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"Sundays on the East End with Bridget LeRoy and Alec Sokolow"

brought to you from Estia’s through May 4.

2019 on 88.3 WPPB FM

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Cuba.  Just the name elicits the music, the sights, flavors, smells, and history of this beautiful island. Our guests this week, Cynthia Carris Alonso, award-winning photographer and author of "Passage to Cuba" and "A Taste of Cuba," and Alfredo Merat,  local musician, who recorded an album of Jacques Brel's music with a Cuban beat, will talk about their relationships with "El Cocodrilo,"  their visits there, and how the country inspires their art.


James S. Henry, Esq. is a leading economist, attorney, and investigative journalist who has written and spoken widely on the issues of tax justice, financial secrecy, offshore havens, and development finance. He has served as Director of Economic Research (chief economist), McKinsey & Co.; VP Strategy, IBM/Lotus Development; Business Development Manager, Chairman's Office (Jack Welch), GE; and Senior Consultant, Monitor Company.


Tune in this week on 88.3 WPPB - FM, as we speak with Tick Wise Education, Inc.'s April Nill Boitano and Brian Kelly of East End Tick and Mosquito Control about those nasty little bloodsuckers that have affected so many people out here.

You'll want to learn about signs, symptoms, and solutions (Bridget believes some garlic keeps them away, and if she gets attacked she can stab them through the heart with a toothpick). 

Hear about Lyme, Alpha Gal, and where do we go from here?


There's a lot of talk about sexual harassment in the workplace. Besides the obvious, there are many shades of gray — in fact, you may be surprised to find out what does and doesn't constitute harassment.

Our guest this week is Liz Hook, who has been practicing employment law for 28 years. For 16 years she represented banks, publishers, airlines, and manufacturers she worked with Citigroup's Human Resources and Employee Relations.

Since 2006 she has been back in private practice with Braxton Hook PLLC in Southampton, which provides counseling and litigation for both employment law and special education law.

Law is a second career for Liz, who was trade magazine editor for 10 years before choosing to go to law school. That experience has given her a valuable non-lawyer’s perspective on work place dynamics between co-workers and how confusing the current Me Too movement might be for many people.


Guests Kenny Mann of Acacia Moyo - Where Tradition Meets Technology and photojournalist Doug Kuntz spoke of Africa, refugees, humanity, and connection. It was such a glorious day, we taped outside of Estia's on the Bridgehampton-Sag Turnpike.... Although the show was poignant and profound, it was great to see old friends.


Amagansett resident Kevin McAllister, Founder and President of DefendH2O, has professional environmental experience that spans 30 years. His expertise is in the biological sciences and coastal zone management.

He has received over 15 awards from government, media, civic and environmental organizations for personal accomplishments in natural resources conservation. Highlights include the Environmental Quality award presented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2008.

Prior to his current role as chief executive of DefendH2O, Kevin served for 16 years as the founder and leader of Peconic Baykeeper | Protecting Long Island's Waters. Water resources protection and coastal adaptation are Kevin's primary focus.


Southampton-born Tramar Pettaway is an actor, singer, songwriter, and playwright, who also works at a homeless shelter and commutes into the city to put on the current production of his show, all while being a full-time college student. He also does service by giving back to his community. His friend and co-worker, actor and songwriter Brandon Boyd, is equally impressive.


This week, recording at Estia's in Sag Harbor with guest co-host Steve Haweeli of WordHampton Public Relations, talking with our guest -- chef, arts patron, fisherman, raconteur, and old friend Colin Ambrose.


We talk with Jeff and Angela of Blocks, Trucks + Art, a children's creativity center housed in an 18-wheeler on the East End, and now with a gallery in Sag Harbor. How did a BMX biker/DJ and an early childhood educator/dancer end up with their child teaching art out of the back of a truck?


Allan Zola Kronzek  is an author, educator, and sleight-of-hand artist. He is the author of six magic-centric books, including the NY Times Bestseller "The  Sorcerer’s Companion—a Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter" (co-authored with his daughter, Elizabeth), and most recently, of  "Grandpa Magic," a treasury of tricks, stunts, puzzles and brainteasers, designed to make grandpa the coolest guy on the block.

Prior to his current career, he was a freelance writer, a jazz DJ, and general manager of a classic rock radio station on Eastern Long Island. He occasionally performs close-up magic at private functions, and  socially at the drop of a hat.


This week our guest is Eric Lemonides, co-owner of Almond Restaurant & Bar and L & W Market in Bridgehampton.

