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Aaron Hinton, outside his building in Brownsville, Brooklyn. He calls the war on drugs "the war on the poor." Photo: Natasha Haverty
Aaron Hinton, outside his building in Brownsville, Brooklyn. He calls the war on drugs "the war on the poor." Photo: Natasha Haverty

What if 10 percent of your neighbors went to prison downstate?

The North Country has more than a dozen state and federal prisons, housing thousands of inmates. It turns out a lot of those inmates come from just a few neighborhoods, and those have been at the center of the 40-year drug war. Today, Brownsville, Brooklyn has one of the highest concentrations of incarcerated or formerly incarcerated people in the country.  Go to full article
Sunny Buchman and Rena Bernstein
Sunny Buchman and Rena Bernstein

StoryCorps: life in Nazis-occupied Poland

Since the StoryCorps Mobilebooth visited the North Country this summer, we've been spending a little time each Friday introducing you to some of the participants who got to document their stories interviewing each other. Today, we'll hear an excerpt from July, when Sunny Buchman, of Glens Falls, interviewed her friend Rena Bernstein from Brooklyn. Rena spent her very early years in southeastern Poland in a cabin hiding from the Nazis. Her parents were also in hiding, but they were in a grave-sized bunker under the basement of a workshop in the small town of Lesko. They remained there for two years. Eventually, Rena and her parents made their way to the U.S. and her mother wrote about life in Nazi-occupied Poland.  Go to full article
Director Reaghan Tarbell's grandmother (left) and great-grandmother in Brooklyn, c. 1940. Photo courtesy of Ida Meloche Diabo.
Director Reaghan Tarbell's grandmother (left) and great-grandmother in Brooklyn, c. 1940. Photo courtesy of Ida Meloche Diabo.

Film: A Mohawk neighborhood in Brooklyn

The First People's Festival runs this week through Sunday in Montreal. It showcases the best in art and culture from America's indigenous people. Showing tonight is a new documentary about a neighborhood in Brooklyn that was the epicenter of a community of Mohawk ironworkers in the 1940s and '50s. "Little Caughnawaga: To Brooklyn and Back" tells the story of that neighborhood through the eyes of the ironworkers' wives, and through their descendant, Reaghan Tarbell. Tarbell directed the film. She spoke with David Sommerstein.  Go to full article

Preview: Long Distance Musical Collaboration in Lake Placid

Jay Entertainment and Music Society, JEMS, presents a new Vaudeville musical and their second co-production with the Brooklyn Family Theatre. Revusical Part Twosical, a Ragtime Extravaganza, combines performing and producing talent from the North Country and New York City. The show is Saturday night (7 pm) at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Todd Moe spoke with producer/writer Phill Greenland, co-founder of the Brooklyn Family Theatre.  Go to full article

OSHA Fines Ogdensburg Cheesemaker

A kosher cheese maker in Ogdensburg is appealing $185,000 in fines levied by the U.S. Labor Department. Inspectors found serious safety and health hazard violations at Primo Foods' cheese plant. A Lewis County plant owned by the same company was cited for violations last year. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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