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Options September 13, 2017: Geisty City

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Welcome to IRL  0:00:00 (MP3 | )
Helene Stapinski interview  0:06:17 (MP3 | )

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:03pm Jeff:

Third season already! Real Life flies by!
Avatar Wed. 9/13/17 7:03pm Richard S:

HELLOOOOOO!
  Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:03pm BnowB:

hi
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:03pm melinda:

Ready for tales of corruption!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:04pm Jeff:

Ooh, a new Helene Stapinski book coming out? Nice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 7:04pm karankeeone:

Parsippany, NJ here. Hello. Looking forward to your show!
Avatar Wed. 9/13/17 7:04pm Richard S:

And corruption NOT involving the name "Trump"!
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:04pm dez:

evenin!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:05pm I am the Upsetter:

Can't wait!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:05pm chris:

crooked history is the funnest history! and there's soooo much of it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:06pm dale:

season three means special guest stars and perhaps a wedding episode or a baby on the way.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:06pm dale:

season five jumps the shark.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:07pm Jeff:

"Maven" is one of those words like "boffin" (which I think Brits use for scientists or other technologists).
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 7:08pm common:

hello
Avatar Wed. 9/13/17 7:08pm Richard S:

Maven: Yiddish noun. A person who knows a LOT about a subject. An expert.
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:08pm Emily:

Hello everybody!!
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 7:08pm PsychopathJimFields:

Hey Kimzilla and Emily!
Happy 3rd year!!!!
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:08pm Emily:

Richard: why thanks! I do love me some etymology...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 7:09pm kimzilla:

@ Psychopath Jim Fields: Not third year, third season! Fall, summer and now fall!
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:09pm Emily:

@dale: oooooh sounds exciting! I can't wait! I wonder who the father is...
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 7:10pm PsychopathJimFields:

Yeah, I meant that. There should be an edit function on here.
Happy anyway!!!
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:11pm Emily:

Thanks, Jim!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:12pm dale:

right?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:12pm Jeff:

We live in Downtown JC now - and moved to the current place around 2005. Soon after we moved there, my spouse saw a contractor dropping his lunch trash in the street. She pointed out that there was a trash can on the corner, and he should damn well use it.

He said, "When I was a kid, this neighborhood is where we came to burn cars!"
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 7:14pm kimzilla:

@Jeff, so that means he's grandfathered into littering. Makes sense.
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 7:15pm PsychopathJimFields:

My mother went to nursing school at Jersey City Medical Center. She told me that as part of everybody's training, they each had to work a Saturday night in the emergency room so they could deal with gunshots and stabbings.
Million dollar condos or not, I wouldn't venture out onto Baldwin Ave. after dark.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 7:15pm kimzilla:

Hey all, Helene Stapinski is available for any questions or comments you may have. Say hi Helene!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:16pm dale:

HI HELENE! like beansy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:19pm Jeff:

There was big vacant lot in my previous JC neighborhood - just a few blocks south of where the Colgate plant used to be - where Onyx chemical used to be. Whenever it rained and groundwater collected in puddles, it gleamed bright yellow.

I was told that was from the chromium.

A gigantic residential building was built right on top of all that. I saw no sign of any remediation beforehand, but you know, maybe that happened.
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 7:20pm PsychopathJimFields:

Hi Helene!
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:20pm hstapinski:

Hi!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:20pm Jeff:

Hi, Helene! Enjoyed the book and the movie version of it!
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:21pm hstapinski:

Yes, I covered the chromium problem. Very deadly
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:22pm hstapinski:

A lot of buildings were put right on top of the toxic waste, unfortunately
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 7:22pm kimzilla:

Just cap it with pavement and its all good!
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:23pm hstapinski:

right!
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 7:23pm Will from Seattle:

Bribes are/were big in Russia too.
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:23pm hstapinski:

the problem with chromium is that it crystallizes and travels, then you breathe it in and it can cause cancer
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:24pm hstapinski:

I think bribes are still big in Russia!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:24pm melinda:

