From Jacobin magazine, a new audio documentary about struggles
in the United States. Each six-episode season covers one local story,
told from the viewpoint of working-class people.
Rebellion and Resistance in Boston Public Housing
Episode One, "Placement"
At a new public housing project in Boston, mothers organize to try and close
the city dump. Meanwhile, a black freedom movement emerges across Northern cities.
Episode Two, "Grove Hall"
As urban rebellions arise in cities, welfare rights advocates in Boston public housing use militant tactics to get services they are owed.
Episode Three, "Rent Strike"
Tenants take their growing dissatisfaction and aim it at their landlord, the Boston Housing Authority.
Episode Four, "Free Breakfast"
Sisters Angie Irving and Linda Wade bring the Black Panthers to Columbia Point.
Episode Five, "Carson Beach"
In the turmoil of busing, Betty Ann Jones advocates armed defense while Betty Washington and Dorothy Haskins lead a wade-in to protest segregation.
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A People's Anthology
In collaboration with Boston Review, we’re creating a
series of texts and speeches to supplement the main podcast called
A People’s Anthology. Our first season brings together key
primary sources relating to urban rebellions, from Claudia Jones
to the Combahee River Collective.
We don’t believe in eternal paywalls, so A People’s Anthology will
become publicly available some time next year — but for now only
our Patreon supporters and
Boston Review members
will get access to this pod!
People's History is an independent radio series that examines the past
from the perspective of the working class.
Our first season, The Point, traces a social history of Boston from
the urban rebellions of the 1960s, through busing in the 70s, into the
We investigate these events from the lens of one community:
Columbia Point, the largest public housing project in New England.
Built on an isolated landfill site next to the Boston city dump,
it was the site of major organizing, from welfare rights to a Free
Breakfast for Children program. It was also the first federal public
housing project to be sold off and redeveloped as private
"mixed-income" development (and was a model for the federal policy
This is the untold story of the tenant struggles in and around
Boston public housing. It’s a story about working people—mainly
black mothers—standing up to the mayor’s office, organizing
sit-ins to get the services they were owed, fighting evictions,
and creating their own power.
Alejandro Ramirez is an associate editor of Nashville Scene, and
grew up in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He is the former editor of
Spare Change News in Boston. Conor Gillies grew up in Maine and
studied history at Boston University. He's a producer for Radio
Co-produced by Alison Bruzek, Rehanna Fernandez Nuñez, Rosie
Gillies, and Qainat Kahn. Editing help from Ben Shapiro, David
Wallis, and Alissa Quart. Theme music by Marisa Anderson, original score by Visitor, which
is a project of Liz Harris
and Ilyas Ahmed.
Major production help from Ed Paget, Patrick King, Caitlin Rose, and Alex Silva.
Header art by Seena Mavaddat. Detail from "Community Power," copperplate print, 2019.