Trailer Talk is a public conversation that always includes many more people during the live event than are included in the audio program. In all cases the audio program which is the secondary component of the Trailer Talk project is only a portion of the conversations shared at my mobile kitchen table. I am grateful to all of the participants during Trailer Talk both inside and outside of the trailer. Everyone who participates in Trailer Talk is important to both the live and the recorded audio event. Thanks so much to everyone for joining in on the conversations!
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The little BeeLine camper and Sabrina have so much exciting Trailer Talk weekly half hour radio shows to share with you and upcoming travels that include our continuing series, The Frack Talk Marcellus Shale Water Project on natural gas drilling, the PICNICS: Food and Fuel celebrating locally grown produce and water and a return visit to Dimock, PA. Artists from the Gulf Coast joined Sabrina, a Congressman and a Senator, a Seahorse on Stilts, a guitar playing environmental advocate, an Oil industry rep, a trailer full of Basset Hounds, an owl, recycling grandmothers, a renewable energy expert, roller derby girls in Buffalo, crime-reducing Butterflies, action artists and more. Please stay tuned for these road sessions!
Visit our project about gas drilling, fossil fuel, climate change, and environmental justice:
Trailer Talk’s Frack Talk Marcellus Shale Water Project.
We welcome your thoughts and look forward to seeing you there!
Standing Rock (11/2016)
A Sampling of Audio Pieces from the Archives
Woodstock and Beyond (8/9/10)
What impact do the sixties and the social movements have on us today and what does Woodstock mean to you? Do we still believe that we can change the world? Being on the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival is exciting and interesting as I ask why Woodstock symbolizes the dreams, desires and actions of a decade?
Shaunna Hall P-Funk Grrl (8/2/10)
Shaunna Hall is the first female guitarist to be an official member of P-Funk, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic’s band and family. Shaunna Hall has been a musician, songwriter and musical collaborator since she was a teenager. Shaunna joins me in the trailer to talk about funk and about her other projects including her band, Electrofunkadelica and share some of her music. Shaunna has written the music that is the theme music for the Trailer Talk TV episodes and her music will soon be used for the radio shows too!
Mark Ruffalo, Actor and Activist (7/28/10)
Actor, director and producer, Mark Ruffalo joins me to talk about his fight to stop unsafe natural gas drilling in NY. We talk about having made our home in the Sullivan County Catskills and the urgency to stop Fracking and the dangerous use of chemicals to extract gas in the Marcellus Shale which is destroying water and ripping apart communities wherever it’s happening. Mark talks about his connection to his neighborhood, the plight of farmers in upstate NY and the manipulation of the energy companies as they play us as they make their “play” in this land grab.
Raymond Avenue Neighborhood Garden (7/19/10)
It was a delight to spend the afternoon with Julie Burleigh in the community garden that she started on her block in the West Adams neighborhood of Los Angeles. What happens to a neighborhood when a trash filled urban vacant lot becomes a place for growing fruits and vegetables? Can a garden change a community? That afternoon sure changed me.
A Senate Race and the Marcellus Shale (7/12/10)
I speak with David Sager, Sullivan County Legislator at a fund raiser for his Senate Campaign in Bethel, NY. The threat of natural gas drilling coming into his county(Sullivan) and the devastation that loosely regulated natural gas drilling will cause is the reason he decided to enter the race. He talks about the numerous issues and the need to raise awareness about this serious threat to the quality of life, to the economy and to the water supply that the current methods of extracting gas will cause in his Catskill region and throughout New York.
Ice Carnival (1/8/10)
So the Ice Carnival is a social experiment created to distract oneself from the cold and lethargy of the Northeast Winter with festivities. Yes, I’m tired of winter already and am dreaming of Night-Blooming Jasmine and grapefruit laden trees but an Ice Carnival really is fun. In my neighborhood of the Sullivan County Catskills the Rotary Club has been hosting the Ice Carnival for fifty one years. Imagine the delight of hot chocolate against a bright blue sky, the laughter of kids twirling and falling(adults too!) on the ice, dog-sledding and sleigh rides, in addition to the crowning of the Ice Princess. So, as I get ready to put fill my wood-burning stove and settle in for the night in this 7 degree weather I’m remembering the yelping of excited sled dogs and the tall smart mules that amused me even though it’s Winter.
First American Wilderness (1/1/10)
This week’s road session: Sabrina discusses the environment with people taking action to protect it for this end of year New Years program. Sabrina speaks with environmental advocate Robert F. Kennedy, JR. about water as a most precious resource, the American legacy of the wilderness and his connection to the Catskills. Additionally, she speaks with guests about climate change, Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling and wildlife.
Congressman Maurice Hinchey also joins Sabrina to speak about protecting the environment and gas drilling at the “Barn Fest” Catskill Mountainkeeper event in Beaverkill, NY.
Congressman Maurice Hinchey
Have you ever looked in to the eyes of a tiny owl or heard that otherworldly hoot at night? I heard the song of an owl last night outside my window that was outlined by the shadow of the evergreens. It’s not often that I hear their hooting cry and only once did I see the huge still eyes of a Barn Owl looking at me from the Hemlock tree. I had the delight of having Raptor Rehabilitator, Bill Streeter and Mortimer, a Saw-whett Owl from the Delaware Valley Raptor Center join me at the kitchen table. Thank you Bill for the rescue work that you do and the appreciation and respect for wildlife that you share with us.
As I took a walk through the Liberty woods yesterday I thought about loosing this gorgeous land, these Catskills, the peace and beauty, the wild turkeys, the mink, the blue herons, the muskrats and their amazing pond lodges, the barn owl that hoots hunting at night this time of year, the solitude and mysterious power of my mountain home. What benefit do we gain from the beauty of the natural landscape and are we willing to risk it for… Drilling, property values, neighborhood depreciation, air pollution, water pollution, soil contamination, noise and light pollution, health and safety issues, increased crime and traffic congestion, wildlife mortality, loss of green space, aesthetic impacts, catastrophic accidents, lack of evacuation plans and the image of a place, city, neighborhood, home (mine & yours) as a livable location destroyed? Not according to the people joining me in their neighborhoods to protect their home.
Inside the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation public comment hearings in Loch Sheldrake, NY.
Joan Osborne (12/25/09)
This week’s road session: She rocks, sings the blues, she does jazz and even the Grateful Dead. This Kentucky born small-town girl spoke to me in Livingston Manor, NY. Her voice sang out over the Sullivan County Catskills, over the mountains and I understood why many call her, six time Grammy nominee, Joan Osborne, the Queen of Rock. Please join me in celebrating her release, Little Wild One and conversations inside the trailer with Joan Osborne about her music, motherhood, musical influences, the Catskills and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. This Christmas edition shares a song from Joan Osborne’s Christmas Album, Christmas Means Love and her story of making it.