First person: Feeding refugees in Poland, poetry from the North of the country, a tribute to 1969

Jabes Prado has created a children’s corner in the World Central Kitchen tent in downtown Warsaw to give Ukrainian children a chance to “do normal things”. Photo: Jabes Prado

Mitch TeichFirst person: Feeding refugees in Poland, poetry from the North of the country, a tribute to 1969

On the April edition of First Person, a moving interview with Jabes Prado. Prado had an unstable childhood in Brooklyn before moving to Hudson Falls. He then became an activist, opened a food pantry in Glens Falls and now works with troubled youth in Troy. But today he is on the ground in Warsaw, helping Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion. Prado tells us why he decided to go to Poland, from the World Central Kitchen tent where he works and the children’s corner he created for the youngest refugees. Later, writer Natalli Amato tells us how the North Country shaped a new collection of poetry, called Burning barrel. Amato grew up in Watertown and Sackets Harbor, and her work has a strong sense of place. And we’ll speak with producer, songwriter and musician Connor Seidel. Seidel is the creative force behind a new album by a group of Quebec artists that pays homage to the folk music movement of 1969. The album, simply titled “1969”, contains songs that are both new and seemingly familiar. .

Jabes Prado, No. 1 World Central Kitchen Tent, Warsaw

Natalli Amato, “Burning Barrel”

Connor Seidel, producer/songwriter, the 1969 Collective

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