Act Two New York

This has been a tough couple of years for the performing arts - venues closed, audiences in quarantine, and options limited. Yet, somehow, New York City's performers have persevered, and as the shadow of the pandemic begins to lift, they have some crucial decisions to make. What will be their Act 2? Join host Tania Mohammad as ventures out into the resurgent nightlife of the city that never sleeps and talks to the actors, musicians, comedians, dancers, and venue owners who are redefining themselves and their work in this new New York.

Episodes

3 Dollar Bill: Covid-Conscious Queens

In early May, Tania ventured out to 3 Dollar Bill, an energetic gay bar in Brooklyn that was one of the first places in the city to bring back live drag performances. Owner Brenda Breathnach was working tirelessly to maintain the bar’s atmosphere and serve patrons while still adhering to the strict restrictions that were … Continued

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New from Racecar Radio – Act Two New York!

Racecar Radio presents an all-new series about the performers and venues across New York City who are fighting to survive in the aftermath of Covid-19. New episodes every other Friday, starting August 13th! https://racecarradio.com/act2ny and wherever you get podcasts

LISTEN →

Trailer

Racecar Radio presents an all-new series about the performers and venues across New York City who are fighting to survive in the aftermath of Covid-19. New episodes every other Friday, starting August 13th!

LISTEN →

Day 358 (Tuesday, March 9), Krista

Krista is Diné (also known as Navajo), and is a reporter for the Navajo Times, a daily newspaper out of Window Rock, Arizona. Her community was hit tremendously hard by COVID, and she’s struggled throughout with losing not only friends and family, but also the people she sees as the very cultural lifeblood of her … Continued

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Episode 7: Great Wild XXXMas 2020

It’s Christmas! Leopold is in the spirit, but Ebencaesar Scrooge? Not so much. Can he learn the true meaning of the season through a catalogue of Great Wild holiday hits? Or at least get un-handcuffed from his new “friends”? It would be a Christmas miracle. Also: long-lost guitarist Alexander calls in and makes it a … Continued

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Episode 6: Boat to Siam, Night Holds a Candle

Like so many music legends, the Stars have (to say the least) a spotty history with sobriety. In this episode, a discussion of two of their most timeless hits – one a full-tilt rock and roll explosion and one a wistful ballad – leads to a deep dive into their chemical pasts. Also, an old … Continued

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Day 246 (Sunday, November 15), Daniel W.

So, we just had an election. Maybe you noticed? Post-game analysis and other topical musings with the always-astute Daniel J. White.

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Episode 5: Teenage Primate, Monkey Suit #9

It’s Caesar’s birthday! …but personal tragedy has left him in a less-than-festive mood. Instead, the loss of beloved Geraldo takes the lads on a sentimental stroll through subjects simian, including two of their biggest early hits. Too much monkey business? Not a chance.

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7. The Unhoused

Many of us don’t often associate college with homelessness, but as many as 14% of CUNY students have no fixed address – some living on couches, and many relying on shelters or living on the street. How does someone manage to work and study with that kind of personal instability? What if you’re also trying … Continued

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Day 187 (Thursday, September 17), Nicole

Nicole is a person of rare drive and resourcefulness… but with her small business on the rocks and children in open revolt, even she is finding that 2020 is a lot to take. Have a story you’d like to share? Find us on Facebook @TheBigShutIn, write us at TheBigShutIn@RacecarRadio.com

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Episode 4: Civic Doody

With election day looming, the lads face their money troubles, air some conflicting political opinions, and receive some notes from the network. With special guest David Hoffman of Racecar Radio. Subscribe and comment today on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all your favorite apps and learn more about the lads at GreatWildStars.com Our cover model for … Continued

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Day 179, (Wednesday, September 9th), and also Day 229, (Thursday, October 29th) – Paul B.

Checking in back in September with Paul Boschi, event producer extraordinaire (but with very little now to produce), and also an American abroad, to get his perspective on life in Europe and also on the sidelines. Also – there’s an election coming up. Maybe you heard?

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6. The Voters

The 2020 presidential election is only days away, and everyone agrees the results are going to have momentous consequences for the country, but the importance of this election only serves to underscore serious systemic questions about participatory democracy in the US – who votes? who doesn’t? and why? and how? In this episode, we hear … Continued

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Episode 3: Sh*& Mocha, Lovely Nurse

The stroll down memory lane continues with thoughts of Leopold’s gastrointestinal mishaps, Caesar’s poetic visions, and the specter of looming crisis. Plus, two more songs from the archive – an unapologetic rocker and a paean to lost love. Subscribe and comment today on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all your favorite apps and learn more about … Continued

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Episode 2: Candied Yams, Not Tonight

Caesar and Leopold are in a Mediterranean mood as they reminisce about the origins of two of their most indelible hits: the international electro-dance-rock sensation “Candied Yams” and the classic power ballad “Not Tonight”. Follow the lads at GreatWildStars.com and Facebook.com/TheGreatWildStars Our mysterious cover model prefers to remain anonymous. Photograph by Vincent.

