“Hampturbia” in the Age of Escalade Entitlement

“HAMPTURBIA in the Age of escalade entitlement”


Hosted by Chip Rae

Noted Bridgehampton-based architect and columnist Preston T. Phillips takes us on a tour of the world he has dubbed “Hampturbia,” which he defines as the evolution of the bucolic East End into “one homogeneous and overcrowded enclave of suburban sameness and exclusivity.”



PRESTON T. PHILLIPS is a noted local architect who from his Bridgehampton base has designed residential projects from the Hamptons to Palm Beach and Naples, Florida, to townhouses in New York City along with significant retail projects.Connoisseur magazine has called him “a man of his time.” House & Garden lauded the “resonant definition to an open space” he gave to a Manhattan loft. The Hamptons described him as a “visionary young architect.” His work has been featured in Southern Accents, Interior Design, Elle Decor, Dwell and Architectural Digest among other publications.

The Cost of Health Care



Hosted by Brooke Kroeger


An authoritative discussion of the $3 trillion enterprise that is the U.S. health care system, the largest in the developed world, and yet one beset by problems of access, quality and unsustainable costs. Led by a noted New York Times correspondent (and M.D.) and the head of Southampton Hospital. 


ELISABETH L. ROSENTHAL, M.D. is an award-winning New York Times senior writer who trained at Harvard and what is now NY-Presbyterian Hospital as a medical doctor. Her two-year-long series for the Times on health care costs,“Paying Till It Hurts,” inspired her current book project, to be published in 2017. Beats she has covered for the Times include health care, international environment, and a six-year stint as a foreign correspondent based in China. She received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford and also holds an M.A.  in English literature from Cambridge University, where she was a Marshall Scholar. 


ROBERT S. CHALONER has been president and CEO of Southampton Hospital since 2006, where he is actively engaged in stabilizing and rebuilding the hospital’s financial and operating performance, as well as reestablishing the hospital’s community reputation. In his current role, he chairs the CEO Council for the East End Health Alliance and is Co-Chair of the eHealth of Long Island Regional health Information Organization.  He is a graduate of Dartmouth with an M.S. and M.P.H from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from New York University. 

Campaign Theatrics 2016!



Hosted by Brooke Kroeger

Who better prepared than Patrick Healy, who is at home on the theater and campaign beats for the New York Times, to give us an insider’s look at the absolute theater that is the 2016 Presidential election campaign?



PATRICK HEALY is a New York Times reporter now covering the 2016 Presidential election campaign–his fourth. Previous assignments include Afghanistan, Iraq, and his groundbreaking coverage of  Broadway theater through the lens of culture and business.

Live Music! Harps, Harmonicas and Heavy Breathers



Hosted by Brooke Kroeger

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From a cheap, portable, and rudimentary folk instrument playable by anyone who could breathe, the harmonica has become the world’s most popular instrument and has found a place in all forms of music, including on the concert stage. Authors/performers Kim Field and Randy Weinstein take you on a guided tour of the instrument’s history and the music of its greatest performers–including several virtuoso locals–with live musical demonstrations all along the way.


KIM FIELD  is the author of Harmonicas, Harps and Heavy Breathers: The Evolution of the People’s Instrument, the premier book on the instrument’s history. He is also an accomplished performer, having shared stages with Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, James Cotton, Walter Horton, and other blues luminaries.


RANDY WEINSTEIN  is the co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Harmonica, one of the most popular harmonica instructional guides currently available. Randy has performed and recorded with jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson and the popular Americana/World Music confab Hazmat Modine.

“Tales from the Heart of Our Sea” -The Tom Twomey Lecture In Local History

“TALES FROM the Heart of Our Sea”

The Tom Twomey Lecture

In Local History:

NEW START TIME: 4:30 p.m.


Hosted by Dennis Fabiszak

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Bruce Collins shares tales from the heart of our sea, with the aid of the new whaling acquisitions of the library’s Long Island Collection and his own considerable grasp of local history.


BRUCE COLLINS is the co-chair of the Library’s Long Island Collection and chair of its acquisitions committee. As a life-long resident of the community, he has served as chair of the East Hampton Town 350th Anniversary Committee and has been Town Supervisor, Chairman of the Bank of the Hamptons, a director of the Suffolk County National Bank and a trustee and Vice President of the East Hampton Healthcare Foundation.


DENNIS FABISZAK is the Director of the East Hampton Library.


