Brentwood Stories – Episode XIII

In today’s episode of Brentwood stories, I sit down with Joshua Castellanos and Juan Delgado. If you have ever listened to the Brentwood library’s other podcast, Average Brentwood Teens, then Joshua and Juan may already familiar to you thanks to their regular appearances. The two friends have also been recently featured in Newsday for their STEM research in conjunction with Stony Brook University and The BioBus, a traveling research laboratory that provides science research opportunities to students across New York. Joshua and Juan discuss their work on average Brentwood teens, their friendship and their lives and futures in Brentwood and beyond.

Brentwood Stories – Episode XII

On today’s episode, me and Peter welcome back one of our first guests to the podcast, Dr. Zebulon Miletsky, professor of Africana studies at Stony Brook University.

Me and Peter had the privilege of listening in on a fascinating and comprehensive conversation featuring Zebulon and a panel of his graduate students entitled “The Black Family & The American Dream”.



Africa Unite – Bob Marley

The Autobiography of Malcolm X / With The Assistance of Alex Haley ; foreword by Attallah Shabazz ; introduction by M. S. Handler ; epilogue by Alex Haley ; afterword by Ossie Davis

The Sword and the Shield : The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. / Peniel E. Joseph

Waiting ‘Til The Midnight Hour : A Narrative History of Black Power in America / Peniel E. Joseph

“Malcolm X: The Theoretician We Never Knew”, Prof. Bill Strickland, 2011 Malcolm X Festival

Malcolm X : A Life of Reinvention / Manning Marable

Set The World On Fire : Black Nationalist Women And The Global Struggle For Freedom / Keisha N. Blain

Black Power ; The Politics of Liberation in America / [by] Stokely Carmichael & Charles V. Hamilton

Notes on Negro American Influences on the Emergence of African Nationalism /
George Shepperson


From #BlackLivesMatter to Black liberation / Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Brentwood Stories – Quarantine Conversations VIII

For our final episode of our Quarantine Conversations series, me and Peter are joined by Robert Ottone. Robert is a Long Island writer and teacher with strong ties to Brentwood. While he may be best known for his horror writing, including “Her Infernal Name & Other Nightmares”. Peter and I discover that Robert is a man of many talents. Robert, Peter and I discuss horror, journalism, radio, ramen, and Cthulu in no particular order on this episode of Quarantine Conversations.


Show Notes:

Her Infernal Name & Other Nightmares – Robert P. Ottone

Mexican Gothic – Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Only Good Indians: A Novel – Stephen Graham Jones

Plunge – Joe Hill

H. P. Lovecraft’s Dagon 

Brentwood Stories – Quarantine Conversations VII

In an interesting turn of fate, the next guest for our Quarantine conversations series was suggested to us by a guest from the first episode. Edras Hidalgo is a Red Cross volunteer who works alongside Celia Vollmer in providing outreach to the Brentwood Community. He shares his unique perspective on providing outreach during the Covid 19 quarantine, and a little about what inspired him to become a volunteer.

Brentwood Stories – Quarantine Conversations VI

For todays episode of quarantine conversations, me and Peter check in with Dawn, another long time Brentwood resident and library patron. Dawn shares how she has kept busy during the quarantine by attending library programs and staying in touch with her friends and family. Also joining our podcast is special guest from our listening audience.

Brentwood Stories – Quarantine Conversations V

In today’s episode we catch up with long time Brentwood Library patron Tuty. Tuty speaks about her experiences during quarantine, and how the library’s seed program helped her cultivate her garden during the Summer.

Brentwood Stories – Quarantine Conversations IV

Claudia has been a patron of the Brentwood library for several years, and today me and Peter get to catch up with her to see how she has been keeping busy during quarantine. We discuss her work at the UN, as well as what audio books she has been enjoying.

Brentwood Stories – Quarantine Conversations III

In today’s episode, me and Peter pay a virtual visit to our friends at the Brentwood public library Career and business development center. Our colleagues Vicki, Olivia, and Kaven share their memories and thoughts on how working at the career center has evolved during the COVID-19 quarantine.

Brentwood Stories – Quarantine Conversations II

Peter and Peter catch up with librarians and fellow podcasters Christoher Kretz and Christopher DeCristofaro. They discuss the quarantine, podcasting and even squeeze in some tech talk.

You may find Christopher Kretz’s podcast, The Long Island history Project, at, or here on Blubrry at

Christopher DeCristofaro’s podcast, the Library Pros, may be found at, or here on Blubrry at

Brentwood Stories – Quarantine Conversations I

In this special Brentwood Stories miniseries, my cohost Peter and I check in with members of the Brentwood Library family to document their experiences during quarantine. Today’s episode features Ellen Edelstein, President of the Brentwood Historical Society and Celia Vollmer, long time Brentwood Library Employee and Red Cross Volunteer.