Tune in for a fun look back and an exciting look ahead!
This week, Alec and Bridget talk with Sag Harbor resident Nicole Delma, founder of the "Air, Land + Sea" environmental film series of the Hamptons International Film Festival, a former "Survivor" contestant, a mom, a maker, and a doer. Nicole has recently launched a petition campaign to see if Amazon will offer plastic-free packaging, and as of the show's recording, she had received over 356,000 signatures. She has also recently launched, pre-COVID-19, a company of eco-friendly "maker's kits" with her new company, mindoffline.org.
This week's show features author/third-generation journalist T.E. McMorrow, talking comparatively about the 1918 flu pandemic and coronavirus (including the shocking mistakes repeated by the Powers That Be), the challenges facing Census 2020 (he's been personally involved with the U.S. Census Bureau since the 1980s), and his journey from actor/punk rocker to court reporter.
Bridget with this week's co-host, actress and eldest child, Georgia Warner, talkin with commercial fisherman turned artist Matthew Raynor, who was paralyzed from the chest down in 2019 and lost the use of his fingers as well. But Matt has found ways to adapt to his disability and continues to create art and inspire hope.
Alec and Bridget welcome noted artist and philanthropist Eric Fischl, National Book Award-nominated children's book author and educator Patty McCormick, and sports writer and journalist Steve Friedman, to discuss the new Prime House Writers' Retreat in Sag Harbor.
Bridget and Alec welcome Bryan Downey, local photographer, filmmaker, and cinematographer, and Ginew Benton, filmmaker, musician, and member of the Ojibwe people, to discuss their films, "Nashville Long Island" and "Looking Glass."
Bridget with guest co-host The Independent's Executive Editor Rick Murphy, talking to Bill Smith of East End Naturals and Sam Healey of Papa & Barkley, discussing CBD. How do you know which products to take? Who can take them and who can't? What are the benefits? And what regulations may be coming down the pike as CBD increases in popularity?
This week, join Bridget and Alec with Geoffrey Drummond talking about food, memory, and Julia Child. Geoffrey is executive director of The Food Lab at SUNY Stony Brook/Southampton. Over a 40-year career in film and TV, Geof was president of Saga Productions (producer of the cult classic "My Dinner with Andre") and president of A La Carte Communications, where he produced and collaborated with Julia Child for well over a decade.
Julia Fowler-Sokolow discusses her viral Southern Women YouTube channel, her books, and more, Sam Sokolow talks about his Emmy-nominated Nat Geo hit series "Genius" and growing up on the East End, mom Diane Sokolow gets a word in edgewise occasionally, and me and Alec are doing our regular blah-blah-blah.
This week, our guest is Sybille van Kempen of Bridgehampton Inn & Restaurant, the Loaves and Fishes Cookshop, and the Loaves & Fishes Food Store in Sagaponack. Sybille will speak about how, after 40 successful years in the Hamptons, she continues to innovate and evolve each business. Sybille and her businesses have a devoted following of celebrity fans including Jimmy Fallon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Katie Lee, and more. She started her culinary career working for Ina Garten and has raised her family out here.
Our guest this week is young adult author Amy Laura Ephron. Her latest book "Carnival Magic" the continued, startling, sometimes magical adventures of Tess and Max, is a bestseller and was featured in Teen Vogue, among many other magazines and journals, and is in talks as a film. It has been nominated for an American Library Association award, and the Grand Canyon Award to be announced in 2020. A companion to "The Castle in the Mist," (the intro to Tess and Max and their Aunt Evie,) was an Amazon Best pick, a B&N pick, and claimed a nom for a SCIBA award.
She is the author of the bestselling "A Cup of Tea;" "One Sunday Morning;" "White Rose;" and "Loose Diamonds," a collection of modern essays, pieces of which appeared in Vogue and The New York Times.
This week on our show we host world-famous jazz pianist, performer and raconteur Judy Carmichael, a Sag Harbor resident when she's not touring the world playing for kings and celebrities plus regular folks.
She is also the host of the NPR show "Jazz Inspired," which has been broadcast nationally for the past 20 years, featuring guests like Billy Joel, Frank Gehry, and Robert Redford.
Judy is a consummate storyteller and we discuss the jazz — or improvisational — lifestyle, and also where we each find those moments of music in our lives.
