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Did you ever have a really interesting conversation at a bar -- sharing ideas over a couple of martinis -- and wish you could've bottled it? That's Bar Crawl Radio. Rebecca McKean and Alan Winson invite amazing people to Manhattan bars -- make a toast -- and then talk about about whatever inspires them -- makes their lives worth living. We talk to bar owners & bartenders -- actors -- musicians -- writers & poets -- journalists -- politicians -- social activists -- community organizers & NGOs -- brewers & mead makers -- businesspersons -- podcasters -- and sometimes -- lawyers. Who knows? BCR might be at a bar -- near you.Tell us what you think of our programming. CONTACT: barcrawlradio@gmail.comSee what's going on with the BCR Team -- BCR BLOG SITE See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Did you ever have a really interesting conversation at a bar -- sharing ideas over a couple of martinis -- and wish you could've bottled it? That's Bar Crawl Radio. Rebecca McKean and Alan Winson invite amazing people to Manhattan bars -- make a toast -- and then talk about about whatever inspires them -- makes their lives worth living. We talk to bar owners & bartenders -- actors -- musicians -- writers & poets -- journalists -- politicians -- social activists -- community organizers & NGOs -- brewers & mead makers -- businesspersons -- podcasters -- and sometimes -- lawyers. Who knows? BCR might be at a bar -- near you.Tell us what you think of our programming. CONTACT: barcrawlradio@gmail.comSee what's going on with the BCR Team -- BCR BLOG SITE See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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Bar Crawl Radio

Latest release on Sep 04, 2020

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Rank #1: ON Losing a wallet & Finding the Chapstick.

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Recently, I, Alan Winson, lost my wallet. I was devastated for a few hours, but over the next few days I felt a freedom that came from a sense of being untethered from a thing that had controlled my days. 'Oh God! Where is my wallet -- all my pocessions? This is really not good!!!' TURNED INTO -- I feel lighter -- freer

When you lose a wallet or purse -- it is certainly inconvenient, but you learn quickly that a wallet can be replaced -- all of those cards and IDs can be duplicated and returned. Elizabeth Bishop writes in her poem on loss -- One Art -- "The art of losing isn't hard to master" but sometimes losing can be a "disaster."

For this Bar Crawl Radio conversation, Becky and I talked about losing stuff. It is a universal human experience. We asked what was the most important thing you lost -- and -- what would you not be able to lose, in any circumstances. At the end of the episode Becky spoke with Gracie, a social work student at Lehman College -- and wait staff at 5Napkin on Broadway and W. 84th Street.

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Nov 22 2019

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Rank #2: Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Found Guilty: A Post-Trial Conversation

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The Kings Bay Plowshares 7 [KBP7] have been found guilty by a Federal Grand Jury in Brunswick, Georgia this month for trespassing and destroying property on the Trident Submarine Naval Base in St Marys. The conversation with defendants Martha Hennessy and Carmen Trotta took place in the library of the Catholic Worker's Maryhouse in the Bowery section of Manhattan. They were joined by Anthony Donovan, a member of Witness Against Torture, who attended the four day trial. In the end, the KBP7 defendants were not allowed to make their strong case against nuclear armament -- due to what Carmen described as a "controlled" courtroom by Judge Lisa Godbey Wood.

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Video of statements made after the verdict ...


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Nov 05 2019

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Rank #3: San Francisco 1978: Murder / Gay Rights / Jonestown / Baseball / No-end Trump

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Lincoln Mitchell is a New Yorker and San Franciscan, a political scholar and avid baseball fan. He loved the Yankees first. but, when his family moved to San Francisco, he adopted the Giants. His recently published book -- San Francisco Year Zero: Political Upheaval / Punk Rock / and a Third-Place Baseball Team -- weaves a most readable set of social, political and sporting threads about the tragedies and joys of living in 'the city by the Bay' in 1978. It was the year that Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor and gay rights leader, Harvey Milk, were murdered by a disgruntled nobody -- Dan White, who received a few years in prison for the double homIcide. Despite his limited time in government, Milk's legacy has grown; we explored how he and Moscone could have changed the fate of this city.

In that same year -- 1978 -- the murders in Jonestown devastated the city which had been the home of most of the 900 killed in Guyana.

And -- We talked about baseball with Yankee season ticket holder and fine actor David Bachrach.

