Brooklyn Historical Society is excited to launch Flatbush + Main, a monthly podcast dedicated to Brooklyn’s many-layered history and its dynamic present. Each week you’ll hear co-hosts Zaheer Ali and Julie Golia dig into some of the most compelling stories that we come across everyday in our work as historians at BHS.
Primary sources are the bread and butter of what we historians do, so we’ll be featuring documents, images, artifacts, and more from BHS’s rich archives – pictures of which we’ll post to the Brooklyn Historical Society blog. As BHS’s Oral Historian, Zaheer will share clips from our oral history collection, which includes over 1,200 interviews from narrators born as early as the 1890s.
Over the next couple of months, new episodes will tackle topics from raw sewage to hip hop to pioneering female political leaders – all through the lens of Brooklyn. In the meantime, check out this introductory episode, in which Zaheer and I talk about our vision for the podcast – and how we landed upon the name “Flatbush + Main.”
We’ll be posting show notes for each episode on the BHS blog, so check back each month to explore full oral history interviews, images of original documents, links to relevant commentary, and more.
We’re looking forward to meeting you each month at the intersection of Brooklyn’s past and present.