BRIC’s 2022 Remote Podcast Intensive cohort provided the ins and outs of creating a podcast pilot and a viable season all while learning & producing remotely. Students produced their pilot, with 12 weeks of skill-building in non-fiction storytelling, podcast production practices, interviewing, recording techniques, and editing. The podcast topics are intense personal journeys each student has spent the past 6 months working on. The stories range from sustainability advice from our elders, to personal accounts from black and Latino veterans of their experiences in the military, to the experience of a young woman tasked with tending to her own plot of yard space in Brooklyn.
Thursday, August 4th, 2022
6:30pm-8:30pm Watch live on the Brooklyn Free Speech HD channel
(Spectrum 1993, Optimum 951 Verizon 47, https://bricartsmedia.org/HD)
About The Podcasters:
Alexandra Thompson is a big advocate for sustainability education and low-impact living. She has worked in the waste industry for the past 7 years and started her career on a marketing campaign creating awareness about the jobs and people in the recycling industry. Before the pandemic, she traveled around the country implementing zero-waste systems and nonprofit advocacy zones at music festivals and large scale events. She currently lives in Bed Stuy and works as an Event Captain at Brooklyn Grange, the world’s leading soil-based rooftop farm. When she’s not talking about waste, you can find her outside soaking up the sunshine with a good book or in the garden. She’s an avid thrifter and loves to add records to her vinyl collection. Once a disc jockey in college, she’s excited to get back to the world of audio with her podcast “Heirloom(ed)”. As part of BRIC’s Podcast Intensive, her podcast is focused on the positive reconnection she’s had with her grandfather, a Black backyard gardener and Far Rockaway resident for over 40 years.
Beryl Benbow. Once Upon a time, Brooklyn was blessed with the birth of a girl, who was born with an innate artistic bend, a dry witted sense of humor, kindness, empathy, OH, and very smart. Fast forward to adulthood, she embarked on a career involving computers, programming, and analysis for 50 years or so. Unbeknownst, in her kingdom that the year, Y2K, would be the time where she had to retool what she knew and learn a new skill designing and developing web sites, while still engaging in the practice of creating visual art. Several years before her retirement she promised herself to fully immerse her time in creating art when she retired. She indulged herself in digital photography as an art form. However, she found that in a building at 57 Rockwell place in Brooklyn NY. Beryl could continue being creative by utilizing a whole new repertoire of tools and creativity. She has successfully become a BRIC Arts Media Certified Community Producer in all the media education certification courses: TV Studio Production (BRIC House), Video Production in the Field, Video Editing with Premiere, Mini-Studio Production, the BRIC Documentary Intensive, Black Box Filmmaking, TV Studio Collaborative, Intro to Radio Podcasting, Studio Podcasting, and Field Audio Equipment Certification. Beryl is currently enrolled in the BRIC Podcast Intensive program.
Kayla Glazer is a writer, artist and museum educator. Originally from VT and now living in Brooklyn two miles from the synagogue her grandfather was bar mitzvah’ed at, she’s drawn to the strong spiritual communities and culture of socratic dialogue and discussion in the city. From working at the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art to connecting to the Socialist Jewish Labor traditions of her childhood, she finds inspiration in the throughlines and artifacts of the 60s and 70s political protest and spiritual awakening. In her free time, she frequents the last great churches in the city: the Brooklyn Public Library, any movie theater she can get tickets to, the Brighton Beach Boardwalk, and Prospect Park. As a luddite, her only socials are for this podcast.
Ketriana Yvonne is a Poet and Author of “Sequin Soul Poetry from the Spirit”. She is the host and producer of the Brooklyn Free Speech and two-time BFree First Amendment Award winner for “The Ketriana Yvonne Show”. Ketriana Yvonne has featured for the Ft. Greene Park Conservancy Fundraiser “The Fling” & Poetry Festival. She is a member of the Intergenerational Community Arts Council and served as panelist for the 2022 Brooklyn Arts Council Music Grants. Ketriana featured for The Share with the Myrtle Ave Partnership and has been featured on Podcasts & BRIC TV. The National Writers Union for the NYC Annual Poetry Festival.She was the winner of the 2019 TrulyBrooklyn.com contest “Dear Brooklyn” which has become her signature poem. She is a County Committee member and 57th Assembly District County Committee Member Treasurer and in Marquis Who’s Who 2022. She writes as Spirit writer on Allpoetry.com and was featured in their anthology “Circular Whispers” she has led virtual poetry workshops for New York Writers Coalition and her own group “The Sequin Soul Spirit Writing Group” and hosts JanesWalk.org virtual writing workshops. Ketriana Yvonne is writing for change bringing inspiration through words. Follow @Ketrianabelove on Twitter and Instagram.
