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Bar Talk: a collection of unscripted conversations from all walks of life

What are the people saying tonight? Sit down with a new pair New Yorkers each week as they catch up at a local watering hole. Frustrations, dreams, conspiratorial musings … the night is young and at The Richardson bar, the world is bigger than ever.

The Idea

Andrew Mullen and I were seated at a bar one night when the idea came to us. As usual, we were discussing literature. The buzz kicked in. We began talking about Literature with a capital L, leaving behind the particulars of our work. We were dreaming, we were philosophizing, we were rambling. Then we abandoned literature altogether and made sure our souls were spent by the end of the night. When we asked for the check, we realized that we were curious about what kind of conversations other people might have once they reached that tipping point. People completely different from us. Would they conform to our stereotypes? Or would the universality of the human condition take over after three drinks? We set out to snatch those conversations and make a collection out of them. One that could come to represent New York City in 2022 and become an anthropological record to be consumed as both entertainment and future reference.

 

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Episodes

Bar Talk Ep. 16: Niece & Aunt Talk Meeting Indira Gandhi, Angry Indian Goddesses, Boomers’ Betrayal
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Bar Talk Ep. 16: Niece & Aunt Talk Meeting Indira Gandhi, Angry Indian Goddesses, Boomers’ Betrayal

Meet Una and Subhadra, both esteemed pioneers in their respective fields of theatre and filmmaking. Join them on this week’s BT for an epic conversational saga! An emergency meeting with Indira Gandhi, a trailblazing cigarette at the Delhi University coffeehouse, a black-and-white film about a young woman grappling with trauma, set in the remote Himalayan wilderness… Force Majeure, cow vigilantism, wokeness. All of this & more is on tap in Episode 16! Una Chaudhuri is NYU’s Dean of Humanities, as well as a professor of English, Drama, and Environmental Studies, and is a leading expert in “eco-theatre”—performances grounded in the study of ecology and the environment. Her niece Subhadra Mahajan is a Mumbai-based director and screenwriter. She co-wrote and served as First AD for Pan Nalin’s 2015 film Angry Indian Goddesses, which won the runner-up Audience Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and most recently collaborated with Nalin again on 2021’s Last Film Show, India’s official entry to the Academy Awards 2023. She is currently at work on her debut film Second Chance—coming to a theater near you soon! Follow Subhadra on IG @subs666 Follow Una on IG @unachau It's hard times out there, folks. If you've traveled the interwebs recently, you probably know, the world is ending. For the low low price of a cup of coffee, you can live on the bright side of the coming armageddon and link up with the Bar Talk satsang in the Patreon afterlife, where everybody is your friend and nobody goes thirsty. Come on down! Instagram & TikTok: @bartalkseries https://www.patreon.com/bartalkseries/ 00:00 Teaser 00:14 Intro 00:27 Gin, A Mushroom Farmer & the Start of a Glorious Career 02:49 Fly Like a Butterfly, Drink Bumblebee 04:07 A Revolutionary Cigarette 07:12 Indira Gandhi & Mahmud of Ghazni 10:28 India's Swing to the Right & Hindu Nationalism 12:49 Cow Vigilantes & Modi's Minister of Yoga 14:45 The Age of Aquarius & The Boomers Who Sold Out 17:45 Mike Bartlett's Love, Love, Love 20:22 Ancient Wisdom & The Great Derangement 22:54 No Way Out: The Evil of Capitalist Realism 23:38 Interdependence, the Gender Binary, Miss vs. Missus 25:31 Angry Indian Goddesses 29:49 From Journalist to Filmmaker 32:00 Black & White in the Himalayan Winter 34:04 Climate Change & Our Private Lives 36:13 Wokeness: A Right-Wing Conspiracy 38:45 Young, Political, Impatient & Brave Intro Song: "Brooklyn" by Glass Vaults #auntie #equalitycantwait #firstcigarette #indiragandhi #cowvigilantes #ageofaquarius #okboomer #angryindiangoddesses #secondchance #himalayasarecalling #himalayas #blackandwhitephotography #woke #wokeaf #bartalk #bartalkseries #nyc #brooklynbars #digitalart
Bar Talk Ep. 15: Two Jacks of All Trades Talk Halloween Costumes, Netflix & Chill, Too Many Plungers
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Bar Talk Ep. 15: Two Jacks of All Trades Talk Halloween Costumes, Netflix & Chill, Too Many Plungers