BCR 73 ended with a most sobering prediction by Dr. Mitchell in which he laid out his most reasonable arguments for why Trump will never leave the presidency -- even if he loses the 2020 election. This is a must listen -- it comes at the end of another fascinating conversation at a neighborhood bar -- Gebhard's Beer Culture Bar.

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Dec 13 2019

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Rank #4: LIHP & BCR on PROHIBITION

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The Long Island History Project Podcast and Bar Crawl Radio got together in Patchogue, Long Island for duel -- sorry dual -- recording about Prohibition on Long Island. We talked with Jonathan Olly, curator at the Long Island Museum of American Art, History and Carriages and an expert on the 18th Amendment to the Constitution which 86ed all bars in the United States. While downing some wonderful local beer, we got into how drinking continued -- how the Mafia benefited and local governments did not -- the racist aspects of the Volstead Act -- and how law enforcement got really good and breaking open wooden kegs of whiskey and rum with legal axes.

AND -- Becky and I visited the owner of the Old Town Bar -- Gerry Meagher -- and sat in the booth where customers hid their booze during raids -- maybe.

We thank Chris Kretz, host of the LIHP, for joining us on our bar crawl through life. We must do this again -- may on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

We recorded at Daisy Dukes Country Club Bar in Patchogue.

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Nov 15 2019

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Rank #5: Life on Queue

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We all know it -- a lot of life is spent on a queue. Think about all the lines you are on in a day, a week, a year -- it adds up to 5 years or more over a lifetime. But some lining up is not as bad as others and some queues have lasting memories. Becky and I reminisce about our queuing experiences at 5Napkin on Broadway and W. 84th Street at our reserved corner of the bar. [BTW - "QUEUE" is a great Scrabble word -- 4 vowels.] . Our favorite queue involved an overnight in and around Central Park with our family where we met Natalie Portman.

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Dec 07 2019

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Rank #6: Urban Farms Above: NYC Roofs Going Green

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NYC roofs are dark and dirty, heat absorbing no-man's lands, but thanks to a new act by the City Council, tops of new buildings will become expansive urban gardens and farms – supplying fresh vegetables to our inner city and beyond. City roof-tops will be covered with great swaths of green that will purify our air – cool buildings in the summer and keep us warm in the winter. Green roofs have been the dream of Brooklyn City Council person Rafael Espinal -- and for this BCR episode we had a conversation with Rafael about his recently passed bill -- and with Inger Yancy of Brooklyn Greenroof and Dustin Partridge, director of Green Roof Researchers Alliance / NYC Audobon. We also took a walk around the Brooklyn Grange farm on the roof of Building 3 in the Navy Yards with Grange co-founder Anastasia Cole Plakias.

This episode was recorded on the Porch at Gebhards Beer Culture Bar. If you are getting some benefit from BCR programming, be sure to "like" us on social media and email us with your suggestions for future programming at barcrawlradio@gmail.com

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Nov 29 2019

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Rank #7: 3 Poets 4 Peace: Against War

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In 2002 this country began a war against the Taliban in Afghanistan -- 18 years later – that war continues. Three New York poets, Veronica Golos, Angelo Verga, and Chris Brandt decided that we could not stand by and bemoan U.S. policies. They organized events in which poets expressed their opposition to war’s destruction of life, and efforts to create understanding of life -- in language. Takes this opportunity to visit with three poets sharing their artful, deeply felt, and gut-wrenching language opposing war.

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May 15 2020

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Rank #8: Poets Martin Espada & Lauren Schmidt

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OK -- sit down -- calm your busy mind -- and get ready to listen to two amazing poets read and talk about their work. Martin Espada is a world-renowned poet; he tells the stories of the Puerto Rican diaspora experience. Lauren Schmidt's poems live on the ground -- and are raw and brave, exposing the sacred lives of the oppressed and the unspoken secrets of familial love. And -- Lauren and Martin are married; this is the first time they talk about how their work and relationship mesh. Readings include selections from Lauren's recent publication Filthy Labors and several of Espada's most endearing works, including -- "Heal the Cracks in the Bell" -- and -- "Alabanza." This BCR episode concludes with this loving couple reading a favorite poem of the other. No kidding -- this is a treat!

BCR #89 was recorded on the Porch at Gebhard's Beer Culture Bar.

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Apr 10 2020

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Rank #9: On P.A.U.S.E. with "Angst & Daisies" Podcast - Take 2

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This is for the historians: It's New York City - early spring -- 2020 -- and the Big Apple is on P.A.U.S.E. Bars are closed -- but BCR pushes on. Becky and I had a wonderful conversation with Caroline and Steve of the Angst & Daisies Podcast via Skype. Steve Saporito is a Broadway producer and Caroline Aaron is a co-star of "The Amazing Mrs. Maisel."

