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Every week, Brooklyn Magazine: The Podcast highlights prominent (and soon-to-be-prominent) Brooklynites as we explore the vast and diverse borough through the lens of culture, community and commerce. Hosted by Editor-in-Chief Brian Braiker, the show features intimate conversations with cultural luminaries, community leaders and compelling locals. These are the people who move us, entertain us, feed us and inspire us. There are a lot of little Brooklyns, and we are all a little Brooklyn.

Every week, Brooklyn Magazine: The Podcast highlights prominent (and soon-to-be-prominent) Brooklynites as we explore the vast and diverse borough through the lens of culture, community and commerce. Hosted by Editor-in-Chief Brian Braiker, the show features intimate conversations with cultural luminaries, community leaders and compelling locals. These are the people who move us, entertain us, feed us and inspire us. There are a lot of little Brooklyns, and we are all a little Brooklyn.

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Every week, Brooklyn Magazine: The Podcast highlights prominent (and soon-to-be-prominent) Brooklynites as we explore the vast and diverse borough through the lens of culture, community and commerce. Hosted by Editor-in-Chief Brian Braiker, the show features intimate conversations with cultural luminaries, community leaders and compelling locals. These are the people who move us, entertain us, feed us and inspire us. There are a lot of little Brooklyns, and we are all a little Brooklyn.

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@brooklynmag

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English


Episodes

Chi Ossé, a warrior in the garden

6/14/2021
A self-described Black, queer, college dropout, Chi Ossé was working freelance jobs in nightlife when the pandemic hit. By the summer he found himself leading some of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations that took over the borough. From there, Ossé and several other engaged protestors formed Warriors In The Garden, a social justice collective. It didn’t take long—on Juneteenth 2020, to be precise—before Ossé announced his candidacy for New York City Council as a representative of District...

Duration:00:31:13

Justin Brannan, the hardcore councilman

6/7/2021
Justin Brannan is not your average New York City councilmember. For starters, he probably has more tattoos than all of them combined, ever. Before entering politics, he was a founding member of two successful hardcore punk bands: Indecision and Most Precious Blood. Today Brannan reps the area where he grew up: the 43rd District, including Bay Ridge as well as Bath Beach, Dyker Heights and Portions of Bensonhurst. He is up for reelection this year (with an eye on the speaker’s seat) in a race...

Duration:00:37:24

Dianne Morales is still running

5/31/2021
Dianne Morales’ mayoral campaign is in disarray—in all eight staffers have quit or been fired just in the past couple days. Those developments unfolded rapidly—and after this interview was recorded. Morales is a first-time candidate for any office. And If elected she would be the city’s first woman, first LatinX, and second person of color to be mayor of New York. A Bed-Stuy native and single mother, she is a non-profit executive and former educator who has worked both in the school system...

Duration:00:35:49

Author and bookseller Emma Straub

5/24/2021
In conversation, Emma Straub is as charming, easy going and accessible as her writing—and like her writing, she can be sly and wry and almost sneakily profound. Straub is not only the New York Times-bestselling author of four compulsively readable novels and a short story collection. She is also the owner of Books Are Magic, an independent book store in Cobble Hill. Her fifth book, “All Adults Here,” is newly out in paperback, one year after its release in the early months of the pandemic....

Duration:00:36:07

Paperboy Love Prince, mayoral candidate

5/17/2021
A non-binary activist and artist (pronouns: they/them/God/Goddess) in their late twenties, Prince will be the youngest candidate to appear on the ballot at next month's mayoral primary. They are also the most flamboyant—and most-likely to freestyle 20, 30 bars unprompted. Prince, who lives in Bushwick, had not reached the fundraising threshold to qualify for last week's mayoral debate. But although their top priority is to "spread love," don't call Prince's campaign performance art: They...

