BackStory :: Too Good to Be True
The American History guys discuss several of the myths of American history, looking for the kernels of truth among the flat-out fabrications. Particularly interesting is the segment on the widely believed legends of Robert E. Lee that rarely stand up to historical scrutiny.
This American Life :: Five Women
A story that delves into the experiences of sexual misconduct from five women employed by the same man, which includes an exploration of their personal histories and how that affected their interactions.
Hub History :: Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968, with Ryan Walsh
An interview with Ryan Walsh, author of a new history book about Boston in 1968 through the lens of Van Morrison’s classic album Astral Weeks, inspired by Morrison’s time in Boston.
Twenty Thousand Hertz :: Hamilton
An exploration of sound design for a Broadway musical through the hit show Hamilton.
WBUR News :: ‘Get Our Voices Out’: Why 3 Students Will Walk Out To Protest Gun Violence
An interview with three Boston-area high school activists planning protests to reduce gun violence.
WBUR News :: Rarely Heard Worcester Speech Shows Another Side Of MLK
Hear Martin Luther King speak in a more relaxed setting than most previously released King recordings, while talking about some familiar themes.
Have You Heard? :: Am I Next? School Shootings and Student Protests
Best of the Left :: The kids are alright and they are leading the way again (Parkland Shooting)
Two podcasts about school shootings and the brave teenage activists leading the way in opposition to gun violence.
Radiolab :: Match Made in Marrow
A story about how faith and science are in conflict, but how people who disagree can come together in dialogue (and still disagree).
Twenty Thousand Hertz :: Disney Parks
An overlooked aspect of the Disney theme park experience: sound design.
30 for 30 Podcasts :: Hoodies Up
Trayvon Martin was murdered during a broadcast of the NBA All-Star Game. Five weeks later, his hometown team the Miami Heat posed for a photo with their hoodies up. This is the story of that photo and the rebirth of athlete activism.
WBUR News :: An ‘Underground World’: This Urban Tent Community Is Dangerous For Heroin Users
A scene from the opiod crisis with a visit to a hidden tent community in the Boston region.
Fresh Air :: Priest Responds To Gang Members’ ‘Lethal Absence Of Hope’ With Jobs, And Love
An interview with Father Gregory Boyle of Homeboy Industries and how to care for children in gangs. You can also read my review of his book Tattoos on the Heart.
WBUR News :: 2 Fathers Who Lost Their Sons In School Shootings Transform Their Grief Into Action
Inspiration from two father who lost children in school shootings 20 years apart.
StoryCorps :: Temple of Knowledge
The story of a caretaker and his family who got to live in a New York public library. My dream.
WBUR Radio Boston :: City Councilor Tito Jackson
Interview with the future mayor of Boston.
Decode DC :: A Coal Community Divided
I’m descended from coal miners so the stories of communities torn apart by sickness and exploitation are particularly poignant.
Podcast of the Week returns! Here are five podcasts from the past week that I think are worth listening to.
The Memory Palace :: The Taking of Tom Sawyer Island
That time when the counterculture Yippies attempted a hostile takeover of the land. Disneyland to be specific. Except only about 200 of them showed and half of them were there for a goof. What a long strange monorail trip it’s been.
Smithsonian Sidedoor :: red, white, and brew
Home brewing is a big thing these days, among a stereotypical group of white men, but has a long history in the United States among women, enslaved people, and immigrants.
WBUR The Artery :: Stacks Of Books, But Short On Cash: New England’s Public Libraries Face Funding Troubles
Libraries are used to tightening the belt financially, but in these days of Federal and state cuts they are facing unprecedented struggles.
DecodeDC :: DC History 101, Swamps and Scandals Then and Now
The history of Washington, DC, built on an actual swamp, and how the development of the city reflects the views of the ruling parties over time.
ESPN 30 for 30 – Yankees Suck
Here’s a new podcast based on ESPN’s successful television sports documentaries. This episode covers the history of the notorious Red Sox fan chant and how a bunch of hardcore punks made a profitable business out of selling t-shirts emblazoned “Yankees Suck!” Brings back good memories of late 90s Red Sox games.