Esther Crain – The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910

March 26, 2018 – It’s a special episode, recorded live on the campus of New York University at the Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference, co-sponsored by the American Journalism Historians Association and the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The spot at No. 20 Bowery is in sight of the Cooper Union where Abraham Lincoln gave the 1860 speech that launched him into the presidency, and steps from 114 Bowery, where Steve Brodie bragged about jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s also just a few blocks from Manhattan’s oldest bar, McSorley’s Old Ale House, familiar to those of you who enjoyed my chat with Rafe Batholomew on his memoir Two and Two: McSorley’s, My Dad, and Me. Joining me at NYU is of my all-time favorite time-travelers, Esther Crain, the great and powerful Oz behind the wildly popular blog, Ephemeral New York, which runs under the tagline: “Chronicling an ever-changing city through faded and forgotten artifacts.” Esther is also the author of 2014’s New York City in 3D In The Gilded Age, a box set that not only offered a book with Esther’s sharp writing and rare images compiled by the New-York Historical…

M. Evelina Galang – Lolas’ House: Filipino Women Living with War
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March 12, 2018 – Our time machine travels back to the Philippines during the Japanese occupation the Second World War. Once in the South Pacific, we’ll bear solemn witness to crimes against women who have been denied the justice and compensation for the atrocities they suffered in the name of the emperor. Our guide on this journey is M. Evelina Galang who brings us Lolas’ House: Filipino Women Living with War. The Imperial Japanese Army kidnapped over 1,000 Filipino women and girls, part of a staggering 400,000 women across forced Asia into sexual slavery. Incredibly, and to Japan’s shame, to this day their government denies the crimes of its wartime regime, unlike the heirs of their fascist Axis allies in Germany, where denying the Holocaust is a crime. M. Evelina Galang is the author of several books and the editor of Screaming Monkeys: Critiques of Asian-American Images. She directs the M.F.A. Creative Writing Program at the University of Miami and is core faculty and board member of Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA). She wrote the novel, Her Wild American Self, which The New York Times Book Review praised and named a notable book. You can find our guest…