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Scarlet Passage is a podcast of sketch comedy and interviews done in the style of a 1940's radio suspense program. Performed by: Kelly Bolton, Caroline Neff, Brad Helm, Tony St. Clair written/produced/Edit: Brad Helm Art Work: Brad Oexeman Special Thanks: Columbia College Chicago, James Chafin, Brandon Campbell, Lacy Campbell, Dark Eyed Strangers, Brad Coxswain, Hansum Products
 
Denise Aquino and Patricia Destine are two women of color who are dedicated to promoting diversity within the sport of rowing. Both are former rowers turned coxswains turned coaches in the sport. Together they have almost 25 years of experience on the erg, at regattas, in the launch, or at the boathouse. No stranger to navigation or microphones, these former coxswains amplify what it’s like to navigate the topic of race within the white-dominated sport of rowing. Like most bodies of water, t ...
 
Patricia Carswell, aka Girl on the River, loves to row and loves to talk, so it makes sense that in her podcast she'll be chatting to guests from all around the rowing and sporting world about anything and everything to do with rowing. Always informal, occasionally silly, sometimes serious, often informative, she delves into questions such as how athletes become champions, how to promote diversity in sport, the secret to staying alive on an ocean, how to improve your erg score and what to do ...
 
Get ready to whiten those knuckles and hold fast as we get underway to talk with Coast Guard veterans about the most daring, dangerous, and epic sea stories ever told. Whether facing ruthless men who prey on other mariners or storms that turn calm seas into graveyards, those who go down to the sea and cast off lines enter the most challenging and dangerous environment on earth. Only here will you hear their stories and the lessons gained through their experience. Support this podcast: https: ...
 
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S2 Ep.1 Welcome back to Girl on the River for Season 2 – it’s so good to be back! I’m absolutely thrilled to bring you the first episode in my new season – an interview with Adrian Ellison, who coxed the 4+ to a gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles (the first of five gold medals for crew member Steve Redgrave). Adrian is a brilliant …
 
Before I go any further, I want to say something to my male listeners. This episode is for you, too. If you're a male coach working with female athletes, it's an absolute must-listen, but even if you're not, assuming you have a wife or a mother or a daughter or a sister or a female friend, or if you belong to a club where there are female athletes,…
 
This episode is one that was especially thrilling to make, as it was the first one I actually recorded face to face – out in the open, hence the background sound of the river rushing by and the birds singing. Which is really appropriate as my guest, Angela Jones, spends almost as much time in the river as on dry land. Angela is a wild swimming spec…
 
Ep. 18 In the final episode of Season 1, I'm delighted to bring you the umpires of this year's Boat Races. It's a particularly historic year for the Boat Races, for two reasons. First of all, it's not being held on the Thames, as it usually is, but instead in Ely on the Great Ouse (partly for covid reasons and partly because Hammersmith Bridge is s…
 
Ep.17 Ian Rivers has spent his life seeking adventure. From a childhood he describes as "feral" right through his career in the SAS, he's always looked for the next challenge, and his life hasn't been short of incident. He's sailed oceans and climbed mountains, been kidnapped in Syria (and escaped, using just the natural world to help him navigate …
 
Ep.16 It's very apt that I should have the amazing Pete Reed on the show this week, as things are really ramping up for the Race the Thames challenge which starts on 22nd March. Pete is front and centre of the fundraising, alongside his former crewmate Andy Triggs Hodge (who I interviewed a few weeks ago here) with his Paravengers team. For those w…
 
Ep 15. One of the things I miss most about rowing is the post-rowing chat over coffee, where we just shoot the breeze about rowing, interspersed with plenty of gossip, a bit of serious discussion and a lot of silliness. Which is exactly what this episode is all about. Rachel Freedman and Tara Morgan are passionate rowers and rowing coaches. They're…
 
This year is a year like no other, and for the first time in its history, the Women's Head of the River Race, or WEHoRR, is being held over Zoom, on rowing machines, spin bikes and other variations on the theme. In this bite-sized episode I explain everything you need to know about how it's going to work and how to get involved #NotWehorr2021 If yo…
 
Ep. 14 This week is Eating Disorders Awareness Week, so I was absolutely thrilled that Dr Carolyn Plateau was able to join me on the podcast. Carolyn is a senior lecturer in sport psychology at Loughborough University. She has a particular specialism in eating disorders and disordered eating in the athlete population and has developed an online tra…
 
