CivicStory Podcast Library

CivicStory Podcast Library
CivicStory is a cultural news site and producer of short-form videos about humanities, civics, and sustainability in New Jersey and beyond. Our mission is to increase the breadth of news through videos and dialogue about civic growth and constructive change. We bring stories of human achievement and community-building to public attention, report stories that motivate us to contribute to community life, and bring civic involvement to the fore as an essential quality of living a full life.

Training More Eyes on Water Quality
Jan 21 • 20 min
Opportunities abound for citizen scientists in NJ
Dam Removal in NJ
Nov 18, 2019 • 31 min
Interview with Jim Waltman, Exec. Dir., Watershed Institute
Delaware River Watershed Coalition
Oct 20, 2019 • 12 min
Interview with Director Sandra Meola
2019 Sustainable Jersey Summit
Jun 21, 2019 • 13 min
- the feisty nonprofit that spurs environmental action across New Jersey’s towns and schools - marked a bittersweet moment at its annual summit on June 14th in Holmdel: while celebrating ten years of remarkable growth and collaboration, Executive…
Newark Call to Collaboration
Jun 11, 2019 • 14 min
CivicStory covers Creative New Jersey’s June 2019 event
Ecology and Economy: Resolving Our Climate Crisis
May 15, 2019 • 38 min
In this CivicStory forum, five panelists from fields of economics, communications, engineering, biology, and law explore such questions as: what is an ethical response to climate change, can news help us live better, and is “growth” always…
News & Democracy
Jan 9, 2019 • 52 min
CivicStory Forum
Trenton Education Dance Institute (TEDI) - Dancing for Life
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
(Uploaded on Nov 2, 2010) The Trenton Education Dance Institute (TEDI) inspires and transforms hundreds of students from the Trenton schools. (May 2009)
JFK School Choir & Jazz House Kids Vocal Residency
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
(Uploaded on Nov 4, 2010) Newark’s John F. Kennedy School Choir builds verbal skills and confidence through vocal residency. (April 2010)
Princeton Ballet School & American Repertory Ballet’s Dance Power
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
Uploaded on Nov 4, 2010 The Princeton Ballet School and the American Repertory Ballet’s Dance Power (New Brunswick) develop kids’ strength and flexibility. (May 2010)
Shakespeare Theatre of NJ’s Twelfth Night
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
(Uploaded on Nov 29, 2010) The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is currently in its 50th season on the campus of Drew University. (December 2009)
Trenton Children’s Chorus - Partners in Singing
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
(Uploaded on Dec 6, 2010) The Trenton Children’s Chorus and adults of Hopewell Valley Chorus share a love for music and build lasting friendships. (May 2009)
Brick City 07101 at the Visual Arts Center of NJ
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
(Uploaded on Jan 9, 2011) The ‘Brick City’ Exhibition at the Visual Arts Center of NJ in Summit showcases Newark artists. (August 2009)
Scheide Birthday Concert Benefits Arts Council of Princeton
Jan 14, 2015 • 1 min
(Uploaded on May 7, 2011) William Scheide’s Birthday Concert benefits the Arts Council of Princeton and celebrates generous living. (January 2010)
GlassRoots in Newark
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
(Uploaded on May 7, 2011) GlassRoots at 10 Bleeker Street, Newark, is the leading nonprofit hot shop for youth in the NYC region. Students learn glass art, glass safety, and the thrill of original design. (April 2010)
Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments at the Morris Museum
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
(Uploaded on May 7, 2011) The Morris Museum’s permanent “Murtogh D. Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments” features over 700 pieces, including whimsical, hand-crafted figures called “automata” and a 9 1/2 foot tall Popper’s Rex…
Rotary Family Festival - Madison & Florham Park
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
