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2.7 million Brooklynites: we’re Going In With Brian Vines, covering stories of love, death, politics and gender… public housing and parenting… strange critters and even stranger cryptocurrencies.
“Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it”—an old quip that’s taken on a much darker meaning as climate change becomes more of a sobering reality.
And while the first part is true, the second – well, in our next season of “Going In,” we introduce you to a lot of people here in Brooklyn who are definitely trying to do something about it.
They’re pushing for legislation, they’re staging actions, they’re working on new ways to combat what’s coming. Sea levels may be rising, but so are human ingenuity and resistance.
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On the season premiere of “Going In With Brian Vines,” Brian interviews members of Extinction Rebellion, Sunrise Movement, and 350org about their grassroots efforts to combat climate change.
Lower Manhattan is preparing for the next big hurricane with it’s project called “The Big U”, but is it keeping in mind the wishes of current residents while looking at the future?
July 2019 was the earth’s hottest month since people started tracking temperatures. New York City had a heat wave that month, and it’s likely this will only be happening more frequently – and the worst of it will be in neighborhoods like Bushwick.
Partnering with City Limits News, “Going In” decided to find out why certain areas are hotter than others, and what the City is doing to help New Yorkers keep cool.
“Adults keep saying, ‘we owe it to the young people to give them hope’. But I don’t want your hope…I want you to panic.” Those are the words of climate activist Greta Thunberg, who initiated the school strike for climate movement. How are the youth in Brooklyn taking climate change into their own hands?
Every Friday, young people in countries around the world go on strike. Inspired by international climate leader Greta Thurnberg, young people have been skipping school for weeks. Yet, even over the summer, Fridays for Future haven’t stopped.
In the words of 16-year-old Brooklyn-based NYC activist Olivia Wohglemuth, “even though we are on summer break, there’s no break from fighting climate change. It just shows we are standing our ground and sacrificing our vacation time to be there.”
The Surfrider Foundation is an environmental non-profit whose New York chapter has spearheaded local water-testing, beach clean-up, and anti-pipeline efforts.
In the summer, they also focus their efforts on a younger crowd with their Coastal Defender program, which offers free swimming and surfing lessons to Rockaway youth–alongside a valuable lesson about the epidemic of plastic pollution and ocean degradation in one of the most threatened areas of New York’s coastline.
Learn more about the Surfrider Foundation on social at @surfridernyc, @localssurf, @Surfrider
What does the Overview Collective do to get people thinking about the climate crisis? Build an escape room where you’re challenged to reverse time and save NYC from a flooded future, and use VR to show us the environmental significance of…oysters.
What science says is on the horizon – flood, fire, and the loss of species – has millions feeling very worried. Going In looks at different aspects of the emotional impact, like using therapy to find some sort of acceptance; the internal debate over whether or not to have children; and the struggle to convince the rest of us to take the situation seriously.
Immersive Awareness: A Climate Change Escape Room
What does the Overview Collective do to get people thinking about the climate crisis? Build an escape room where you’re challenged to reverse time and save NYC from a flooded future, and use VR to show us the environmental significance of… oysters.
What to Expect: A Birthstriker’s Story
A woman who’s always dreamed of the child she’d bring into the world animates her path to a decision — that the world we’re creating, and destroying, is no place for her child.
Climate Crisis Therapy
As anxiety about the fate of the globe increases, we profile two different approaches to treatment. A life coach focuses on people actively working to combat climate change, while an eco-psychologist wants to simultaneously heal the globe and his patients.
A woman who’s always dreamed of the child she’d bring into the world animates her path to a decision — that the world we’re creating, and destroying, is no place for her child.
For nearly a decade, Solar One’s Green Workforce training program has been providing under- and unemployed individuals from all five boroughs with certifications and hands-on knowledge in construction, building operations, and sustainability.
Now, with New York’s increasingly tough limits on greenhouse gas emissions from buildings, demand for a “green” workforce is at an all-time high. How is Solar One preparing its students to rise to this occasion?
When it comes to saving the planet, we’ve all heard of Meatless Mondays- or full-on veganism- as one of the most important changes an individual can make. But what if there was another way?
Join us as we learn to cook with local chef and entomophagist Joseph Yoon, of Brooklyn Bugs, who’s made it his mission to bring edible insects– nutritious, sustainable, and widely accepted outside of the United States– into the everyday diet of New Yorkers.
