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 3, Episode 4: "Titanic" (1997) Costume Drama Rewind

Today, we’re talking about THE defining movie of the 1990s, James Cameron’s Titanic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates, and a production budget equal to the gross domestic product of several Scandivanian countries.
  1. Season 3, Episode 4: "Titanic" (1997)
  2. Season 3, Episode 3: "Sleepy Hollow" (1999)
  3. Season 3, Episode 2: "Operation Mincemeat" (2021)
  4. Season 3, Episode 1: "Gladiator" (2000)
  5. Season 3 Preview

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