Meet Luis and Candace, two multi-hyphenate creative entrepreneurs who make the world seem like it's moving in slow motion. Luis, aka LuieGo aka Ugly Fernandez, is not only a prolific painter, storyteller, rapper, producer, director, and behavioral therapist; he's one of the two brains behind Forsyth Fire Escape, whose scallion pancake burritos at the Olly Olly Market in Chelsea are taking the NYC food scene by storm. Last year, at a house showing in East Village, Luis met Candace, who - as a fashion designer, tech-for-social-good entrepreneur, and corporate shark - moves at warp speed as well. An intentional, self-proclaimed master of none, she recently started an online marketplace where customers can get cash credit to spend on socially conscious brands for donating and recycling their old clothes and textiles. 🙏 Follow Luis @uglyfernandez (and check out @luiego on Spotify!) Follow Candace @candace.bethay It's hard times out there, folks. If you've traveled the interwebs recently, you probably know, the world is ending. For the low low price of a cup of coffee, you can live on the bright side of the coming armageddon and link up with the Bar Talk satsang in the Patreon afterlife, where everybody is your friend and nobody goes thirsty. Come on down! Instagram & TikTok: @bartalkseries https://www.patreon.com/bartalkseries/ 00:00 Teaser 00:14 Intro 00:30 Kids who Crush Their Halloween Costumes 01:30 What If I Want to Learn Ballet at 47 03:34 Junot Diaz's Two Kinds of Men 04:42 From Veganism to Raw Meat 07:10 Shrimp are the Cockroaches of the Ocean 10:20 I Would Eat a Dog 12:53 He's Sexy as Hell and I Haven't Eaten in Days 16:55 The Lobster from Wholesome Foods 23:58 We Bought a Plunger Today 25:55 Two Plungers is a Sin 28:18 Kill Your Five Year Plans 30:28 I Hate Halloween 31:16 Chickens are Not Cute 34:40 What Do You Drink, a Gallon of Milk a Day? 38:17 Ben & Jerry's Netflix & Chilll'd 39:55 Is Butter Dairy??? Intro Song: "Brooklyn" by Glass Vaults #forsythfireescape #streetfood #halloweencostume #bereal #rawmeatdiet #rawmeat #friedfeta #corporatestrategy #shrimprecipes #roaches #lobstertail #wholesomefood #plunging #lactoseintolerant #lactoseintolerance #butter #netflixandchill #benandjerrys
Bar Talk Ep. 14: Two Vintage Shop-Owners Talk Navigating the Eclipse, Uranium Crystal, GarfieldEats
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Bar Talk Ep. 14: Two Vintage Shop-Owners Talk Navigating the Eclipse, Uranium Crystal, GarfieldEats

Meet Hailey and Tess, two Brooklyn-based vintage store founders who found friendship through a mutual love of retro fashion and haven't looked back. Originally from Chicago, Tess studied classical music and English in college before moving to NYC and now runs her own vintage online store & pop-ups in markets around the city. A New York Native, Hailey recently graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology and founded Frank Vintage, which opened its first brick-and-mortar store in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in June 2022. Follow Hailey & Frank Vintage on IG @hailey.lemons @frank.vintage.shop Follow Tess & Booki Vintage on IG @tesskrope @bookivintage It's hard times out there, folks. If you've traveled the interwebs recently, you probably know, the world is ending. For the low low price of a cup of coffee, you can embrace the coming armageddon by joining up with the Bar Talk satsang in the Patreon afterlife, where everybody is your friend and nobody goes thirsty. Come on down! Instagram & TikTok: @bartalkseries https://www.patreon.com/bartalkseries/ 00:00 Teaser 00:20 Intro 00:36 How to Spiff Up a Vodka Soda 03:47 Business with Mom 05:20 Hustle Culture 06:30 Nanny Life & Eating It On a Scooter 09:46 Vintage Life Hacks 13:35 Fashion Made to Last 16:22 Aquarius Venus & Embracing the Eclipse 20:30 Astrology vs. The Dow Jones 21:11 A Stick Of Sage to Keep the Weirdos Away 23:19 How I Learned To Stop Worrying & Shop Uranium 25:09 The Many Mysterious of GarfieldEats 26:45 It's Not a Competition Intro Song: "Brooklyn" by Glass Vaults
Bar Talk Ep. 13: Two Tattoo Aficionadas Talk Pandemic Nursing, Nipple Piercings, Giant Squids
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Bar Talk Ep. 13: Two Tattoo Aficionadas Talk Pandemic Nursing, Nipple Piercings, Giant Squids

