With little to no sanitation system and wild animals roaming the streets, Manhattan in the first half of the 19th century was far from the urban metropolis we know today. In her book, Taming Manhattan: Environmental Battles in the Antebellum City, historian Catherine McNeur details life in Manhattan between 1815 and 1865, and the struggles that ensued in the effort to urbanize the city. Rafael Pi Roman speaks to McNeur about what life was like in Manhattan during this era.
Ex-mayor Bloomberg’s Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley discusses the role of the government in public health. Kevin Powell (a familiar face to those who watched MTV’s “Real World”) shares his lifelong struggle to overcome a legacy of poverty. And Executive Director of the New Renaissance Basketball Association Andy Borman explains how orange patches on kids’ sports jerseys fight gun violence.
As part of “Chasing The Dream,” the multi-platform public media initiative on poverty and opportunity in America, we’re joined by politician-turned-activist Christine Quinn to hear how she’s working to give homeless women and children a new start.
Authors J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis share the distinction of being two of the most important writers of the twentieth century, but they were also close friends, bonded by their shared experiences of the First World War and its aftermath. In his book, A Hobbit, A Wardrobe and a Great War, historian Joseph Loconte details the immense influence of the First World War on Tolkien and Lewis and the impact that it had on their respective literary works.
In his illustrated memoir I Was A Child, Bruce Eric Kaplan details his suburban upbringing with musings on his family, friends, and earliest memories. Rafael Pi Roman speaks to Kaplan about everything from his relationship with his parents to his obsessive love for television.
As chief-of-staff for President George H.W. Bush, former New Hampshire Governor John Sununu gained unparalleled insider knowledge during his time in the White House. In his new book The Quiet Man: The Indispensable Presidency of George H.W. Bush, Sununu discusses the former President’s personality and details the greatest achievements, biggest failures, and most important moments of his presidency.
With services like Apple Music, Spotify, and Pandora, music has never been more accessible to the public. Yet, few know the riveting secret history of digital music. In his book, How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, The Turn of the Century, and The Patient Zero of Piracy, journalist Stephen Witt details the fascinating history of digital music […]
Like many New Yorkers, Donald Albrecht and Andrew Dolkart love the landmarks, buildings, and neighborhoods that make New York unique. For these two preservationists, this passion for the city’s architecture is the topic of their new book, Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks.
Monopoly is a household name; many have played the famous board game. Yet, few know its tangled history. In her best-selling book, The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game, journalist Mary Pilon presents a fascinating story of greed and board game politics.