In his early teens, Eric was allowed to go to two places without supervision — his uncle’s restaurant, which was right downstairs, or La Gamelle, a nearby French Bistro owned by friends of his dad. At La Gamelle he would sit at the bar, eating steak frites, drinking Pepsi with a splash of red wine, and making small talk with the bartenders and regulars at the age of 13. It was on those nights that he realized how much he loved being in restaurants and that it was the restaurant world in which he would make his mark.

Years later, he walked into the newly-opened Della Femina looking for a waiter position and walked away the new general manager, which became the stepping stone for his next position as general manager of F.illi Ponte in Tribeca. Following F.illi Ponte, Eric opened Pacific East in Amagansett and Chelsea, as well as the original Market in the Meatpacking District. He opened Lunch on Hudson Street in 2000 and successfully ran it until selling it in 2001 so he and childhood friend Jason Weiner could open Almond.

We're looking forward to talking with Eric about his total coolness and the creative process involved in restaurants, food, entrepreneurship, and life.


The Spur is the first private co-working space and innovation lab in the Hamptons, and Ashley John Heather, one of the partners responsible for getting it up and running, along with another local company i-hamptons.com, will be our guest this Sunday.

"It's like WeWork and SoHo House had a baby at the beach," Ashley said. The Spur offers more than a workspace — it hosts panels, health and wellness and kids' programs, Mentorship Mondays, and the already highly popular "Shark Tank"-like "Riptide $ink or $wim".

Curious? Tune in with Bridget and Alec to learn more and listen in as we discuss innovation, technology, entrepreneurship, and The Spur's role in the future of the Southampton landscape.


This week our guest is East Hampton resident Kate Mueth, founder of the avant-garde theater group The Neo-Political Cowgirls and instigator of "January Girls" at Guild Hall of East Hampton, a free weekly workshop this month for girls and women of all ages, led by a different artist each week, helping to find community, self-expression, and support across generations.


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This week's guests, Amy Zerner and Monte Farber. We did talk about astrology, wellness, fate, destiny, Einstein, art, Zoroastrianism, and music. And lots more. Check out all of Amy and Monte's incredible books, spiritual tools, and art at www.theenchantedworld.com


This Sunday tune in to 88.3 WPPB - FM to hear Bridget LeRoy and Dawn Watson Hamptons engage in conversation with Minerva Perez, executive director of OLA of Eastern Long Island, on a wide range of topics from art and humanity to the holidays, the East End's Latino community, and more.

Prior to Organizacion Latino-Americana, Minerva served as the Retreat’s director of residential and transitional services where she ran a 24-hour domestic violence crises shelter for singles and families fleeing domestic abuse.

In 2008, Ms. Perez volunteered her time with OLA, helping to curate the film festival, directing and producing the only Spanish language "Vagina Monologues" on the East End, and appearing regularly before the Suffolk County Legislature to combat anti-immigrant initiatives coming from the prior County Executive.

Ms. Perez offers that “as OLA moves forward in its mission, we hope to raise the level of discourse as it relates to the Latino and Hispanic communities of the East End furthering our belief that in embracing our diversities and sharing our human experiences, we can create a healthier and more vibrant community.”


This week on Sundays on the East End with Bridget LeRoy & Alec Sokolow, join Alec and his guest cohost Ann Liguori as they converse with artist/curator/surfer Paton Miller.

After leaving his home in Hawaii to journey through Asia in 1974, Paton Miller arrived on the East End of Long Island with a collection of travel inspired artworks that won him an art scholarship from Southampton College. Graduating with honors, Paton launched his career in over twenty solo and numerous group exhibitions in New York City and throughout the United States. Today, his works are exhibited internationally, in cities such as Florence and Shanghai. Paton’s paintings are now among the most widely collected works between the East End of Long Island and New York City.


Our guest this week, December 2, 11 a.m., is David Nugent, director of programming and artistic director of the Hamptons International Film Festival.

David also directs the festival’s annual Screenwriting Lab. He has been a juror for the Student Academy Awards as well as the Sarasota, Newport International, Silverdocs, Galway, Gen Art, and Newfest Film Festivals. He has written festival coverage for Indiewire and participated on panels at the Sundance Film Festival and IFP’s Independent Film Week Script to Screen Conference. He has delivered guest lectures at Harvard University and Hunter College and served as a judge for student films at both New York University and the School for Visual Arts.


The iconic actress and her daughter, who have written over 30 books together, discuss life, writing, celebrity, and what it's like to collaborate as a mother and daughter. 


Our guests this week will be Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming and Group for the East End's Bob DeLuca.

Bridget's primary policy initiatives focus on protecting and preserving the natural environment, and particularly water quality, public health, and responsible economic development.

