Working: How does a barber work?

Barbershops: A Safe Haven from Political Correctness?

Barbershops: A Safe Haven from Political Correctness?

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Sept. 20 2015 2:03 AM

The “How Does a Barber Work?” Edition

WNYC’s Arun Venugopal heads to Sunset Park, Brooklyn, to see how gentrification has changed the conversation in a local barbershop.

Eric Aleman.
Eric Aleman.

Photo illustration by Juliana Jiménez. Photo by Arun Venugopal.

Listen to this episode of Working with guest Eric Aleman:


Arun Venugopal, host of WNYC’s Micropolis series, interviews Eric Aleman, a barber at King of Kings Barber Shop in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Eric talks about how hairstyles have changed in his years as a barber and how gentrification is changing the conversation in his shop. Also, Eric discusses his role as a therapist for some clients and why they trust him with their secrets and sharp objects.

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Production by Jayson De Leon.

Arun Venugopal is the host of WNYC’s Micropolis.