"Borrowed" Podcast from Brooklyn Public Library

Series produced by Brooklyn Public Library

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Brooklyn has so many stories to tell, and a lot of them start at the library. Brooklyn Public Library's flagship podcast, “Borrowed,” brings you stories that start here and take you somewhere new. We're talking to people starting businesses, finding their roots, playing Dungeons & Dragons, creating community—and of course, borrowing books!

Brooklyn has so many stories to tell, and a lot of them start at the library. Brooklyn Public Library's flagship podcast, “Borrowed,” brings you stories that start here and take you somewhere new. We're talking to people starting businesses, finding their roots, playing Dungeons & Dragons, creating community—and of course, borrowing books!


27 Pieces

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What do librarians do all day? When they're not planning programs or working the reference desk, these librarians are also obscure trivia players, ...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2021
  • Length: 14:44
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This episode, we hear Drag Queen Cholula Lemon read Super Satya Saves the Day by Raakhee Mirchandani, and we visit BPL's wildly popular Tibetan lan...

  • Added: Jan 06, 2021
  • Length: 20:08
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From Selma, Alabama to Brooklyn, New York — we look at how racial violence and racial memory impacts our country and our libraries.

Bought by KFAI Minneapolis


  • Added: Nov 18, 2020
  • Length: 22:24
  • Purchases: 1
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We dig into the history of a once-unacknowledged African burial ground in East New York, Brooklyn, and ask how a new library branch can honor that ...

  • Added: Nov 18, 2020
  • Length: 33:36
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To honor the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we take a trip to Green-Wood cemetery to the grave of Sarah Smith Garnet, one of Brooklyn's B...

  • Added: Nov 18, 2020
  • Length: 12:56
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Belle da Costa Greene and Nella Larsen are two librarians of color, one who is white passing, and the other of mixed heritage who wrote famously ab...

Bought by KFAI Minneapolis


  • Added: Nov 18, 2020
  • Length: 32:46
  • Purchases: 1
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A special episode, created in partnership with Queens Memory and the online newspaper The CITY, on grief and mourning during the COVID-19 pandemic,...

  • Added: Dec 10, 2020
  • Length: 23:17
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In an unprecedented time of stress and resilience, many Brooklynites are at the front lines of responding to the coronavirus crisis, and many more ...

Bought by PRX Remix and WCNY


  • Added: Jun 05, 2020
  • Length: 29:10
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Borrowed, from Brooklyn Public Library, Credit: Meryl Friedman
Earth Day is here, but a lot of us are inside. On this episode of Borrowed, we gather sounds of the natural world from the stoops and parks of Broo...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Apr 21, 2020
  • Length: 32:47
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Borrowed, from Brooklyn Public Library, Credit: Meryl Friedman
In 1943, Brooklyn Public Library launched its first radio program, in partnership with WNYC. “Folk Songs for the Seven Million,” written and produc...

  • Added: May 13, 2020
  • Length: 20:19
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The census doesn’t just distribute representatives in congress and billions of dollars in federal funds—it determines city bus routes, how many gar...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2020
  • Length: 33:11
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Working from home? Kids at home? The library is here for you! We’ve got virtual resources galore to help you keep a healthy social distance during ...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2020
  • Length: 22:25
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Andrew Carnegie has a classic rags-to-riches story: an immigrant turned steel magnate who financed the construction of over 2,500 public library bu...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Apr 06, 2020
  • Length: 31:06
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Borrowed, from Brooklyn Public Library, Credit: Meryl Friedman
In this episode, we share an interview with Mahogany Browne and Brooklyn poet laureate Tina Chang, plus a story about the classic novel A Tree Grow...

  • Added: Dec 26, 2019
  • Length: 31:58
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“A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.” So goes the quote from librarian Jo Godwin. From Dr. Seuss to kosher books to ...

  • Added: Jul 24, 2019
  • Length: 24:17
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Sometimes, in the wake of natural disasters, the library becomes an information center, a shelter and a community space. We travel to Coney Island,...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 24, 2019
  • Length: 22:18
  • Purchases: 1
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Online search engines are basically universal, so questions at the library reference desk are changing. We follow the story of one question, “I wan...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 24, 2019
  • Length: 20:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Borrowed, from Brooklyn Public Library, Credit: Meryl Friedman
To ring in the new year, take a dive into the stories of the Coney Island Polar Bear club. We hear from voices from across New York City—a cop spea...

  • Added: Dec 23, 2019
  • Length: 10:48
Caption: Borrowed, from Brooklyn Public Library, Credit: Meryl Friedman
It’s not an uncommon experience to be unstably housed in this country. From Brooklyn to San Francisco, communities often turn to public libraries f...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio and PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 23, 2019
  • Length: 24:46
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Borrowed, from Brooklyn Public Library, Credit: Meryl Friedman
We start this episode at Dead Horse Bay, where we ask what trash can tell us about structures of power, and end the episode in 1960s Bed-Stuy, wher...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 23, 2019
  • Length: 20:50
  • Purchases: 1