What Happened in Crown Heights (and 5 Other Podcasts to Try)

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Four days that changed…everything?
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In the summer of 1991, days of violence gripped the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights after a car, part of a motorcade for the leader of the Chabad religious movement, accidentally hit two Guyanese immigrant children . One died, the other was seriously injured. The accident brought existing tensions between the Caribbean American and Chasidic Lubavitch community to a head, and the resulting chaos led to several deaths and hundreds of arrests. According to the broad historical narrative, violence ultimately contributed to the defeat of New York’s first black mayor, David Dinkins, in the 1993 mayoral election. Besting Dinkins was none other than Rudy Giuliani, who ran hard on the notion of New York as a crime-ridden city; the riots were thought to have supported his account. It probably goes without saying that Giuliani’s win ushered in a difficult new era for the city, especially when it comes to police and the city’s black residents.

While the swollen pool of deeply researched historical podcasts should inculcate us by now, a hugely consequential event like this is consistently worth revisiting and reinterrogating. Right here, Love thy neighbor, Pineapple Street’s latest limited-run original podcast, takes over. The five-part series is directed and hosted by journalist Collier Meyerson, who brings a personal thread into the mix. Meyerson is a half-black, half-Jewish New Yorker, and she negotiates the space between these two aspects of her identity to find a deeper understanding of what happened that summer in 1991 and how it happened. directly powered the New York City we have today. . The series is co-written with Noah Remnick and produced by Jess Jupiter. It is edited by Joel Lovell.

On the Internet, no one knows that you are a person.
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Not to be confused with a certain novel by Sally Rooney, Conversations with people who hate me is based on a simple but compelling premise: what happens when an anonymous online vitriol purveyor comes face to face with the target of their discourse? The resulting interaction is both utterly fascinating and, just as often, surprising in the humanistic warmth the series is able to exude.

The show is created by Dylan Marron, who some podcast listeners might recognize as the voice of Carlos on Welcome to Night Vale and others might recognize as the creator of the “Every Single Word” video project. In his heart, Conversations with people who hate me grapples with a central question: what has the anonymized speed of online speech done to the way we interact? It’s a high-level conceit that Marron executes with remarkable durability – in large part because of the show’s constant evolution.

Conversations with people who hate me has been releasing episodes since 2017, starting with Marron centering the episodes on himself as he sets out to engage with people who have written appalling online posts about him. Since then, the show has expanded, with Marron organizing encounters between the purveyors and receivers of digital antagonism. Some of the targets are well-known public figures – Amanda Palmer, Hank Green, Milana Vayntrub, etc. – but most are ordinary people. Published by TED Today, the series returned with a new season last month, and soon it will be accompanied by a book adaptation written by Marron himself, which will be released later this month.

Since The Trojan Horse Case was released last month, it was met with baffling resistance from large sections of the British press and establishment. This is despite the fact that it quickly became an unambiguous limited run hit, attracting over 13 million downloads in the first three and a half weeks. I spoke with hosts Hamza Syed and Brian Reed about the response and what they think of it all.

Looks like Sam Sanders is my colleague now. Hey!

Crooked Media have parted ways Offline, Jon Favreau’s weekly interview series on the internet, in its own separate podcast feed, which you can find here. It was previously distributed through the flagship Pod Save America food.

I was perhaps the only person who completely missed the fact that there is a Netflix adaptation of Get Curious with Jonathan Van Ness and that the series dropped in January. The crossover didn’t quite work out for me, alas, and I’m still glad Van Ness is still doing podcast episodes. (I should add this show to my rotation.)

Sometimes Ishmael catches his whale. Kudos to Conor Ratliff, who successfully brought in Tom Hanks dead eyes to extract a reason why Hanks fired him from the set of Band of brothers all those years ago. This episode will drop later this week on March 10.

We’ve started rolling out our frequently updated “Best Podcasts of 2022 (So Far)” list! You can find it here.

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“If you look Golden age makes you want to know more about this period of history, discover the new podcast The Golden Gentleman. A social, literary and culinary historian, host Carl Raymond is joined by a variety of other engaging experts to explore America’s Golden Age, with plans for France’s Belle Epoque and the end of the Victorian and Edwardian England. Topics covered in the first ten episodes have included the first American to marry a member of the Monegasque royal family (not Grace Kelly!), a New York political actor with a deeply buried secret, the story behind the Metropolitan Opera House of origin, the real Mrs. Astor, the role of the spiritualists and the real Ward McAllister. In addition to the fascinating subjects told in a lively and delightful way, one thing I appreciate is that the episodes are relatively short – each around half an hour. You can also listen to them in any order. —Elisa D.

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