Ep.13 I'm still pinching myself that yet another rowing legend has come on the podcast. This time it was my honour to welcome Andrew Triggs Hodge - three-time Olympic champion, multiple World Champion and Boat Race winner. Despite his incredible rowing prowess, Andy is ridiculously modest (and really good fun) and we had a great chat. We talked abo…
 
Ep.12 What a joy it was to have Eira Parry on the podcast! A former GB Rowing coach, teacher, founder of High Performance Parenting and stepmother to an Olympic athlete, Eira has seen the life of young athletes from all sides and has so much wisdom to share with anyone involved in the lives of young athletes, whether as coaches or as parents. She h…
 
*Trigger warning * this episode contains discussion of mental health problems and suicide. This is by far the most significant episode I've broadcast to date. Not because my guest is a household name - in fact you probably haven't heard of him. Nor because he's had a stellar career - he's a 17-year-old school student (although he has wisdom and ins…
 
Ep.10 Steven Dowd insists he's just an ordinary guy. But once you've listened to this episode, I think you'll agree that he has shown himself capable of extraordinary resilience in the face of monumental challenges. Hit by a spinal cord injury at the age of just 37, he has used it as an opportunity for growth and connection. Oh, and he also has the…
 
Ep 9. The more I talk to elite rowers and coxes, the more I understand the importance that sport psychology plays in creating the best performances both on and off the river. That's why I was so delighted when expert in sport psychology, Chris Shambrook, agreed to come on the podcast. We had a fascinating chat, covering: Chris's path into sport psy…
 
Ep 8. Most of us have done a little bit of charity fundraising at some point in our lives - we've maybe run a 5K or given up alcohol for a few weeks or completed an erg challenge. Most of us haven't raised £42 million for charity. My guest this week, the amazing Bernie Hollywood OBE, has done just that alongside an incredibly demanding career as a …
 
Ep 7. I wanted to start the year with a really special guest, and my goodness, that's what I've got for you! Frances Houghton MBE has represented GB in rowing at five Olympic Games. She has won three Olympic silver medals, four World Championship gold medals and one European title. She's also an incredibly thoughtful person who's collected an amazi…
 
#043 - Denise Aquino and Patricia Destine are respectively the Founder and CEO of Rowing in Color. In this episode, listen to them reflect on 2020, answer questions from the RIC community, and talk about what's in store for 2021. In this episode, we talked about: Reflecting on 2020 Questions submitted via Instagram Plans for Rowing in Color in 2021…
 
Ep 6. In the final episode of 2020, you're the interviewer! Girl on the River answers questions sent in by listeners, turning her mind to issues such as her best moments of 2020 (and yes, there were some!) and how she'd spent £10,000 on the sport of rowing. The rowing kit people I mention are Queen B Athletics - my all time favourite women's kit! T…
 
Ep 5. I promised you a special guest for the Girl on the River Christmas Special, and my goodness, I've delivered. In an exceptionally feel-good episode, four-time Olympic champion and Celebrity Masterchef finalist, Sir Matthew Pinsent, joins me to talk about: The ups and downs of 2020 Pinsent family Christmas traditions Being defined by rowing Loo…
 
If you had to select an 8+ out of biscuits, what would they be and in what order? This was the fiendishly difficult question put to Girl on the River when she invited questions for her Ask Me Anything episode. So huge was the topic, she decided it merited an episode all of its own. After extensive testing, seat racing and public consultation, as we…
 
Ep 4. How did you sleep last night? If you ever have a bad night's sleep, this episode is for you! James Wilson, aka The Sleep Geek, is a sleep expert and an advocate for poor sleepers, who works with everyone from governments to football teams, helping people like you and me get a better night's sleep. He firmly believes that there's loads anyone …
 
Do you lean back too far at the finish? Or overreach at the catch? Girl on the River does both! At just 5'3" she suffers from Small Rower Syndrome which makes her compensate for her height with both of these faults. In this bite-sized mini-episode Girl on the River discusses some top tips and tricks to stop her from doing both of these things, whic…
 
