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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" — Crispin Kott, Chronogram Arts Magazine, October 2018

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

Poughkeepsie Journal

[Mat Zucker] started his monthly Cidiot podcast – a combination of the words city and idiot – about two years ago. He 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.

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 have invaded your land? Cidiot has been featured on Hudson Valley Magazine's "8 Hudson Valley Podcasts for All-Day Listening" and in Chronogram's "6 Hudson Valley Podcasts You Should Listen To." For updates, visit cidiot.com, join our facebook page at facebook.com/cidiotlife and follow @cidiot.hv on Instagram and @matzucker 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!


About the Host

Mat Zucker

Mat Zucker


Mat is a partner at a global growth consultancy and a former agency chief creative officer. A published writer of memoirs and essays, his work has appeared in The Bark, Chelsea Now, New York Press, Entropy, The Forward, Streetlight, MarketingProfs as well as Forbes.com. He speaks widely at industry conferences and has been on stage doing Cidiot storytelling at Hudson Valley's "The Porch." He also co-hosts Rising - Conversations With Leaders On The Way Up" and is has been a guest on several other podcasts, including The BeanCast and The Content Experience Show. Mat lives in New York's Hudson Valley with his husband Brian, 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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