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The tides of American history lead through the streets of New York City — from the huddled masses on Ellis Island to the sleazy theaters of 1970s Times Square. The elevated railroad to the Underground Railroad. Hamilton to Hammerstein! Greg and Tom explore more than 400 years of action-packed stories, featuring both classic and forgotten figures who have shaped the world.
 
We're Caitlin and Lucia, two gals who love music, feminism, and One Direction. Here on Talk Direction we discuss everything and anything 1D! This means that as Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik continue their paths as solo artists, we will be right there with them. We’ll be analyzing song lyrics for their deeper meanings, gushing about Harry's fashion evolution, and making predictions about future solo albums from the boys!
 
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TREAT PEOPLE WITH KINDNESS SONG DISCUSSION IS HERE! Whew, this was quite an episode! We get DEEP in our discussion of all the possible meanings of this song, this was definitely one of our fave episodes to record! CW: some mention of suicide. Check out Talk Direction Down Low (TDDL) on patreon.com/talkdirection for EXTRA PODCAST CONTENT!! We discus…
 
Nature and history intertwine in all five boroughs -- from The Bronx River to the shores of Staten Island -- in this special episode about New York City's many botanical gardens. A botanical garden is more than just a pretty place; it's a collection of plant life for the purposes of preservation, education and study. But in an urban environment lik…
 
In celebration of 125 years of movie exhibition in New York City -- from vaudeville houses to movie palaces, from arthouses to multiplexes. In the spring of 1896 an invention called the Vitascope projected moving images onto a screen at a midtown vaudeville theater. The business of movies was born. By the late 1910s, the movies were big ... and the…
 
TOGETHER AGAIN! In 1984, Jim Henson brought his world-famous Muppets to New York for a wacky musical comedy that satirized the gritty, jaded environment of 1980s Manhattan while providing fascinating views of some of its most glamorous landmarks. On this springtime episode of the Bowery Boys Movie Club, listen in as Greg and Tom recap the story and…
 
New York's upper class families of the late 19th century lived lives of old-money pursuits and rigid, self-maintained social restrictions -- from the opera boxes to the carriages, from the well-appointed parlors to the table settings. It was leisure without relaxation. In this episode we examine the story of Edith Wharton -- the acclaimed American …
 
It is GRAMMYS WEEK here on Talk Direction and Oh My God was it exciting! Harry Styles is the first member of One Direction to attend, perform at, and WIN at the Grammys. There was SO much to discuss:-Harry wore three different Gucci looks over the course of the night, all topped with colorful boas. Most notably, his performance look was a leather s…
 
The story of a true Brooklyn 'start up' -- Charles Pfizer and Co, who went from developing intestinal worm medication in 1849 to being a leader of COVID-19 vaccine development and distribution in the 21st century. The origin of Pfizer is one of German immigration in the mid 19th century and of early medical practices and concoctions that might seem…
 
Welcome to your tour of New York City nightlife in the 1890s, to a fantasia of debauchery, to a "saturnalia of crime," your journey to a life of delicious, amoral delights! Courtesy a private detective, a blond-headed naif nicknamed Sunbeam and -- a prominent Presbyterian minister. In this episode, we're going to Sin City, the New York underworld o…
 
One of America's most important books was published 225 years ago this year. You won't find it on a shelf of great American literature. It was not written by a great man of letters, but somebody who described herself simply as 'an American orphan.' In 1796 a mysterious woman named Amelia Simmons published American Cookery, the first compilation of …
 
“If we were to offer a symbol of what Harlem has come to mean in a short span of twenty years, it would be another statue of liberty on the landward side of New York. Harlem represents the Negro’s latest thrust towards Democracy.” -- Alain Locke This is Part Two of our two-part look at the birth of Black Harlem, a look at the era BEFORE the 1920s, …
 
The Hotel Theresa is considered a genuine (if under-appreciated) Harlem gem, both for its unique architecture and its special place in history as the hub for African-American life in the 1940s and 50s. The luxurious apartment hotel was built by a German lace manufacturer to cater to a wealthy white clientele. But almost as soon as the final brick w…
 
How did Harlem become Harlem, the historic center of Black culture, politics and identity in American life? This is the story of revolutionary ideas -- and radical real estate. By the 1920s, Harlem had become the capital of Black America, where so many African-American thinkers, artists, writers, musicians and entrepreneurs would live and work that…
 
