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BRIC Podcast Intensive Listening Party

Good podcasts. Good vibes. Good people. You should come!


Wed, Nov 13, 2019  |  7-9PM




BRIC House
647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
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Meet the esteemed graduates of BRIC's 2019 Podcast Intensive (Pictured clockwise, top l to r): Nia I'man Smith, DeMarius “Champ” Kilpatrick, Marie Nahikian, Kadie Henderson, Arzoo Hansen, Maria Patricia Slee, Vera Rios, and Maria Luisa Tucker.

BRIC's 2019 Podcast Intensive cohort learned the ins and outs of creating a podcast pilot and sustainable season. Students produced their pilot, utilizing 12 weeks of skill-building in non-fiction storytelling, podcast production practices, interviewing, recording techniques, studio practices, and editing. The 2019 BRIC Podcast Intensive Listening Party promises to be one of our bet yet—don't miss it!

Veteran community organizer Marie Nahikian hosts The Usable Past, where activists share their stories of past and present organizing for better housing, food, banks, jobs, environmental and social justiceA Brooklyn resident, Marie most recently worked with U.S. Housing & Urban Development under President Obama and has participated in building 5,000 affordable homes in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and New York. Marie has been a neighborhood, civil rights, housing and labor organizer, a community journalist, and in 1977 was a founder of WPFW-FM Pacifica radio in Washington, DC. 

Maria Luisa Tucker is an award-winning multimedia journalist. Her show, The Search, is a five-part series about the search for her father who went missing in 2006. While investigating the different theories about what happened to him, she explores what it means to be a family.

Maria Patricia Slee was born in New York City to a bi-cultural family. She studied industrial design, and later became a writer and musician, which awakened her passion for storytelling. Her desire is to use audio stories as a way to celebrate those human connections that exist across imagined boundaries. Her show My Latinidad explores the complexity of Latino identity in the United States.

Nia I'man Smith is an arts administrator, educator, and creator of THE BLACK CONNECTION, a multi-platform exploration of her interests in the music, visual culture, and Orisa tradition of the Black Diaspora. Her show, SONIC BLACKNUSS, is a series of audio love letters dedicated to the songs and artists that make up the soundtrack of her life. Each episode, join her and a series of guests at the intersection of Black music and memory as she relives the past and present one song at a time. 

DeMarius “Champ” Kilpatrick is a Brooklyn based media producer and project manager.  His show The Industry Is Watching is a platform for creative entrepreneurs to elaborate on Industry related themes. 

Arzoo Hansen is a Brooklyn-based cinephile and the founder of Wandering Zoo, LLC, a digital media consultancy. Her podcast, Cinema Iran, explores the beauty, diversity, and complexities of all things Iranian film and culture.

Vera Rios is a Peruvian Anthropologist living in Brooklyn. She is a preschool teacher, studies food, food sustainability. She uses this as a resource to teach her students about these topics. Cocina is a podcast that explores the experiences of Latinx women working in food using their own language with a Spanish/English bilingual approach. It celebrates diversity and highlights the key roles that women play in food.

Kadie Henderson is a Brooklyn-based performer and talker of sorts. Her show is a weekly conversation with local artists about the art they're making and how they maintain adequate water levels in the process #wemakinit.

Venue Information:

BRIC House is Brooklyn’s cultural living room: a 40,000 square foot multi-disciplinary arts and media complex in the former Strand Theatre, where emerging and established artists can create work that deepens their practice and engages the diverse communities of the borough.

BRIC is committed to welcoming people of all abilities. The main floor of BRIC House has an accessible entrance on Rockwell Place, in addition to an accessible, all-gender bathroom. The BRIC Media Center, located on the 2nd floor, is accessible via elevator. The Gallery level is accessible via a wheelchair lift. Portable FM assistive listening devices are available for programs on the Stoop and in the Ballroom upon request. To make a specific access request, or to let us know other ways we can provide you with a welcoming experience, please contact Nia I'man Smith at or 718.683.5986.

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