A team of engineers in Brooklyn are trying to revolutionize the way we deliver products. Upcycles creates electronic assisted tricycles to help transport goods with a lower carbon footprint.
Food, transportation, energy and manufacturing all have major impacts on our environment. New inventions reduce our carbon footprint, while providing consumers safe and efficient products. What are innovative ways that Brooklynites are combating climate change?
Taking care of the earth has been a practice long before the recent crisis. What lessons from the Ramapough Lenape and Arawak Nations can be applied to our lifestyles today?
Mark Winston Griffith walks us through the changes going on in central Brooklyn for a more sustainable neighborhood for all.
Sustainable Brooklyn works to make sustainability more inclusive through education and events for normally under-served communities.
Black and Brown communities are the ones who will be hit hardest when we start seeing the effects of climate change. How are these communities in Brooklyn taking charge of their future?
The climate crisis is now. Thousands have left work and school to gather on the streets of New York City to show the sense of urgency. On the season finale of Going In, we hosted a roundtable discussion with leaders in the climate movement to discuss the future of activism, action, and our planet.
This season Going In will be headquartered at your local bodega. The owner, the employees, the regulars, and the items on the shelves: each one is a starting point for a Brooklyn story that looks at the rampant and rising economic inequality found here in this borough. Join us as we Go In to the bodega and come out with a bag full of characters, Kaiser rolls, and compelling television.
With only a truck and an address from the Bronx, a 17-year-old Dominican immigrant started his own business buying fresh goods every day for resale in Brooklyn.
Now 62-year-old Nelson is known for building not only the most classic and homey bodega in Prospect Heights, Cepeda Grocery, but also a strong sense of community in the neighborhood and a connecting point between numerous cultures in Brooklyn.
People go to their local bodega for all sorts of things, from coffee and a roll to a can of beans to dog food. But they also buy Mega Millions and Powerball and Lotto. In this episode we go in on the New York State Lottery: how to play it, where to do, and what to do with all those millions if your number comes up.
Depending on your bodega, the food you can buy ranges from yucca fries & lamb-over-rice, cooked in a full kitchen, to sandwiches & wraps, to pork rinds grabbed off the shelf or a FunPop pulled from the freezer. A lot of it tends toward the fat/salt/sugar spectrum, some of it doesn’t qualify as “real food,” and none of it is pricey.
Bodegas are meant for folks who can’t or won’t pay a lot for food, and in fact, bodegas have a long relationship with SNAP dollars and EBT. This week, Brian goes in on bodedga food – what Brooklynites eat, what they cook, and how they get by.
“Colt 45 and two ZigZags, baby that’s all we need.” Per Afroman’s lyrics, it’s a classic shopping list at your corner bodega, but maybe you also want to pick up some cigarettes – a pack or a few loosies.
The latter are illegal, but not nearly as dangerous as K2, the synthetic marijuana. Some bodegas sold it before it was outlawed, due to a frightening rash of ODs, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t smoking it anymore – or still buying it at bodegas willing to run that risk.
Do you want to join our bodega “vice” squad?” On this week’s episode, host Brian Vines takes a walk on the wild side to the local corner store.
If you own a small business in New York, you know how tough city regulations can be. And bodegas are no exception—from awnings to beloved bodega cats, it can be tough for corner store owners to keep up with all the fines that come with running a shop. Councilmember Rafael Espinal weighs in on how we can limit needless fines, and make sure business owners can thrive in this city.
This week, we’re going in on rats, cats, rules, and regulations.
Does your local bodega owner double as your therapist? Or is he the guy you leave your keys with when you go away? In season finale of A Bodega in Brooklyn, we talk about some bodegas that go the extra mile.
Brooklyn’s weekly news magazine is back for season 3. Watch as Brian goes in on politics, gender, love, veterans rights, and more.
Catch “Going In with Brian Vines” Wednesdays at 8PM on BRIC TVV, and tune in for the season premiere on Wed, 9/26.
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First, the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn voted overwhelmingly for Trump in 2016 despite him earning only 18% of the vote in the borough. Hear from members of the community on why they found Trump relatable and felt he would act in their best interests.
Next, two political rookies take on the 2018 Primary Elections. Follow Ross Barkan in his race for State Senate and Adina Miles (aka Flatbush Girl) in her race for District Leader all the way up to the election results.
Finally, what’s a political club? Meet Frank Seddio, Democratic Chairman of Kings County, who has the power to swing the vote in Brooklyn. Enter the New Kings Democrats, progressives who are working to usurp Frank’s throne.
