A city of historical significance:
New Bedford is a city that is rich with historical interest. This city began its development with the whaling industry, as well as the textile mills. These industries brought together immigrants from all over the world. Similarly, Portuguese immigrants came to the area and created the vibrant pocket community that exists today. As we are told in the episode, this area is one that has the highest number of Portuguese speakers in the United States.
On the water:
We begin this episode with Misha on a boat ride through New Bedford harbor with a friendly stranger, who explains that the best views are from the water. Misha jumps right in and gets to see the large vessels on the water and ruminate over their beauty.
The Scallop Industry:
Scallops are one of the main exports of New Bedford. Misha meets Cassie Canastra, who is an auctioneer for a local seafood company. They let Misha into the family run business and explore what it means to be a part of something bigger with the people that you care about. Cassie and Misha head to Tia Marias and dive into a sweet conversation about how close their families are. This can be typical of families of Portuguese descent.
A visit with a friend:
Since this city is close to where his fictional podcast, Bridgewater is set. Misha visits with his producer, Aaron Menke to see the sights of where this story takes place. The meeting of these friends opens Misha up to discuss the show and its purpose. Aaron gives us insight into the stories he creates and how he connects his stories to the communities he profiles.