(Uploaded on Jul 28, 2011) The Rotary Clubs of Madison and Florham Park team up for a 4-day festival to build better and stronger communities, with help from the arts. (September 2010)
NJ Youth Chorus & Drakensberg Boys’ Choir at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown
Jan 14, 2015 • 3 min
(Published on Oct 7, 2011) Friends across continents, the NJ Youth Chorus and the South African Drakensberg Boys’ Choir sing in harmony at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ. (June 2011)
New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) of 350 at Jersey Gardens Mall
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
(Uploaded on Oct 13, 2011) Footage from the 2011 NJYS Play-a-Thon Concert. (March 2011)
NJSO Early Strings Program - FiddleFest at NJPAC
Jan 14, 2015 • 4 min
(Uploaded on Oct 15, 2011) It’s the culmination of three years of practice and rehearsals. NJSO’s Fiddlefest features graduating fourth graders from the Newark Early Strings Program, performing in the spacious lobby of NJPAC. (May 2011)
PATCHWORK: 30 Unique Quilts at the Newark Museum
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
(Uploaded on Oct 25, 2011) The Newark Museum’s PATCHWORK Exhibit featured 30 quilts with a variety of design topics. (September 2011)
Luna Stage Premieres “Edison” Play in Valley Arts District
Jan 14, 2015 • 3 min
(Uploaded on Nov 9, 2011) 26-year-old playwright Ben Clawson’s “The Dangers of Electric Lighting” about Thomas Edison and “The War of the Currents” premiered at Luna Stage in West Orange, NJ. (October 2011)
Rutgers Students Take Over Zimmerli Art Museum with Masquerade Ball
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
(Uploaded on Nov 17, 2011) Last November, more than 550 students filled the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University for the 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball and were wowed by the art amidst music, colorful masks, food and dancing. (November 2010)
WheatonArts: A Cultural and Fine Crafts Village in Millville, NJ
Jan 14, 2015 • 3 min
(Uploaded on Dec 27, 2011) WheatonArts and Cultural Center, home to the most comprehensive collection of American-made glass in the world, hosts the Festival of Fine Craft which gives over 130 artists a place to present their work, live. (October 2011)
Atlantic City Arts District & Stockton College
Jan 14, 2015 • 3 min
(Uploaded on Jan 12, 2012) Atlantic City is planning an “arts district” along Mississippi Avenue from Dante Hall to the Boardwalk. Key players are the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Richard Stockton College, and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority…
Joshua Bell as Seton Hall Humanitarian
Jan 14, 2015 • 3 min
(Uploaded on Jan 16, 2012) Joshua Bell was honored as Seton Hall’s Humanitarian of the Year at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in April 2010. His performance honored Sister Rose Thering, a nun and educator devoted to fostering respect and…
Herbie Hancock and Lang Lang with NJSO at NJPAC
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
(Uploaded on Feb 13, 2012) Herbie Hancock and Lang Lang with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, redefining American concert music at NJPAC. (August 2009)
NJ Symphony Orchestra Family Concerts at NJPAC
Jan 14, 2015 • 1 min
(Uploaded on Feb 13, 2012) The NJ Symphony Orchestra ‘Family Concerts’ welcomes kids to the concert hall, combining music-making and education to inspire young citizens. (May 2011)
Young People’s Chorus of NYC Creates New Repertoire
Jan 14, 2015 • 3 min
(Uploaded on Feb 15, 2012) The Young People’s Chorus of New York City celebrates 10 years of commissioning new works for young voices and reflects a passion for innovative music. (May 2011)
Bass Drum Concerto Premiere by Princeton Symphony Orchestra
Jan 14, 2015 • 3 min
(Published on Mar 21, 2012) Percussionist Joby Burgess and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra (Rossen Milanov, conductor) perform the world premiere of Gabriel Prokofiev’s Concerto for Bass Drum, February 9, 2012, Richardson Auditorium.
