Ep. 7: Newsies (1992)

This week, we were off to turn-of-the-century New York with Christian Bale and friends, in a story inspired by the real-life Newboys’ Strike of 1899. A few notes and links for you:

*The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (which now sponsors programs to help schoolkids learn history via Hamilton) provides some historical background on the strike and its key players.

*Learn more about “yellow journalism” – and about Pulitzer and Hearst, Nellie Bly, and other major figures in journalism from the era – here and here.

*Find out why Spot Conlon and friends were so defensive of their Brooklyn roots.

*The Jacobs family may not have been able to afford a rooftop garden, but they were definitely in vogue. See more of what their lives might have been like via the excellent Tenement Museum of New York.

*The classic book of the era depicting the difficulties faced by the urban poor is Jacob Riis’ “How the Other Half Lives.” Interested in fiction that provides a broader sweep of New York City’s development? Edward Rutherfurd is the master of the place-as-character subgenre.

Season 2, Episode 7: "42" (2013) Costume Drama Rewind

Batter up! We’re talking about “42,” the 2013 movie about Jackie Robinson. It was directed by Brian Helgeland, and stars the late great Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, and Andre Holland.
  1. Season 2, Episode 7: "42" (2013)
  2. Season 2, Episode 6: "A Man for All Seasons" (1966)
  3. Season 2, Episode 5: "White Christmas" (1954) and "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946)
  4. Season 2, Episode 4: "The Mouse on the Mayflower" (1968)
  5. Season 2, Episode 3: "From Hell" (2001)

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