They is here. Gender non-binary and gender nonconforming people are staking their claim to self-determination. We’re going in on the revolution. Hear the stories of a trans skateboarder who connects with other queer folk via text and a gay poet and rapper who turns his relationship with his brothers—one gay and one straight—into a musical. Plus, meet two activists working to make our schools more effective and compassionate when it comes to gender non-conformity.
Is cryptocurrency the new frontier? A lot of people have no idea what it is—so what’s your working definition of cryptocurrency? It’s not just for tech lovers, activists are now using it social impact. Join us as we go in on the Blockchain and how it can be used for the public good.
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What kind of critters lurk on the subway tracks, in Jamaica Bay, and in the sky? In this episode we explore the tamed, the wild, and the unknown critters of Brooklyn.
First up, we’ll meet one man educating folks on parrots in a wild parrot sanctuary right here in Brooklyn. Next, meet Mother Pigeon, who, unlike most, wants to show care and compassion for the rats of New York. Then, Brian heads to Jamaica Bay, where he meets living fossils right beneath the surface: horseshoe crabs.
In 2017 De blasio declared a 32 million dollar war on rats. In his announcement he claimed “I don’t know any New Yorker who likes rats.” Really? Meet Tina Piña “Mother Pigeon” Trachtenburg and the rat rebels who love our furry sewer friends.
Pizza rat, churro rat, bagel rat, shower rat, and of course the rat that set an entire subway car into a panic are all part of the internet’s love for rats. In 1968, the New Yorker published an article about the war on rats and the city’s health department was taking to exterminate the “pest”. Fifty years later and the rat problem has far from been handled–With rat poison, dry ice, and birth control, are we killing off more than just the 2 million rats that live among us?
A prehistoric creature lurks right in our backyard. Follow certified citizen scientist Brian Vines, as he explores Jamaica Bay’s rich biodiversity.
How we approach or accept death and the afterlife differs widely from culture to culture, religion to religion, “end-user to end-user.”
On this episode, we go in on death.
Meet Shatzi Weisberger, who staged her own funeral (emphasis on ‘fun’) at age 88. With the belief that death should be considered and talked about long before it comes, Shatzi holds weekly Death Cafes, in which folks come together to talk openly and honestly about all the complexities about the end of one’s life.
Next, meet widower Charles Lucas, who hasn’t yet figured out his plan for his final resting place since gentrification has raised the prices of everything in his neighborhood—including burial plots.
Need a daily reminder that your time on earth is limited? There’s an app for that! It’s called We Croak, and Hansa Bergwall believes that it will help people achieve happiness, by contemplating their mortality.
With the shutdown of the L train fast approaching, residents are finding alternative ways to get to Manhattan island. Then, meet Courtney Williams, founder of Brown Bike Girl, who is making sure communities of color have access to cycling and bicycle education in the city. Finally, we go in on the history of the G train—the only line that doesn’t run through Manhattan—and the quirks that make it unique.
With over 40,000 veterans in Brooklyn, we look at how they’ve experienced very different wars, post-war receptions, and re-immersion into civilian life. How has war changed over the years, and how can we ensure veterans have access to the resources they need when they return home?
Brooklyn is full of creators. In this episode of Going In with Brian Vines, we explore how Brooklynites are making their voices heard outside of the mainstream, using everything from motion pictures to Tweets.
Ah, love. On this episode, Brian goes in on three contemporary takes to this elusive four-letter word.
First up, dating apps: hear how they’ve opened up a whole new point of entry for those looking for a partner, or just someone to spend a fun evening with.
Then, hear from a woman to takes a scientific approach to romantic partnerships. Professor Marisa T. Cohen runs a relationship science lab in Brooklyn, where she studies early dating experiences and the science of compatibility.
Then, polyamory, or non-monogamy, has increasingly become the norm for many in New York’s queer community. Instead of distinct pairs of lovers, the scene looks more like a vast interconnected web of love and partnerships.
It’s not just a hashtag, it’s a state of mind. Black Twitter is leading online dialogue, pushing real-life change by challenging the mainstream news in real-time.
Hear from author Touré and Meredith Clark, Assistant Professor at UVA, about how Twitter offers opportunities to listen in and learn from kitchen-table conversations in ways they couldn’t before.
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Precarious labor, Brian takes a look at jobs that are unvalued and underpaid. Who gets to assign value to what labor?
