Brooklyn Magazine: The Podcast

Brooklyn Magazine

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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When New York was sent into covid quarantine, Jeremy Cohen was already a steady working photographer specializing in social media fare for brands, portraits and big music festivals. But in 2020 the lockdown forced him to stay home … and sit still. Quarantining had the surprising effect of sparking creativity in a personal level—and ultimately go super-viral. We re-visit that experience, find out more about who he is and why he’s thinking about NFTs.   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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Nov 22

36 min 38 sec

Civil rights attorney Maya Wiley did not win the race for Gracie Mansion. The next mayor will be Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. But Wiley had a strong showing in her first-ever run for office and enhanced her own profile as a champion for the causes she holds dear, from police reform to affordable housing and beyond. We discuss her mayoral race and what it was like being thrown into the political gauntlet. A former top counsel for Mayor Bill de Blasio, she reflects on the outgoing mayor’s legacy and what she hopes an Adams administration might be able to accomplish. And we’ll get into what she’s thinking about doing next.   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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Nov 15

46 min 18 sec

Iranian-born actor Marjan Neshat is especially busy this season. Beginning November 17, she’ll be in the play “Selling Kabul,” followed by “English” and then “Wish You Were Here,” all written by Middle Eastern playwrights. Neshat herself is a child of the Revolution: She was just 4 when the Shah fled the country. Her parents pulled her and her sister out a few years later, in 1985, after a number of incidents threatened not only their freedom but their safety. We talk about her background and her career on stage and in films—plus raising a son in Brooklyn. 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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Nov 8

31 min 47 sec

On this special repeat episode of the podcast, the “Goodfellas” actor “Younger” star talks about growing up as a wild child. She has stories upon stories about the late 1970s and ‘80s downtown club scene, becoming besties with Madonna, and hanging out with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and others. We talk about how she got into acting, moving to Italy last year, her experience with a particularly rough (and funny) case of covid, and how her wild youth informs her parenting today. 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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Nov 1

45 min 35 sec

A Brooklyn-based community leader and cannabis activist, Solonje Burnett is working to connect communities, break stereotypes, and dismantle structural inequities in the cannabis space. Burnett is a co-founder of Humble Bloom—a cannabis consulting and education platform—who predicts that New York is on the verge of becoming the weed capital of the world. She just wants to help it happen with humanity and equality.   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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Oct 25

38 min 36 sec

Daniel Hernandes shot to stardom as Tekashi 6ix9ine, or Tekashi69, after the release of the video for his song "Gummo." His unraveling came just as quickly as his ride to fame. Shawn Setaro, who wrote the book on Tekashi, unpacks his story, one that involves shootings in public, a kidnapping by estranged gang members and, notoriously, the near universal blacklisting of him for informing on members of the Trey Nine Gangsta Bloods. 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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Oct 18

40 min 9 sec

The Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter’s third album is out this week. “Una Rosa” will be released on October 15 and, as with so much of Xenia Rubinos’ music, it defies labels. It is rhythmically and melodically complex, infusing elements of funk, rock, hip-hop, jazz and more. On the podcast we discuss her career, her approach to music making and her upbringing in Connecticut. 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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Oct 11

43 min 35 sec

Yes that’s his real name. Smokey Hormel discusses his fascinating family, growing up in L.A. and taking the long road to becoming a  sought after session musician, a guitarist who has recorded or toured with Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Beck, Nora Jones, Adele, Joe Strummer and on and on. You can catch him Wednesdays this month fronting his Western Swing outfit, Smokey’s Roundup at Sunny’s Bar in Red Hook. 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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Oct 4

53 min 34 sec

What happens when media, entertainment, and technology collide? That's the question that guides Peter Kafka, senior correspondent for Recode. If you interact in technology in any way, and chances are you do—a lot—Kafka’s reporting will most likely give you something you can chew on. He joins us from his home in Bay Ridge, an unlikely zip-code for a member of the New York media elite. We talk about that, his career, technology and parenting, technology and culture and, briefly, another Kafka. 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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Sep 27

