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

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Bridget and Alec welcome Bryan Downey, local photographer, filmmaker, and cinematographer, and Ginew Benton, filmmaker, musician, and member of the Ojibwe people, to discuss their films, "Nashville Long Island" and "Looking Glass."


Bridget and her guest co-host, actress Georgia Warner (also her daughter) interview Maureen Callahan, author of "American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century."


Bridget with guest co-host The Independent's Executive Editor Rick Murphy, talking to Bill Smith of East End Naturals and Sam Healey of Papa & Barkley, discussing CBD. How do you know which products to take? Who can take them and who can't? What are the benefits? And what regulations may be coming down the pike as CBD increases in popularity?


Bridget and Alec interview ghostwriter and author of "Zen Bender" and Taylor Berry, owner of Sag Harbor's Berry & Co., a book and botanicals store.


This week, join Bridget and Alec with Geoffrey Drummond talking about food, memory, and Julia Child. Geoffrey is executive director of The Food Lab at SUNY Stony Brook/Southampton. Over a 40-year career in film and TV, Geof was president of Saga Productions (producer of the cult classic "My Dinner with Andre") and president of A La Carte Communications, where he produced and collaborated with Julia Child for well over a decade.


Julia Fowler-Sokolow discusses her viral Southern Women YouTube channel, her books, and more, Sam Sokolow talks about his Emmy-nominated Nat Geo hit series "Genius" and growing up on the East End, mom Diane Sokolow gets a word in edgewise occasionally, and me and Alec are doing our regular blah-blah-blah.


This week, our guest is Sybille van Kempen of Bridgehampton Inn & Restaurant, the Loaves and Fishes Cookshop, and the Loaves & Fishes Food Store in Sagaponack. Sybille will speak about how, after 40 successful years in the Hamptons, she continues to innovate and evolve each business. Sybille and her businesses have a devoted following of celebrity fans including Jimmy Fallon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Katie Lee, and more. She started her culinary career working for Ina Garten and has raised her family out here.


Our guest this week is young adult author Amy Laura Ephron. Her latest book "Carnival Magic" the continued, startling, sometimes magical adventures of Tess and Max, is a bestseller and was featured in Teen Vogue, among many other magazines and journals, and is in talks as a film. It has been nominated for an American Library Association award, and the Grand Canyon Award to be announced in 2020. A companion to "The Castle in the Mist," (the intro to Tess and Max and their Aunt Evie,) was an Amazon Best pick, a B&N pick, and claimed a nom for a SCIBA award.

She is the author of the bestselling "A Cup of Tea;" "One Sunday Morning;" "White Rose;" and "Loose Diamonds," a collection of modern essays, pieces of which appeared in Vogue and The New York Times.


This week on our show we host world-famous jazz pianist, performer and raconteur Judy Carmichael, a Sag Harbor resident when she's not touring the world playing for kings and celebrities plus regular folks.

She is also the host of the NPR show "Jazz Inspired," which has been broadcast nationally for the past 20 years, featuring guests like Billy Joel, Frank Gehry, and Robert Redford.

Judy is a consummate storyteller and we discuss the jazz — or improvisational — lifestyle, and also where we each find those moments of music in our lives.


This week we'll be talking boxing, books, movies, and overcoming your fears with Golden Gloves fighter/author Pete Wood ("Confessions of a Fighter" and "The Boy Who Hit Back") and Frederick Romano (author of "The Golden Age of Boxing on Radio and Television" and "The Boxing Filmography"). Bridget dared to fisticuff with Pete, who has fought in Madison Square Garden and went 14-1, and has never been knocked out. Sok didn't.


This week our guests are guitarist and musical director extraordinaire G.E. Smith and his wife and partner, Taylor Barton, a singer-songwriter and the producer of the "Portraits" series at Guild Hall of East Hampton.
Looking forward to talking about music, with lots of fun anecdotes, but also about health and self-care -- a road that many of us don't discover until we realize that we're not 10-feet-tall and bulletproof (usually after 50!).