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Episode 1: Intergalactic Booty Call

It’s the premiere of the Great Wild Stars Podcast! After a few false starts, an enthusiastic Leopold and less-enthusiastic Caesar reunite to talk over old times and revisit one of their biggest hits. Follow the lads at GreatWildStars.com and Facebook.com/TheGreatWildStars Our cover model is the very intelligent Sarah Wines, photograph by Vincent.

LISTEN →

5. The Essential Workers

Along with doctors, nurses, and first responders, COVID’s media “heroes” included an unlikely and previously unheralded group, the “essential workers” – custodians, supermarket employees, delivery drivers, and other solidly blue-collar, often underpaid and under-respected men and women who all of a sudden seemed to be the only ones holding society together. What has this sudden … Continued

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Day 178 (Tuesday, September 8th), Cassie

Like so many of us, Prof. Catherine M. Christopher, JD is dueling for internet time with her three children and husband as they all try to make online school make some kind of sense. Also, your host gets an education on view of the world from Lubbock, TX.

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4. The Thespians

Theater is big business in New York, and central to its cultural identity, but the novel coronavirus has brought it to a standstill, and thousands of actors, directors, writers, technicians, and support staff are left scrambling to figure out what the next couple of years might look like, and if their industry will survive at … Continued

LISTEN →

Day 125 (Friday, July 17), Candace

We’re back with new episodes after a short hiatus, starting with the conversation from July, where we checked in with Candace, our correspondent in Raleigh, North Carolina. After several months of forced unemployment, she found returning to restaurant business to be dangerous, exhausting, and ultimately untenable. Connect with the show by following us on Facebook … Continued

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Meet the Host

  • Tania Mohammad

    Tania’s career spans the technology, media, and non-profit worlds, having worked as a developer, event & project manager, producer and fundraiser. She established herself in Los Angeles, working with the South Asian Film Festival, LA Shorts Festival, and the Pacific Council, a USC-based think tank. After moving to New York City, Tania joined SciMed Media and then went on to work at the MSG station, FUSE TV. In addition to her work with CitizenRacecar, she currently focuses on fundraising for nonprofit organizations in Queens, where she lives with her husband and two children.

Episodes

3 Dollar Bill: Covid-Conscious Queens

In early May, Tania ventured out to 3 Dollar Bill, an energetic gay bar in Brooklyn that was one of the first places in the city to bring back live drag performances. Owner Brenda Breathnach was working tirelessly to maintain the bar’s atmosphere and serve patrons while still adhering to the strict restrictions that were … Continued

LISTEN →

New from Racecar Radio – Act Two New York!

Racecar Radio presents an all-new series about the performers and venues across New York City who are fighting to survive in the aftermath of Covid-19. New episodes every other Friday, starting August 13th! https://racecarradio.com/act2ny and wherever you get podcasts

LISTEN →

Trailer

Racecar Radio presents an all-new series about the performers and venues across New York City who are fighting to survive in the aftermath of Covid-19. New episodes every other Friday, starting August 13th!

LISTEN →

Day 358 (Tuesday, March 9), Krista

Krista is Diné (also known as Navajo), and is a reporter for the Navajo Times, a daily newspaper out of Window Rock, Arizona. Her community was hit tremendously hard by COVID, and she’s struggled throughout with losing not only friends and family, but also the people she sees as the very cultural lifeblood of her … Continued

LISTEN →

Episode 7: Great Wild XXXMas 2020

It’s Christmas! Leopold is in the spirit, but Ebencaesar Scrooge? Not so much. Can he learn the true meaning of the season through a catalogue of Great Wild holiday hits? Or at least get un-handcuffed from his new “friends”? It would be a Christmas miracle. Also: long-lost guitarist Alexander calls in and makes it a … Continued

LISTEN →

Episode 6: Boat to Siam, Night Holds a Candle

Like so many music legends, the Stars have (to say the least) a spotty history with sobriety. In this episode, a discussion of two of their most timeless hits – one a full-tilt rock and roll explosion and one a wistful ballad – leads to a deep dive into their chemical pasts. Also, an old … Continued

LISTEN →

Day 246 (Sunday, November 15), Daniel W.