The conversation ranged from surviving these perilous times - to the impossibility of producing a T.V. show during a pandemic - to tips on keeping Corona V from our doorstep.

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Mar 27 2020

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Rank #10: 4 Ways 2 Protest

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Remember the scene in “Gypsy” when Rosalind Russell plods down the theatre aisle yelling at her daughter – “Sing out, Louise! Sing out!!” Well – wouldn’t you know it – there’s an activist group called “Sing Out, Louise” -- inspired by the election of The Don to protest through parody songs “in the key of F you.” That’s their line -- not ours.

We gathered--seven of us--on the Porch of Gebhard’s Beer Culture Bar for this Bar Crawl Radio conversation with representatives of four very different progressive, activist groups -- all inspired by the last election to speak-out – act-out – write-out – and sing-out – against President Drumpf and his crooked crumbling cronies. We talked with leaders of "Sing Out, Louise," "Markers for Democracy," "Learn as Protest," and "The Shrill Collective" and learned about the best way to keep our sanity in the ague of Trump -- GET INVOLVED AND PROTEST.

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Mar 20 2020

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Rank #11: NYC is Jazz Central

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A really wonderful conversation at Gebhard's Beer Culture Bar with three talented NYC musicians about the NYC Jazz scene and why our City is the center of world Jazz. Steven Feifke is a pianist who plays regularly at the Gin Mill Speakeasy. Geoff Burke plays the saxophone and with Harry Connick Jr.. Both have their own bands. And David Pietro--Saxophonist--played for over two decades with the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra and many other big name artists; Dave is the Director of Jazz Studies at NYU/Steinhardt. Along the way we played samples of gorgeous, rich music created by all three. Becky and I spent a enjoyable hour with these talented, working, NYC Jazz artists. Alan.

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Feb 07 2020

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Rank #12: Laundry Room Wars: Conflict by the Dryer

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When I started to think -- it became eminently clear that we are constantly engaged in TURF WARS. This battling over small pieces of ground is evident everywhere -- bathrooms -- offices -- couches and beds -- buses and plane -- blankets on a crowded beach -- sidewalks -- subways [think: man-spread} -- and a favorite spot at a beloved bar. Becky and I delved into this ongoing battle over conflicted spaces at 5Napkin Bar located on Broadway and W. 84th street - smack dab in the middle of our most-crowded UWS Manhattan neighborhood. I am sure you can think of an instance of a turf battle in your life -- and if you do -- contact Rebecca or me -- Alan -- at barcrawlradio@gmail.com

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Jan 31 2020

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Rank #13: Witness Against Torture/2020: Dreaming a Different USA

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This will be the second time BCR has covered the Witness Against Torture's [WAT] annual, week-long, January protests against the opening of the Guantanamo Prison at this time of year 18 years ago. We spoke with four members of WAT--two of whom were arrested during the final Fire Drill Fridays in the nation's capital the day before the recording.

For this conversation with members of WAT, we talked more generally about our nation -- who we are in our present state -- and what we might be if the "American [USian] dream were fully realized.

Our conversation -- on a particularly warm night in January -- was held on the porch of the Dubliner Bar. A giant window was opened to the street, so the sounds of the Capital reverberate along with the sounds of DCers drinking Guinness.

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Jan 24 2020

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Rank #14: Beyond Witnessing

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Last week I -- Alan Winson -- spent a few days with a committed group of people. They regularly protest and get arrested in a nearly impossible attempt to end the horrors of Gitmo -- the U.S. prison in Cuba which, after over 18 years, incarcerates 40 Muslim men accused of 9/11 terrorism. Most of these men are innocent and have been exonerated; yet, they remain in an isolated hell in Guantanamo. The court trials they demand are beyond them -- maybe forever -- because evidence of being tortured are being destroyed by our government. The members of Witness Against Torture are special humans. In this episode of BCR, Becky and I talked about their ongoing -- and our limited -- commitment to a cause which is right and noble.

Next week, for BCR #78 we talked with members of WAT about why they protest and the world for which they work.