This week we'll be talking boxing, books, movies, and overcoming your fears with Golden Gloves fighter/author Pete Wood ("Confessions of a Fighter" and "The Boy Who Hit Back") and Frederick Romano (author of "The Golden Age of Boxing on Radio and Television" and "The Boxing Filmography"). Bridget dared to fisticuff with Pete, who has fought in Madison Square Garden and went 14-1, and has never been knocked out. Sok didn't.
This week our guests are guitarist and musical director extraordinaire G.E. Smith and his wife and partner, Taylor Barton, a singer-songwriter and the producer of the "Portraits" series at Guild Hall of East Hampton.
Looking forward to talking about music, with lots of fun anecdotes, but also about health and self-care — a road that many of us don't discover until we realize that we're not 10-feet-tall and bulletproof (usually after 50!).
Our guests this week, at the beginning of Pride Month, are Walker Vreeland and Timothy McDarrah.
Walker Vreeland is an award-winning monologist and radio personality, producer, writer, actor, singer and voice-over artist. He is best known for having hosted The Afternoon Show on WBAZ out here, and as the creator and host of the podcast "Interview with the Artist," where he has interviewed such stars as Cyndi Lauper, Joy Behar, Betty Buckley, David Brenner, James Frey, Cheech Marin, Sandra Bernhard, and Jane Krakowski. He’s also been heard on WEHM. Walker is bringing his one-man show "From Ship to Shape" back to Bay Street Theater this month.
Former magazine editor and gossip columnist Timothy McDarrah is a regular on the East End. His father, Fred W. McDarrah, is the iconic photographer who captured a generation of artists in their milieu (currently at the Parrish Art Museum), but also Tim will discuss the newly re-released "Pride: Photographs after Stonewall," a book of his father's photographs.
Interviewing the incomparable Loudon Wainwright III, with guest co-host Joseph P. Shaw of the Southampton and East Hampton Press newspapers. We talked about familial relationship and dysfunction (but in a fun way), about Loudon's new Netflix film, "Surviving Twin," directed by Christopher Guest and produced by Judd Apatow, and about his upcoming show at Guild Hall of East Hampton on June 28, among other things.
You might think we're safe from human trafficking out here on the East End, but you'd be wrong. This week join Bridget and Alec and their guests, Pamela Greinke and Nicky Banks, to talk about the very real trafficking trade on Long Island. Alec is best known for his work on "Toy Story," but he also produced the film "I Am Jane Doe," about the efforts to halt underage sex trafficking in the U.S., and also co-wrote and co-directed an animated short, "I Am Little Red," to help schoolchildren identify possible dangerous encounters.
Our guests this week are Meg Noonan and Gianna Volpe, two of the voices of our local NPR station. Gianna is the new morning radio host of "Heart of the East End," Monday through Friday from 9 to noon, and Meg hosts Freeform Radio on Sunday evenings from 6 to 8 PM. These two rocking, badass females will join Bridget and her co-host this week, Eric Johnson, whose father, Christian Johnson, was a DJ on WLNG, and a well-known local troubadour back in the day. We'll talk about the deep, visceral effect that music can have, and about their journeys up until now.
Guest this week, Bonnie Michelle Cannon of the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center, talking about children, affordable housing, fundraising, and "The Center" and its historical importance to the African American community.
This week Bridget's co-host is the always-fun Eric Lemonides from Almond Restaurant & Bar and L & W Market in Bridgehampton.
It's almost Earth Day, and it's also almost summer — seems like a good time to talk about methods of de-stressing, centering, and honoring our planet. We'll be discussing ways to wind down and loosen up, plus how to stay on an even keel and keep your energy positive.
We'll be talking with Erika L Haberkorn of Harmonious Earth & Soul, an expert sound healer, yoga practitioner, and Amagansett resident, and with North Fork herbalist, beekeeper, and gardener April Alexander.
Cuba. Just the name elicits the music, the sights, flavors, smells, and history of this beautiful island. Our guests this week, Cynthia Carris Alonso, award-winning photographer and author of "Passage to Cuba" and "A Taste of Cuba," and Alfredo Merat, local musician, who recorded an album of Jacques Brel's music with a Cuban beat, will talk about their relationships with "El Cocodrilo," their visits there, and how the country inspires their art.
This week Bridget is MIA, but Alec will be conversing with James Henry, Esq., of www.sagharbor.com.
