A documentary podcast series about social history and struggle.
Each six-episode season covers one story, told from the
viewpoint of working-class people.
Hear our trailer:
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"
During a period of urban rebellion, 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.
Episode Six, "False Hope"
Columbia Point tenants face new management and a private police force.
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We Will Remember
A new story produced in collaboration with Red Media. Coming soon...
People's History is a podcast that explores social history
from the perspective of the working class.
Our first season, The Point, takes place in Boston and follows tenants
in public housing through the urban rebellions of the 1960s, busing
in the 70s, into the Clinton era.
We investigate these events from the lens of one community:
Columbia Point, once the largest 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.
Check out our sister podcast, a people's anthology.
Season one presents related texts and speeches, from Claudia Jones to the Combahee River Collective.
A collaboration with Boston Review.
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
Open Source, he now produces A World to Win and Jacobin Long Reads.
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.