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Listen Albany: the Capital City's Cultural Heritage Podcast, is a series of podcasts that offer just a glimpse into Albany's long, rich history. Albany, the oldest city in the United States operating under its original charter (1686), has known many famous faces over its centuries-long life, Its world-class architecture and stunning streetscapes have provided the perfect backdrop for these famous faces. Through this podcast, you will learn about the people and places that make Albany's heritage unique. Some podcasts will be walking tours, allowing you to listen to Albany stories as you walk around one of its neighborhoods. Other podcasts will be live-event recordings featuring historians and other prominent Albany figures discussing the city's cultural heritage. Happy listening!

Latest Episodes

Fragments: A Live Recording at Overit Media

Fragments: A Live Recording atOverit Media, will delve into the interesting and unique ways in which old fragments of buildings continue to survive - and thrive!From architectural elements purposely removed and reused, to clandestine remnants of the past hidden in plain sight, our expert panel explores these secrets hidden in plain sight.

--2019 MAY 10
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Fragments: A Live Recording at Overit Media

Finding 48

The third episode of Listen Albany: Finding 48 is the story of how the seemingly ordinary and unfascinating building on Hudson Avenue was identified to be one of the last remaining Dutch buildings left in Albany and its pedigree proven. Local architectural experts Doug Bucher, Walter Wheeler and Bill Brandow discuss the clues and colorful experiences that led them to the discovery of the 1728 Van Ostrande-Radliff House. The story has it all: hasty cover ups, overtures of eminent domain, and a fact finding mission that included tree-ring dating. This telling of the Dutch house’s lively origin story is moderated by Albany Archives’ Matt Malette and was recorded before a live audience. The Van Ostrande-Radliff House is one of two Dutch buildings left in the originally Dutch city of Albany. It was constructed just outside the stockade in 1728 by Johannes Van Ostrande. The house is a timber framed urban style house, making it rarer still, that had been encapsulated within a larger buil...

69 min2019 JAN 10
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Finding 48

Listen Albany: Hiking Capitol Hill

The second episode of Listen Albany: Hiking Capitol Hill offers a peek at the Capital City’s long rich history as the center of government for the city and county of Albany and the Empire State. Hear anecdotes about the construction of many of the iconic buildings including a clever convict, dastardly commissioner, and and ghostly nightwatchman. This tour will take you in a loop beginning at the famed New York State Capitol and circle around the Hill to end at the front of the iconic building. Funding for this podcast provided by The Albany County Convention & Visitor's Bureau Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. Additional support provided by City Historian Tony Opalka, Maeve McEneny of the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Matt Malette of Albany Archives, and the City of Albany's Office of Cultural Affairs. Produced by and for Historic Albany Foundation. Recorded at Overit Media.

26 min2017 SEP 16
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Listen Albany: Hiking Capitol Hill

Listen Albany: Pearl Street Stroll

Episode 1: The Pearl Street Stroll | The first episode of Listen Albany is a guided walking tour of Albany's historic Pearl Street. Learn where famous duel-opponent Aaron Burr kept an office, see the home of the oldest pulpit in America, and hear a story about a young Herman Melville. Begin your stroll at the intersection of Hudson Avenue and Pearl Street, and walk on the left side of the street north, towards Clinton Avenue. The narrator will instruct you where to stop, and a bell will instruct you when to begin walking again. Pause the podcast as needed to reach each stop, or at any time to take a detour, soak in the sites, or stop for a bite at one of the many Pearl Street eateries. Have fun! Funding for this podcast provided by The Albany County Convention & Visitor's Bureau Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. Additional support provided by City Historian Tony Opalka, Maeve McEneny, and the City of Albany's Office of Cultural Affairs. Produced by and...

24 min2017 MAY 11
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Listen Albany: Pearl Street Stroll
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Latest Episodes

Fragments: A Live Recording at Overit Media

Fragments: A Live Recording atOverit Media, will delve into the interesting and unique ways in which old fragments of buildings continue to survive - and thrive!From architectural elements purposely removed and reused, to clandestine remnants of the past hidden in plain sight, our expert panel explores these secrets hidden in plain sight.

--2019 MAY 10
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Fragments: A Live Recording at Overit Media

Finding 48

The third episode of Listen Albany: Finding 48 is the story of how the seemingly ordinary and unfascinating building on Hudson Avenue was identified to be one of the last remaining Dutch buildings left in Albany and its pedigree proven. Local architectural experts Doug Bucher, Walter Wheeler and Bill Brandow discuss the clues and colorful experiences that led them to the discovery of the 1728 Van Ostrande-Radliff House. The story has it all: hasty cover ups, overtures of eminent domain, and a fact finding mission that included tree-ring dating. This telling of the Dutch house’s lively origin story is moderated by Albany Archives’ Matt Malette and was recorded before a live audience. The Van Ostrande-Radliff House is one of two Dutch buildings left in the originally Dutch city of Albany. It was constructed just outside the stockade in 1728 by Johannes Van Ostrande. The house is a timber framed urban style house, making it rarer still, that had been encapsulated within a larger buil...

69 min2019 JAN 10
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Finding 48

Listen Albany: Hiking Capitol Hill

The second episode of Listen Albany: Hiking Capitol Hill offers a peek at the Capital City’s long rich history as the center of government for the city and county of Albany and the Empire State. Hear anecdotes about the construction of many of the iconic buildings including a clever convict, dastardly commissioner, and and ghostly nightwatchman. This tour will take you in a loop beginning at the famed New York State Capitol and circle around the Hill to end at the front of the iconic building. Funding for this podcast provided by The Albany County Convention & Visitor's Bureau Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. Additional support provided by City Historian Tony Opalka, Maeve McEneny of the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Matt Malette of Albany Archives, and the City of Albany's Office of Cultural Affairs. Produced by and for Historic Albany Foundation. Recorded at Overit Media.

26 min2017 SEP 16
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Listen Albany: Hiking Capitol Hill

Listen Albany: Pearl Street Stroll

Episode 1: The Pearl Street Stroll | The first episode of Listen Albany is a guided walking tour of Albany's historic Pearl Street. Learn where famous duel-opponent Aaron Burr kept an office, see the home of the oldest pulpit in America, and hear a story about a young Herman Melville. Begin your stroll at the intersection of Hudson Avenue and Pearl Street, and walk on the left side of the street north, towards Clinton Avenue. The narrator will instruct you where to stop, and a bell will instruct you when to begin walking again. Pause the podcast as needed to reach each stop, or at any time to take a detour, soak in the sites, or stop for a bite at one of the many Pearl Street eateries. Have fun! Funding for this podcast provided by The Albany County Convention & Visitor's Bureau Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region. Additional support provided by City Historian Tony Opalka, Maeve McEneny, and the City of Albany's Office of Cultural Affairs. Produced by and...

24 min2017 MAY 11
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Listen Albany: Pearl Street Stroll
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