Bridget was a leader in the working group that drafted the first Sanitary Code Revisions in 30 years to allow nitrogen removing systems to replace outdated on-site septic systems that leach nitrogen to groundwater and surface water, leading to brown tides, fish kills and diminishing shell fish and fin fish harvests.

Bridget worked for almost a decade as an Assistant District Attorney in the office of legendary District Attorney Robert Morgenthau in Manhattan, where she served as a member of a Trial Bureau and the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit, and later as Chief of a Unit devoted to attacking fraud in public programs.

Bob DeLuca has served as President and CEO of Group for the East End since 1992. Prior to joining the Group, Bob worked as both a Biologist and Senior Environmental Analyst with the Suffolk County Office of Ecology and taught environmental advocacy and policy as an adjunct professor for Long Island University, Southampton, for over 15 years. Bob began his career with the Group in the mid-1980s as an Environmental Analyst. In this role, Bob developed the Group’s first environmental outings and community education programs.


Duncan Darrow is the founder and chairman of Fighting Chance, a cancer support services organization based in Sag Harbor. In his quest to learn everything he possibly could about cancer, and to share that information with the community, Duncan wrote "Cancer Simplified," an explanation of cancer in layman’s terms to enhance patient literacy.

"Apart from the East End of Long Island, there is nowhere else in America, to our knowledge, with a regionally-focused and free-of-charge cancer counseling charity that has become an integral part of the region's healthcare system with no cost to the taxpayer," said Darrow, on Hamptons.com.

Duncan is a recently retired partner at the law firm of Sidley Austin, and is now “hanging out his shingle” in Sag Harbor. Duncan and his wife Wendy spend their time between Sag Harbor and New York City.


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Around the globe, April Gornik is known as one of the world’s most celebrated landscape painters, whose name is often sprinkled into conversations, and on museum walls, with the likes of Hockney, Turner, and Monet. But around Sag Harbor, she’s also known as Wonder Woman. Okay, maybe not exactly. But North Haven resident Gornik is involved in myriad causes to protect the environmental and cultural aspects of the area she and her husband, the artist Eric Fischl, choose to call home. She cofounded the Sag Harbor Partnership, which currently is the platform for the renovation of the Sag Harbor Cinema, she and Fischl have preserved acres of wetlands, the Eastville Historical Society, and there is much more. She even came up with a way to fish for sharks without hurting them. For real. Gornik has been the recipient of Guild Hall’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. But back to Sag Harbor. Gornik is passionate about the history of the area – and not just the environmental and artistic history, but the industrial history as well.


Ken, a leading global expert in financial institution strengthening and Sag Harbor resident, is fluent in Arabic, and speaks indefatigably to share his deep experience of Arab cultures. He launched the East End’s first interfaith Iftar, now an annual tradition, and created a talk entitled, “Gays, Gender, and God in a Changing Arab World.” In addition to Arabic (standard and several dialects), Ken is fluent in Spanish and French and is conversant in several other languages. 


Donna has written for Rolling Stone, MS, the Village Voice, Spin, Newsday and Salon, and published in underground fanzines and scholarly journals. Subjects have included music, tattoos, youth, guns, pornography, TV talk shows, suburbia, spirituality, gender culture, technology and intergenerational love.

Her first book, "Teenage Wasteland: Suburbia's Dead End Kids" was declared "the best book on youth culture" by Rolling Stone; Newsday dubbed it a "cult classic." "A Misfit’s Manifesto: The Sociological Memoir of a Rock & Roll Heart," Donna's second book, remains an underground favorite among alienated young people and diehard music fans alike. Her third book, "Why The Ramones Matter,"  is part eulogy, part encomium, part love letter, celebrating the musical, cultural, political, personal and socio-historical impact of the mighty Ramones.


Shane is a member of the Shinnecock Nation, and currently a member of the Southampton Town Arts and Culture Committee, Watermill Center Fellowship Committee, Shinnecock Nation Natural Resource Committee, and the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Committee. He is also an artist, traditional dancer, traditional drummer, hunter, and fisherman, and gives presentations on Shinnecock life, history, and culture wherever he can, around the U.S. and elsewhere.


"Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" and "As I Lay Me Down To Sleep" were huge hits for Sophie -- but all she really wanted was to be the best drummer ever. When she was a kid, she didn't want to be a songwriter. "I wanted to be a song," she told us. Listen to journalist Bridget LeRoy and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Alec Sokolow as they talk to Sophie about her creative process and her continuing journey.

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All photos by Kyle Lynch

All photos by Kyle Lynch

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Bridget LeRoy interviewing Alec Baldwin | Photo by Lisa Tamburini

Bridget LeRoy interviewing Alec Baldwin | Photo by Lisa Tamburini

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