James S. Henry, Esq. is a leading economist, attorney, and investigative journalist who has written and spoken widely on the issues of tax justice, financial secrecy, offshore havens, and development finance. He has served as Director of Economic Research (chief economist), McKinsey & Co.; VP Strategy, IBM/Lotus Development; Business Development Manager, Chairman's Office (Jack Welch), GE; and Senior Consultant, Monitor Company.
It is sure to be an exciting and elucidating talk. Coming to you from Estia's on the Bridge-Sag Turnpike. Listen on 88.3 WPPB - FM, 883wppb.org, on the TuneIn app, or Simple Radio, at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
Tune in this week on 88.3 WPPB - FM, as we speak with Tick Wise Education, Inc.'s April Nill Boitano and Brian Kelly of East End Tick and Mosquito Control about those nasty little bloodsuckers that have affected so many people out here.
You'll want to learn about signs, symptoms, and solutions (Bridget believes some garlic keeps them away, and if she gets attacked she can stab them through the heart with a toothpick).
Hear about Lyme, Alpha Gal, and where do we go from here?
There's a lot of talk about sexual harassment in the workplace. Besides the obvious, there are many shades of gray -- in fact, you may be surprised to find out what does and doesn't constitute harrassment.
Our guest this week is Liz Hook, who has been practicing employment law for 28 years. For 16 years she represented banks, publishers, airlines, and manufacturers she worked with Citigroup's Human Resources and Employee Relations.
Since 2006 she has been back in private practice with Braxton Hook PLLC in Southampton, which provides counseling and litigation for both employment law and special education law.
Law is a second career for Liz, who was trade magazine editor for 10 years before choosing to go to law school. That experience has given her a valuable non-lawyer’s perspective on work place dynamics between co-workers and how confusing the current Me Too movement might be for many people.
We look forward to a provocative (but not too provocative!) conversation with Liz when we tape on Saturday at Estia's Little Kitchen, and broadcast on Sunday at 11 a.m. on 88.3 WPPB - FM, Long Island's only NPR station.
Guests Kenny Mann of Acacia Moyo - Where Tradition Meets Technology and photojournalist Doug Kuntz spoke of Africa, refugees, humanity, and connection. It was such a glorious day, we taped outside of Estia's on the Bridgehampton-Sag Turnpike.... Although the show was poignant and profound, it was great to see old friends.
Amagansett resident Kevin McAllister, Founder and President of DefendH2O, has professional environmental experience that spans 30 years.
His expertise is in the biological sciences and coastal zone management. He has received over 15 awards from government, media, civic and environmental organizations for personal accomplishments in natural resources conservation. Highlights include the Environmental Quality award presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2008.
Prior to his current role as chief executive of DefendH2O, Kevin served for 16 years as the founder and leader of Peconic Baykeeper | Protecting Long Island's Waters. Water resources protection and coastal adaptation are Kevin's primary focus.
Talking with chef, raconteur, arts benefactor, and fisherman Colin Ambrose, coming to you from Estia's Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor. Colin is one of the founders of the Slow Food movement on the East End, and host of American Rivers Tour, a video blog of his adventures fishing and cooking over a fire on some of America's most beautiful waterways.
Allan Zola Kronzek is an author, educator, and sleight-of-hand artist. He is the author of six magic-centric books, including the NY Times Bestseller "The Sorcerer’s Companion—a Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter" (co-authored with his daughter, Elizabeth), and most recently, of "Grandpa Magic," a treasury of tricks, stunts, puzzles and brainteasers, designed to make grandpa the coolest guy on the block.
Prior to his current career, he was a freelance writer, a jazz DJ, and general manager of a classic rock radio station on Eastern Long Island. He occasionally performs close-up magic at private functions, and socially at the drop of a hat.
This week our guest is Eric Lemonides, co-owner of Almond Restaurant & Bar and L & W Market in Bridgehampton.
In his early teens, Eric was allowed to go to two places without supervision — his uncle’s restaurant, which was right downstairs, or La Gamelle, a nearby French Bistro owned by friends of his dad. At La Gamelle he would sit at the bar, eating steak frites, drinking Pepsi with a splash of red wine, and making small talk with the bartenders and regulars at the age of 13. It was on those nights that he realized how much he loved being in restaurants and that it was the restaurant world in which he would make his mark.