35 min 5 sec

Developers tend to get a bad rap. Tucker Reed understands that. The co-founder and principle of the development firm Totem joins us to discuss Brooklyn’s housing crisis and how he would like to see the city build its way out of it—proactively and responsibly. We also discuss his own projects in Sunset Park and Bed-Stuy, as well as his history at the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership … and as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s college dorm neighbor. BKSi

Sep 20

1 hr 2 min

After a decade running SPACE at Ryder Farm, a non-profit artist retreat and organic farm in Brewster, New York, Emily Simoness is stepping down as co-founder and executive director. She’s not sure what next for her, but whatever it is, she’ll be doing it with the support of her husband, Michael Chernus, a busy film, television and stage actor probably best known for his role as Cal in “Orange is the New Black.” The two of them join us today to discuss their respective careers, starting a pro-Biden tie dye t-shirt side hustle during the pandemic and the Grateful Dead. Plus a quiz! 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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Aug 30

31 min 27 sec

Jean Eddy Saint Paul lives here in Brooklyn but is from the south of the island, at the site of the epicenter of last week's earthquake. He discusses the root causes of Haiti’s impoverishment and breaks down why there is such a large Haitian population in Brooklyn, which can be traced through three separate waves of immigration going back decades. He’ll also tell us how you— yes, you — can help. 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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Aug 23

38 min 42 sec

Don’t follow Clay Williams on Instagram if you don’t want to get hungry. A Brooklyn-based photographer specializing in food, drinks and events, Williams is a prolific shooter for The New York Times, The James Beard Foundation and Zagat. Williams is also a founder of Black Food Folks—“a fellowship of Black professionals in food and drink, promoting and supporting one another for mutual success." 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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Aug 16

31 min 30 sec

Greg Hildreth had been on a roll when Covid shut down Broadway in 2020. After a run playing Olaf the snowman in “Frozen,” he had lined up roles in a satiric riff on Chekov’s “Three Sisters” called “Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow,” and in the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ “The Rose Tattoo.” He was set to appear in a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s "Company" when the world went dark. Hildreth, who will return to the stage in "Company" this fall, talks about Broadway, his career, growing up weird and what to do in a pandemic with no prospect of work. 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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Aug 9

32 min 7 sec

The Brooklyn borough president is almost certain to become the next mayor of New York City. In June, Eric Adams won the Democratic primary in a city where registered Democrats vastly outnumber Republicans. Adams was also the first guest on "Brooklyn Magazine: The Podcast," recorded late last year, just as he declared his candidacy. Our conversation was deliberately not tied to the news cycle and still serves as an introduction to Adams, a former New York City police officer and state senator. Listen now for am primer on your next likely mayor. 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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Aug 2

26 min 52 sec

In "The Man Who Women," Sohn's first work of narrative nonfiction, we meet Anthony Comstock, the anti-vice crusader behind the Comstock Law, passed in 1873, which made it illegal to mail contraception—or even information about contraception—punishable by long sentences and steep fines. Sohn highlights the struggles of eight remarkable women charged with violating state and federal Comstock laws before 1915. Each would fight back in her own way and, in the process, risked imprisonment and even death, as they charted new ways of understanding birth control access as a civil liberty. 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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Jul 26

42 min 24 sec

At just 19 Sage Adams became the creative director on singer-songwriter SZA’s 2017 smash album “Ctrl”—all because of an Instagram DMs. A gender non-conforming artist and curator, Adams still works with SZA as well as brands like Nike and Facebook. They are also  a founder of Art Hoe Collective, a platform that promotes works by queer artists of color and other marginalized people. Adams is currently at work on a play, written with their mother. 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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Jul 19

