A Slice of History: Episodes from Journalist Historians of 2019


Alma-Ata, 1986: The First Test of Gorbachev’s Glasnost

Posted by Darkhan Umirbekov on May 22, 2019 in Episodes 0 comments


December 16, 1986. It was a cold winter day in Alma-Ata, the capital of the Soviet Union’s Kazakh Socialist Republic. Every Sunday, Pravda, the official newspaper of the Communist Party, would publish a weekly forecast for the entire Soviet Union. The newspaper’s December 14 forecast for the week read, “The icy air of polar winter […]

Gotham and Gomorrah: The Rise and Fall of the Catholic Church in New York City

Posted by Carrie Monahan on May 22, 2019 in Episodes 0 comments

Detailing the effects of 9/11 on Catholic New Yorkers, “A Test of Faith” will serve as the book’s prologue. The end of the chapter introduces a second crisis–an internal one–that would shake the faith of the city’s believers for the next 20 years: the scourge of sex abuse at the hands of clergy members. Just […]

The New Politics

Posted by Emlyn Cameron on May 22, 2019 in Episodes 0 comments

E In the early 1960’s the Conservative Party of New York State is formed as a right-wing protest ticket. It is meant to counter the effect of New York’s small Liberal Party, which tries to move all parties in New York state left by showing the votes they can attract with a liberal platform. A […]

The Last American Communists: The story of the fall of the Communist Party USA

Posted by Jaiveer Kohli on May 22, 2019 in Episodes 0 comments

This is the the sixth of nine chapters in my eventual book, and is the sequence of events that occur right before the climactic action in the narrative. The main characters in the chapter will all be introduced earlier in the book. Jay Schaffner, Charlene Mitchell and Ted Pearson are former national committee members. Daniel […]

Times Square: Clean up or take over?

Posted by Ilma Hasan on May 22, 2019 in Episodes 0 comments

I Times Square was a center of crime, prostitution and porn in the latter half the of 20th century. This book is about the history of Times Square, and what happened to the people who worked there in the process of its clean-up. It will narrate the rise and fall of Times Square, focusing on […]

Gaining the Right to Love Beyond Borders

Posted by Laura Castro Lindarte on May 22, 2019 in Episodes 0 comments

This book is a very personal look at how two of the major American issues of our day – immigration and LGBT rights – came together in real people’s lives and loves, how the Defense of Marriage Act denied same-sex couples one of the most basic rights granted straight couples, the right to be together, […]

The Story Behind the Immigration Law that Transformed the Nation

Posted by Caleb Galaraga on May 22, 2019 in Episodes 0 comments

C The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, authored by Brooklyn lawmaker Emanuel Celler, was passed in August 1965. It is also known as the Hart-Celler Act, after Celler and its co-author and sponsor in the Senate, Democratic Senator Philip Hart. It was a significant piece of legislation – but its potential effects were played […]

Red, White and Booze: A history of Alcohol and the Law in the United States

Posted by Emily Malcynsky on May 22, 2019 in Episodes 0 comments

Alcohol is soaked into the history of the United States of America – even before the first European explorers and settlers brought over beer, wine and spirits, Native Americans in the Southwest used fermented cactus and corn in ceremonial beverages. It’s hard to argue that Americans don’t love their alcohol. Yet over the course of […]