Category: Notable Locals

Episode 45: Me & Mary Jane’s Patricia A. Patton

This week we talk legal marijuana while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio, or so we had planned. In November, New Jersey residents, with a significant majority, voted “yes” to Public Question No. One to legalize and regulate cannabis. So Amy & Joe were thinking, “Great! It’s legal. Let’s do this! How does one start a canna-business? What *are* the best recipes for delicious edibles? & so on.” So we asked our friend Patricia Patton, host of the podcast Me & Mary Jane and Asbury Park’s best-known cannabis communicator and advocate, back to the podcast to help us sort it out. BUT, we soon discovered that for the moment all is not so clear, and that recreational or adult use of cannabis is only kind of permissible and not yet sorted out at all. So we should all slow down a bit and cancel that sativa-infused book gathering for now.

Episode 44: Reggie Fleming & Amanda Feinstein

This week Amy and Joe talk with two of Asbury Park’s wellness luminaries about fitness and wellness during quarantine while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. Amanda Feinstein from Jandee Yoga and Reggie Fleming from Juice Basin discuss juice fasts, down dogs, and all the times Joe thought he was going to die during hot yoga.

Episode 42: The Showroom

This week Amy and Joe caught up with Nancy Sabino and Mike Sodano from the Showroom, Asbury Park’s only independent movie theater, while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. Nancy and Mike talked about how they picked movies and how the process changed over the years, being on a cruise when the coronavirus blew up, and how we all thought we would be closing for a few weeks but it has turned into closing permanently for a lot of businesses.

Episode 41: Mobility

This week Amy and Joe talk street diets, bicycles, and 15 minute cities with Polli Schildge, co-founder of Asbury Park’s Complete Streets Coalition while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. We are also joined by Asbury Park’s transportation maven Deputy City Manager Mike Manzella.

Episode 40: Drag Performers

Amy and guest host Michael Cook talk with queens of drag R Hedd R Humm, Jolina Jasmine, and Lady Celestina while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. This week we continue our series of conversations about the pandemic and its effect on our little corner of the world. We discussed the impact of the covid crisis on the lives of professional drag performers, the difference between performing in New Jersey and New York, and the tight knit drag community.

Episode 39: Local Musicians

Amy and Joe talk with singer songwriter Pamela Flores and trombonist Ian Gray of Ocean Ave Stompers brass band while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. This week we continue our series of conversations about the pandemic and its effect on our little corner of the world. We discussed the impact of the covid crisis and the lives of professional musicians, where they were when the world shut down, why Spotify hasn’t made anyone but Spotify rich, the plight of trombonists in Scranton, and how people can support local musicians while venues are shuttered.
Pamela Flores & Ian Gray

Episode 38: Teaching In The Time Of Covid

Amy and Joe talk with veteran Asbury Park educators Jamie Clark, Maggie Stone, & Janice Kroposky, while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. This week we continue our series of conversations about the pandemic and its effect on our little corner of the world. We talk about learning in the age of covid, how the school system is responding to unique challenges, and what they’re seeing with the kids in school.

Episode 37: Caroline O’Toole

Amy and Joe talk with rock & roll royalty Caroline O’Toole, manager of The Stone Pony, while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. This week we continue our series of conversations about the pandemic and its effect on our little corner of the world. We talk about live music in the age of covid, The Stone Pony’s charitable outreach during the crisis, the only time Caroline was star-struck, and what not to wear when on stage.

Episode 36: Asbury Book Cooperative

Amy and Joe talk with Janet Torsney and Liza Minno Bloom of Asbury Book Cooperative while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. This week we continue our series of conversations about the covid pandemic and its effect on our little corner of the world. Janet and Liza discuss the development and launch of the co-op, and how the co-op is doing in these Covid days. They answer the questions about if anyone is reading books, their favorite reads, and trends they saw of in the pandemic.

Episode 35: Prevention Coalition of Monmouth County

Amy & Joe talk with Diane Shelton, Nina Summerlin, & Pastor Lyddale Akins of Prevention Coalition of Monmouth County about the coalition’s vision to reduce substance abuse in Monmouth County while social distancing from their respective homes with the help of Ming Chen from A Shared Universe PodcaStudio. This week we continue our series of conversations about the covid pandemic and its effect on our little corner of the world. We talk about the opioid crisis in Asbury Park and Monmouth County and how the landscape has changed because of the pandemic. We learn how it has affected their clients, their outreach efforts, and what we can do about it.