Esther Crain – The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910
Gilded Age , New York / March 26, 2018

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…

Richard Schwartz – The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty
Gilded Age / April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017 – This week, our time machine attends the Gilded Age performances of a man who heralded the Borscht Belt, Vaudeville, and paved the way for performers from Mel Brooks to Barbra Streisand and Jerry Seinfeld. He did so by performing Jewish characters — for the first time — with dignity, humor, and emotional depth. Born in 1849, M.B. Curtis gained worldwide fame — and as an immigrant himself, reached into his own pocket to illuminate the Statue of Liberty when the U.S. government wouldn’t foot the bill. Our guide on this journey is Richard Schwartz, author of the previous works Earthquake Exodus, 1906; Eccentrics, Heroes, and Cutthroats of Old Berkeley; The Circle of Stones: An Investigation of the Circle of Stones in Stampede Valley, Sierra County, and, Berkeley 1900. Visit him at Thanks to singer-songwriter Val Hovik for supplying the original song Liberty Shine off his Listen to Me Now Album. If you dig the tune, pick up the single or the Album on Amazon, visit       Podcast: Download (Duration: 58:28 — 133.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Edward T. O’Donnell – Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality: Progress and Poverty in the Gilded Age
Gilded Age / December 19, 2016

December 19, 2016 – This week, our time machine swerves Into the Past Lane. Our guest is, Edward T. O’Donnell, host of the Into the Past Lane podcast and author of Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality: Progress and Poverty in the Gilded Age. You may not know who Henry George is, but his ideas swirled around the campaign for president throughout the recent election, and his approach to solving political and economic problems are timeless. Ed earned his Ph.D. in American History from Columbia University, and is an Associate Professor of History at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA. You can follow him on Twitter @InThePastLane, give his show a listen at, and find him online at         Podcast: Download (Duration: 49:08 — 52.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More