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 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 →

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 →

Episode 17: Lindsey Loves History

Before New York City was on the map it was New Amsterdam, and on this episode of the Big Show we meet someone who loves this era. Lindsey Mulholland is a public historian, museum volunteer, and tour guide focused on 400 years of NYC history. We talk about Evacuation Day and what it once meant to the city, where to go to find out about the Colonial Era of Lower Manhattan, and why she loves Continue Reading →