BW – EP55: Author David Shields—No Matter What We Do, We Are Each Other

BW – EP55: Author David Shields—No Matter What We Do, We Are Each Other

Breaking Walls
  In episode 55 of Breaking Walls, join myself and author David Shields for brunch at the famous #Jewish restaurant Russ and Daughters in the #LowerEastSide. David and I last spoke in November of 2015 shortly after the #Paris bombings and after the release of his previous novel #War is #Beautiful (Episodes 29-30 of BW). This conversation at Russ & Daughters centers around David’s views on life, #President #DonaldTrump, #HillaryClinton, BernieSanders, and the recent election cycle, David’s experiences working with #JamesFranco and #KeeganMichaelKey, as well as David’s personal sense of Judaism, and his childhood. I’d been wanting to speak with David all throughout the 2016 election cycle, and this chat came at a perfect time thanks to the release of his latest novel, Other People: Takes and Mistakes, and his…
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BW – EP54: A City Grows In Brooklyn—Exploring Industry City

BW – EP54: A City Grows In Brooklyn—Exploring Industry City

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  In Breaking Walls Episode 54, we go exploring at Industry City! https://industrycity.com The former Bush Terminal in on 3rd avenue in Sunset Park has been transformed into an office and community space with both retail and great food on the grounds. It's an incredible, growing hub of innovation and entrepreneurialism. I sit down with Cristal Rivera, Chief of Staff and Director of Community Engagement at Industry City, Miguel Pacheco, Director of Web Design and Tech at Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, and Darryle Hawes, architect turned maker who uses the tremendous Innovation Lab at Industry City. It's a chance for a behind the scenes look at what's happening at this Hub. Highlights • What was the Bush Terminal and how did it support the local community? • Cristal Rivera:…
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The View From The Original Yankee Stadium’s Home Plate Through The Years

The View From The Original Yankee Stadium’s Home Plate Through The Years

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The original Yankee Stadium opened in 1923 and was renovated in 1974-75. When the Yankees moved into the new Yankee Stadium in 2009, which was on the site of a youth Baseball field, the old Yankee Stadium was converted into the youth field that the new stadium was taking from the community. What people might not realize is that the dimensions of the new youth field are the same as the final dimensions of the original Yankee Stadium. Even home plate is in the same exact spot. Take a look at this awesome photo collage of the view from home plate at the original Yankee Stadium through the years. You can click the photo for a larger size. (more…)
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BW – EP53: St. Patrick’s Day, Fred Allen, And The Feud of The Century

BW – EP53: St. Patrick’s Day, Fred Allen, And The Feud of The Century

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In Breaking Walls Episode 53 we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a look at some of the on-air St. Paddy’s Day shenanigans throughout the Golden Age of Radio. Highlights • A profile on Fred Allen, born John Sullivan, and his feud with Jack Benny, which culminated (for the first time) at the Pierre Hotel in New York on March 14, 1937, and again three days later on Fred’s show on St. Patrick’s Day in 1937 • Irish-American tenor Dennis Day’s return from the Navy to the Jack Benny Program on March 17, 1946 • Why Gracie Allen loved the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City - From The George Burns and Gracie Allen show - March 17, 1941 • Beat the Band’s The Wearing of the Green -…
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BW – EP52: Speaking of Radio With OTR Guru and Radio HOFer Chuck Schaden

BW – EP52: Speaking of Radio With OTR Guru and Radio HOFer Chuck Schaden

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In Breaking Walls Episode 52 we present a chat with Radio Hall of Fame member Chuck Schaden about his life and career. Chuck was on the air on Chicago radio between 1970-2009 The Radio Hall of Fame lists him as the man who’s done more to preserve and grow the Golden Age of Radio than anyone in America. His earliest radio memory was listening to The Shadow on the afternoon of Sunday, December 7, 1941 when the broadcast was interrupted with news of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.   Highlights • How Chuck got on the air in 1970 • His conversations through the years with Golden Age of Radio stars like Jack Benny, Howard Duff, Arch Oboler, and Alan Reed. • Chuck’s opinion on why the American radio drama…
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