#042 - Jorlui Sillau is a mental health professional based in New York City with experience rowing through a veterans rowing program. In this episode, we talked about: How can we better respond to microaggressions [6:51] Ask clarifying questions (and why) [8:00] An example of how to respond [11:49] Nonverbal microaggressions [15:00] Fear of Retalia…
 
Ep 3. Sue Anstiss is not one of those people who spent 2020 sitting around making sourdough and eating banana bread (though I'm guessing she'd approve of leaping around doing PE with Joe). Instead, she's been busy working towards a world where women's sports are treated equally and girls and women throw themselves into exercise and sport with enthu…
 
In a bite-sized mini episode, in advance of the British Rowing Indoor Championships, Girl on the River talks about: Where to watch the BRIC Entering the League if you haven't signed up for BRIC Warming up with Jess Eddie Making a race plan (including some wisdom from Sir Matthew Pinsent) BRIC is being streamed live on the British Rowing website her…
 
#041 - Jennifer Fitz-Roy is a black PR2 rower at the Community Rowing, which is also the USRowing Para Training Center. In this episode, we talked about: What PR2 means and what classifications of pararowing there are [2:18] How she got into rowing [9:02] The one person who convinced her she didn’t belong in the sport [15:15] Race [ ] Colorism [ ] …
 
Ep 2. Why would anyone row the Atlantic, risking sharks, jellyfish, storms and waves the size of a house? And why, in particular, would a 50-something lady with a rare form of pneumonia take on such an extreme challenge? Could it be a cunning plan to avoid a season of erg tests or is there more to it than that? In this second episode, Girl on the R…
 
#040 - Michael D. Green is of Jamaican descent and a Senior heavyweight rower at Dartmouth College. In this episode, we talked about: How he got into rowing [4:18] His thoughts on authenticity [13:22] Michael’s insight on access-related inequities as a result of program cuts on diversity within rowing [16:32] Advice for younger rowers of color [21:…
 
Ep 1. In the very first interview of the podcast, I'm joined by the fabulous coxswain, Zoe de Toledo - super-cox, Olympic silver medalist, World Champion, Boat Race survivor, medical student, coxing educator and mince pie connoisseur. She's someone I've wanted to meet for years, and she totally lived up to expectations. We had a great chat about al…
 
Former MK Jim Morphew talks a near decade of service on the Gulf Coast, two tours at one of the service’s least requested duty stations in Grand Isle, Louisiana; interdicting tons of marijuana in the opening days of the War on Drugs; the sights, sounds, and emotions of the mass migration from Cuba known as the Mariel Boatlift; cruising aboard a pro…
 
#039 - Beata Coloyan and Jasmine Howard coached the Boston Latin School Rowing team to a nationally competitive public school team. As coaches of color themselves, both have worked to make the teams’ demographic make up match the percentage of students of color at the school. In this episode, we talked about: How have various experiences impacted y…
 
Introducing Girl on the River, the Podcast! This trailer tells you everything you need to know about the podcast and when and where to find it. At Girl on the River, the Podcast, I'm going to be chatting to guests from all around the rowing and sporting world about anything and everything to do with rowing. Guests will include Olympians, Atlantic r…
 
#038 - Diego Baugh is a Senior on the Stanford Men’s Rowing Team and alumn of Saugatuck Rowing Club. In this episode, we talked about: How Diego got into rowing [4:13] What Diego brought up that has never been brought up before on the Rowing in Color podcast [9:50] Times he witnessed racism in rowing [13:07] How have coaches addressed instances of …
 
Vice Admiral William “Dean” Lee (Ret.) talks the most impactful case of his 36 year career - the courageous effort to save a life from inside a capsized fishing vessel hull, the most important lesson learned from seven tours as a commanding officer, group versus sector organization, servant leadership, and the importance of humility. --- Support th…
 
#037 - Kyley Jones is a black rower who just finished a 7-year rowing career rowing at UC San Diego. She shares powerful insight on inclusion, intersectionality, and community through her anthropological lens. With mere days before the 2020 election and days just following another murder of a black man, her words are what we need to hear right now.…
 
Commander Steve Love (Ret) talks 34 years of active service, his first patrol out of basic training aboard CGC Cherokee, white knuckling the helm and being lashed to the mast during the search for a distressed sailboat in a hurricane force storm, deploying as a cutter swimmer to rescue the crew of a downed Navy mine sweeping helicopter, searching f…
 