Years later, he walked into the newly-opened Della Femina looking for a waiter position and walked away the new general manager, which became the stepping stone for his next position as general manager of F.illi Ponte in Tribeca. Following F.illi Ponte, Eric opened Pacific East in Amagansett and Chelsea, as well as the original Market in the Meatpacking District. He opened Lunch on Hudson Street in 2000 and successfully ran it until selling it in 2001 so he and childhood friend Jason Weiner could open Almond.
We're looking forward to talking with Eric about his total coolness and the creative process involved in restaurants, food, entrepreneurship, and life.
The Spur is the first private co-working space and innovation lab in the Hamptons, and Ashley John Heather, one of the partners responsible for getting it up and running, along with another local company i-hamptons.com, will be our guest this Sunday.
"It's like WeWork and SoHo House had a baby at the beach," Ashley said. The Spur offers more than a workspace — it hosts panels, health and wellness and kids' programs, Mentorship Mondays, and the already highly popular "Shark Tank"-like "Riptide $ink or $wim".
Curious? Tune in with Bridget and Alec to learn more and listen in as we discuss innovation, technology, entrepreneurship, and The Spur's role in the future of the Southampton landscape.
This week our guest is East Hampton resident Kate Mueth, founder of the avant-garde theater group The Neo-Political Cowgirls and instigator of "January Girls" at Guild Hall of East Hampton, a free weekly workshop this month for girls and women of all ages, led by a different artist each week, helping to find community, self-expression, and support across generations.
This week's guests, Amy Zerner and Monte Farber. We did talk about astrology, wellness, fate, destiny, Einstein, art, Zoroastrianism, and music. And lots more. Check out all of Amy and Monte's incredible books, spiritual tools, and art at www.theenchantedworld.com
This Sunday tune in to 88.3 WPPB - FM to hear Bridget LeRoy and Dawn Watson Hamptons engage in conversation with Minerva Perez, executive director of OLA of Eastern Long Island, on a wide range of topics from art and humanity to the holidays, the East End's Latino community, and more.
Prior to Organizacion Latino-Americana, Minerva served as the Retreat’s director of residential and transitional services where she ran a 24-hour domestic violence crises shelter for singles and families fleeing domestic abuse.
In 2008, Ms. Perez volunteered her time with OLA, helping to curate the film festival, directing and producing the only Spanish language "Vagina Monologues" on the East End, and appearing regularly before the Suffolk County Legislature to combat anti-immigrant initiatives coming from the prior County Executive.
Ms. Perez offers that “as OLA moves forward in its mission, we hope to raise the level of discourse as it relates to the Latino and Hispanic communities of the East End furthering our belief that in embracing our diversities and sharing our human experiences, we can create a healthier and more vibrant community.”
This week on Sundays on the East End with Bridget LeRoy & Alec Sokolow, join Alec and his guest cohost Ann Liguori as they converse with artist/curator/surfer Paton Miller.
After leaving his home in Hawaii to journey through Asia in 1974, Paton Miller arrived on the East End of Long Island with a collection of travel inspired artworks that won him an art scholarship from Southampton College. Graduating with honors, Paton launched his career in over twenty solo and numerous group exhibitions in New York City and throughout the United States. Today, his works are exhibited internationally, in cities such as Florence and Shanghai. Paton’s paintings are now among the most widely collected works between the East End of Long Island and New York City.
Our guest this week is David Nugent, director of programming and artistic director of the Hamptons International Film Festival.
David also directs the festival’s annual Screenwriting Lab. He has been a juror for the Student Academy Awards as well as the Sarasota, Newport International, Silverdocs, Galway, Gen Art, and Newfest Film Festivals. He has written festival coverage for Indiewire and participated on panels at the Sundance Film Festival and IFP’s Independent Film Week Script to Screen Conference. He has delivered guest lectures at Harvard University and Hunter College and served as a judge for student films at both New York University and the School for Visual Arts.
Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton. The iconic actress and her daughter, who have written over 30 books together, discuss life, writing, celebrity, and what it's like to collaborate as a mother and daughter.
Our guests this week will be Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming and Group for the East End's Bob DeLuca.
Bridget's primary policy initiatives focus on protecting and preserving the natural environment, and particularly water quality, public health, and responsible economic development.
Bridget was a leader in the working group that drafted the first Sanitary Code Revisions in 30 years to allow nitrogen removing systems to replace outdated on-site septic systems that leach nitrogen to groundwater and surface water, leading to brown tides, fish kills and diminishing shell fish and fin fish harvests.
