Episode 28: Forgotten New York’s Kevin Walsh

We help Kevin Walsh celebrate 20 years of running his award-winning site Forgotten New York. Kevin has been documenting the changing and forgotten bits of the five boroughs with meticulous block-by-block dedication for two decades. In Episode 28 find out how a kid from Bay Ridge obsessed over street lamps and turned his hobby into a life-long passion and popular website. He is also an author of a book based on the site. We find Continue Reading →

Episode 27: Michelle Young & Augustin Pasquet of Untapped Cities

If you’re a fan of the unknown and hidden features of New York City, then you probably already are a fan of Untapped Cities. We are thrilled to welcome founder Michelle Young and CEO Augustin Pasquet to the Big Show. This month is the site’s 10th anniversary, and they have a lot to be proud of in their decade of exploring the hidden parts of the city. They also offer tours of hard-to-see spots, such Continue Reading →

Episode 26: We Win the Apple Award from GANYC

A short bonus episode recorded at the after party for the Guides Association for New York City (GANYC) Apple Awards. Why are we celebrating? Because we won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Radio Program or Podcast (Audio/Spoken Word). Long title for a cool honor to receive! In this episode we do a little celebrating as we wait for our drinks to arrive. Joanna brought along a few friends from the bar, and we were Continue Reading →

Episode 25: Dave McWater on bars, boxing, business

Listen to East Village legend Dave McWater, the ultimate city raconteur. Our guest explains how he left Oklahoma for NYU and achieved success by following his grandfather’s advice about working hard. Dave has owned Doc Hollidays for 25 years, and with savvy acumen has three more classic bars in his portfolio: D.B.A., Library Bar, and Milano’s. He has been involved in sports management since the ‘90s and now heads Split-T Management, which is managing rising Continue Reading →

Episode 24: Actress & Coach Kimberly Faye Greenberg

Our listeners get lucky with this episode of Joanna and Kevin’s Big Show because they get to meet Kimberly Faye Greenberg, a NYC based AEA/SAG-AFTRA actress. She’s a transplant from the Golden State who has worked in the city for 20 years. What’s great about talking to Kim is not only is she working as an actress, but she has a side business as a coach helping others. She tours her own one-woman show about Continue Reading →

Episode 23: Comedienne Maggie Champagne

This has to be one of the funniest guests we’ve had on in 23 shows. We sit down with actress-comedienne Maggie Champagne to find out what’s happening with her comedy career. After a taste of fame in a commercial that became a viral sensation, she’s now working on her career onstage, on TV, and in auditions. She and her old friend Amy Schumer worked together on the Comedy Central series, and Maggie has a monthly Continue Reading →

Episode 22: Ranger Joe Korber

The first uniformed guest we’ve had on the show is Ranger Joe Korber, however, due to the government shutdown the day we recorded the episode, Joe had no uniform or Smokey campaign hat on. Joe is a veteran of the national park service, a lifelong Queens guy, and a musician. We chat about the two national parks where he works, Teddy Roosevelt National Historic Site (Joanna has never visited) and Governors Island National Monument (Joanna Continue Reading →

Episode 21: Lexi Leban Talks 80s NYC and Changes

The first sibling on our show arrives as we welcome Joanna’s sister, Lexi Leban. The show is about how Lexi graduated from Barnhard more than 30 years ago and what New York was like in the 1980s vs today. She lives and works in California, and relates the stories of being younger in the city and what has changed in the city today. Lexi is the executive director of the Jewish Film Institute in San Continue Reading →

Episode 20: So You’re Dating A Vegan’s Liz & Duncan

Our first episode where we interview a couple and eat something is a fun one with the Elisabeth Pierotti and Duncan Styles, the pair behind the hit YouTube channel So You’re Dating a Vegan. On this show we talk about the vegan lifestyle and the concepts and challenges of making their series, which is really about their life together as a couple. We get the scoop on vegan cooking and what it’s like to both Continue Reading →

Episode 19: Nominated for a Major Award

We’ve only been making podcasts for six months and we get nominated for a major award. The Guides Association of New York City (GANYC) hosts the annual Apple Awards, which are awards for people and organization that make NYC great. We are nominated in the category “Outstanding Achievement in a Radio Program or Podcast” and are up against 3 other podcasts (and tough competition). We will find out March 4 if we win. In other Continue Reading →