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Jan 17 2020

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Rank #15: Poetry! What is it good for? / Crossing Borders

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This episode introduces a new series of podcasts with our co-producer Chris Brandt. Chris is a professor, peace activist, carpenter and poet, and he helped produce BCR #34 when we invited three poets to share their work related to the World Poetry Movement.  We had such a great time, it was decided that we needed to talk poetry regularly on the show. So, this BCR episode is the first in a series focusing on thinking about, listening to, and having conversations with poets. Chris invited two poets to talk about and read their poems dealing with racial and ethnic borders and the possibility of crossing them -- Martha Collins and Sarah Gambito.

We recorded at Gebhard's Beer Culture Bar on W. 72nd Street. Contact Us -- barcrawlradio@gmail.com

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Nov 01 2019

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Rank #16: Idealistic Children; Tefillin VS Sneakers

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Becky and I had two very different and -- at the same time -- very similar experiences this week -- both involving children with "high" ideals. Young people who are actively involved with doing something about what they know is true and real.

During the recording, Becky had an awesome vodka martini with a stick o'olives -- I tried out Flower Power IPA at 5 Napkin Burger on Broadway and W. 84th Street. We are there -- pretty regularly -- set-up at the front corner of the bar. Jaylean [sp?] our barkeep was as cute and helpful as ever -- the tower of onion rings was hot and delicious. So -- join us on our bar crawl through life.

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Oct 25 2019

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Rank #17: Dating & Hunting Ghosts at the Santa Maria Inn, CA

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This was an unusual BCR episode. Becky and I went back to the place we first dated -- the Santa Maria Inn in Central California and spoke with th owner of the inn Judy Hearn in the Wine and Martini Bar. During the high times of Hollywood all the great movie stars stayed there on the way to Hearst Castle.  

The strange part is that we visited Rudy Vallee's room -- the 1930s and 40s singing star actually stayed there.  There were rumors that ghosts resided in that room -- a sea captain and the mistress he killed. So -- at the end of this episode your intrepid podcasters visited Room 221 -- where we found .... Well -- check out this episode and when you reach the end -- keep listening.

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Oct 18 2019

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Rank #18: The Best Day of Our Lives

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Our intention was to focus on what we considered the "best" or "most significant" day of our lives -- and we did get to that question after we talked about:

  • Alan's experience of fasting at an Orthodox Synagogue for Yom Kippur - 2019.
  • Turd toys and bursting balloons.
  • Colonoscopy -- Part II
  • X-rated Via ride.

After our silliness we turned to Thorton Wilider's masterpiece "Our Town" to consider what was really significant about living.

So -- what was the "best day" of your life. Email us at barcrawlradio@gmail.com

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Oct 11 2019

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Rank #19: Journey of a Father and Son through the Holocaust

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At the end of 1944, as an older teen, David Hersch beat KZ Mauthausen – the most violent Nazi concentration camp in Austria. His harrowing escape from the German death machine is told by his son -- Jack Hersch -- in "Death March Escape The Remarkable Story of a Man Who Twice Escaped the Nazi Holocaust" (2018). Throughout his life, Jack listened to his father's story at the Passover Seder but discovered after his father's death that he needed to know more. We talked about his father’s experiences and why this story has haunted him throughout his life.

Jack Hersch is a talented writer, but his day job is as a strategic advisor to investment institutions and corporate managements. He has served as a corporate board member, and has guest-lectured in the business schools of M.I.T., U.S.C. and U.C. Berkeley. He lives in New York City. 

 Also, he is is a pilot who flies aerobatic planes – earned a second-degree black belt in Goju Ryu karate – is a long-distance cyclist and ice hockey player – plays tennis at a competitive level and ran five marathons. And -- he lives in NYC. 

There are many children of Nazi Holocaust survivors – but few have spent time discovering their parent’s past. Jack dedicated several years in researching, traveling and interviewing experts to uncover how his father beat death by the Nazi killing machines. We talked about his father's story and why the son wrote this book.

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Oct 04 2019

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Rank #20: "10K Dollar Day Podcast" Ripoff

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We loved the idea so much -- we stole it. We recently met Alison Burns and Lulu Picart who have a podcast called  10K Dollar Day  in which they imagine expensive vacations they wish they could afford. Check them out -- they are funny and cute and so young and go take a listen to their wonderful banter. So, Becky and I were inspired. We wanted to imagine our $10K vacation. Becky played by the rules and I did not. There is much wise advise about traveling in this episode that you do not want to miss.

We had our conversation at 5 Napkin Burger on Broadway and W. 84th Street. And we invite our listeners to share your versions of a $10,000 vacation. Email us at barcrawlradio@gmail.com

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Sep 27 2019

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