So, we just had an election. Maybe you noticed? Post-game analysis and other topical musings with the always-astute Daniel J. White.

LISTEN →

Episode 5: Teenage Primate, Monkey Suit #9

It’s Caesar’s birthday! …but personal tragedy has left him in a less-than-festive mood. Instead, the loss of beloved Geraldo takes the lads on a sentimental stroll through subjects simian, including two of their biggest early hits. Too much monkey business? Not a chance.

LISTEN →

7. The Unhoused

Many of us don’t often associate college with homelessness, but as many as 14% of CUNY students have no fixed address – some living on couches, and many relying on shelters or living on the street. How does someone manage to work and study with that kind of personal instability? What if you’re also trying … Continued

LISTEN →

Day 187 (Thursday, September 17), Nicole

Nicole is a person of rare drive and resourcefulness… but with her small business on the rocks and children in open revolt, even she is finding that 2020 is a lot to take. Have a story you’d like to share? Find us on Facebook @TheBigShutIn, write us at TheBigShutIn@RacecarRadio.com

LISTEN →

Episode 4: Civic Doody

With election day looming, the lads face their money troubles, air some conflicting political opinions, and receive some notes from the network. With special guest David Hoffman of Racecar Radio. Subscribe and comment today on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all your favorite apps and learn more about the lads at GreatWildStars.com Our cover model for … Continued

LISTEN →

Day 179, (Wednesday, September 9th), and also Day 229, (Thursday, October 29th) – Paul B.

Checking in back in September with Paul Boschi, event producer extraordinaire (but with very little now to produce), and also an American abroad, to get his perspective on life in Europe and also on the sidelines. Also – there’s an election coming up. Maybe you heard?

LISTEN →

6. The Voters

The 2020 presidential election is only days away, and everyone agrees the results are going to have momentous consequences for the country, but the importance of this election only serves to underscore serious systemic questions about participatory democracy in the US – who votes? who doesn’t? and why? and how? In this episode, we hear … Continued

LISTEN →

Episode 3: Sh*& Mocha, Lovely Nurse

The stroll down memory lane continues with thoughts of Leopold’s gastrointestinal mishaps, Caesar’s poetic visions, and the specter of looming crisis. Plus, two more songs from the archive – an unapologetic rocker and a paean to lost love. Subscribe and comment today on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and all your favorite apps and learn more about … Continued

LISTEN →

Episode 2: Candied Yams, Not Tonight

Caesar and Leopold are in a Mediterranean mood as they reminisce about the origins of two of their most indelible hits: the international electro-dance-rock sensation “Candied Yams” and the classic power ballad “Not Tonight”. Follow the lads at GreatWildStars.com and Facebook.com/TheGreatWildStars Our mysterious cover model prefers to remain anonymous. Photograph by Vincent.

LISTEN →

Episode 1: Intergalactic Booty Call

It’s the premiere of the Great Wild Stars Podcast! After a few false starts, an enthusiastic Leopold and less-enthusiastic Caesar reunite to talk over old times and revisit one of their biggest hits. Follow the lads at GreatWildStars.com and Facebook.com/TheGreatWildStars Our cover model is the very intelligent Sarah Wines, photograph by Vincent.

LISTEN →

5. The Essential Workers

Along with doctors, nurses, and first responders, COVID’s media “heroes” included an unlikely and previously unheralded group, the “essential workers” – custodians, supermarket employees, delivery drivers, and other solidly blue-collar, often underpaid and under-respected men and women who all of a sudden seemed to be the only ones holding society together. What has this sudden … Continued

LISTEN →

Day 178 (Tuesday, September 8th), Cassie

Like so many of us, Prof. Catherine M. Christopher, JD is dueling for internet time with her three children and husband as they all try to make online school make some kind of sense. Also, your host gets an education on view of the world from Lubbock, TX.

LISTEN →

4. The Thespians

Theater is big business in New York, and central to its cultural identity, but the novel coronavirus has brought it to a standstill, and thousands of actors, directors, writers, technicians, and support staff are left scrambling to figure out what the next couple of years might look like, and if their industry will survive at … Continued

LISTEN →

Day 125 (Friday, July 17), Candace

We’re back with new episodes after a short hiatus, starting with the conversation from July, where we checked in with Candace, our correspondent in Raleigh, North Carolina. After several months of forced unemployment, she found returning to restaurant business to be dangerous, exhausting, and ultimately untenable. Connect with the show by following us on Facebook … Continued

LISTEN →