Meet Crys and Melissa, a tattoo artist and hospital nurse who buy ink by the barrel. They first met four years ago when Crys first started tattooing as an apprentice (she's also a professional Esports player), and the rest, should we say, is history. They've collaborated on countless pieces over the years, and Crys recently opened her own gaming-themed tattoo parlor, Cake Is A Lie, at 963 Manhattan Ave, where Melissa plans to specialize in piercings. Follow Crys on IG @snayke.tattoo & @cakeisalietattoo Follow Melissa on IG @melss_cann It's hard times out there, folks. If you've traveled the interwebs recently, you probably know, the world is ending. For the low low price of a cup of coffee, you can embrace the coming armageddon by joining up with the Bar Talk satsang in the Patreon afterlife, where everybody is your friend and nobody goes thirsty. Come on down! https://www.patreon.com/bartalkseries/ https://www.instagram.com/bartalkbk/ 00:00 Teaser 00:21 Intro 00:36 Delinquent to Daughter 02:13 Assholes & Boba Straws 04:36 Being an Asian Creator 05:50 Cultural Integrity 07:10 On the Inappropriate Use of Chopsticks 09:10 Respecting the Craft 13:41 Nobody Ever Explains Why 16:35 Mental Health in the Hospital 19:05 Staying Sane as a Pandemic Nurse 22:25 The Vulnerability of Tattooing 26:19 Beware the Nipple Piercing 30:21 The Poison Sinks to the Bottom 31:20 Harpooning Giant Squid 32:57 A Socially Acceptable Form of Cutting 33:21 Body Like a Timeline Intro Song: "Brooklyn" by Glass Vaults
Bar Talk Ep. 12: Two Grunge Musicians Talk Dear Departed, Escaping Capitalism, Anne Sexton
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Bar Talk Ep. 12: Two Grunge Musicians Talk Dear Departed, Escaping Capitalism, Anne Sexton

Meet Nick and Ivana, two up-and-coming musicians who perform under the name Hard Heaven. A few years ago, after bonding over a mutual love for karaoke, love poetry, and 90s alt rock, the two became close companions and, at the encouragement of their mutual friend Stanley, a local pharmacist and DJ, started making music. When Stanley passed in late 2021, his loss left a deep impression; for a brief while, Nick and Ivana found it difficult to get back into songwriting. After taking time to grieve, they decided that the best way to honor their friend's legacy was to keep going, and to give life to the vision he helped inspire. Follow Ivana on IG @ivanapencheff Follow Nick on IG @olsway Join the team on Patreon for a bevy of sweet perks, chill vibes, and more! All contributions are hugely appreciated. Help us spread the good word the Richardson bar has to offer. https://www.patreon.com/bartalkseries/ https://www.instagram.com/bartalkbk/ 00:00 Teaser 00:20 Intro 00:36 Capitalist Doom & The Art of Not Being Loud 02:42 Band Practice 03:26 A Bottomless Pit in All of Us 04:32 Affirmations, Alignment 06:31 Stanley's Moonshine & The Celestial Gift of Life 10:25 The Secret is to Have Fun 12:18 The Three Colours Trilogy 13:36 God in a Small City 16:17 Platonic Love / Are We Gonna Kiss? 19:19 Triggered by Sameness 24:27 The World Doesn't Need to See Your Zara Haul 25:09 Life Flashing Before Our Eyes 26:03 Anne Sexton on Shrooms Intro Song: "Brooklyn" by Glass Vaults
Bar Talk Ep. 11: Two Performance Artists Talk Activism in Kenya, Chinua Achebe, Living on Tidal Time
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Bar Talk Ep. 11: Two Performance Artists Talk Activism in Kenya, Chinua Achebe, Living on Tidal Time

