Flatbush + Main was a podcast dedicated to Brooklyn history, co-hosted by Brooklyn Historical Society's historians Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia, who talked to scholars, and used archives and oral history to explore Brooklyn’s past.
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Flatbush + Main produced its last episode in July 2020. Be sure to revisit your favorite episodes and share the experience of Flatbush + Main far and wide using the hashtag #FlatbushandMain.
Season 1, Episode 36
Making Brooklyn History
July 21, 2020
In Episode 36 of Flatbush + Main, Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia say farewell to Brooklyn Historical Society by revisiting their favorite segments from the podcast’s history.
Thank you so much for being such loyal and passionate listeners. It has been a joy to make Brooklyn history with you. Please keep in touch and follow us on Twitter @JuliethePH and @zaheerali.
And keep an eye out for exciting new history projects at Brooklyn Historical Society!
Season 1, Episode 35
Wandering Brooklyn With Walt Whitman
June 18, 2019
In Episode 35 of Flatbush + Main, we celebrate the 200th birthday of Brooklyn's bard, Walt Whitman. Whitman was a journalist, a poet, a lover, a wanderer, and a Brooklynite. We consider his experiences walking Brooklyn's streets and the inspiration he drew from the places and people he encountered.
Season 1, Episode 34
Land and Labor in Agricultural Brooklyn
May 28, 2019
In Episode 34 of Brooklyn Historical Society's podcast Flatbush + Main, co-hosts Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia discuss Brooklyn's long farming history, and the complex interplay of power, land, and labor in Kings County.
Season 1, Episode 33
Queer Coney Island
April 4, 2019
In Episode 33 of Brooklyn Historical Society's podcast Flatbush + Main, co-hosts Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia explore Coney Island's queer history. Guest Hugh Ryan joins Julie and Zaheer this episode. Hugh is the author of the new book, When Brooklyn Was Queer, and the co-curator, with Avram Finkelstein, of BHS's newest exhibition, On the (Queer) Waterfront.
Season 1, Episode 32
Muslims in Brooklyn
February 15, 2019
In Episode 32 of Brooklyn Historical Society's podcast Flatbush + Main, co-hosts Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia examine the history of Muslims in Brooklyn, drawing on BHS's groundbreaking public and oral history project that launched in 2017.
Season 1, Episode 31
The Blackout of 1977
January 15, 2019
In Episode 31 of Brooklyn Historical Society’s podcast Flatbush + Main, co-hosts Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia discuss the infamous Blackout of 1977, the economic and social context that led up to the event, its impact on many Brooklyn neighborhoods, and its enduring legacy.
Season 1, Episode 30
Listening to Puerto Rican Brooklynites
October 31, 2018
In Episode 30 of Brooklyn Historical Society's podcast Flatbush + Main, co-hosts Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia discuss Brooklyn Historical Society's Puerto Rican Oral History Project (1973-1975), the institution's first oral history collection, which resulted in over 80 interviews with narrators born as early as the 1880s. They situate this landmark undertaking in the social and intellectual developments of the 1960s and 1970s, from the Civil Rights Movement to the rise of Ethnic Studies programs.
Season 1, Episode 29
Cholera in Brooklyn
September 28, 2018
In Episode 29 of Brooklyn Historical Society’s podcast Flatbush + Main, host Zaheer Ali and guest-host Erin Wuebker, fellow BHS historian, discuss the impact of cholera on Brooklyn, which led to the illness and death of thousands of residents in the 19th century. Zaheer and Erin consider how epidemics of cholera were both symptoms of the city’s tremendous growth and change in this era, and catalysts for Brooklyn to develop basic infrastructure we associate with a modern city.
Season 1, Episode 28
The New York City Draft Riots
August 30, 2018
Season 1, Episode 27
Factories in Brooklyn
July 31, 2018
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