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Doug's Front Porch

Doug Madenford

Join host, Doug Madenford, as he welcomes guests onto his front porch for some good old-fashioned conversation. New episodes air on the 1st and 15th of each month.

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Introduction and Overview
Apr 27 2020
Introduction and Overview
Welcome to Doug's Front Porch, a conversational podcast hosted by Doug Madenford. Join me as I invite friends, old and new, onto my front porch for some honest conversation.Support the show (
52 - Hiram Smith
Jun 15 2022
52 - Hiram Smith
In this episode I welcome Hiram Smith up on the front porch. Hiram is a professor of Spanish and Linguistics at Bucknell University here in central PA. We discuss his youth as an "Army Brat" and the various places that he lived growing up. We also discuss African-American-English and its history within the American story as well as an honest and enlightening discussion on the "N-Word." We close the interview with our normal 10 quick questions which get sidetracked by a quick discussion on the black perspective in movies.Support the show
51 - Bradley Smith
Jun 1 2022
51 - Bradley Smith
In this episode I welcome Bradley Smith up on the front porch. We discuss his journey from a kid loving history movies to being a curator at the Pennsylvania State Museum. We also discuss just what an archivist does as well as why learning history is so important. Visit the Pennsylvania State MuseumVisit the Berks History CenterGet your Front Porch Merch!Support the show
50 - The Class of 2022
May 15 2022
50 - The Class of 2022
In this episode, I welcome six of my graduating seniors up on the front porch. They tell us about their feelings as they prepare to graduate, what they believe is the number one issue facing teens today, how Covid impacted their high school experience, and what their future plans are. Listening to these teens will restore some of your faith in our future.To get your Front Porch Merch!Support the show
49 - Ashley Snyder
May 1 2022
49 - Ashley Snyder
In this episode I welcome Ashley Snyder up on the front porch. Ashley is is a high school German teacher at Conrad Weiser School District. We talk about her journey from her own high school days to her time spent in Germany to eventually having her own classroom. We also discuss just what it means to be PA Dutch to her and how she connects to the language and culture of her ancestors. Click here to learn more about the Pastorius Haus!Support the show (
48 - Josh Brown
Apr 15 2022
48 - Josh Brown
In this episode I welcome Josh Brown up on the front porch. Josh and I co-authored a textbook on Pennsylvania Dutch, but that isn't what we chat about. We discuss his life journey through languages including his time studying and researching at Penn State for his PhD and his various field work among the Amish and Mennonite peoples. We tells us just a few of the things that the plain people have taught him about life and also debunks a few stereotypes and myths about the Amish.To listen to the Ephrata Cloister music referenced in our interview, check out: Voices in the Wilderness.Support the show (
47 - Pete Ruggieri
Apr 1 2022
47 - Pete Ruggieri
On this episode, Pete Ruggieri joins me on the front porch. We talk about his time as a 911 dispatcher in Chester County, PA and then we discuss his various charity work. Pete is the brains behind the annual Santa Stumble held in Lancaster each that has raised thousands of dollars to benefit the Lancaster mounted patrol and K-9 units. We close our discussion with stories about his involvement in fostering Doberman Pinschers. Learn more about Delaware Valley Doberman Pinscher Assistance! Support the show (
46 - Inge Williams
Mar 15 2022
46 - Inge Williams
In this episode, I welcome Inge Williams up on the front porch. Inge is the pastor at Frieden's Lutheran Church in Shartlesville, PA. We talk about her time spent in Germany and Oman and the faith journey she went on to her life in ministry. We discuss the culture shock she experienced as she moved into a traditional PA Dutch community and how she handles the grief associated with the loss of place and landscape with her parishioners. We close our discussion with the topic of our connection to the Earth both spiritually and physically.To learn more about Friedens Lutheran Church, check out their Facebook Page! Support the show (
45 - Lawrence Morris
Mar 1 2022
45 - Lawrence Morris
In this episode, I welcome Lawrence Morris up on the front porch. Lawrence is a professor of English at Albright College in Reading, PA. We discuss his strong Irish-American heritage which led him down an academic road in classical and medieval literature. We discuss the Irish Gaelic language and his fascination with the Pennsylvania Dutch language and culture. Support the show (
44 - Nick Robinson
Feb 15 2022
44 - Nick Robinson