#036 - Eva Walker Outlaw is a breast cancer survivor and African American rower at an organization called Recovery on Water. In this episode, we talked about: Eva’s diagnosis [2:26] When Recover on Water came into her life [28:12] Benefits of rowing [30:32] Her experience with subtle racist moments in rowing [31:22] Another reason why visibility is…
 
#035 - During Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month we invited many members to join for a group conversations relating to the Latinx/Hispanic-American rowing experience. This is one of those conversations. In this episode, we talked about: How they got into the sport How language has played a part in the boathouse Code switching Giving away your own cultu…
 
BOSN Erin Stapleton (Ret) talks service as the Sailmaster aboard the Tall Ship Eagle during a crossing of the Atlantic, recovering a man overboard under sail, training and mentoring Academy cadets underway, qualifying as a diver in the early days of the service’s program, diving on piers and ships in support of the port security and drug interdicti…
 
#034 - Hannah Diaz is a Peruvian American coxswain and the only recruited person of color on the openweight women’s team at Princeton University. In this episode, we talked about: Advice for high school coxswains who are aspiring to be recruited for college [4:12] Hannah’s flex [12:35] Her experience as a biracial person [13:12] What a non-Spanish …
 
Boatswain Kurt Strauch (Ret.) talks Coast Guard firefighting, including the rescue of a commercial fishing crew aboard an 80 foot scalloper on fire off Montauk, New York, the massive effort to save a 180 foot freighter on fire in the Florida Straits, saving the Cutter Gallatin after a fire broke out in dry dock, and extinguishing flames aboard the …
 
#033 - Camila and Isa Shana Darvin are both sisters and rowers for the University of Wisconsin. Camila is a Freshman rower on the lightweight women’s team while Isa is a Senior on the openweight women’s team. In this episode, we talked about: What hooked them into rowing [6:09] Experiences being Latina on a collegiate rowing team [9:17] Moments of …
 
#032 - Manny Valentin is the Head Boys’ Rowing Coach at Saratoga Rowing Association and identifies as an American with Puerto Rican lineage. In this episode, we talked about: How he identifies [1:22] Books Manny recommends for fellow Americans with Puerto Rican heritage [7:48] How Manny got into rowing [9:24] Advice for younger coaches [14:45] What…
 
Former ME2 Zach Snavely talks surviving recruit training with Phil after both enlisted in West Virginia, striking Boatswain’s Mate, service as a coxswain on the northern border at Station Niagara, how the loss of a boat crew created a lasting culture of ownership, a faint cry for help that led to a lifesaving case, running Deck Force aboard Cutter …
 
Part I. Retired Chief Aviation Survival Technician (ASTC) Claude Morrissey talks his first case as a rescue swimmer, saving fishermen washed from a jetty during Hurricane Claudette, refining his greeting to survivors, flying hundreds of miles into the Atlantic to rescue the crew of a demasted luxury catamaran, earning a rescue swimmer T-shirt, life…
 
Former Quartermaster Chris Campbell talks being recalled to the CGC Sedge in the midst of a violent winter storm in an effort to save the crew of a foundering fishing vessel off the Alaskan coast, the effort to clear ice and keep the cutter afloat, an inspiring speech from his CO explaining why Coast Guard crews have to go out, ATON, mailing beards…
 
Justin Farina is a high school Phy Ed teacher by trade as well as a high performance indoor rower with multiple podium finishes at the World and Virtual World Indoor Rowing Championships. Having found rowing through Cross-Fit, Justin's success and experience has come without any exposure to the on-the-water aspect of our sport. In this episode we e…
 
Chief Boatswains Mate Steve Denning (Ret.) talks the nighttime race to rescue nineteen people, fourteen of them children, from a capsized boat at the entrance to the port of Los Angeles/Long Beach, the struggle to conduct a search beneath an overturned hull, commanding a Coast Guard station as its Officer in Charge, rescuing and repatriating dozens…
 
Bruce Smith is the CEO and Founder of Hydrow. His company and its flagship product the Live Outdoor Reality Rower are quickly becoming a mainstay in a market long-dominated by Concept 2. As Executive Director of Community Rowing, Bruce led the nation's largest rowing organization in realizing its mission of rowing for all. He helped drive the fundr…
 
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