Pod and Market
Summary: The “Pod & Market” podcast grew out of several conversations amongst Newarkers, lamenting the decline of traditional forms of media and journalism in Newark (like newspapers) and the lack of a central forum for discussion of issues facing the City of Newark. While not the first or only discussion podcast in Newark, the topics of the podcast can be as general as gentrification and as narrow as the construction of a single building. The only connection between episodes will be their connection to Newark.
Newark has come to a standstill. Businesses are closed. Newarkers are sheltering in place. The podcast explores what this means for the city and its residents.
Our second season begins with a special guest, Liz DelTufo. Liz has led the effort to preserve this city's cultural landmarks and historical sites for the past 50 years. On this episode, she shares her journey in this city and some of the anecdotes from her fights to protect our unique look.
Have you ever wondered about to visualize sound, especially in an artistic medium? What would it look like? How would it feel? Wolfgang Gil, local artist and principal at the Honk Tweet, explores these questions through his design and his art. Based out a studio in Project for Empty Space, Wolfgang designs mixed-reality experiences that highlight the visual potential of sound. Join the pod as we discuss his art and his upcoming exhibit at the Newark Museum of Art.
M'Jestie, 2x platinum-selling songwriter from Newark, released her first solo album "III." She joins the pod to discuss her journey as an artist, the inspiration behind her music, and the meanings behind her songs on the album.
What is a timely monument for Newark? This is the central question to "A Call to Peace," a public art and history exhibition which calls into question Gutzon Borglum's Wars of America monument in Military Park. Alliyah Allen, an assistant curator on the projects, comes on to discuss the issues around the statue and how "A Call to Peace" moves this conversation forward.
This is a very special episode. We have Miguel Antunes, the brother of the pod's host, join for a discussion about growing up in Newark and leaving Newark. This episode hits a wide array of topics, from getting the most out of college, to finding inspiration, to figuring out what path to follow in life.
Where do I begin with Jordan? I suppose I can talk about how we first met. I was assigned by the Harvard Club to interview a student from University High School in Newark, one they were quite interested in. The person I met astounded me. He was easily admitted into Harvard. However, and unfortunately, he decided to attend Princeton instead. Still, we’ve kept in touch, and I remain fascinated by every thing he does. Rather than explain who he is in this article, I ask that you listen to the episode to get the full sense of Jordan.
Guests, Don Charles and Derek Walls, join the podcast to share the preparations and work behind Porchfest, a 50-plus artist/performers celebration throughout Forest Hill on September 28, 2019
Up the hill sits Old Essex County Jail, site of many incarcerations and executions in New Jersey history. The building, when in opened in the 1800s, was considered to be the model for progress in the penal system. Today, the building has fallen into disuse and disrepair. Myles Zhang joins the pod to discuss the future of the site and of preservation and development in Newark.
Newark was once a center of alcohol production and consumptions. Massive breweries and distilleries dotted the landscape, while, during prohibition, speakeasies could be found on every corner. John Ward from Cool Vines and Gil Spaier from All Points West come on to the pod to discuss their successes in reviving this culture and the challenges they still face.
Gabe Ribeiro comes onto Pod & Market to discuss his growing brand, The Nork Project, as well as The Nork Audio Project, and to share his experiences growing a brand in Newark.
Coming out to friends, family, and loved ones can often be a difficult process. It is often not a singular moment and takes on many forms. Bella Filipe and Christian Valentin-Gladden share their Newark coming out stories, explain what coming out means and how it happens, and shares advice with those who might find it difficult.
Jeffrey Trzeciak, Director of the Newark Public Library, joins Pod & Market to discuss what has changed at the Library over the last several years. Jeffrey discusses the Library's efforts with LGBTQI+ awareness and inclusion and its new services for the homeless of Newark, as well as other programming to maintain interest in the Library in the age of social media and increasing digitization. Jeffrey also shares a little of his background, how he got to the director position, and what it is like to be a gay individual of prominence in Newark.
Anthony Abraham Jack's The Privileged Poor, through the use of stories collected from students over several years, exposed how often elite institutions of higher education fail to help undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve their full potential. Kim Boerrigter and Lucia Couto, two Newark residents who currently attend Harvard College, share their experiences in transitioning from here to Cambridge.
After 23 years of state control of Newark Public Schools, local control has come back to the elected Board of Education. This spring, we had our first election where incumbent members of the re-empowered Board of Education ran against a new slate of candidates. One of these new candidates was A’Dorian Murray-Thomas. She won a seat on the board with the largest number of votes of any candidate. A'Dorian joins the Pod & Market podcast to discuss her vision as a board member, her policy goals, and what she brings to the table.