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***New Episodes Coming November 16th From Cavalry Audio, iHeartRadio and executive producer Alec Baldwin, Island chronicles the first three hundred years of colonization of Manhattan Island and its resounding impact on our culture and our world. Hosted by actor, writer, and New Yorker Chance Kelly, the series illustrates how this place is an island unto itself, not just geographically, but idealistically, philosophically and spiritually. Island uncovers our true lost American History. It examines the city's effect on religious and personal freedoms throughout the world. Chance's own heritage is central to much of this story directly as his great, great, great uncle Honest John Kelly, himself emerged from the slums of Five Points to become one of the first Irish-Catholic Congressmen in 1856, and would later reform the reeling Tammany Hall in the wake of the Boss Tweed era. John Kelly was a fiercely courageous advocate for oppressed immigrants from everywhere. Island is the character-driven portrait of the inimitable souls responsible for a place founded on capitalism but perpetuated on an infectious and unapologetic measure of tolerance. Our narrative begins in 1609 when Henry Hudson happens upon Manhattan and the river that would come to bear his name, and culminates in 1909 when Western interloper William Randolph Hearst has infiltrated New York publishing and the fistfight that is Manhattan politics. Climb aboard this voyage of discovery as we tell the epic story, over three centuries, of the forging of the epicenter of the universe. Researched, written and produced by Chance Kelly and Dr. Jaap Jacobs.

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Episode 4 - Obsession: 1609
What is driving Henry Hudson? What does he think he is doing? The further north he goes, the more he becomes obsessed to find the elusive Northern passage. But at some point the arctic cold and scarce provisions will take their toll. Is Hudson pushing his exhausted crew just a bit too far? Learn more about your ad-choices at
Nov 30, 2021
Episode 3 - China: 1609, John Hudson
"Why did we ever come to North America?," Hudson's crew ask themselves as the search for the northern route to Asia continues. Henry Hudson remains convinced he has got it right and decides to sail up the river. His reluctant crew begins to wonder whether he knows what he is doing. What is the point of fighting with the locals? Learn more about your ad-choices at
Nov 23, 2021
Episode 2 - Soundings: 1609, John Colman
As Henry Hudson explores the New York area with the Half Moon, he meets the local indigenous Algonquins. His mixed crew of English and Dutch sailors includes his son, twelve-year old John Hudson, and the junior officer and translator, John Colman. In the course of their encounters with the locals, Colman's life comes to a bloody end. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Nov 16, 2021
Episode 1 - De Halve Maen: 1609, Henry Hudson
Henry Hudson... If you live in the New York area, you hear his name a lot. We drive his parkway. We pay to cross his bridge. We marvel at his majestic river. But what do we know about HIM? This episode introduces Henry Hudson and his ship, the Half Moon, as he explores Manhattan and the river leading north. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Nov 16, 2021
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Nov 09, 2021