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 →

GANYC Awards Second Apple Statue

Exactly a year ago I won my first Apple Award from the Guides Association of New York City for my book World War I New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War. So I was not expecting to win this year, in a new category, Outstanding Achievement in Radio Program/Podcast (Audio/Spoken Word), for our podcast. I was not trying to encourage Joanna Holliday, my partner in pod, to invite more 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 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 18: Astrologist Kathy Biehl

The stars are in alignment on this show as we bring in Kathy Biehl, and expert on astrology who gives us her astro-insights. Joanna and Kevin’s Big Show is all about New York City and what makes it great, and today’s show is about one of those people and her interest in the stars. Kathy is a native of Texas and a non-practicing lawyer. She’s had a passion for the stars and mystical matters since Continue Reading →