Yikes.
  Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:25pm Kate:

No! a mother who tells her kids the same story 7000 times? Couldn't happen.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 7:26pm kimzilla:

So Helene, what do you remember about the Pulaski Skyway fires that lasted for 30 years?
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:27pm Emily:

@Kate: nooo...too far-fetched. (AHEM)
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:27pm hstapinski:

Oh God! I just remember it always smoking down there. I would drive by when I was in my 20s and see teh smoke. I never wrote about them, but I breathed it in plenty
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 7:27pm kimzilla:

@Kate, that's how family history gets passed on. Love that.
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:28pm Emily:

We have evidence of it on this show: when we did the camping episode I told the exact story around the campfire you've told me a hundred times.
  Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:29pm Kate:

I love oral history. So alive!
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:29pm hstapinski:

Ha! It's that repetition that glues it into your brain
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:30pm hstapinski:

Before people wrote their stories they just told them over and over
  Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:30pm Kate:

@hstapinski EXACTLY
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:30pm Emily:

It's true, Helene! I can recite all my mom's stories about our family...
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:31pm hstapinski:

I've done the same thing to my kids. They're like Enough ALready!
Avatar Wed. 9/13/17 7:32pm Richard S:

@hstapinski "Sing, O Muse, of the Anger of Achilles, Son of Peleas, and the aggrivation he caused the Achaeans..."
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 7:33pm PsychopathJimFields:

You can build the hospital. We're naming it after my mother.
Mom was a Margaret Hague baby.
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:34pm hstapinski:

@RichardS I think my family is related to Achilles. Down near Greece
  Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:34pm Kate:

Gotta laugh. Laughing and crying are the same relief.
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:35pm hstapinski:

@Jim We were all Margaret Hague babies
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 7:37pm kimzilla:

Which is a whole other side of the Hague era where people always talk about how corrupt he was, but he gave the city a lot too, like free healthcare!
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:38pm hstapinski:

The original Obamacare!
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:38pm dez:

feel like i am sitting around the kitchen table with the family listening to this as they talked about their old days
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:39pm hstapinski:

dez: I just made some meatballs. You want one?
  Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:40pm Kate:

pass the parmesan
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:40pm Jeff:

Did grandma make the Sunday gravy?
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:41pm hstapinski:

@Jeff She did. And she taught ma and ma taught ma
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 7:41pm kimzilla:

Now I wish we added dinner bed sounds!
  Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:41pm Kate:

OK now I have to read the book. An authentic voice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:42pm chris:

<clink> <sip>
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:42pm hstapinski:

Murder in Matera! At A bookstore near you
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:44pm dez:

meatballs!? now i'm starvin'!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:44pm Jeff:

"The Jersey City of Alaska" reminds me of when I heard Five Finger Discount described as "The Angela's Ashes of Jersey City".

I mean, you can't get too caught up in trying to make that an exact match - HS's voice and that Jersey humor makes her story less fecking dreary - but it was kind of a cool-sounding thing to say. Wish I remembered who said it.
  Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:44pm Kate:

Gingerbread house competition!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:45pm melinda:

The Southern accents are very stigmatized.
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:45pm hstapinski:

@Jeff I think it might have been John Farmer in his Star Ledger review
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:45pm melinda:

Trans Atlantic!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:46pm chris:

my mom trained my NC accent out of me when we moved back to Cali... she told me people would think i wasn't as smart :(
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:46pm hstapinski:

So sad
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 7:47pm JakeGould:

As someone who grew up in “redneck” Brooklyn and moved to the midwest for a while, I have to say the inherent regionalism that pops up when you mention where you are from and why you moved somewhere else is maddening.

People in the midwest assumed that I had “power” and was somehow “connected” just by being from New York; they had no idea that working class people lived here.

And people in New York who heard I moved to the midwest were baffled by my desire to be in a quieter, calmer, cooler and more affordable place.

