Madge Weinstein: Cancelled Friendships and Thus and So

Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
In Amsterdam
Madge Weinstein
Calling from Chicago

Legendary podcaster and esteemed political commentator Madge Weinstein returns to the program to update the gentle audience on what life is like when there are vaccines for covid but people somehow still manage to make each other sick.

Yeast Radio is my favorite podcast.

Eat This Hot Show may have ended.

Pod Save The Queens in about “The Crown”

538 isn’t really related but Madge mentioned them.

Bilal Ghalib: Building Deeper Relationships

Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Bilal Ghalib
Paris, France

Beyond the loss, the distance, and the isolation brought on by the global pandemic, Bilal Ghalib has found creative and effective ways to keep learning; about himself, his loved ones, and humans in general. He also has never stopped experimenting with ways of connecting with people or tapping into his own talents and fears.
Today on the podcast, we spend the hour speaking with Bilal about his reflections over the past year, what he has figured out and what he struggles with. We tackle history and the parts of our past that are difficult to talk about or make sense of. We speak of family and the complication of distance when being the outsider /foreigner becomes a way of life. We also manage to discuss what gaming means to us, so far, with limited experience.

Bilal is a very special person who has appeared on this podcast numerous times over these past two decades, and Im very thankfully to have had this time together and to be able to share it with you the listeners.

Bilal‘s website

Beit Al Atlas


David Brightbill: Floridians Behaving Badly and other Vaccine Stories

Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
in Amsterdam
Dave Brightbill
in Tallahassee

When the global pandemic broke out, David Brightbill was struggling to make it home to his cooperative community in Florida. In the months that followed he faced a personal health scare and became aware of the shortages of PPE among first responders in his region and across the country.

Now over a year into the pandemic, he is part of a network of maker spaces that rose to the occasion – providing that much needed equipment. He has also navigated, like so many senior citizens, the new world of vaccines and testing.

Today on the podcast we dive into supermarkets as healthcare centres, governors who do terrible things, masks and the noses that stick out over them.. and much more. Davey is a longtime friend and a unique human being that it brings me great joy to talk to. Tune in to hear it all.

Madhavan Pillai: Decolonizing Photography in India

Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
in Amsterdam
Madhavan Pillai
in Ooty

Back in the winter of 2016, Madhavan Pillai welcomed me with open arms and warm conversations in the mountainous tranquility of Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India. He was new to the city and we talked about the kinds of projects in art and photography that he hoped to make a reality for the community.

4 years later, Maddy’s creativity and commitment is as contageous as ever.

Today on the podcast, Madhavan Pillai speaks about his experiences over these past years, and his current project called “People of India”, a project that brings together artists from around the nation, as part of the ongoing effort to decolonize photography in India.

Listen and enjoy!

Gallery One Two

People of India (Book)

Maddy Works (blog)

Alexander Rendeiro: Being a Teenager in Corona Times

Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
At home in Amsterdam, NL
Alexander Rendeiro
in his room in New Jersey, US

In the spirit of celebrating the holidays and spending time, virtually, with your loved ones, this holiday edition of CTRP features an interview with my nephew: Alexander Rendeiro. Since we can’t be together in person, he joins me from New Jersey to discuss what his year has been like as a high school student and an avid connoisseur of music, gaming, and all things internet.

But not cereal. Don’t ever ask him about cereal.

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Michael Schaap:The Impact of Election 2020

Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
Live in a spacious room in Amsterdam
Michael Schaap

Michael Schaap is a documentary maker, a voice over artist, and an arm-chair historian who I have had the pleasure of knowing for almost two decades. For the past four years he has been watching in frustration and sadness as the US and the rest of the world, walk down a dangerous path not unlike what we’ve seen before.
Today on the podcast, an end of the year, Hanakkuh-Christmas-Kwanzaa-Festivus special looking at the glboal impact of the election in the US. And like every good holiday film, if you listen close you’ll hear an inspiring message… as well as Michael’s cat chewing on cables and documents.