While we've been mourning the close of our former WDEK podcast home, the HiFi Bar we are excited to host our first show of 2018 at Caveat, a new speakeasy space in LES which showcases "intelligent nightlife." Yeah, we know what you are thinking.  Let us be delusional for a little while, will you? Christian and Shonali discuss good (not so good depending on who you are talking to) times had at the MLK tribute at BAM, the NYC Women's march and Barry's Bootcamp. Below is the pic we shared of Christian from the Women's March during the show.  Our first guest is New York Times reporter Melena Ryzik.  Melena is a bad ass NYC bicylist.  Find out why she had to get fingerless gloves.  Melena is a journalist at the forefront of covering the MeToo movement and sexual harassment in the entertainment world (Louis CK, Russell Simmons.)  We get into it.  Christian says he wants to listen .... let's see how long. 

Our second guest is a Russian Hacker* Eugeny Smith who happened to be in our audience during the show just as Shonali suspected.  He not only confesses to reading Shonali's emails but he reads them to the world. So embarrassing.  

Our third guest is multi instrumentalist, composer, producer, visual artist Emily Wells.  Emily's work is stunning.  She describes growing up with a Music Minister father, building a world around her during her performance, choreographer Pina Bausch and her love of what she does. Purchase Emily's music asap!  Emily performs two songs for us at the end of the show. 

Uta Seibicke joins us for Get It Off Your Chest!  Man of The Woods, adults charmed by their young children's bathroom breaks, and the subway are our topics of conversation.

Our last guest is Danielle Gray, former Obama Cabinet Secretary and Senior Adviser to President Obama. Kudos to her for making it to the show on what was for her a very tough night (listen to Ep to find out why.)  Danielle tells us what is was like for her working at the White House. She also gives us some insight as to how during this past year she stays focused on causes she believes in and stays a good distance from social media.  Have you heard of 3 Card Monte? Danielle a real New Yorker knows what it is.  

Our Russian Hacker is played by Alan Yaspan. 

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Episode 56 is a momentous occasion, with the news that HiFi will close at the end of October 2017, this is the last time we will tape our show in our beloved home space.  Currently we are looking for another home and expect to return to a new space live in front of an audience in January of 2018. Christian & Shonali open the show with quality conversation about bunions, butts and adult day care. Our first guest is lawyer, environmental activist and national carryout bag expert Jennie Reilly Romer.  After helping San Francisco and Los Angeles enact laws on plastic bag policy, Jennie moved to New York with the mission of doing the same thing here.  She came really close!  Jennie explains why these thin plastic bags are so problematic, what we can do to help (plasticbaglaws.org); who is lobbying against the policy and how Christian did the wrong thing by putting the plastic bags in the recycling bin.  We salute Jennie on her work and look forward to her to running for New York City Council! Go Jennie.   With the news that HiFi will close at the end of October, we are excited celebrate the man who created this safe haven for indie rock n roll bands in the mid 90's, East Village neighbors in the 2000's  and podcasters and comedians in the late 2010's.  Here is a special interview with the owner of HiFi (formerly the legendary East Village rock club Brownies) Mike Stuto.  Find out about Mike's time as a club owner who had do idea what he was doing. There were good times (David Bowie, Debbie Harry, Mel Brooks) and bad (Sugar Ray, Milemarker) but Mike has always managed to this day to bring together a community that is heavily indebted to him for giving them a space to create, learn, unite, celebrate and collaborate.   After listening quiz: What band made Mike want to work in rock n' roll?  Our final guest is Grammy nominated singer and storyteller Chaney Sims.  Like Mike, Chaney is a native New Yorker and the East Village was her playground.  She is the daughter of a great blues musician, Bill Sims Jr. with whom she performs with in the Grammy Nominated Heritage Blues Orchestra.  Her recent solo performance of songs written from her Haiku 365 project at Joe's Pub was with a string orchestral accompaniment by Root Stock Republic.  The performance will be released as a live album recording soon. Listen to Chaney blow you away with her performances of Leadbelly's Go Down, Old Hannah and Nina Simone's C-Line Woman.  Have a great rest of the year and until our next show, do yourself a favor and binge on the many earlier episodes of We Don't Even Know.   

Direct download: WDEK_Ep._56.mp3
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Welcome back Christian! The news today bummed us out to no end so we had to talk about it.  Christian went to Haiti and all he brought back was the Missing Key Story.  Our first guest is comedian, writer and Employee of the Month talk show host Catie Lazarus.  Catie is an expert on germs in the gym. Christian is one on airplane germs.  Catie grew up in DC with a Public Policy White House advisor father and a peace activist brother. Find out how a doctoral student becomes the "funniest resident of NYC."  Shonali and leftovers don't go well together. Comedian George Gordon is from Virginia. He currently supports his comedy by bartending. What makes a great bar patron? Comedian Doug Stanhope changed George's life. He's good at doing a "tight five." #GetItOffYourChest is back with audience member and former WDEK guest Alan Yaspan! Our last guest is musician Lori Scacco.  Lori and Shonali are old friends who both started their music careers in Atlanta, Georgia. Lori currently has many musical ongoing projects including her own music which she calls "highly orchestrated computer music" and her collaborations such as Storms.  She recently composed music for the Joyce Theater Ballet Festival for dancer Gemma Bonds.  We discuss creative identity, Atlanta, family and the legendary Clermont Lounge.  Lori has an upcoming live show in October. You must go! We play an excerpt from the ballet called The Giving and the first song on her full length Storms album called Wolves and Bells