Bridget worked for almost a decade as an Assistant District Attorney in the office of legendary District Attorney Robert Morgenthau in Manhattan, where she served as a member of a Trial Bureau and the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit, and later as Chief of a Unit devoted to attacking fraud in public programs.
Bob DeLuca has served as President and CEO of Group for the East End since 1992. Prior to joining the Group, Bob worked as both a Biologist and Senior Environmental Analyst with the Suffolk County Office of Ecology and taught environmental advocacy and policy as an adjunct professor for Long Island University, Southampton, for over 15 years. Bob began his career with the Group in the mid-1980s as an Environmental Analyst. In this role, Bob developed the Group’s first environmental outings and community education programs.
Our guest this week is Duncan Darrow.
Duncan Darrow is the founder and chairman of Fighting Chance, a cancer support services organization based in Sag Harbor. In his quest to learn everything he possibly could about cancer, and to share that information with the community, Duncan wrote "Cancer Simplified," an explanation of cancer in layman’s terms to enhance patient literacy.
"Apart from the East End of Long Island, there is nowhere else in America, to our knowledge, with a regionally-focused and free-of-charge cancer counseling charity that has become an integral part of the region's healthcare system with no cost to the taxpayer," said Darrow, on Hamptons.com.
Duncan is a recently retired partner at the law firm of Sidley Austin, and is now “hanging out his shingle” in Sag Harbor. Duncan and his wife Wendy spend their time between Sag Harbor and New York City.
Around the globe, April Gornik is known as one of the world’s most celebrated landscape painters, whose name is often sprinkled into conversations, and on museum walls, with the likes of Hockney, Turner, and Monet.
But around Sag Harbor, she’s also known as Wonder Woman.
Okay, maybe not exactly. But North Haven resident Gornik is involved in myriad causes to protect the environmental and cultural aspects of the area she and her husband, the artist Eric Fischl, choose to call home. She cofounded the Sag Harbor Partnership, which currently is the platform for the renovation of the Sag Harbor Cinema, she and Fischl have preserved acres of wetlands, the Eastville Historical Society, and there is much more. She even came up with a way to fish for sharks without hurting them. For real.
Gornik has been the recipient of Guild Hall’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. But back to Sag Harbor. Gornik is passionate about the history of the area – and not just the environmental and artistic history, but the industrial history as well.
Ken, a leading global expert in financial institution strengthening and Sag Harbor resident, is fluent in Arabic, and speaks indefatigably to share his deep experience of Arab cultures. He launched the East End’s first interfaith Iftar, now an annual tradition, and created a talk entitled, “Gays, Gender, and God in a Changing Arab World.” In addition to Arabic (standard and several dialects), Ken is fluent in Spanish and French and is conversant in several other languages.
Donna has written for Rolling Stone, MS, the Village Voice, Spin, Newsday and Salon, and published in underground fanzines and scholarly journals. Subjects have included music, tattoos, youth, guns, pornography, TV talk shows, suburbia, spirituality, gender culture, technology and intergenerational love.
Her first book, "Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia's Dead End Kids" was declared "the best book on youth culture" by Rolling Stone; Newsday dubbed it a "cult classic." "A Misfit’s Manifesto: The Sociological Memoir of a Rock & Roll Heart," Donna's second book, remains an underground favorite among alienated young people and diehard music fans alike. Her third book, "Why The Ramones Matter," is part eulogy, part encomium, part love letter, celebrating the musical, cultural, political, personal and socio-historical impact of the mighty Ramones.
Shane is a member of the Shinnecock Nation, and currently a member of the Southampton Town Arts and Culture Committee, Watermill Center Fellowship Committee, Shinnecock Nation Natural Resource Committee, and the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Committee. He is also an artist, traditional dancer, traditional drummer, hunter, and fisherman, and gives presentations on Shinnecock life, history, and culture wherever he can, around the U.S. and elsewhere.
"Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" and "As I Lay Me Down To Sleep" were huge hits for Sophie -- but all she really wanted was to be the best drummer ever. When she was a kid, she didn't want to be a songwriter. "I wanted to be a song," she told us. Listen to journalist Bridget LeRoy and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Alec Sokolow as they talk to Sophie about her creative process and her continuing journey.