A Small American City
By Duncan Crary
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A Small American City podcast is a project by author Duncan Crary. It aims to re-acquaint listeners with small city life in North America through the voices, stories, history and urban fabric of his home city of Troy, New York. The program features spoken-word essays and intimate conversations with a cast of characters who bring this unusual Hudson River settlement to life. This is not a news program. It is not a talk show. It is a passport into the lives of the people who inhabit a place. You are a welcome eavesdropper. And so at first, you may be unfamiliar with and disoriented by some of the names you hear along the way. We won’t always clarify things for you. But like any newcomer to our town, you will get to know all the players over time, if you keep showing up. So belly up to the bar with us. Put your cell phone in your pocket. Let a different sort of exchange nestle in.
||CleanSAC #08: Lawyers' Row||TROY, N.Y. -- They say history doesn't actually repeat. But it does rhyme. Duncan Crary and Troy Attorney E. Stewart Jones Jr. share a legacy that binds them to one of America's most notorious Prohibition Era Gangsters, Jack "Legs" Diamond. Crary's...||7/3/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSAC #07: Reclamation||TROY, N.Y. -- It's been almost 10 years since Vic Christopher, 37, and Heather La Vine, 35, landed in Troy. They came here to recharge a minor league baseball team. But they fell in love with the city and with each other. Their "office" romance was...||4/1/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSAC #06: James Connolly||TROY, N.Y. -- In 1916, James Connolly led the Easter Rising in Dublin, which eventually resulted in the creation of the Irish Republic we know today. He was a freedom fighter, a husband and a socialist labor organizer. Connolly lived in Troy, N.Y....||3/17/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSAC #03: enjoy troy.||TROY, N.Y. -- When you first arrive in Troy, you can't avoid seeing it. A playful sticker placed here and there. A black and white oval, with happy little lowercase lettering that says "enjoy troy." This "meme" has spread all over town. But for a long...||1/20/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitSAC #02: Peter The Carpenter||TROY, N.Y - As a carpenter, Peter Albrecht has built many of the "third places" in Troy, where the people come to life when they are out on the town. But as a barroom Socrates, he holds his own with Ph.D's, crack heads and all strata in between. He is...||12/27/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||ExplicitSAC #01: The Night Jack Quit Drinkin'||TROY, N.Y. - It's been a long time since novelist Jack Casey had his last drink. But they say Troy stands for "Tell Right On You," and some locals in this place still spin yarns about those wild days before this reformed bohemian novelist took the...||12/27/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSAC #00: Pilot (feat. James Howard Kunstler)||TROY, N.Y. - For many Americans, "The City" only refers to New York City, or one of the other major metroplexes in the country with populations in the millions. But North America is filled with smaller cities that were once just as lively, if only at...||12/27/2012||Free||View In iTunes|
A pleasant irony
It is a pleasant irony that 'A Small American City' is a podcast about the charms of Troy, New York, when, in fact, one of the charms of Troy is this podcast. Although I could be one of those people who misuses the word irony.
Really great stuff
This is a very well done podcast. Interesting topics and fascinating characters. It inspired me to pay a visit to Troy when I was in Albany for work a few months ago!
Troy comes alive!
As in his previous stint at the KunstlerCast, Duncan is at his passionate and entertaining best when touting Troy. He's got me convinced, it's the place to be in the 21st Century.