Our guests this week, at the beginning of Pride Month, are Walker Vreeland and Timothy McDarrah.

Walker Vreeland is an award-winning monologist and radio personality, producer, writer, actor, singer and voice-over artist. He is best known for having hosted The Afternoon Show on WBAZ out here, and as the creator and host of the podcast "Interview with the Artist," where he has interviewed such stars as Cyndi Lauper, Joy Behar, Betty Buckley, David Brenner, James Frey, Cheech Marin, Sandra Bernhard, and Jane Krakowski. He’s also been heard on WEHM. Walker is bringing his one-man show "From Ship to Shape" back to Bay Street Theater this month.

Former magazine editor and gossip columnist Timothy McDarrah is a regular on the East End. His father, Fred W. McDarrah, is the iconic photographer who captured a generation of artists in their milieu (currently at the Parrish Art Museum), but also Tim will discuss the newly re-released "Pride: Photographs after Stonewall," a book of his father's photographs.


Interviewing the incomparable Loudon Wainwright III, with guest co-host Joseph P. Shaw of the Southampton and East Hampton Press newspapers. We talked about familial relationship and dysfunction (but in a fun way), about Loudon's new Netflix film, "Surviving Twin," directed by Christopher Guest and produced by Judd Apatow, and about his upcoming show at Guild Hall of East Hampton on June 28, among other things.


You might think we're safe from human trafficking out here on the East End, but you'd be wrong. This week join Bridget and Alec and their guests, Pamela Greinke and Nicky Banks, to talk about the very real trafficking trade on Long  Island. Alec is best known for his work on "Toy Story," but he also  produced the film "I Am Jane Doe," about the efforts to halt underage sex trafficking in the U.S., and also co-wrote and co-directed an animated short, "I Am Little Red," to help schoolchildren identify  possible dangerous encounters.


Our guests this week are Meg Noonan and Gianna Volpe, two of the voices of our local NPR station. Gianna is the new morning radio host of "Heart of the East End," Monday through Friday from 9 to noon, and Meg hosts Freeform Radio on Sunday evenings from 6 to 8 PM. These two rocking, badass females will join Bridget and her co-host this week, Eric Johnson, whose father, Christian Johnson, was a DJ on WLNG, and a well-known local troubadour back in the day. We'll talk about the deep, visceral effect that music can have, and about their journeys up until now.


Guest this week, Bonnie Michelle Cannon of the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center,  talking about children, affordable housing, fundraising, and "The  Center" and its historical importance to the African American community.


This week Bridget's co-host is the always-fun Eric Lemonides from Almond Restaurant & Bar and L & W Market in Bridgehampton.

It's almost Earth Day, and it's also almost summer — seems like a good  time to talk about methods of de-stressing, centering, and honoring our  planet. We'll be discussing ways to wind down and loosen up, plus how to  stay on an even keel and keep your energy positive.

We'll be talking with Erika L Haberkorn of Harmonious Earth & Soul, an expert sound healer, yoga practitioner, and Amagansett resident, and with North Fork herbalist, beekeeper, and gardener April Alexander.


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.



Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton. 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. 


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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

Erika L Haberkorn  of Harmonious Earth & Soul, an expert sound healer, yoga practitioner, and Amagansett resident, and with North Fork herbalist, beekeeper, and gardener April Alexander.

Erika L Haberkorn of Harmonious Earth & Soul, an expert sound healer, yoga practitioner, and Amagansett resident, and with North Fork herbalist, beekeeper, and gardener April Alexander.

A great show with photojournalist and  A Taste of Cuba  author Cynthia Carris Alonso and musician  Alfredo Merat Radio Europa , talking about Cuba.

A great show with photojournalist and A Taste of Cuba author Cynthia Carris Alonso and musician Alfredo Merat Radio Europa, talking about Cuba.

Amagansett resident  Kevin McAllister , Founder and President of  DefendH2O

Amagansett resident Kevin McAllister, Founder and President of DefendH2O

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.

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.

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