Natalie Hinds and Lia Neal
Jerry Milani and Doug Doyle

Natalie Hinds and Lia Neal, two of the greatest swimmers in U.S. history, are competing for the Cali Condors in the International Swimming League (ISL) which is taking place in the "Budapest Bubble", the Dunn Arena in Hungary.  

The two African-American standouts join SportsJam host Doug Doyle from Hungary for this special edition of the podcast.  The video version of the show can be seen here.

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Governor Cuomo is expressing concern about clusters of coronavirus cases in New York State. The state’s infection rate is now one and a half percent but Cuomo says that’s in large part due to a few areas of Brooklyn and Orange and Rockland counties.

Cuomo says the 10 zip codes with the worst coronavirus infection rate don’t even make up three percent of the state’s population but represent a quarter of the cases.

Wendell Pierce

Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 8pm, The Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn presents its mainstage fall presentation with 12 Angry Men...and Women:  The Weight of the Wait in partnership with The New Press.  

12 Angry Men...and Women will be streamed live via YouTube from New York City's very first Black Lives Matter mural with 159 names of men, women and children killed by acts of racially motivated violence.  The mural is located on Fulton Street between New York and Brooklyn Avenues.

Sunset Park

There’s concern about a surge in coronavirus cases in part of Brooklyn.

The City’s Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi says Sunset Park now has a roughly 7 percent infection rate, way above the citywide average of one percent.

“228 positive cases. In a way, the zip code wide rate was like a beep of a metal detector that told us where to dig.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio says officials will be knocking on doors and making phone calls.

“With a simple message. Everyone needs to get tested. We want to get everyone tested as quickly as possible.”

Da 5 Bloods
Harlan Jacobson

Spike Lee has made some 25 feature films and five documentaries in a career devoted to putting the black American experience onscreen. His latest film is Da 5 Bloods.

Made in NY Jazz Café & Bar had already closed for the night when tragedy struck, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Iving Burgie
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Day-O is one of the most widely heard songs of modern times. It recently debuted on the Broadway stage in a musical based on the movie Beetlejuice. For years it’s been played at sports stadiums and was even used as a wake-up call for astronauts.

Day-O was written by Brooklyn-born Irving Burgie, who turned 95 last Sunday.

WBGO’s Jon Kalish reports on Burgie's struggle for recognition of his accomplishments.

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Verna Hart’s most recognizable works are of musicians.  She loved jazz and blues.

“Eubie Blake, she named her kids after artists, Eubie Blake,” said Linda Sutton, an art consultant and longtime friend of Verna Hart.  They collaborated on projects.  Sutton helped sell her work.

“She painted almost everybody,” she said.  “You didn’t get to see them all, but she loved jazz.  If you went to her house that’s what you heard, jazz.  While she was just cleaning or whatever we were doing it was primarily jazz.”

Billie Holiday Theatre

The Billie Holiday Theatre at RestorationART in Brooklyn, in association with Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company in Atlanta, is presenting a new adaptation of Colman Domingo’s much heralded Dot

Dot is directed by Tony Award-winning Broadway and film director Kenny Leon and stars Emmy Award-winning Billie Holiday Theatre alumna Denise Burse as the lead character Dot.  Burse is best known for portraying  Claretha on Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.

Percussionist Chief Baba Neil Clarke is performing on Sunday July 1 at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn as part of the International African Arts Festival, a celebration that kicks off Saturday June 30 and goes until the 4thof July.  

Gelbfish family
Jon Kalish for WBGO

There's a new museum in Brooklyn that looks at the Holocaust through the eyes of Orthodox Jews.

The Amud Aish Memorial Museum is staffed mostly by the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors.

Click above to hear Jon Kalish's report.

The Crypto Party Phenomenon Hits Brooklyn

Jan 27, 2017
Crypto Party

We're going to take you now to a crypto party. It's really more of a teach-in than a party. Privacy advocates and political activists have been organizing crypto parties to foil efforts by corporations and governments to collect data.

The phenomenon started in Australia in 2012 and has since spread around the world.  Reporter Jon Kalish recently went to a couple of crypto parties in Brooklyn.

Click above to hear the story.