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A Letter From Our President:

In this moment of profound reckoning for our country, I'm stunned by having witnessed so brazenly the ongoing consequences of whiteness being weaponized against Black bodies. I grieve for the Black lives taken from us: George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others. I'm also pained by the toll COVID-19 has taken on our country, our city, our borough, and our neighbors. KEEP READING >>

Cut My Heart Out With Baking Supplies | -19,’20 | Issue No. 30

 It’s summer. Or it feels like it. The sun’s back out, and so are we. The worst is over, never ended, or is about to begin all over again. We’re bored and it’s confusing. We’re dying and it’s dark. We’re going back to normal, or to someplace we’ve never been. And while some hope to return to the way things were, others of us know those things are mostly gone forever. It might take years to develop a vaccine, and now in minutes you can find out if you carry viral antibodies. But it might take months to know what they’re good for, and it only takes seconds to spread the disease. I think what I’m saying is no one knows what’s gonna happen, how this all ends, where we’ll all be. But that’s not stopping anyone from wondering and guessing, and the good news is, someone’s bound to get it right. 

This week, we’re going back to the future.

“We Are Strong, We Are Resilient”
by Sachar Mathias
[2:58]

Running a multidisciplinary arts institution in New York City, means wearing many hats. It takes strategizing, fundraising, programming, organizing, implementing, evaluating, and more. And as the city stares down economic ruin, and New Yorkers cling to life and how we live it now, preserving and presenting Brooklyn’s cultural heritage becomes that much harder, and that much more important. Earlier this week, we got on the videophone with BRIC President Kristina Newman Scott to talk about shifting priorities, platforms, and what she hopes the future holds.


“Tarot Reading”
by Emily Boghossian
[13:36]

They say that nothing’s gonna change the way we live, but things are changing for the worse. And if you think it’s a crazy world we’re living in now, poet and tarot reader Lauren Routte tells us what’s in the cards for Brooklyn.


“Complicated Questions That We Know We Can’t Solve”
by Charlie Hoxie 
[16:04]

The science fiction writer Frederik Pohl all said that "a good science fiction story should be able to predict, not the automobile, but the traffic jam." In this episode, we talk to two co-founders of the Extrapolation Factory, Elliott Montgomery and Chris Woebken, on the role of design in pandemic. 

“The Foreseeable Future: A Virtual #BHeard Town Hall”
by Ro Johnson, Brian Vines, Anna Lueck and Amanda Harrington
[30:18]

Earlier this week, BRIC TV Managing Editor Brian Vines and the BHeard Team transported us from the comfort of our living rooms, to the uncertainty of the future. In the first ever virtual installment of their Emmy Winning Town Hall series, Brian and his team gathered thought leaders in education, healthcare, infrastructure, and labor, zoomed them into living rooms and laptops across Brooklyn, and led a thoughtful conversation on the post-pandemic future.


“Comfortable With My Own Company”
by Shirin Barghi
[42:11]

Ramadan this year looked very different for Muslims across the world. With nightly gatherings, communal feasts and prayers cancelled because of the pandemic, many were left feeling alone and isolated from their loved ones. As the month draws to a close, Brooklyn-based journalist Saima Mohamed tells us her main takeaway from being in self-quarantine during Ramadan: from shifting our energy inwards, and learning to not look outside of ourselves for happiness to the importance of sifting through our inner landscape to “find stillness”. 


“You Can’t Get Hugs Anymore, On The Internet”
by Charlie Hoxie & Emily Boghossian
[48:19]

Howard Bloom is not the huggiest person in the world -- and yet he misses hugs. 
In 1986, the author and former publicist was forced to shelter in place in his Park Slope apartment for fifteen years when he came down with chronic fatigue syndrome, and in this episode, he tells us how he was saved by the Internet, and how he sees infinite potential in our current forced migration to digital existences. 

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“Weekend Weather with Junior Meteorologist Giff City” was produced by Emily Boghossian, Taylor Cook, and Lauren Germain. Brooklyn USA’s “Messages From Over Here” are produced by Voltron.

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Brooklyn, USA is produced by Sachar Mathias, Emily Boghossian, Shirin Barghi, Khyriel Palmer, Mayumi Sato and Charlie Hoxie, with help this week from Ro Johnson, Brian Vines, Anna Lueck, and Amanda Harrington.

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