From Taskrabbit taskers to CUNY staff, no one is immune to the crushing wheels of capitalism.
How can Veterans’ Affairs meet the needs of this country’s vets? The national debate over the privatization of V.A. hospitals shows not everyone has been satisfied with what the V.A. provides, but with privatization comes a new set of complications.
We hear from two Brooklyn vets on the quality of the service they’ve been given and from the folks at the Brooklyn V.A. hospital.
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We’re covering everything from toxic masculinity to tech, from cuddle parties to a cold case concerning a serial killer, from the lifestyle of a self-described hypersexual to the life cycle of your kitchen compost. Inescapable gentrification, inexplicable laws, intimate portrayals–it’s all part of Season 2 of Going In with Brian Vines, and it’s all part of Brooklyn.
Episode 1 premieres Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 8pm. Join us as we take a nuanced approach to what’s happening in the borough you call home.
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Delve into the variety of ways New Yorkers are making ends meet on this episode of Going In With Brian Vines. Visit the Sure We Can redemption center with Brian and meet dedicated canner Pierre who believes can and bottle collecting is a lesson in humility. We meet psychologists deep in debt from earning their PhD and unable to properly care for themselves or their patients. Finally, go underground with three young dancers earning wages break-dancing on the subway.
On this week’s episode of Going In with Brian Vines, Brian visits 3 Brooklyn addresses where gentrification has made its mark. First, we head to an apartment building in Bed-Stuy where one tenant is on a mission to meet all those who lived there before her. A group of the building’s tenants meet regularly to share their renter’s rights and stay informed. Next stop: Bushwick, where a group of renters made of mostly immigrants are on a rent strike, as their neglectful landlord seems eager to muscle them out. Finally, we bike over to where Red Lantern bike repair once was in Fort Greene. We see how rent hikes have made it near impossible for small businesses to compete with big developers in gentrified neighborhoods.
This week on Going In with Brian Vines, Brian follows two stories on Brooklynites advocating for fairness within the criminal justice system. A cold case is re-opened in Brooklyn, and we meet the family of the late Rashawn Brazell, whose body was found in a trash bag on a subway platform in 2005. For thirteen years the case went unresolved, but with modern detective work and forensics, the Brazell family, along with the families of other victims of unsolved cases, gets the justice they deserve. Next, we meet Carl King, a man who has taken it upon himself to prove the innocence of his friend, Colin Warner, who he believes was wrongfully accused of murder. With no former investigative or legal training, Carl has put in decades of work—but proving the law wrong is especially difficult for poor and minority defendants.
This week on Going In with Brian Vines, it’s all about growing up in Brooklyn. We look at stories about those moments in life where we move into a new phase, especially as they reflect how our backgrounds and cultures can shape those journeys. Brian pays a visit to Bed-Stuy YMCA to take an aqua-fitness class with some very fit seniors. Next, the Sheppard sisters show us that speed and grace can keep you grounded. Tai, Rainn, and Brooke Sheppard grew up in the borough with issues ranging from homelessness to bad haircuts. Watch as these three hurdle their way to the top of the country’s largest women’s track and field event without missing a beat. Finally, we meet Naimul Islam, a first generation Muslim-American who struggled to to find a role model as a newcomer in the city. Now he leads a support group for teens like him, so they can gain guidance and inspiration from each other.
Good or bad, how is the growing role in technology playing out in our lives? Is it changing the way we relate to the city itself – or how our city government relates to us? Is it bringing jobs to Brooklyn or handing them over to robots? We talk with Adina Miles, a.k.a. “Flatbush Girl,” who’s bringing tech to Orthodox Jewish communities. Then, we meet the gene editing populists at GenSpace, who are bringing biohacking to the community. Lastly, we look at the technology behind predictive policing—
*Correction: The creator of Crime A Day is Mike Chase (Not “Mike Shane” as it appears at 12:51.
According to one study, the average American inadvertently commits an estimated 3 felonies a day. In this episode of Going In, Brian investigates laws that should be dropped, laws that should be enacted, and laws that just don’t make any sense.
First up, meet one man whose defense is blindsided by the blindfold law. Next: one attorney Tweets A Crime A Day, and shows that what’s considered a federal crime might surprise you. Finally, we look at the Child Victims Act, a proposed change to the current statute of limitations for victims of child abuse.
They call this city a melting pot—or is it more of a tossed salad? Either way, food is being made. 19 billion lbs. a year in fact. In this episode, Brian explores where food is coming from and where it’s going.
