Castle Conversations Hosts
Manhattanville College’s Castle Conversations would like to recognize its media partner, WNYC, and the talented hosts of this year’s lectures.
Elliott Forrest will host David Brooks on February 16, 2016, and Twyla Tharp on September 20, 2016. Elliot is the Afternoon Drive, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. host on WQXR and WQXR.org. He has hosted and produced live events from Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl and The Jerome L. Greene Space, among others. Forrest is the recipient of a George Foster Peabody Award and two Excellence in Broadcasting Awards from the New York State Broadcasters Association. He is the host of the national broadcasts of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He’s hosted more the 60 concerts at Carnegie Hall. As Orchestra Narrator: Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals, Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale and Oedipus Rex, Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and Noah’s Flood. He’s Artistic Director of ArtsRock, in Rockland County presenting concerts, conversations and family programming. For 12 years he was on the A&E Television Network as host of Breakfast with the Arts & Biography. And Forrest was featured on a Grammy Award winning comedy album with Peter Schickele and recently performed again with Schickele at The Town Hall. (Photo credit: Marco Antonio)
Manoush Zomorodi will host Steve Wozniak on April 5, 2016. Manoush is the host and managing editor of Note to Self, “the tech show about being human,” from WNYC Studios. Every week on her podcast, Manoush searches for answers to life’s digital quandaries, through experiments and conversations with listeners and experts. Topics include information overload, digital clutter, sexting “scandals,” and the eavesdropping capabilities of our gadgets. She has won numerous awards for her work including four from the New York Press Club. In 2014, the Alliance for Women in Media named her Outstanding Host. Prior to WNYC, Manoush reported and produced around the world for BBC News and Thomson Reuters. In 2012, she published Camera Ready, a guide to multimedia journalism. Manoush grew up in Princeton, New Jersey and went to Georgetown University. (Photo credit: Amy Pearl)
Dan Pashman will host Danny Meyer on September 29, 2016. Dan is the creator and host of WNYC’s James Beard Award-nominated food podcast The Sporkful, where Dan and his guests obsess over the details of eating to uncover truths about food–and people. The Sporkful isn’t for foodies, it’s for eaters. Typical Sporkful episodes range from a look at what it’s like to go out to a restaurant when you’re in a wheelchair to an investigation into what the sounds foods make are telling us to interviews with popular comedians and entertainers. Dan is also the host of Cooking Channel’s James Beard Award-nominated web series You’re Eating It Wrong, and a contributor to NPR, Slate, BuzzFeed, and LA’s KCRW. His first book, Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious, was published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster. Before starting The Sporkful, Dan worked as a radio and print journalist and producer covering news, politics, music, and culture for NPR, Vanity Fair, Slate, and the Washington Post. He’s reported from the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries and the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay. Dan is originally from Upper Saddle River, NJ. He’s a graduate of Tufts University and currently lives outside New York City with his wife and two daughters. (Photo credit: Scott Gordon Bleicher)