The best of the fest

Jeze-bell House: Megan Reynolds and Madeleine Davies, of the pop culture site Jezebel, will record a live edition of their podcast “DirtCast” at the Bell House on Jan. 13 as part of the Brooklyn Podcast Festival.
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The pod people are coming!

The Brooklyn Podcast Festival will sprawl across four venues for four days, so you can catch your favorite shows with your eyes as well as your ears! In addition to the Bowery Boys discussion of Walt Whitman on Jan. 11, here are a few highlights of the fest:

Hometown host

Brooklyn podcaster (and author, and television host) Touré will interview an as-yet-unnamed special guest during a live taping of the “Touré Show,” where he chats with prominent black people about their struggles and successes. Past guests have included basketball player Dennis Rodman, singer Macy Gray, and members of the Wu Tang Clan.

“Touré Show” at Bric House [647 Fulton St. at Rockwell Place in Fort Greene, (718) 683–5600,]. Jan. 10 at 7 pm. Free.

Jest talking

How do jokes work? In the podcast “Good One,” Jesse David Fox —’s senior editor — asks a comedian to break down a joke. Today he will chat with Brooklyn comic Catherine Cohen and “Difficult People” actress and writer Julie Klausner.

“Good One” at Union Hall [702 Union St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 638–4400,]. Jan. 11 at 7:30 pm. $15.

Travel talk

Brooklyn’s favorite topics — bike lanes and subway woes — will be up for discussion at the “Talking Headways” podcast session. Host Jeff Wood will chat with transportation planner and technologist Ryan Westrom about creating streets that are focused on people, not cars. The discussion kicks off an afternoon of podcasts focused on urban planning, followed by a happy hour gathering at 5 pm.

“Talking Headways” at Camp David (237 36th St. Suite 112, between Second and Third avenues in Sunset Park, Jan. 12 at 1 pm. $8 ($15 for all four sessions).

It’s a drag

The website Jezebel brings its pop culture podcast “DirtCast” to the Bell House to dig into the celebrity ecosystem of tabloid reporting. Tonight’s guest will be Aja, from “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” who will dish about the reality of the competition show and working in the butch world of hip-hop.

“Dirtcast” at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643–6510,]. Jan. 13 at 7:30 pm. $10.

Reach arts editor Bill Roundy at or by calling (718) 260–4507.
Posted 12:00 am, January 7, 2019
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