You Can’t Help But Feel Happy | Issue No. 42

Each episode of our show walks a different line of life in Brooklyn, telling New York stories in the voice of the people. This week, we’re reflecting on the last two, as we map out the road ahead:

“The Urgency of This Moment”
By Stefan Christoff 

In Montreal, Radio producer and activist Stefan Christoff shares some reflections on the U.S. presidential election in 2020. Also Stefan speaks to community organizer Mostafa Henaway from the Immigrant Workers Centre who shares some reflections. Recorded and presented as an audio letter from Montreal for the Brooklyn, USA podcast. 

“Voting Made Me Feel Pretty Dead Inside”
By Charlie Hoxie

Around nine million American expats live abroad today, and this week, Vancouver-based musician, Hannah Epperson, sits down to talk to us about what it was like to vote in the great white north.

“The Black Freedom Colony”
By Shirin Barghi

Tanesha Barnes is a traveler, global lifestyle entrepreneur, and the founder of the Black Freedom Colony -- a movement to offer an alternative way of living for black people outside of the United States as a reprieve during the pandemic and election season, and to help them reconcile pieces of them that are eaten away by racism and everyday American life. 

“The Longest Day of My Life”
By Emily Boghossian

Pennsylvania was among the handful of states that did not begin processing absentee ballots until Election Day morning. This week, we hear a poll worker in Pennsylvania on what it was like to support an election in one of the most important presidential battlegrounds in the country. 

“No Drama”
By Emily Boghossian

New Hampshire had an about 80% voter turnout, according Lori Lander, who has done poll watching and voter protection in the state since 2004. In this episode, she gives us a short glimpse into her busy day. 

“Everyone Was Happy”
By Emily Boghossian

Larry Ward is an election commissioner in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The state broke voter turnout records in the 2020 elections, with the Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin’s projecting the turnout to reach 3.6 million.


“Griffin’s World” 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.

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