Duration:00:43:43

Tiffiney Davis, a living saint in Red Hook

5/10/2021
As the co-founder and managing director of the Red Hook Art Project, Davis has dedicated the last 12 years of her life to helping at risk kids in the neighborhood. At any given time the Red Hook Art Project, or RHAP, provides around 50 kids free visual art and music lessons and homework help. Raised in Bed-Stuy by a single mother who was an addict at the peak of the crack epidemic, Davis herself became a mother at just 14. She talks about her childhood and how it's driven her to help her...

Duration:00:44:33

John Roberts is Linda Belcher

4/26/2021
To know Linda Belcher is to love her. Linda is the happy-go-lucky, social, silly and sing-songy wife of Bob Belcher on the long-running animated Fox show "Bob's Burgers." She is voiced by John Roberts, who created the character based on his own mother, Marge, born in Bensonhurst. Roberts joins the podcast today to discuss the show, finding his voice and his own musical side career. Alriiiight! Brooklyn news and views you can use: bkmag.com Email: hello@bkmag.com Follow along on Facebook:...

Duration:00:26:28

Jason Flom: Discovering rock stars and fighting for the innocent

4/19/2021
The music executive who developed Stone Temple Pilots, Katy Perry and Lorde has been a tireless advocate for the innocent for 28 years. On this episode we go deep on his surprising side hustle: We break down the scope of the problem of wrongful convictions and its main drivers, from junk science to incentivized witnesses to false confessions. Plus why Brooklyn is a hotbed for wrongful convictions. Brooklyn news and views you can use: bkmag.com Email: hello@bkmag.com Follow along on...

Duration:00:45:42

Why this Brooklyn VC is bullish on New York now

4/12/2021
As the founder of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, Charlie O’Donnell and his firm manage approximately $30 million across three funds. (Think of it as Shark Tank, but with less drama.) Among the more surprising insights he shares after a year of lockdown? “It’s an exciting time to be in New York City.” Brooklyn news and views you can use: bkmag.com Email: hello@bkmag.com Follow along on Facebook: Brooklyn Magazine Twitter: @brooklynmag Instagram: @brooklynmagazine Follow Brian Braiker on...

Duration:00:44:05

Livin’ La Dolce Musto

4/5/2021
Legendary gossip columnist Michael Musto—who wrote the La Dolce Musto column for the Village Voice for nearly three decades—joins the podcast to talk about growing up gay in Bensonhurst, the only son of Italian parents. We discuss nightlife in the 1970s and ‘80s, how the nature of celebrity and gossip has evolved over the decades—especially with the arrival of the internet. And we talk about what a nightlife columnist does during a year of pandemic when there is no nightlife. Brooklyn news...

Duration:00:29:21

What happened to Ample Hills?

3/29/2021
On March 16, Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna signed a lease on a storefront for their new ice cream business The Social. As it happens, March 16 was one year to the day that Brian Smith and Jackie Cuscuna filed for personal and Chapter 11 bankruptcy for Ample Hills, the ice cream company they founded a decade ago. The couple, married for nearly 20 years, joins the podcast to discuss the spectacular rise and fall of Ample Hills—and what they're up to next. Brooklyn news and views you can use:...

Duration:00:37:44

Building Black-Owned Brooklyn

3/22/2021
The blog Black-Owned Brooklyn started in 2018 as a passion project to provide a curated guide to Brooklyn-based Black-owned brands, shops and businesses—and to tell the stories of the people behind them. Now, in 2021, Black-Owned Brooklyn is that and much more. The site has become a vital borough-wide resource and place for building community, with nearly 100,000 followers on Instagram. Tayo Giwa and Cynthia Gordy Giwa, the Bed-Stuy based couple that runs the site, don’t fixate on the ills...

Duration:00:33:58

Isaac Mizrahi: A cabaret singer with a fashion habit

3/15/2021
The iconic designer and TV personality who first burst onto the fashion scene with his 1988 runway debut is about to close out a spectacle of a different sort: his annual run at the Café Carlyle. In this interview, Mizrahi discusses his campy-fun cabaret show and his lifelong yen to perform. We get into his upbringing in East Flatbush, attending the “Fame” high school, escaping Brooklyn through fashion—and more. Brooklyn news and views you can use: bkmag.com Email: hello@bkmag.com Follow...