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Ep. 41 - Starlee Kine, Janeane Garofolo & Mark Nadler - March 29, 2016

It's March and 2016 is full in effect.  Christian and Shonali get some serious things off their chests.  The Man Bun (more like a Man Bud) phenomenon sweeping the country irritates Shonali.  An audience member explains the origin of the man bud hair-do came from. Christian is heckled at his own dinner party. By the way the heckler is back!  Christian talks tupperware.  Our first guest, Starlee Kine, is the creator and host of the #1 iTunes podcast Mystery Show. Starlee in her best vintage NBC wear teaches us so many things.   Starlee explains what "normcore" is for Shonali's mom in Nashville. She also gives great advice for anyone expecting to make a tv appearance.  We want to "ship" two people together. Dennis from Ticketmaster in Texas, please contact us  - we are all looking for you. Our next guest, comedian and actress Janeane Garofolo has a new backpack.  We talk about purchasing presentable pieces of clothing, AARP and Chris Christie's curves.  Flat front vs pleats.  Christian gets his Janeane -  Fight Club and Scream stories all wrong.  Janeane thinks she was foolish for being interviewed by Bill O'Reilly five times. What are your feelings on James Spader and gentrification?  Our final guest is the multi-talented pianist, comedian, cabaret entertainer & actor Mark Nadler.  Mark comes from Iowa and started to perform professionally at the age of 10.   Although he almost had a heart attack when he saw Shonali's little plastic keyboard, he manages to play some of his wonderful music for our audience. One of Mark's greatest musical influences is not a person but an animated character.  Guess who?  In addition to playing at HiFi on a shitty keyboard on Avenue A, Mark has played in Carnegie Hall on a 10ft long gigantic piano.  Check out Mark's PBS specialE or see Mark live in person at his monthly gig at Pangea in the East Village.   Thanks to all of you for listening! Our next show is Wednesday, April 20th! Until then enjoy all of our episodes on Facebook,  Tumblr, iTunes and Stitcher Radio.

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Ep. 27: Phoebe Robinson, Joe Celej, Sarah Dooley and Sefa, the Podcast Crasher

Tis the season to go to a Haunted House and discuss all things scary. Shonali has a tough time with one-liners that aren't funny. Christian has a hard time with compliments.  Yeah, we don't even know. Our special guests are comedian Phoebe Robinson, dancer Joe Celej, musician Sarah Dooley and a special surprise guest - Sefa, the Podcast Crasher.  Phoebe discusses paying dues, soap making, Blaria, freelance writing and exactly why African American women pat their hair.   Dancer Joe Celej, started tap dancing as a 3 year old and has danced with his most recent dance company for 9 years.  He has met the squirrel whisperer, introduces us to Leomy the street dancing sensation, and explains the "Death Drop."  During our Halloween Trivia segment, a gentleman stood up and started giving feedback on WDEK.  His name is Sefa, the Podcast Crasher.  Shonali was kind enough to invite him to the stage.  Christian was semi entertained. We found out he is a comic, who spends lots of time at UCB.  His favorite diner is Neptune's in Astoria.  Our final guest was musician and comedic actress Sarah Dooley!  Life after graduation for Sarah has included coaching sports for babies and issuing her first full length album "Stupid Things."  She sings "Watching Goonies At My House" and "Stupid Things." Buy her album now! Enjoy!  

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WDEK Rewind - Ep. 4 Highlights with Kenny Lienhardt

Kenny Lienhardt is a one of a kind individual!  He's the legendary soundman of the Bowery Ballroom for 14 years.  He is the host of the Urban Angler public access fishing show for 10 years.  He was the front man of the death metal band Black Virgin in the mid 80's and he was the producer of Tigers & Monkeys' recent full-length release "The Animals Will Forgive Us Again" and co-produced "Loose Mouth".  He is a character that you never forget.  He was recently celebrated in the Jan 3, 2014  Village Voice and since we are still talking about how much we enjoyed having him as one of our first WDEK guests, we wanted to share some of the highlights from his visit to the WDEK Studio in Sept. 2012. In case you missed it or want to hear it again - enjoy!  Some of the language is offensive, so turn down while listening.  Sorry mom.