In this episode I welcome one of my old college friends, Nick Robinson, onto the front porch. We discuss our shared college memories highlighting the morning of September 11th. We talk about his various moves and jobs that took him all over America and beyond. We close our conversation talking about his time in Africa and marrying his Kenyan wife. Finally we discuss the journey that his family has been through for his wife to become an American citizen.To learn more about Nick and his family, check out their YouTube channel! Support the show (
43 - Vinnie Kishbaugh
Feb 1 2022
43 - Vinnie Kishbaugh
In this episode, I welcome my dear friend, Vinnie Kishbaugh, up on the front porch. We discuss his childhood growing up in Berwick, PA, and his love of football. We talk about his life-long relationship with the food industry from washing dishes to being an executive chef to teaching culinary arts to high schoolers. We close our conversation talking about the new restaurant that he and his wife are opening up in early 2022. For more information about Vinnie's restaurant, check out: Good Neighbor Craft House!Support the show (
42 - Lindsay Kalbach
Jan 15 2022
42 - Lindsay Kalbach
In this episode, I welcome friend and colleague, Lindsay Kalbach, up on the front porch. We discuss the rewards and challenges of teaching high school literature and writing plus the state of public ed today. We also talk about her experiences of being part of the LGBTQ+ community in a very socially conservative area and the struggles of being able to converse about the topic of homosexuality. We close our conversation with our normal ten quick questions.Support the show (
41 - Welcome 2022!
Jan 1 2022
41 - Welcome 2022!
In this episode I welcome 2022 with a quick overview of the year from my trusty Baer's Agricultural Almanac and Gardening Guide. We look at predictions for the new year as well as important anniversaries, horoscopes, and a few corny jokes. Happy New Year 2022, everyone!  To get your own copy:  Baer's AlmanacSupport the show (
40 - Christmas Around The World
Dec 15 2021
40 - Christmas Around The World
In this episode I am joined by friends from around the world up on the front porch. Each guest discusses how they and their family celebrate the Christmas season where they live. So grab your passport, we are taking a virtual trip to Canada, England, and Germany!Support the show (
39 - Shawn Becker
Dec 1 2021
39 - Shawn Becker
In this episode I welcome Shawn Becker up on the front porch. We discuss his time in the US Coast Guard stationed in Hawaii and on the Great Lakes, his busy job at a large beer distributor, and our shared love of motorcycling. Support the show (
38 - A Thanksgiving Episode
Nov 15 2021
38 - A Thanksgiving Episode
Thanksgiving, that most American of holidays. In this episode, I reach out and ask various friends what Thanksgiving means to them. Their responses give us all the opportunity to think about what Thanksgiving means to each of us and to consider what we are truly thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Support the show (
37 - Politics and Religion
Nov 1 2021
37 - Politics and Religion
In this episode I welcome back to the front porch Matthew DeSantis and Kevin Shock. We discuss two of the topics we are often taught not to talk about: politics and religion. We tackle the idea of separation of church and state, the role that social media has had on both topics, and where each of them see politics and the church 25 years from now. Hear Kevin's solo Front Porch Episode!Hear Matthew's solo Front Porch Episode!Support the show (
36 - Andrea Dobrozsi
Oct 15 2021
36 - Andrea Dobrozsi
In this episode I welcome Andrea Dobrozsi up on the front porch. We discuss her time serving in Americorps in Chicago, her job as a high school counselor, our shared journey of losing a parent to cancer, and being the wife to a restaurant owning husband. Check out: Fireside Pizza!Support the show (
35 - Steven Madenford
Oct 1 2021
35 - Steven Madenford
The brotherly love is flowing in this episode as I welcome my very own brother, Steven Madenford, onto the front porch. We discuss our grandparents' legacy and their effect on us, his love of all things history (in particular the Civil War), his job as a manager of a manufacturing company, and his eternal drive and relentless work ethic. To learn more about Randy Dietrich and his winery, check out his Facebook Page!Support the show (
34 - Abigail Shrack
Sep 15 2021
34 - Abigail Shrack
In this episode I welcome Abigail Shrack up on the front porch. We talk about growing up on her family farm and her year spent in Venezuela. We discuss her transition from teaching to serving on her local school board. We conclude our conversation discussing and explaining what being on a "Sheep to Shawl" team is all about!Learn more about "Sheep to Shawl"!Support the show (
33 - Mike Connor
Sep 1 2021
33 - Mike Connor
In this episode Mike Connor joins me on the front porch. Mike is the choral director at the same high school where I teach. We discuss his childhood filled with music, the influential directors that he has had over his lifetime, and what it takes to lead not only youth choirs but also adult choirs. Learn more about the Williamsport Civic Chorus!Support the show (