Intrinsic Podcast is providing a great forum to bring people together around important topics that matter to each of us. Keiko sets the stage by combining folks from different backgrounds to offer insight and exchange ideas.

–Kevin O’Connor, CEO, RUPCO (listener and guest speaker)

Intrinsic is a podcast about what makes life worth living. It is about the intrinsic value of each individual and intrinsic motivation that drives us. What if we could align these with our jobs? What if we could do what we are good at and enjoy doing as a way to live? How would that affect our society? What would such a society look like?

These are the questions we ask in Intrinsic. In a small roundtable-style discussion, we hear stories from all types of creators who make many sacrifices in order to pursue their passions. We sit down with small business owners and non-profit directors, community organizers and volunteers, who go to great lengths to serve the community. We explore transformational policies like Universal Basic Income that would help people follow their natural motivation.

We focus on the communities in the Hudson Valley and the Catskills of New York State, but our topics are relevant everywhere. Take a listen and be a part of the Intrinsic Movement!

Episodes and Guests

The Persuasion of the Queen’s Gambit. William Horberg, Executive Producer of the Queen’s Gambit, Milk, the Kite Runner, Talented Mr. Ripley, and more.

Hudson Valley and UBI: Is It Our Future? Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan, Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson, Sparks of Hudson Co-founder Susan Danziger, and Hudson Pilot Director Joan Hunt.

Hudson Valley Performing Arts Now. Chris Silva (Executive Director, Bardavon Presents), John Barry (former Poughkeepsie Journal music reporter), and Brian Mahoney (Editorial Director, Chronogram) share their thoughts on how the performing arts and cultural scenes are, as we slowly emerge out of the pandemic.

Lifting the Community in Dark Times. Christine Hein, Executive Director of People’s Place, and Michael Berg, Executive Director of Family of Woodstock.

UBI and Housing. March Gallagher, Ulster County Comptroller, Kevin O’Connor, CEO, RUPCO, and Scott Santens, UBI advocate

Universal Basic Income Now.  Jim Pugh and Owen Poindexter, hosts of the Basic Income Podcast

Local Business for a Better Future. Jen Metzger, former State Senator in NY District 40 and Nels Leader, CEO Bread Alone Bakery

Seeds and Chocolates. Lagusta Yearwood, owner, Lagusta’s Luscious and Ken Greene, founder, Hudson Valley Seed Company

Culinary Giants of New York. David Waltuck (Chanterelle), John Novi, Depuy Canal House), and Ric Orlando (New World Home Cooking)

Beyond Political Hobbyism. Kelleigh McKenzie, Chair, Ulster County Democratic Committee; Lin Sakai, Chapter President, Indivisible Ulster; Amy Fradon, Neighbor to Neighbor Program Coordinator, Woodstock Democratic Committee

Beats and Leaps: Power of Performative Arts. Livia Vanaver, Director, Vanaver Caravan; Jason Bowman, Director, Rock Academy; Drew Bryant, Director, Center for Creative Education, Kingston

All About Fiscal Sponsorship:Access the funds behind the nonprofit barrier. Colleen Hughes, Program Operations Coordinator, Fractured Atlas; Susan Ragusa, non-profit consultant; Lilia Perez, Grants and Programs Manager, Arts Mid-Hudson

Podcasters talk Pods. Theresa Widmann, host, I Want What She Has (Radio Kingston) and Brett Barry, host, Kaatscast, and owner, Silver Hollow Audio

Artist as Cultural Worker: Public School Teachers on Art, Music, and Education. Dan Shaut, Band Director and Teacher, Highland High School, NY, and Director, Bridge Arts Education; Lara Giordano, retired art teacher, Kingston High School, and Director, D.R.A.W., Kingston

Cautionary Tale to the Hudson Valley from Lacoste, Provence. Cyril Montana and Thomas Bornot, Filmmakers, Cyril contre Goliath,

Politics, Power, and Passion. Eitan Hersh, author, Politics is for Power

Power Duo: Running Two Non-Profits and Raising a Family. Chris Hewitt, Founder, Hudson Valley Current, and Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt, Founder, The Art Effect