BRIC TV Maps Brooklyn Bike Commuters, Black Homeowners in New Season of Shows

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    BRIC TV, the Brooklyn-centric cable and digital network, kicked off a new season of shows last night with a lively launch party at its home base in Fort Greene’s BRIC House.

    One of the borough’s leading community networks, BRIC TV was described by Executive Producer Aziz Isham as “Vice meets PBS.”

    Brownstoner had the opportunity to get a sneak peek of the lineup which includes the debut of several freshly minted original programs and new seasons of popular shows like BK Live and Straight Up. There’s one new show that may be particularly interesting to Brownstoner readers — On the Grid, hosted by Zephyr Teachout.

    For the show, BRIC teamed up with CUNY’s Center for Urban Studies to draw maps of Brooklyn based on raw data showing human geographies in flux — North America’s largest contiguous community of African American homeowners, Brooklyn’s rapidly growing Chinese immigrant population, and the areas with the most bike commuters, among others.

    Those are just three examples of the new topographies explored by one-time gubernatorial candidate and Cuomo challenger Teachout. Each episode dives into five stories based on these maps. The show premiers at 8 p.m. on Monday, September 28.

    Other new series include the scripted meta-comedy The Show About The Show, the adversarial journalism program Maz and Juan Strike Back!, and the lyrical Brooklyn Is Masquerading As The World — which profiles the borough’s creatives.

    “Community media is thriving here in Brooklyn and can do things that corporate TV just can’t,” Aziz Isham told Brownstoner. “Controversy, experimentation, civic engagement. That’s what we’re going with.”

    You can watch BRIC TV via various cable providers or streaming online. Here’s BRIC TV’s full lineup. Will you be watching?

    [Photos: BRIC TV | Barbara Eldredge]

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