Meet the wonderful Sarah Cameron Sunde and Professor Kimingichi "Kim" Wabende! An interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of performance, video, and public art, Sarah has taken the art world by storm with her collaborative, multi-continent performance piece, 36.5 / A Durational Performance With the Sea, originally conceived in response to Hurricane Sandy. In each performance, Sarah has stood in water threatened by sea-level rise for a full tidal cycle, which usually lasts 12-13 hours, with an open invitation for members of the public to participate. Since the inaugural event in 2013 in Bass Harbor, Maine, 36.5 has grown to include nine separate performances across six continents. Sarah is joined by her friend and collaborator Dr. Kimingichi Wabende, Professor of Languages and Cultures at the University of Nairobi, who helped to facilitate Sarah's 2019 36.5 performance in Bodo Inlet, Kwale, Kenya, and organized the international 36.5 event in September 2022, where core collaborators across the Netherlands, Bangladesh, Brazil, Kenya, and Aotearoa-New Zealand created relay performances events at the original sites. For more on 36.5 / A Durational Performance With the Sea, see https://www.36pt5.org/! Follow Sarah on IG @scsunde Follow Kim on IG @kimingichiwabende It's hard times out there, folks. If you've traveled the interwebs recently, you probably know, the world is ending. For the low low price of a cup of coffee, you can embrace the coming armageddon by joining up with the Bar Talk satsang in the Patreon afterlife, where everybody is your friend and nobody goes thirsty. Come on down! https://www.patreon.com/bartalkseries/ https://www.instagram.com/bartalkbk/ 00:00 Teaser 00:33 Intro 00:49 36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea 02:32 Live-ness, Co-presence & Zoom 05:04 A Changing Climate / Old New York 08:32 Small Decisions & Big Decisions 09:27 Drinks 11:27 The Oral Tradition & Pushing the Boundaries of Performance 13:24 Chinua Achebe's “The Feast in the Sky" 18:14 Experimental Theater & Commercialism 20:23 Art & Activism 25:06 Mbiti's Conceptualization of Time 26:58 Getting Back in Touch with Water 29:17 Drinking Buusa 31:07 Slowing Down & Paying Attention 32:09 Shark Sense, Celestial Navigation & 36.5 35:09 Living on Tidal Time Intro Song: "Brooklyn" by Glass Vaults
Bar Talk Ep. 10: Sommelier and Software Engineer Talk Wine Snobs, Green Cards, and TikTok
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Bar Talk Ep. 10: Sommelier and Software Engineer Talk Wine Snobs, Green Cards, and TikTok

Meet Eun Hee (right) and Cat (left), two non-American friends who met in a very New York way, at a random housewarming party in the Lower East Side. Eun Hee is a Korean-Mexican who just became a Sommelier after becoming certified through the Court of Master Sommeliers. She does freelance on the side as a graphic designer while training with the opening team for an anticipated restaurant opening in the Rockefeller Center. She's also crushing on TikTok where she posts stylized weekly updates of her life as a somm. Cat is a South African who has worked as a software engineer at Amazon for the last 3 years. When she's not typing away at her keyboard, she jams out on her other keyboard under her stage name Good Girl Jane. She's also a classically trained flutist. She's currently working with two producers, one based in NYC and then other in LA. Then she circles back to her laptop keyboard as a writer to post on her blog, Cat Sends Things to the Internet Ether. Cat and Eun always joke about how they’re normally the first people to show up for an event. They were the first to arrive at that house party and have watched each other grow through their mid to late twenties. Follow Eun Hee on IG or on TikTok @ehkwnn Follow Cat @mscatherine_lin on IG or her blog at https://into-the-internet-ether.squarespace.com/blog It's hard times out there, folks. If you've traveled the interwebs recently, you probably know, the world is ending. For the low low price of a cup of coffee, you can embrace the coming armageddon by joining up with the Bar Talk satsang in the Patreon afterlife, where everybody is your friend and nobody goes thirsty. Come on down! https://www.patreon.com/bartalkseries/ https://www.instagram.com/bartalkbk/ 00:00 Teaser 00:34 Intro 00:50 Mayhap a Génépy drink with Neversink? 02:32 First day on the job as a sommelier 04:03 TikTok: passing the somm exam 04:37 Mean comments on TikTok & making assumptions 06:34 Wine is like crack 08:53 Cat's musical spark, teetering on obsessive. 10:16 "I know nothing about wine," says the somm 11:42 "maybe I should do an MFA or something" 12:42 Meshing different skills to create TikTok videos 14:31 Diluting drinks 15:20 Green Cards and the anxiety of being an alien 19:21 Gets tricky to make new friends as you get older 20:05 The narcissist at the bar last night 21:45 Unfulfilled tech people need to travel to fill a void? 22:49 10 finance bros on the subway 25:12 Working with two very different music producers 30:31 I remember you used to write 32:18 You should start a TikTok Intro Song: "Brooklyn" by Glass Vaults
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