Listening to podcasts can take you to another world—but they usually take you there alone, as you zone out to your earbuds on the subway. Now you can meet, mingle, and grab a beer with thousands of other smart, cultured New Yorkers while you all celebrate the voices you love at the inaugural Brooklyn Podcast Festival.
Taking place at some of the coolest venues in Brooklyn, including the Bell House in Gowanus and Park Slope’s Union Hall, the six-day-long festival will feature more than a dozen live broadcasts, covering topics from politics and science to food and sex. There will be music, there will be special guests, and as with anything that combines the über hip worlds of Brooklyn and podcasting, expect a lot of sarcasm and witty insights.
Highlights include a talk between The Sporkful host Dan Pashman and legendary 91-year-old food writer Mimi Sheraton on November 14; a takedown of the current political morass by the comedians of Chapo Trap House on November 17; and a supremely snarky convo about pop culture in Las Culturistas’s “Live: I Don’t Think So, Honey!” on November 18. For those looking for a raucous, 21st-century version of a variety show, Kevin McDonald from The Kids in the Hall will host a night of music and comedy (he promises there will be drop-ins by famous friends) on November 15.
Why You Should Go: To watch live broadcasts of today’s smartest and wittiest podcasts in a fun social setting.
Brooklyn Podcast Festival
Tuesday, November 14–Sunday, November, 19
$8-$25 per show
Make it a true-blue Gowanus day the WSWD way.