Colonial History


City to Acknowledge It Operated a Slave Market for More Than 50 Years

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Wall Street's new historical marker will explain that in the 1700s, New York had an official location for buying, selling and renting human beings.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Manhattan: Place of Inebriation

Monday, March 07, 2011

The origins of the name Manhattan are a murky business. Today, Leonard spoke to James and Karla Murray, who have set about documenting the varied store fronts of New York's rapidly disappearing mom-and-pop stores. As part of their book, Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, they include historical descriptions of New York's neighborhoods. In addition to the interesting tidbits and trivia (who knew that the Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery was still making yogurt with a culture brought over from Romania in the 1890s?), I was surprised to find out that the origins of present-day Manhattan could be traced to so many different words. Here's a sample of the few the Murrays named:

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Studio 360

Indian Brass

Saturday, May 21, 2005

When the British withdrew from India in the late 1940s, they left behind railroads, cricket, and ... tubas. Rob Weisberg explains how the brass instruments cast off by the British Army have become an integral part of India's musical culture.


Studio 360

Heart of Darkness

Saturday, May 21, 2005

The Vietnam War movie Apocalypse Now probably stands as the great epic about American imperialism. It's based closely on an older tale about what happens when powerful intruders bring their ideas about civilization to a foreign land: Joseph Conrad's 1899 novel Heart of Darkness. The ...