Duration:00:43:28

The Resistance Revival Chorus brings joy to the fight

3/8/2021
The Resistance Revival Chorus is a collective of more than 60 women and non-binary singers who sing songs of resistance and uplift, born in the fraught months following the election of Donald Trump. The group carries on the tradition of the protest song—at scale. And now the Resistance Revival Chorus has an album of their own, "This Joy" a collection of traditional songs, covers and originals. "Joy is an act of resistance,” says chorus member and activist Zakiyah Ansari on this episode of...

Duration:00:31:37

The Hold Steady's Craig Finn & Franz Nicolay

3/1/2021
Hard as it is to believe, The Hold Steady have been holding steady since 2003. This month, the Brooklyn-based indie rock band released its eighth studio album, “Open Door Policy,” recorded before the end of 2019 and subsequently mixed and hashed out over Zoom. To celebrate, the band will be live-streaming two live shows from Brooklyn Bowl on March 5 and 6. But first they join us on the podcast to discuss the album, the band and holding steady during a pandemic—and in general.

Duration:00:25:47

Rewriting the formula on Formula 1

2/22/2021
Brooklyn-based photographer Josh Paul has shot for Road & Track and Outside magazines; he captured iconic imagery on Ground Zero for the New York Times magazine. And he publishes his own magazine: Lollipop is a lush tribute to the world of Formula 1 racing—but more than that, it’s a work of art in its own right. Paul is a familiar face in the F1 press pool: In normal years, he can be seen lugging around a hulking 100-plus-year-old camera around Europe with him to snap stunning and...

Duration:00:36:42

Talking trash with mayoral candidate Kathryn Garcia

2/15/2021
As the former city sanitation commissioner, Garcia has a penchant for process and has been in city government long enough to believe she can direct the whole thing herself. So she’s running. Garcia is a Brooklyn native—she lives in Park Slope, where she grew up—and is a mayoral candidate in an increasingly crowded primary field. She also doesn’t mind talking a little trash. Brooklyn news and views you can use: bkmag.com Email: hello@bkmag.com Follow along on Facebook: Brooklyn...

Duration:00:36:28

Rudy Valdez, director, ‘We Are: The Brooklyn Saints’

2/8/2021
“We Are: The Brooklyn Saints” is a four-part Netflix docu-series about a boys’ youth football program in East New York. A group of kids, aged 7 to 13, learn the fundamentals and hope for a shot at the championship in Florida. If you think you know where this story is going, you’re probably wrong: “Saints” is really a story about community, character, love, fatherhood and resilience, shot from Valdez's fly-on-the-wall vantagepoint. Brooklyn news and views you can use: bkmag.com Email:...

Duration:00:32:38

Poet, writer, musician Carl Hancock Rux

2/1/2021
"The Baptism” is a new 11-minute visual poem by Carl Hancock Rux commissioned by the Lincoln Center as a memorial to civil rights titans John Lewis and C.T. Vivian. It is just one of the latest projects that Rux has recently been involved with. An award-winning multi-hyphenate writer, poet, essayist and recording artist, Rux reflects on a year of pandemic and civil unrest, his work, his influences and the "tragedy" around his own birth. Brooklyn news and views you can use: bkmag.com Email:...

Duration:00:38:23

Ophira Eisenberg gets painfully candid

1/25/2021
The host of NPR’s comedy quiz show “Ask Me Another” is a funny lady who has experienced her share of trauma. The two—humor and pain—are indelibly linked in comedy, and her own brutally honest approach is no exception. But where Eisenberg could easily have infused her comedy with bitterness, she has refused to let anger get the better of her. And her work, as a result, is full of keen observation and empathy. Brooklyn news and views you can use: bkmag.com Email: hello@bkmag.com Follow...

Duration:00:37:08