People's History is an independent podcast and radio series examining 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, leading
sit-ins to get the services they were owed, fighting evictions,
and organizing for a better life.
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. Formerly a producer for Radio
Co-produced by Alison Bruzek, Rehanna Fernandez Nuñez, Rosie Gillies,
and Qainat Kahn with help from Ed Paget, Patrick King, and Caitlin Rose.
Editing help from Ben Shapiro and Alissa Quart. Theme music by
Marisa Anderson, original score by Visitor, which
is a project of Liz Harris
and Ilyas Ahmed.
Header art by Seena Mavaddat. Detail from "Community Power," copperplate print, 2019.