Appel Farm Arts Camp
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
(Uploaded on Nov 4, 2010) Arts Down on the Farm: At Appel Farm in Elmer, NJ, kids explore all the arts and discover their full potential. (August 2009)
Improvised Piano Concerto by Lee Pui Ming with the Bay-Atlantic Symphony
Jan 14, 2015 • 3 min
(Published on Apr 24, 2012) Pianist/Composer Lee Pui Ming and the Bay-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (Jed Gaylin, Music Director) perform “she comes to shore” for improvised piano and orchestra, March 24, 2012, Cumberland County College.
Marc-Andre Hamelin: Profile of a Pianist & Composer
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
(Published on May 8, 2012) Virtuoso pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin shares his thoughts as a performer and composer at (le) poisson rouge.
Pushkin / Prokofiev Eugene Onegin Staged at Princeton
Jan 14, 2015 • 3 min
(Published on May 31, 2012) A unique performance at Princeton University marks the first ‘staging’ of Eugene Onegin with music by Prokofiev, interpreted through ballroom dance. This innovative collaboration combines the forces of the Princeton…
Creative Monmouth: Cross-Sector Convening Spurs Partnerships in Monmouth County
Jan 14, 2015 • 3 min
(Published on Jun 12, 2012) 90 citizens envision a dynamic future for Monmouth County and share diverse perspectives during a conference at Monmouth University, May 21-22, 2012. Creative NJ fosters “creativity, innovation and sustainability through…
Oboe World
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
(Published on Jul 6, 2012) 17 oboe students of Chatham, NJ-based teacher Lynne Cohen navigate the challenges of playing the oboe, which include making the instrument ‘sound,’ and learning to make reeds. They’re performing in a recital at…
Young Artists Rehearse Brahms With Pros at Foulger Music Festival
Jan 14, 2015 • 3 min
(Published on Jul 27, 2012) A new month-long chamber music festival on the campus of Kean University (Union, NJ) winds up this weekend with student and faculty recitals at Enlow Hall and at Lincoln Center. Foulger Fellows - Alex Beyer (18), Janny Joo…
Bell Labs Innovation: Physicists Celebrate Telstar Satellite’s “50th” - NJ Arts News - NewsWorks
Jan 14, 2015 • 3 min
(Published on Aug 8, 2012) The beginning of modern communications: 50 years ago, the first tele-communications satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral into orbit, relaying TV and phone signals between the US and Europe. ‘Telstar’ was designed and…
Organist Nathan Laube Powers ‘One-Man Orchestra’ at Ocean Grove, NJ
Jan 14, 2015 • 3 min
(Published on Aug 22, 2012) 24-year old concert organist, Nathan Laube, has played many of the world’s largest pipe organs. He recently ‘pulled out all the stops’ on the great symphonic organ in Ocean Grove, NJ - the 17th largest in the world. The…
Fertile Crescent - Women Artists & the Middle Eastern Diaspora
Jan 14, 2015 • 3 min
(Published on Oct 2, 2012) An ambitious 5-month project entitled “The Fertile Crescent: Gender, Art, and Society” features 24 women artists from 11 Middle Eastern nations: Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Kuwait, Palestine, Lebanon, Israel, Turkey, Syria, Pakistan,…
Humanities Thriving at Richard Stockton College, near Atlantic City, NJ
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
(Published on Oct 16, 2012) Three professors describe the humanities and their value to citizenship and democracy. The goal? “To try to describe what it is to be human,” says Kenneth Tomkins, Professor of Literature Emeritus. “It makes us whole as…
Passage Theatre Celebrates the Land: Dance, Music, Poetry in Cadwalader Park, Trenton
Jan 14, 2015 • 3 min
(Published on Oct 26, 2012) Cadwalader Park, Trenton. 100-acres of urban landscape came alive with dance and music through a creative collaboration called DanceScapes NJ, presented by Passage Theatre, a Trenton based company. Key partners were…
Grounds for Sculpture Lights Up in Winter
Jan 14, 2015 • 3 min
