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Urban Farms Above: NYC Roofs Going Green

Season 3, Ep. 70

NYC roofs are dark and dirty, heat absorbing no-man's lands, but thanks to a new act by the City Council, tops of new buildings will become expansive urban gardens and farms – supplying fresh vegetables to our inner city and beyond. City roof-tops will be covered with great swaths of green that will purify our air – cool buildings in the summer and keep us warm in the winter. Green roofs have been the dream of Brooklyn City Council person Rafael Espinal -- and for this BCR episode we had a conversation with Rafael about his recently passed bill -- and with Inger Yancy of Brooklyn Greenroof and Dustin Partridge, director of Green Roof Researchers Alliance / NYC Audobon. We also took a walk around the Brooklyn Grange farm on the roof of Building 3 in the Navy Yards with Grange co-founder Anastasia Cole Plakias.

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9/11: 2001 - 2021

Season 6, Ep. 147
The Poetry Foundation editors write: “When major parts of our lives seem to change in a flash, we are reminded that poetry can help us to cope with new realities and to assess the unknowns ahead. When we are stepping out into uncharted terrain, alone or together, poetry can capture our emotions. It can share our vulnerabilities and scars, along with our strengths.”Today. we are sharing the first program of our new podcast co-produced with Chris Brandt -- “Poetry. What is it good for?” For this first episode, we explored the 20-year social and emotional after-tremors of the attack by Saudi Arabian terrorists on the United States through the powerful tool of poetry with J. Chester Johnson and Cornelius Eady.J. Chester Johnson is a poet, playwright, essayist, translator, speaker and teacher.He visited Bar Crawl Radio a couple of months ago to talk about his book – “Damaged Heritage” --on the history and his family’s connection with the 1919 Elaine, Arkansas Massacre, one of many human crimes against humanity in whichU. S.White citizens killed over 100 U.S. Black citizens and then prosecuted the survivors for their act of murder.Though Cornelius Eady, an American poet, focuses on issues of race and society, his verse accomplishes a lot more as indicated in his deeply felt reactions to the 9/11 attack on this country. Cornelius is also a musician whose verse is performed as song by The Cornelius Eady Trio. His poetry is simple and accessible, centering on jazz and blues, family life, violence, and society from a racial and class-based POV.