TOM TWOMEY, the Library Board of Managers’ late Chairman, for whom this series is named, endowed this annual lecture devoted to aspects of local East End history. This is the first in what is to become an annual event. Tom also was the editor of a multi-volume history of East Hampton, the sixth volume of which was launched this season at the inaugural event for this group of programs.


A Farewell To Sport

A Farewell To Sport


Hosted by Patti Ferrin


New York Times columnist Robert Lipsyte explores the state of American sport: What’s happened and where it’s going.


ROBERT LIPSYTE, a long-time sports reporter and columnist for the New York Times and a former Ombudsman for ESPN was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary in 1992 and won Columbia University’s Meyer Berger Award for Distinguished Reporting, in 1966 and 1996. His books include the recent memoir,An Accidental Sportswriter, SportsWorld: An American Dreamland, and Dick Gregory’s autobiography. In 2001, he won the Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association for lifetime contribution to Young Adult Literature. His best-selling teen-age novels includes The Contender  and One Fat Summer. He lives in Manhattan and Shelter Island with his wife, the writer Lois B. Morris.

Update: “The Strangling Of A Resort”

Update: “The Strangling Of A Resort”


Hosted by Chip Rae

Leading architecture critic Paul Goldberger revisits his iconic 1983 lament in the New York Times about the surge of development sweeping East Hampton, which was then threatening its very core. Where are we 32 years later?


PAUL GOLDBERGER, now a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, was the New Yorker’s architecture critic from 1997-2011, where he wrote the “Skyline” column. From q973-1997, he was the architecture critic for The New York Times, where he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1984. Paul served as dean of the Parsons School of Design and has written several books, including Why Architecture MattersBuilding Up and Tearing Down; and Reflections on the Age of Architecture. His biography of the architect Frank Gehry will be published by Alfred A. Knopf in September. 

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About North Korea But Were Afraid To Ask

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About North Korea But Were Afraid To Ask


Hosted by Jennifer Mulligan

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Robert Boynton, author of a forthcoming book on North Korea, The Invitation Only Zone (FSG, January 2016), expounds on this little-known, less-understood nation.


ROBERT BOYNTON directs the graduate Literary Reportage concentration at the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He is the author The New New Journalism and his forthcoming book, The Invitation Only Zone on North Korea’s abduction of dozens of Japanese nationals held captive in secret for 25 years. He has written about culture and ideas for the New YorkerHarper’sAtlantic, the New York Times Magazine, and other publications. 

The U.S. Congress: Is The Branch Still Broken?

The U.S. Congress: Is The Branch Still Broken?

Former Rep. TIM BISHOP (D-NY)

Hosted by Chuck Hitchcock


 Former U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY) takes us through the roots of dysfunction in Congress. 


TIM BISHOP served as U.S. Representative for New York’s 1st Congressional District from 2003 to 2015. He is a twelfth generation resident of Southampton. He has been named Distinguished Professor of Civic Engagement and Public Service on the Long Island campus of  St. Joseph’s College


Saving Our Communities From Fiscal Crises

Saving Our Communities From Fiscal Crises


Hosted by Maureen Egen


Richard Ravitch, whose efforts in Detroit’s fiscal rescue echoed his seminal role in saving New York City in 1975, joins Larry Cantwell, East Hampton’s Town Supervisor, to discuss the ins and outs of municipal finance and its critical role in the conduct of good village, town, and city government.


RICHARD RAVITCH is an American politician and businessman who served asLieutenant Governor of New York from 2009 to 2010. He was appointed to the position in July 2009 by New York Governor David Paterson. A native of New York City, he earned a law degree from Yale Law School and has worked in his family’s real estate development business, a number of government and government-appointed positions, including with the New York State Urban Development Corporation and Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and in private industry, including tenures as chairman of the Bowery Savings Bank and as the chief owner representative in labor negotiations for Major League Baseball. His most recent book is So Much To Do: A Full LIfe of Business, Politics and Confronting Fiscal Crises.


LARRY CANTWELL is the Supervisor of the Town of East Hampton, having taken office in January 2014. In his first year, he presided over a Town Board that preserved open space in every hamlet of Town, prioritized coastal resiliency planning and shoreline protection, established the ambitious goal of making East Hampton energy independent and upgraded infrastructure, among other achievements. As Chief Operating Officer and Chief Fiscal Officer, he also oversaw the continued improvement of the Town’s financial condition, including a credit rating upgrade. Previously, Mr. Cantwell served as the East Hampton Village Administrator for three decades. He has also served as a Town Councilman, helping start the Town’s first affordable housing program; and has also been a Town Planning Board member; Chairman of the Town Housing Authority; and a Governor’s appointee to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

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