(Published on Jan 10, 2013) Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ (40 minutes from Philadelphia) is home to two-hundred-and-seventy sculptures spread out across forty-two acres of parkland. With the recent opening of a new performance space called the…
Humanities Hit: Montclair State University
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
(Published on Jan 18, 2013) Students, Faculty share passion for languages, philosophy, civics at MSU. What are the humanities, why are they important, and how do they relate to a robust democracy? The above questions are being answered through a…
Humanities Hit: Seton Hall University
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
(Published on Feb 28, 2013) What are the humanities and how do they relate to communication and diplomacy? Two faculty and six undergraduates from such diverse fields as Medicine, Modern Languages, International Relations, and Archaeology, respond to…
Seton Hall Campus Garden Links Sustainability, Ethics
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
(Published on Apr 8, 2013) A garden at the center of the Seton Hall University campus functions as a teaching tool, and a food source for the university’s dining services. Julianne Aiello (Director of Marketing and Sustainable Development) describes…
Former NJ Governor Says Protecting Our Environment Requires Responsible Citizens
Jan 14, 2015 • 3 min
(Published on Apr 25, 2013) It’s refreshing to hear a civic leader clarify the essential responsibilities of citizens. Former Governor Christine Todd Whitman made these pointed remarks at a Citizens’ Forum on Environmental Literacy at the Newark…
Adopt-A-Lot Program Converts Newark’s Vacant Lots into Gardens
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
(Published on Jun 5, 2013) Newark residents are taking advantage of a municipal urban gardening program. They can develop vacant lots for purposes of beautification, gardening, and recreation. Gardening materials and training are provided by the…
Drew U. Faculty Discuss Computer Science, Art History & Society
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
(Published on Jun 11, 2013) Shannon Bradshaw, Professor of Computer Science, and Margaret Kuntz, Professor of Art History, share their love for the humanities at Drew University. This Drew University “Humanities Hit” is one of six produced by New…
Drew U. Students Discuss Humanities, Environmental Writing, Philosophy
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
(Published on Jun 26, 2013) Three students from Drew University discuss what they love about the humanities — environmental writing, theatre, and philosophy. NJ Arts News “Humanities Hits” are funded in part by a mini-grant from the New Jersey…
Humanities Hit: Medieval to Digital
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
(Published on Jul 10, 2013) How do digital technologies affect Medieval scholarship? Medievalist Martin Foys and Computer Scientist Shannon Bradshaw discuss digital mapping, Chaucer as innovator, and humanities as key for developing a bigger picture…
Sustainability Summit at Duke Farms: Investing in the Wealth of Nature
Jan 14, 2015 • 3 min
(Published on Oct 3, 2013) Hillsborough, NJ, September 18, 2013. A standing-room-only forum presented by Sustainable Jersey, a nonprofit certification program, convenes 200 civic and environmental activists to redefine sustainability in the 21st…
Educators Change Conversation on Sustainability
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
(Published on Oct 9, 2013) September 18, 2013, Hillsborough, NJ - Educators call for action and ‘thinking forward’ during a Sustainability Summit at Duke Farms in central New Jersey. “Something needs to be addressed right now,” says Dr. Nicky Sheats,…
Newark Teens Gain Professional Skills Through Summer Youth Work Program
Jan 14, 2015 • 2 min
(Published on Oct 22, 2013) Newark, August 15, 2013 - For hundreds of Newark teens, Summer 2013 brought life-changing opportunities to develop confidence, discipline, and flexibility in the workplace. The Greater Newark Conservancy and GlassRoots are…
Wetlands Restoration Linked to Flood Protection
Jan 13, 2015 • 3 min
