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.

Episode 23: Harvest Time – A Farewell to Jo March Madness and Season Finale Costume Drama Rewind

The poignant last chapter of Little Women, Harvest Time, picks up five years after we last left the March girls and their supporting characters, er, husbands. We get only a brief, impressionistic glimpse of one day in their lives, but it’s enough to show us that, even though there are some shadows in the sunshine, all will be well for Meg, Jo, and Amy… sorry, Beth. In that spirit, we’re leaving off Jo March Madness – and the first season of Costume Drama Rewind – with our own Harvest Time. We’ll announce our winners, talk about the long-term cultural impact of the Little Women, and leave you with a few final, burning thoughts. 
  1. Episode 23: Harvest Time – A Farewell to Jo March Madness and Season Finale
  2. Episode 22: Jo March Madness Round 3: "Little Women" (2018) vs. (2019)
  3. Episode 21: Jo March Madness Round 2: "Little Women" 1994 vs. 2017
  4. Episode 20.5: Jo March Madness Minisode – Louisa May Alcott
  5. Episode 20: Jo March Madness Round 1: "Little Women" 1933 vs. 1949

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