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Telling the magical stories of Hungary's first independent English-language newspaper, Budapest Week, in a series of interviews with its editors, writers, founders, staff and readers.

Telling the magical stories of Hungary's first independent English-language newspaper, Budapest Week, in a series of interviews with its editors, writers, founders, staff and readers.

Location:

Hungary

Description:

Telling the magical stories of Hungary's first independent English-language newspaper, Budapest Week, in a series of interviews with its editors, writers, founders, staff and readers.

Language:

English

Contact:

5306362455


Episodes

#6 - Os Davis

11/27/2020
This is a terrific interview and I wish that I could write a worthy introduction. Maybe later. For now, please enjoy

Duration:01:06:33

#5 - Kate Carlisle & Steven Carlson

11/6/2020
Kate Carlisle asked me to turn the mic around and let her interview me. I happily agreed. When I first met Kate, she was a production designer working side by side with Editor, Tom Popper and Copy Editor, Desmond MacGrath. She came on shortly before I left the newspaper, but we traveled in the same circles. In more recent years, Kate has captured my attention on social media with her vegan humor, animal memes, and what appeared to be a budding romance with a former Budapest Week...

Duration:00:42:15

#4 - Chris Condon

10/25/2020
Chris Condon joined the Budapest Week just over a year after we launched. He started as a reporter, worked his way up to News Editor, and eventually served as Editor-in-Chief. Chris belongs to a generation of journalists, Hungarians and foreigners, who cut their teeth reporting for the Budapest Week. He also worked for the paper long after I left, which means he was able to share a few stories I hadn't heard. For example, moving offices and discovering a gun concealed in a wall cavity...

Duration:01:28:21

#3 - Bob Cohen

10/19/2020
What to say about Bob Cohen? Our friendship predates the newspaper. The other foreigners I met knocking about Eastern Europe in the late '80s were an odd bunch: itinerant language teachers, folk musicians, folklore researchers, linguists, and other misfits. That's a pretty good description of Bob. As soon as we started the paper, I wanted to bring Bob onboard. The only reason we hesitated was because of his unreasonable demands to be paid. But it worked out in the end because Bob Cohen...

Duration:01:43:11

#2 - Rick Bruner

10/14/2020
I met Rick Bruner through his father, Richard W Bruner. Dick was the first editor of the Budapest Week, as well as my mentor and friend. Rick Bruner, Tibor Szendrei and I are the three surviving founders of our newspaper. That's a sobering thought. Dick was the gray eminence of our little startup team. He convinced us it could be done. He introduced us to his wide circle of friends, and many of them became our contributors, supporters and friends. Rick and I had a contentious...

Duration:00:57:10

#1 - Tibor Szendrei

9/28/2020
Tibor Szendrei was one of the first people to commit to creating the Budapest Week, and as our single Hungarian partner, Tibor also had the most to lose. In this episode, he talks about why. We knew we could count on Tibor when, for example, a local printer required 300 dots per centimeter, rather than per inch. But he was so much more than an interpreter. Tibor's silver tongue smoothed relations with our key partners, including distributors, computer suppliers and printers, especially...

Duration:01:00:52

#0 - Bruce Lewis

9/19/2020
I asked my old friend, Bruce Lewis, to kick off this project with me by recording the pilot episode. He's is an accomplished guitarist, born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. Bruce and I were introduced by a mutual friend, Bob Cohen. Bruce became my roommate shortly after I left the newspaper, kicking and screaming. He wrote a few pieces for the Budapest Week, but this interview isn't really about the newspaper, although I did try to steer it in that direction. Bruce describes what it...

Duration:01:15:33