(Published on Nov 26, 2013) ‘Super Bowl XLVIII (48) - to be played on February 2 in the NJ Meadowlands - is called the first ‘Public Transportation’ Super Bowl. It may also be the world’s first ‘Ecology’ Super Bowl. MetLife Stadium’s unique…
Young Environmental Coordinator Aids Secaucus Mayor, Council
Jan 13, 2015 • 3 min
(Published on Dec 18, 2013) Amanda Nesheiwat, a Bergen Community College graduate, is one of seven environmental coordinators working at the county or municipal levels in NJ. Sustainability managers are also employed by numerous NJ universities,…
Dance Diversity in NJ: Jersey Moves! Festival of Dance, NJPAC
Jan 13, 2015 • 4 min
(Published on Jan 8, 2014) “Dance in New Jersey is blossoming!” says Keith Thompson, Founder of danceTactics contemporary ensemble. Six Jersey dance groups perform in NJPAC’s Jersey Moves! and reveal what dancers think about while onstage. What is…
Trenton’s Art All Night Packs 20,000
Jan 13, 2015 • 3 min
(Published on Jan 21, 2014) The historic Roebling industrial building in Trenton pulses with art and music during a 24-hour extravaganza called Art All Night, run by the Trenton-based nonprofit, Artworks. The annual festival exemplifies the ‘creative…
Historic Buildings Spur Residential Development in Newark
Jan 13, 2015 • 3 min
(Published on Jan 30, 2014) Historic, turn-of-the-century buildings in downtown Newark are being restored and re-purposed into rental housing. “There’s a billion dollars worth of development activity currently going on in Newark,” says housing and…
Professors Seek Smarter Buildings, Develop Flexible Materials at NJIT
Jan 13, 2015 • 2 min
(Published on Mar 24, 2014) Green Building Technologies at NJIT: Architects and Chemical Engineers are developing smart building materials that harvest and store solar energy while limiting heat gain. Flexible building skins and batteries point to…
Curbside Composting and Local Farming Displayed at ‘Living Local Expo’
Jan 13, 2015 • 2 min
(Published on Apr 23, 2014) A municipal curbside composting program in Princeton, and abundant produce from Mercer County’s many local farms are showcased in the 2014 “Living Local Expo” at the Lawrence Armories, attended by more than 2,000. The Expo…
Eco-Friendly Farms Help Educate the Public
Jan 13, 2015 • 2 min
(Published on Sep 16, 2014) NJ farmers and food producers not only provide us healthy, fresh food. They’re educating the public about eco-friendly and environmentally-sustainable food production. Chocolate-maker Ann-Marie Macarthur (Lumberton, NJ)…
Students, Researchers Urge Green Cleaning for Healthier Homes
Jan 13, 2015 • 2 min
(Published on Sep 24, 2014) NJ environmental researchers and students know the dangers of toxins in conventional household cleaners, and the benefits of using natural cleaners such as baking soda and vinegar. “Lemon juice, soap and water, elbow…
10,000 Water Bottles Transform NJ Village Green: Willie Cole Sculpture in Summit Through May 2015
Jan 13, 2015 • 2 min
(Published on Oct 7, 2014) The Village Green in Summit, NJ is home to “10,000 Reasons,” a 14-foot-high sculpture created by internationally renowned contemporary artist Willie Cole. The sculpture took two days to install, and is made up of thousands…
More than Singing: Girls Choirs Build Community, Character
Jan 13, 2015 • 5 min
(Published on Oct 22, 2014) The Princeton Girlchoir’s annual Children Making a Difference concert teaches young girls about service and community while raising funds for a local nonprofit. The Princeton choir is joined by the newly- formed…
Restaurants Build Community in Newark’s Halsey District
Jan 13, 2015 • 2 min
(Published on Nov 11, 2014) Restaurant owners on Halsey Street in Newark are witnessing change and development in the downtown cultural district. Surrounded by three colleges and universities (Rutgers-Newark, NJIT, and Essex County College), and…
Industrial-Sized Art Factory Signals Creative Renewal in Paterson
Jan 13, 2015 • 3 min
(Published on Dec 22, 2014) Industrial arts, gallery exhibitions, photo shoots, special events. These are typical activities at Paterson’s Art Factory. Once a busy manufacturing site for textiles and ship rigging, this 400,000 square foot complex…