34 min 10 sec

For Ivy Mix, it all started with an outsized bar tab in Guatemala … and a stint spent smuggling mezcal across the border. Today, she is one of the most celebrated bartenders in the country. Co-owner and head bartender of the Latin-inspired Leyenda on Smith Street, Mix is also the co-founder of Speed Rack, an all-female bartending competition designed to highlight up-and-coming women in the cocktail industry that has raised more than $1 million for breast cancer research over the past decade. She is also an author—“Spirits of Latin America” came out just as the pandemic was hitting full swing—and as of this year, the co-owner of Fiasco!, a bottle shop in Crown Heights with an emphasis on female, BIPOC and LGBTQ+ producers.   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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Jul 12

40 min 28 sec

It’s hard to find someone in the comedy world as universally well-liked as Josh Gondelman. A stand-up comic and a stand-up guy, Gondelman has been a writer and producer for the popular Showtime show "Desus & Mero" since 2019 (which may not be where you’d expect a self-described goofy white kid from the Boston suburbs to land). He is also the host of the positivity-driven comedy game show podcast "Make My Day,” which gives us license to subject him to a trivia quiz of our own. 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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Jul 5

48 min 8 sec

An award-winning writer, bartender and owner of Red Hook’s beloved Fort Defiance, St. John Frizell is part of the team—with partners Sohui Kim, and Ben Schneider—that has re-opened Gage & Tollner. After years of fundraising, research, blood, sweat and tears, the trio were set to re-open the landmark restaurant on March 15 2020—the week the world went into lockdown. The restaurant finally officially reopened on April 15 and it is, by just about any measuring stick, a triumph. Frizell discusses that roller coaster, plus Fort Defiance’s own innovative pandemic pivot. 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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Jun 21

29 min 8 sec

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 36, which encompasses Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights, where he grew up. 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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Jun 14

31 min 16 sec

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 that will see a massive restructuring of city government.  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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Jun 7

37 min 27 sec

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 and in the Department of Education. She had also frequently been characterized in the mainstream media as the most progressive candidate in the slate of top mayoral contenders.  

May 31

35 min 52 sec

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. We’ll discuss what the last year has been like for Straub, from running the store and raising kids to carving out a successful writing career. Plus she gives us a hint of what she’s working on next. 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 Twitter: @slarkpope

May 24

36 min 11 sec

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 want to see $2,000 monthly universal-basic-income payments for every resident. Free healthcare. A 3½-day work week. Canceled rent for anyone who fell behind during the pandemic. “Love Centers” where residents can get therapy, classes, hugs and more.   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 Twitter: @slarkpope

May 17

43 min 47 sec

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 kids and her community break out of the systems and cycles that hold them back. 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 Twitter: @slarkpope

May 10

44 min 37 sec

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: Brooklyn Magazine Twitter: @brooklynmag Instagram: @brooklynmagazine Follow Brian Braiker on Twitter: @slarkpope

Apr 26

26 min 30 sec

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 Facebook: Brooklyn Magazine Twitter: @brooklynmag Instagram: @brooklynmagazine Follow Brian Braiker on Twitter: @slarkpope

Apr 19

45 min 46 sec

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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Apr 12

44 min 9 sec

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 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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Apr 5

29 min 23 sec

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: bkmag.com Email: hello@bkmag.com Follow along on Facebook: Brooklyn Magazine Twitter: @brooklynmag Instagram: @brooklynmagazine Follow Brian Braiker on Twitter: @slarkpope

Mar 29

37 min 48 sec

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 of gentrification but rather celebrate the rich tapestry of culture that not only remains in Brooklyn but is thriving. 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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Mar 22

34 min 1 sec

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 along on Facebook: Brooklyn Magazine Twitter: @brooklynmag Instagram: @brooklynmagazine Follow Brian Braiker on Twitter: @slarkpope

Mar 15

43 min 32 sec

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 the podcast. Give a listen to find out what she means.   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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Mar 8

31 min 40 sec

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.

Mar 1

25 min 49 sec

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 vintage-feeling images of some of the fastest cars on earth.

