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

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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.

2018 on 88.3 WPPB FM

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.

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. 

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.

Latest episode of Sundays On The East End with Rachel Stephens from Sweet Woodland Farm.

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

Bridget LeRoy interviewing Alec Baldwin | Photo by Lisa Tamburini

Bridget LeRoy interviewing Alec Baldwin | Photo by Lisa Tamburini