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Episode 20:  Shalewa Sharpe - December 11, 2013

The trees, the lights, the people, the shopping ....ugh!  Shonali has a new look.  Marcellus Hall just had a release party and his Afterglow CD is available on Band Camp.  Christian calls Shonali "perky."   Holiday angst on the subways and streets of New York.  Gift giving is not so easy.  Christian uses the term "viral vids."  Tigers & Monkeys have a new CD, The Animals Will Forgive Us Again coming out January 7, 2014.  Episode 20 guest, Shalewa Sharpe is all about gift receiving this year.  Christian calls Shalewa "perky."  Some people are bold and break into millionaire's homes and throw parties. Some are even bolder and steal snow leopards.  Shonali understands animal facial expressions. Did you see the fake sign language translator on the Mandela Memorial? Shalewa is a rising comedian, former adult video store clerk and a new New York transplant from Atlanta. There are some surprises to working in an adult video store.  Long ago, Shalewa shared a very important video with Shonali. Shalewa had low expectations of her comedy career when she arrived to New York.  Lots of comedians talk about their junk.  Dad's stop understanding their daughters after they turn 9.  Justin and Shonali are going to Minneapolis for a free Sardines Out of A Canscreening party at Varsity Theater, Wednesday, December 18th at 7:30pm.  Shalewa is at The Creek and The Cave, December, 16th in Long Island City for Caught On Tape.  Deerhunter is a great band from Atlanta.  Here is their awesome video Back To The Middle.  Happy Holidays!  Don't let your family get to you!  

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Episode 19:  Jeffrey Gamblero - November 4, 2013

Happy Halloween! Happy Diwali!  Happy November!  Shonali just got her tooth drilled at the dentist office.  Tooth ash was spewing everywhere. Christian was beligerant on Halloween, not just beligerant, but the Beligerant Yogi. Pictures are up on our FB page.  Christian's landlord took his family on vacation to Burning Man and we're not judging. Christian, Shonali, Justin and special guest Jeffrey Gamblero have never been to Burning Man, so we don't even know.  Bathroom attendants are a thing of the past, thank goodness.  It's always so awkward. Christian ponders whether its the noises or the smell that would be the worst  Have you seen the Jumbotron at Barclays Center during a Nets game?  If so you definitely saw our Ep. 19 guest up there!  Our "Uber" guest is Jeffrey Gamblero, a super fan of Brooklyn Nets, former professional poker player, graffitti writer, artist and current Lofty Goals NYC art collective partner.  There is a viral meme out now with him on it regarding the Nets win over the Heat.  Jeffrey did not have gambling groupies while he gambled.  His beautiful wife to be, Kristi Evans, with the beautiful hair, is his partner in Lofty Goals.  Jeffrey and Kristi will be hosting interactive art shows - ie. gambling for art.  Our special music comes from Four Tet, a song called Parallel Jalebi in honor of Shonali's newlywed friends.  

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Episode 16:  Dakota Hall, Justin's 16 Year Old Brother - July 20, 2013

Happy Heatwave to all of you.  Christian and Shonali discuss the unique New York City sights, sounds and smells that happen during a week long scorching heatwave.  Our latest episode is brought to you from Justin's apartment in Bushwick recorded live in front of a studio audience; Justin's mom- Dorie, Dad - Mark, and little brother Dakota who happens to be our special guest this episode.  Krissy Chula has a meltdown along with our friend who is responsible for inserting the term "war dialing" into our vernacular.  We discuss phone etiquette and Christian's rules for modes of communication.  Our special guest, 16 year old Dakota Hall is from Walker, Minnesota, knows everyone at his high school, plays the piano, and listens to Jack Johnson and John Mayer (whew!  for a second there we thought he was going to be listening to someone we had never heard of - turns out we were way off.  We probably heard of them before he was born.) Shonali would like to go to Walker for the weekend Eelpout fishing festival they have in February in an ice village on a lake along with 10,000 people.  It may just be the heat.  Savages are an English all woman band that rocked Shonali's world a few weeks back at Webster Hall in NYC.  Here is the first song of their debut full length Silence Yourself. The song is called Shut Up.

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Episode 15: Shonali's Mom - Shubha, Justin's Mom-Dorie, Christian's Mom-Madeleine - May 5, 2013

For our Special Episode 15 Mother's Day edition of WDEK, we talk to the WDEK Moms.  Shonali avoids getting spit on in the subway.  Christian shares a story about a boy and his piggy bank.  We first talk to Shonali's mom, Shubha Bhowmik who lives in Nashville, TN.  She loves comedy and tv shows on TV Land.  Giving birth to Shonali was no big thing.  As for Justin, his mom, Dorie, lives in Walker, Minnesota and was a radio broadcaster and host of her own variety radio show.  She tells us about Justin the lost adventurer. On one of his trips, Justin was confused when he was in Frankfurt, Germany instead of Frankfurt, Kentucky.  Dorie also is a musician and has released some albums.  We will play her Polka, Waltzes, and Foxtrots soon.  Christian's mom, Madeleine lives in Evanston, IL and tells us some unexpected stories about Christian. Madeleine like Christian has a beautiful way with words.  Teasers are Mother Theresa, to-do lists, and a hole in the wall.  We all love our mothers so much.  Now that may seem obvious, but heck it's not true for everyone.  We feel lucky.  Thanks Moms! We love you.  Tame Impala takes us out with Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind!

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