People have weird regional self-hatred and biases out there.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 7:47pm Tommy in Neversink:

My NC accent is ten times a thick as yours..maybe because I'm older
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:48pm melinda:

@chris sad but true. I don't think I ever had much of a Texas accent but I was very self-conscious about having any trace of it when I moved north.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:48pm Jeff:

@hstapinski: oh yeah, stands to reason you'd remember which review was which.
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:48pm hstapinski:

@Jeff I think that was the first!
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:49pm hstapinski:

It makes me angry when people make fun of people's accents.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:50pm chris:

i *love* accents! please don't lose them! they are really *so* wonderful.
  Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:50pm Kate:

My accent changes depending on who I talk to. Can't talk to the folks down home like I'm from the big city.
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:50pm hstapinski:

My accent gets stronger when I go back home
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 7:51pm Tommy in Neversink:

I move to NYC in 1980 from NC ....I don't know if people assumed you were less intelligent because of the accent ...I wasn't thinking about it . There were times I wished it wasn't the focus of the conversations I was trying to have . But then again at times I wanted it to be noticed
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 7:51pm JakeGould:

FWIW, when I was in second grade—2nd fucking grade—kids in Brooklyn gave me crap because I didn’t have a Brooklyn accent. The kids thought my accent was from… TEXAS!

When does this nonsense begin?!?
  Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:51pm Kate:

@chris me too!
Avatar Wed. 9/13/17 7:51pm YETI BOB:

I grew up in NJ, have lived in Chicago for 20 years. Have mostly lost the NJ accent but ... YEAH ....
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:51pm hstapinski:

Flavor!
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 7:51pm Will from Seattle:

Accents really vary in Raleigh. Most folks I knew had neutral American accents with southern touches. I grew up there & hardly any of my friends here in Seattle notice much of a southern accent. I can put mine on whenever I want though. My dad, grandparents, & other relatives outside of Raleigh have more of a southern accent than I do. Like Emily said, gets stronger when I'm with my grandparents & other relatives
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:52pm hstapinski:

My aunt Katie said Terlit
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:52pm Bobby:

Wooder.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:52pm melinda:

@Jake that's really weird.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 7:53pm Tommy in Neversink:

Will ..I grew up in Yadkinville..20 mi west of Winston....the accents thick there
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:53pm hstapinski:

wooder, cooder, shooder
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:53pm Jeff:

Kathryn wanted me to ask @hstapinski: there's the area downtown now being called the Warehouse District (including where the matzoh factory used to be, and the old A&P warehouse which is now 150 Bay) - did that area have any identity people cared about back in the day?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:53pm melinda:

@hstapinski I love that pronunciation!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 7:53pm Tommy in Neversink:

...accents are thick there
  Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:53pm Kate:

@ Emily oh you little vixen
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:54pm hstapinski:

@Jeff My father grew up down there in a tenement. He was Polish and I think a lot of Polish people lived there
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:55pm hstapinski:

I love Colin Egan!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:55pm chris:

i think i heard that folks from Dublin(?) can tell which neighborhood a person is from based on their accent
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:56pm Jeff:

Oh, interesting - I know there was a big Polish population farther south toward Paulus Hook - I guess the OLC church is still active there - but I didn't know there were many places to live among the warehouses.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:56pm maestroso:

Great show, thanks Emily & Kimzilla!
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:56pm hstapinski:

@Chris That is the case in Italy. DIalects
Avatar Wed. 9/13/17 7:57pm Richard S:

Thanks for a great show!
  Wed. 9/13/17 7:57pm hstapinski:

Thanks everyone for listening!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 7:57pm kimzilla:

Thanks Helene!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:57pm chris:

ah, thanks, Helene. that's the word i needed.

Thanks, Emily, Kimzilla and Helene!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 9/13/17 7:58pm Jeff:

Thanks @hstapinski and Kim and Emily! Great show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 9/13/17 7:59pm JakeGould:

Came in quite late but will definitely listen to this later with my Texan drawl.
Avatar    Wed. 9/13/17 8:03pm PsychopathJimFields:

Enjoyed this show!
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