First up: a tale of 2 fish. Brian finds out why one Sunset Park fish market charges so much less than its Greenpoint equivalent.
Next, Cannabis consumption: it’s not just dry brownies anymore. Meet some the ganja-preneurs changing the edible game with specialty food and feel-good cannabis dinners. Lastly, we go in on composting in NYC. Organic Outreach, a part of the NYC Department of Sanitation, wants to make the most of your food waste, rather than just having it end up in a landfill.
In the premiere episode of Going In with Brian Vines, our senior correspondent visits the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the largest organization in the country dedicated to Muslim civil rights, and a few Muslim Brooklynites share their intimate stories.
In this episode, Brian expands on questions of isolationism and its presence in New York City as the U.S. experiences nationalist sentiments. Our senior correspondent visits the Havana Lyceum Orchestra, one of the first Cuban classical ensembles to tour the United States since the revolution in 1959, then partakes in a re-enactment of the Battle of Brooklyn, 1776, the first battle after the U.S. officially declared they were their own nation.
Is education still the key to social mobility in America? In this episode, Brian goes into the challenges faced by the NYC public school system, like building diversity, offering greater school choice, and handling competition from more and more charter schools. Our journalist also gets into the maze of for-profit colleges and their certificate programs, student loans, and systematic misrepresentations.
CORRECTION [2:57]: The U.S. prison population is north of 2,000,000 as of 2015.
Addiction to opioids and other drugs is now being called a medical crisis. Brian goes in to the ramifications of the war on drugs, the common prescription of pain killers, and the organizations that are providing support. An Orthodox Jewish family opens up about their experience with overdose, de-stigmatizing drug use, and paving the way for prevention. Local advocacy groups provide resources for drug users and people at the intersections of health and social inequities.
This week, Brian goes in on resistance. The Going In team takes part in an activist boot camp. Brian meets two experts on direct action and protest organizing. We hear from Tarana Burke, who created the MeToo campaign a decade ago. A group of young men in East New York fight to protect their homes from developers through a unique method: houseparties.
s there a hierarchy of immigrant value to America? Is there a correlation between said hierarchy and one’s country of origin and/or skin tone? Are there different rights afforded to each level of this pseudo-caste system? This week, Brian goes in on predatory immigrant lawyers, the harm caused by perpetuating the myth of the 10-Year Visa Application, and the lawyers from Make the Road who are working to fight against these injustices. We meet an immigrant mother from Grenada who sustained multiple injuries after a car accident. Then we head underground to the subway platforms, where a Chinese immigrant makes beautiful music with his mono-chord.
What’s a political club? What’s a proxy vote? Meet Frank Seddio, Democratic Chairman of Kings County, who has long held the power to swing the vote in Brooklyn. Enter the New Kings Democrats, progressives who are working to be the change they want to see.
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On this episode of Going In with Brian Vines, we meet the woman in charge of making sure members of the police force are trained to properly respond to calls on E.D.P., or “Emotionally Disturbed Person”. Laurent, a young Brooklynite from Haiti, is learning to cope with the trauma of the 2010 earthquake. Transgender fashion model Merci has been diagnosed with a mental illness, and is facing assault charges. We hear her process of trying to get her case moved to mental health court.
On this episode, we’re going in on documenting Brooklyn.
Jennifer Egan, author of best-selling novel MANHATTAN BEACH, tells us what she uncovered through her research on New York during WWII. We meet two Chinese immigrants who find daily artistic inspiration in Prospect Park, and their son who photographs their work. A Brooklyn Photographer known as @visually_conscious on Instagram takes us through his process and talks about going against the grain.
The gender binary is over and NYC organizations are responding. Brian and the Going In team head to Phluid—New York’s first gender-free clothing experience, and meet designers and artistic directors who are creating clothing and accessories meant to fit any gender expression. Next, meet Jamey Jesperson, Education Associate of GLSEN: the leading organization fostering safe and affirming environment for K-12 schools. Then, Brian speaks with “Gender Identity Justice Educator” Dr. SJ Miller, who talks about the right to self-determination and giving LGBTQ youth the resources they need to thrive.
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In this segment of Going In with Brian Vines, Brian goes to a cuddle party where consent comes first.Through clear communication and developed language around consent, the cuddlist community neutralizes the hierarchy of want and desire. In this safe space, the cuddlists empower those to use communication that is based in mutual pleasure and comfort and explore their own boundaries through healthy touch.
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