Your Hometown - Podcast

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Your Hometown is an innovative new live event and podcast series conceived and hosted by historian Kevin Burke. The first season of this audio offering, a co-presentation between Kevin Burke Productions and MCNY, focuses on New York City as a hometown and features prominent New Yorkers—representing a range of backgrounds, neighborhoods, and industries—sharing never-before-heard details of their formative years growing up in and around the five boroughs. 

The bi-weekly podcast series will launch in tandem virtual conversations that go behind-the-scenes of the podcast and continue the conversation with select guests. Click here to view upcoming events.

Ep. 1: Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Part 1 – Hollis, Queens

In the first of a two-part interview of Your Hometown, Kevin Burke speaks with Darryl McDaniels, the legendary hip-hop artist from Hollis, Queens, where he and his two friends formed one of the truly pioneering groups in American music: Run-DMC.

Ep. 2: Darryl “DMC” McDaniels 2 – Hollis, Queens

This is part 2 of a “double-album” interview with Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, who grew up in Hollis, Queens in the 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s, where he became one of three founding members of the Hall of Fame hip-hop group, Run-DMC.

Ep. 3 Richard Price – Parkside Houses, The Bronx

Richard Price is a writer’s writer, with novels that include The Wanderers, Clockers, Freedomland, and Lush Life. He’s also collaborated on such landmark television series as HBO’s The Wire, The Night Of, The Deuce, and The Outsider.


Your Hometown is made possible in part with support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Additional support provided by Joan K. Davidson (The J.M. Kaplan Fund), Rudolph Rauch/Lanegate Foundation, Lori and John Berisford, Claudette Mayer, Paul Sperry, Victoria F. Morris, Peter M. Wolf, Kenneth J. Halpern, the Newburgh Institute, David Phelps Hamar, and an anonymous donor.



  • Maria Bartiromo, financial journalist and news anchor (Bay Ridge, Brooklyn)
  • Tiffany Cabán, public defender and activist (South Richmond Hill, Queens)
  • Sewell Chan, journalist (Flushing, Queens)
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist (Castle Hill/Riverdale, Bronx)
  • Danielle Guizio, fashion designer (Fairfield, NJ/Lower East Side, Manhattan)
  • Sherrilyn Ifill, civil rights lawyer (Jamaica, Queens)
  • David Johansen, singer, songwriter, and actor (West Brighton, Staten Island)
  • Glenn Ligon, visual artist (South Bronx)
  • Sonia Manzano, actress and author (South Bronx)
  • Lynn Nottage, playwright (BoerumHill, Brooklyn)
  • Priyanka Naik, chef and author (Annadale, Staten Island)
  • Richard Price, novelist and screenwriter (East Bronx)
  • Rev. Al Sharpton, civil rights activist and talk show host (Hollis, Queens; Brownsville, Brooklyn)
  • Pamela Talese, visual artist (Upper East Side, Manhattan)
  • Suzanne Vega, singer and songwriter (East Harlem and Upper West Side, Manhattan)

And others

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