Dr. Michelle K. Watson is a physician, surgeon, translational academic scientist, and scholar possessing extensive proficiencies in the biomedical sciences. An enthusiastic and dynamic healthcare professional well-versed in medicine and disease pathophysiology, Dr. Watson has cultivated a reputation for discipline and determination which precede her in tandem with a ferocious work ethic. She has engaged in experimental work for the United States Department of Defense, Estee Lauder Laboratories, and has published and presented her research nationally and internationally. Dr. Watson has an established excellence in weaponing community and company missions into powerfully compelling narratives, positive user experiences, and successful social engagements. She is of service as a multifaceted ideation and innovation expert and a communications specialist for socioculturally overlooked and distanced populations. She revels in an existential foundation as a focused ecospiritualist and embodiment specialist; a modern-triumphalist utilizing the presentation of information in an entertaining, appealing manner to overcome barriers of mistrust and educational deficiencies in underrepresented, unacknowledged, and socioeconomically ostracized communities. Dr. Watson is a trailblazing public healthcare consultant, author, entrepreneur, speaker, yogi, bookworm, and bon vivant. She maintains an interest in all things steeped in the multicultural avant-garde, with a proclivity for leaving an ebullient sparkle wherever she goes.
Nina Bowers is a multimedia performance artist focused on the exploration of concepts and dynamics between forms. Her work articulates the reconciliation of self with surroundings. She interrogates her own perceptions of human psychology and interpersonal connection to create ritual from the routine events of life. She clarifies ideas and lets them breathe, expanding on what is visceral and physical through video, sound, and movement. Her work often begins with sourcing a text and arranging its performance then repeating phrases for emphasis and rhythm, tying it in together with personal recollections or imagery and overlaying other sounds to make a pool to rest in. Her works echo off one another and collage into a greater whole.
Shawn Walsh. Having worked as a freelance audio technician/engineer since the 1980’s and in NYC broadcast network television for 21 years, Shawn Walsh returned to the world of community media to find her own voice and work to in the BRIC Arts Media community to develop that voice as a podcast. With years of field recording experience in a variety of environments from ships and glaciers to intense urban environments, as well as countless hours of mixing and editing of other peoples stories Shawn is ready to work to articulate and share the issues she finds important and bring them to a place where they can be shared and observed by the people whom they affect directly and those all around us. The advent of the podcast has brought enthusiasm, tons of great content and a growing audience primed for audio only content, Shawn feels like she’s in the right place at the right time. Shawn’s podcast will look at individuals and their particular working situations as well as systemic corporate, union, social and policy circumstances that affect individual success and what can we do to improve our situation as well as existing conditions. Yes it sounds dry but the individuals we follow bring an empathetic point of view to look at systemic issues affecting us all.
Susan James is the producer of the work-in-progress podcast mini-series “Helen”. She currently serves as co-producer of The Roulette Tapes, a half-hour podcast launched in late 2019 for the Brooklyn concert hall Roulette Intermedium. The podcast was created with the help of Roulette’s co-founder David Weinstein to showcase live concert recordings from the Roulette Archives, and that podcast is a return to Susan’s roots in music journalism, which began in 1987 during her college years at WKCR-FM 89.9, the listener-supported radio station of Columbia University, and continued for 9 years. During that time, Susan produced recorded interview segments with such new music luminaries as Brian Eno and Lawrence Butch Morris, recorded live jazz sessions for broadcast, and created an original show in 1994, Radio Pan-Asia, which Jon Pareles noted favorably in a Best of Radio article for the New York Times (March 6, 1994). Her current project, working title, “Helen”, is a departure from her earlier work in that it is largely autobiographical. As it builds a portrait of Susan’s mother, we learn about Susan’s relationship to herself, her family history, and her identity as a woman with generational mental health concerns.
Check out the projects from last year:[HERE]