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Jeremi Suri at Poly Prep


A few months ago, Poly Prep reached out to us to ask if we would be interested in recording a new, public event series called Context: Conversations at Poly Prep. The first lecture, with professor and historian Jeremi Suri, was a quick but wide-ranging lecture discussing the evolution of the Office of the President throughout American History as discussed in his new book The Impossible Presidency. While the subject isn’t necessarily local, we were thrilled to bring you a progressive, thoughtful lecture given locally at an institution with over 100 years of history in the neighborhood (and to pal around with the excellent Bookmark Shoppe too!).

I always remembered, as a kid, being taken by my grandfather to go throw bagels at the ducks at the Poly Prep pond (By the way, folks, don’t do that!┬áIt’s terrible for the ducks. There are signs now. Probably because of me. Sorry.) But it always was a mysterious entity for much of my life, and a closed campus. So we are very excited to see the institution open its gates and beautiful campus to the neighborhood and provide a much-needed event space for lectures and discussions. You can sign up for future events on their calendar or monitor their Twitter feed.

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Coffee with Dan Donovan in Gravesend, Brooklyn


As part of his ongoing whistle-stop tour of the district, Rep. Dan Donovan appeared at David A. Boody High School in Gravesend, Brooklyn. There, a gathering of about 15-20 constituents were able to ask him questions on a variety of issues.

During his discussions, there were a number of issues that arose where information provided was either not complete or may require additional context. During the podcast, you’ll hear this signified by a soft “ding”. Below are the “footnotes”, so to speak, that we believe will help you take greater benefit from the recording.

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AAANY District 43 City Council Debate


Hey there, neighbors!

We’re working on our second studio episode (and wow is it ever a doozy), but in the meantime, Bay Ridge’s three candidates for city council have taken part in another debate, this time focusing on progressive issues including immigration reform, police accountability, and equality. They also fielded questions from the audience.

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BRCC District 43 City Council Debate


If you missed it on Tuesday, here’s your chance! We’ve recorded the entire City Council debate between Justin Brannan, John Quaglione, and Bob Capano, and posted it here for your listening pleasure. You can also check out our Live Tweet over on Twitter at @RadioFreeBR.

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