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UNDER THE SURFACE is a podcast featuring in-depth conversations that reveal personal realms of experience, insight and discovery, rarely discussed out loud. The show is hosted by Amy Landau and originally broadcast live on Valley Free Radio (WXOJ Northampton, 103.3 FM) every Sunday 12 noon to 1 PM.
 
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Charles Person was one of the original Freedom Riders from 1961. At the age of only 18, he rode a public interstate bus into the segregated South with an inter-racial group of young people to challenge the persistent non-enforcement of US Supreme Court decisions which ruled that segregated public buses and other public spaces were unconstitutional.…
 
A personal reflection on the problem of being a HALF-JEW, meaning a patrilineal Jew in all its inane contradictions. But more broadly, a reflection on not quite belonging anywhere. Support Under the Surface by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/UndertheSurface Find out more at https://UndertheSurface.pinecast.co…
 
Ella Vallone, the US mail carrier for Easthampton, MA has a fan club made up of all the different people who live along her route, which happens to be her very own neighborhood. Despite the challenge of walking 13 miles a day to deliver mail to 680 houses a day, the hardship of extreme weather and the weight of heavy loads, she has found the job re…
 
Meet the embodied artist and creator of Shyanne Happens. Shyanne Happens is a life-size, living, breathing inflatable doll! A "Shyanne Happening" challenges the status quo by reclaiming the female body from the porn industry and placing it in the totally different context of climate change and gender equality activism. By dancing between the Sacred…
 
David Entin served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968. But NOT as a soldier. Instead, he worked for USAID (United States Agency for International Development) in the province of Quang Ngai where he had some of the most memorable, paradigm-shifting experiences of his life. He experienced both the beauty of the Vietnamese countryside and the horror of war …
 
Jess Batchelor shares her own experience of sexual harrassment and powerlessness in the workplace, the practicality of following guidelines for consent on college campuses, the conflict between 2nd and 3rd wave feminists on sexual expression (vs. exploitation) and the ways that we still remain blind to everyday sexism.…
 
Kamil Peters creates highly distinctive metal art work in Holyoke, MA ranging from small intricate masks to massive sculptures of animals and insects, as well as large-scale commercial installations. But his passion also lies in teaching the art of welding to young people who find themselves lost in a school system and society that renders them inv…
 
Marjory Zaik, an Easthampton, MA native, had Polish immigrant grandparents who came to the US in the 1920's and settled in the small mill town of Easthampton without knowing how to speak a word of English. In this interview, Marjory reflects on her parents' desire to transcend Easthampton as well as her own. But after 3 decades in NYC, Marjory made…
 
For the last day of 2017, I decided to look back at my life and create a solo episode on SEXISM. In particular, I reflect on my own personal experiences from childhood to adulthood. I also talk about how I internalized sexist ideas at a young age and how they formed my views on romance and the nature of "the real man." How can we break free of the …
 
When I first heard Claire Dacey perform at an open mic about two months ago at Luthier’s in Easthampton, I was enthralled by the beauty and authenticity of her voice. In this conversation, Claire discusses the path that led her to create folk music as well as her background as a naturalist and ecologist. She also treats us to four of her breathtaki…
 
Eduardo Samaniego came to the United States from Mexico with a visa at the age of 16 because he wanted to go to college and get a good education. Within a short period, he learned English and rose to the top of his HS class. But while he was a minor, he lost his legal status and was denied admission to Georgia's top colleges and ineligible for in-s…
 
Episode Notes An interview with Nancy Kissock who was courageous enough to follow her dream. She sold her home of 40+ years in the US in 2014 at the age of 73 to relocate to Paris, France! Find out about her personal journey and what it's like to make such a dramatic shift in one's life.By Amy Landau
 
A conversation with Dr. T. Stephen Jones, a Northampton resident who was an active participant in the successful World Health Organization Smallpox eradication programs in India, Bangladesh, and Somalia. He is also known as a national leader in the prevention of HIV, viral hepatitis and drug overdose among injection drug users, serving in several d…
 
An interview with my father, Sidney I. Landau, who discusses his impoverished childhood in New York City in the 1940's; his experience as a draftee in the army in Frankfurt, Germany during the Korean War; his 40 year career as an editor of dictionaries and his life as an early marathon runner in Central Park during the 1970's. (Photo shows Sidney I…
 
Episode Notes My interview with songwriter, folklorist, community music organizer and roving female banjo player, NORMA JEAN HAYNE. Her MUSIC - her singing and banjo-playing is what makes this interview really come alive. Check out the radio debut of some of her orginal songs and witness the mesmerizing purity of her voice and poetry of her lyrics.…
 
Cassandra Koutalidis discusses her childhood in Maine. She talks about looking through a window well as a 2 year old (her earliest memory), mischief at Halloween and how her older sister convinced her that a spirit lived inside a cigarette lighter! She also has a great answer to this question: if you could return to your childhood with your adult m…
 
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