Each program consists of:
1. A culture segment of about 4-5 minutes;
2. A feature piece of about 15 minutes;
3. A 90-second spoken word, often seasonally-appropriate river observation drawn from hundreds of contributors to the annual Hudson River Almanac;
4. A short calendar featuring upcoming events;
5. A 90-second soundscape recorded at different places along the Hudson.
Feature interviewees include in-studios
with Dar Williams and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger (Pete Seeger's grandson and member
of The Mammals). Feature topics include an audio journey with a school group
aboard the Sloop Clearwater, and on-board coverage of the scientists
studying the effects on fish of the dredging associated with the World Trade
Center disaster. A storyteller tells the tales of how some places along
the Hudson got their name, and we accompany a leg of the Great Hudson River
Paddle, an annual kayaking voyage from Albany to New York City.
Culture segments include folk, ska and
classical music pieces that were inspired by the Hudson, with brief interviews
of their performers. There are also pieces involving spoken word and
theater related to the Hudson. Interviewees included Steve Gillette and Cindy
Mangsen, Perfect Thyroid, Jerry Rasmussen, Constance DeJong, Rich Bala and
Staffing for the program included producer and program host Marc Breslav who oversaw two then student work-study assistants, Sean Anderson and Bat-Sheva Guez. The students conducted research and editing, undertook technical production aspects, and reported some of the segments themselves. Vassar professor Dr. Randy Cornelius provided institutional oversight.
This project has been funded in part by a grant from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund through the Hudson River Estuary Program.