WNYC Studios, The Nation Partner For Podcast Series On Gentrification
March 8, 2016 at 6:58 AM (PT)
WNYC STUDIOS is launching a new podcast series with THE NATION. "THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD" is an eight-part weekly series, hosted by THE NATION Features Editor KAI WRIGHT and a score by TERENCE BLANCHARD, looking at gentrification with a focus on neighborhoods in BROOKLYN; it premieres TOMORROW (3/9), accompanied by a live kickoff event at the RESTORATION CORPORATION in BEDFORD-STUYVESANT hosted by comedian APARNA NANCHERLA.
“THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD gives voice to a story central to the lives of New Yorkers, who face disturbingly steep rent hikes and whose properties are often viewed as international commodities rather than homes,” said Exec. Producer KAREN FRILLMANN. “This is a phenomenon now playing out across the country in major cities such as OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA. To offer a full scope of the issues at play, we’re thrilled to partner with THE NATION, which brings to this project a long history of focus on issues of economic justice.”
“THE NATION has a long and proud tradition of exposing just how profitable racial injustice can be. Partnering with WNYC on this podcast, in our home base of NEW YORK CITY, seems such a natural outgrowth of that mission,” added WRIGHT. “I covered the subprime lending and foreclosure crises for THE NATION, and THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD is very much a follow up to that reporting. The gentrification and displacement we see today is possible only in the wake of the economic crisis that has choked our neighborhoods for more than 15 years. And it’s part of a decades-long history in which housing in black and brown neighborhoods has been manipulated for the profit of others. These stories we’re telling are the real and tangible consequences.”
“We hope to create a sort of time capsule that preserves the current conversation, livelihood, policy change, and cultural cadence of an entire municipal shift,” said WNYC Producer, Special Projects on Race REBECCA CARROLL. “It is a moment where Brooklyn as we know it is being reimagined, while deliberately displacing primarily black and brown people, and simultaneously serving as a model for cities not just nationwide but all over the world. THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD is bearing witness to an ongoing cycle of urban depopulating and repopulating in which race plays a central role. We are narrating history in present terms.”