Feb 22

36 min 45 sec

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 Magazine Twitter: @brooklynmag Instagram: @brooklynmagazine Follow Brian Braiker on Twitter: @slarkpope

Feb 15

36 min 32 sec

“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: hello@bkmag.com Follow along on Facebook: Brooklyn Magazine Twitter: @brooklynmag Instagram: @brooklynmagazine Follow Brian Braiker on Twitter: @slarkpope

Feb 8

32 min 41 sec

"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: hello@bkmag.com Follow along on Facebook: Brooklyn Magazine Twitter: @brooklynmag Instagram: @brooklynmagazine Follow Brian Braiker on Twitter: @slarkpope

Feb 1

38 min 27 sec

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 along on Facebook: Brooklyn Magazine Twitter: @brooklynmag Instagram: @brooklynmagazine Follow Brian Braiker on Twitter: @slarkpope

Jan 25

37 min 11 sec

For Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, we look at the ways in which New Yorkers have advocated, agitated, and exercised their power to shape the discussion around civil rights. MLK himself is connected to the city in ways that may be both obvious and surprising. With Sarah Seidman of the Museum of the City of New York, we explore his legacy as well as others, including those of Brooklyn CORE, Rep. Shirley Chisholm, and the BLM movement. 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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Jan 18

25 min 9 sec

The senior vice president and chief of operations at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn joins the podcast to describe the current state of Covid here in the borough. We discuss whether we can expect another surge (we can) and what it will look like (hopefully not as bad as last Spring). And we discuss some good news: namely, the vaccine—facts and myths alike. 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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Jan 11

32 min 3 sec

Dick Zigun is the co-founder and artistic director of Coney Island USA, the arts nonprofit behind the Mermaid Parade, the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, and the Coney Island Museum and Burlesque at the Beach. He is also the self-appointed, non-elected unofficial mayor for life. On this episode of the podcast, he traces his journey from Yale Drama School to the boardwalk in the late 1970s. He laments the impact the coronavirus has had on the performance community he’s so much a part of, and looks forward with a note of optimism to 2021. 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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Jan 4

35 min 32 sec

Steve Hindy has an unorthodox history for a beer baron: He started out as a Middle East Correspondent for the Associated Press in the early 1980s. There, he covered the hostage crisis in Iran and the Iran-Iraq War. He was kidnapped in Lebanon, and was seated behind Egyptian President Anwar Sadat when he was assassinated in 1981. Today Steve Hindy is the 12th largest exporter of American style craft beer. And on this episode of "Brooklyn Magazine: The Podcast," we'll find out how he got from point A to point beer. 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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Dec 2020

28 min

A respite from social unrest throughout the city—and from the boredom and stress brought on by the pandemic—the Good Company Bike Club took on a life of its own this summer with weekly rides to all corners of the city. It is a self-described celebration of Black joy on two wheels:  Good Company has fostered a community among its predominantly Black members by leveraging a shared love of biking to create a platform of inclusivity, positivity and visibility in Brooklyn’s mostly Black inner-city communities. In today’s episode, Andrew Bennett and Marv Marcel break it all down.  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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Dec 2020

27 min 4 sec

In this funny and frank conversation, Debi Mazar—OG b-girl, Madonna BFF, Ray Liotta's "Goodfellas" mistress's best friend, "Younger" star and all around icon—discusses her insane 2020, which includes a move to Tuscany and probably the most (the only?) hilarious story about how she learned she had come down with Covid.   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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Dec 2020

45 min 46 sec

The former NYPD captain is the inaugural guest on a new weekly long-form interview show with prominent (and almost-prominent) locals. Host Brian Braiker sits down with Adams to look back at a tumultuous 2020, dig into Black Lives Matter and police reform, revisit growing up in Brownsville in the 1960s and how a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes changed Adams' life for the better. 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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Dec 2020

26 min 54 sec

Every week, the Brooklyn Magazine 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.   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 Twitter: @slarkpope

Nov 2020

1 min 14 sec