a hand writingWhat the press says

Hudson Valley Magazine

“[A] candid and practical guide for others moving up from the city, choosing a town, making friends, and integrating yourself and your life into the beautiful Hudson Valley.” — Hudson Valley Magazine

Chronogram Magazine

"One of Six Hudson Valley Podcasts You Should Be Listening To" — Chronogram Arts Magazine, October 2018

Listed among "8 Hudson Valley Podcasts Perfect for All-Day Listening" — Hudson Valley Magazine, July 2019

Poughkeepsie Journal

A combination of the words city and idiot – [Mat] tells stories of what’s happened to him, and gives advice on making friends or setting up your new home.

Spotify Podcasters Blog

Zucker wanted to document and process the transition, and he wound up launching a podcast, Cidiot.


Winner of Best Regional Podcast, 2021 Chronogrammies

About the show

Learning to live and love life in the Hudson Valley. Hosted by Mat Zucker. Have you fantasized about living in the country? Curious what the transition is like? Or are you a local and want to see a different side of the folks who've invaded your land? The award-winning podcast Cidiot has been featured in The Albany Times-Union, Chronogram, Country Living, Hudson Valley Magazine, The Poughkeepsie Journal, NBC's Today.com, and more. For updates visit cidiot.com and follow @cidiot.hv on Instagram and @cidiot_hv on Twitter. Email: goats@cidiot.com

a heart with an arrow through itWhat fans say about the podcast

Country living made easy!!

Part how-to, part humor, Cidiot is the podcast you need if you are visiting or moving to the country from the city. Filled with stories that make you smile, and advice learned the hard way, Mat is a joy to listen to. Almost wants to make this city girl head for the hills!


Wit and Wisdom

I love Cidiot. Cautionary tales and investigative journalism from someone who loves his neighbors. Listen and learn. Also, laugh. Thanks, Mat!


Country Gentlemen

Thoroughly enjoying Mat's tales of life in the Hudson Valley. Each episode is perfectly bite-sized...packed with relevant facts AND humorous stories!


Delicious Stories About the Hudson Valley

It has taught us so much about life in this gorgeous part of the world, such as the mysteries of firewood delivery, how to break into local friendship circles, and why the color red just seems to work up here.


A great resource for upstate explorers

A great resource for those exploring a life outside the city upstate, or just the occasional escape. Lots of great tips, stories, and anecdotes!


Really Nice Commentary on the Hudson Valley

I've lived here for almost 30 years, and I've been taking it for granted. I may actually do some of the activities you suggest. Thank you, Your Uber Driver


About the Host

Mat Zucker

Mat Zucker


Mat is a partner at a global growth consultancy and former agency chief creative officer. A writer of memoirs and essays, he is author of Bronze Seeks Silver: Lessons from A Creative Career in Marketing, available through Amazon and several local bookstores. His work has also appeared in The Bark, Chelsea Now, New York Press, Contently, The Forward, Streetlight, MarketingProfs as well as Forbes.com. Mat speaks widely at industry conferences and has been on stage doing Cidiot storytelling at Hudson Valley's "The Porch." Mat also co-hosts "Rising," a podcast about marketing careers and has been a guest on other shows, including The BeanCastThe Content Experience Show and Let's Talk Marketing. Mat and his husband Brian live in New York's Hudson Valley with their dog Nora Ephron and tweets regularly. You can read all his Forbes.com articles here and get a sense of him in this interview.

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