Harry Styles is confirmed to star alongside Emma Corrin in a movie based on My Policeman, a story about a married man who falls in love with another man during the 1950s. The book is told from the wife’s perspective and deals with love, marriage, and the homophobia of the time. We talk about the importance of queer people telling queer stores and d…
 
In the latest episode of the Bowery Boys Movie Club, Tom and Greg celebrate wild and fabulous Auntie Mame, the outrageous comedy masterpiece starring Rosalind Russell that’s mostly set on Beekman Place, the pocket enclave of New York wealth that transforms into a haven for oddballs and bohemian eccentrics. Auntie Mame cleverly uses historical event…
 
Zayn's new album, Nobody Is Listening, is out! This week we discuss our thoughts on the album as a whole and go track by track and talk about our favorite lyrics, vocals, and musical bits!Check out Talk Direction Down Low (TDDL) on patreon.com/talkdirection for EXTRA PODCAST CONTENT!! This week we talk about Taylor Swift's "Evermore" Get in touch w…
 
The World Trade Center opened its distinctive towers during one of New York City's most difficult decades, a beacon of modernity in a city beleaguered by debt and urban decay. Welcome to the 1970s. This year, believe it or not, marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. Today there’s an entire generation tha…
 
PODCAST REWIND Stories of outrageous hoaxes perpetrated upon New Yorkers in the early 19th century. In the 1820s, the Erie Canal would completely change the fortunes of the young United States, turning the port city of New York into one of the most important in the world. But an even greater engineering challenge was necessary to prevent the entire…
 
“The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.” (F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby) This is the story of a borough with great potential and the curious brown-tannish cantilever bridge which helped it achieve greatness. The Queensboro…
 
Happy New Year! We are back with a full episode! We discuss:-Zayn's album announcement: Nobody is Listening. We try to guess what the title means. Will there be political/social justice songs on the album?-Zayn's new single, VIBEZ, and the music video. What do the stage and wooden props symbolize? -THE ROBE! How could we not talk about Harry's firs…
 
To celebrate the opening of Moynihan Train Hall, a new commuters' wing at Penn Station catering to both Amtrak and Long Island Railroad train passengers, we’re going to tell the entire story of Pennsylvania Station and Pennsylvania Railroad over two episodes, using a couple older shows from our back catalog. This is PART TWO. Why did they knock dow…
 
On January 1, 2021 Moynihan Train Hall officially opens to the public, a new commuters' wing catering to both Amtrak and Long Island Railroad train passengers at New York's underground (and mostly unloved) Penn Station. To celebrate this big moment in New York City transportation history, we’re going to tell the entire story of Pennsylvania Station…
 
It's the happiest of hours! The tales of four fabulous cocktails invented or made famous in New York City's saloons, cocktail lounges, restaurants and hotels. Cocktails are more than alcoholic beverages; over the decades, they’ve been status signifiers, indulgences that show off exotic ingredients or elixirs displaying a bit of showmanship behind t…
 
Join us for the last episode of this godforsaken year! We discuss Louis' INCREDIBLE live show & his new song Copy Of A Copy Of A Copy!Check out Talk Direction Down Low on patreon.com/talkdirection for EXTRA PODCAST CONTENT!! This week we chat about our Christmas plans!Get in touch with us!talkdirection.tumblr.comtalkdirection@gmail.comtwitter// @ta…
 
We released the following show on the history of vaccines back in early April 2020 when the idea of a COVID 19 vaccine seemed little more than distant fantasy. Just this past Monday, on December 14, Sandra Lindsay, the director of critical care at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens became the first American to receive the Pfizer COVID 19 v…
 
It's HOT in the city even during the coldest winter months, thanks to the most elemental of resources -- steam heat. This is the story of the innovative heating plan first introduced on a grand scale here in New York City in the 1880s, a plan which today heats many of Manhattan's most famous -- and tallest -- landmarks. While most buildings in Manh…
 
PODCAST This month marks the 185th anniversary of one of the most devastating disasters in New York City history -- The Great Fire of 1835. This massive fire, among the worst in American history, devastated the city during one freezing December evening, destroying hundreds of buildings and changing the face of Manhattan forever. It underscored the …
 
Harry Styles is the first man to be the solo cover star of Vogue USA! This episode we delve into Harry's Vogue photoshoot and interview:-What does it mean that Harry is wearing a dress on the cover of Vogue? Is it a big deal? How can we honor the work that queer femmes have been doing to queer fashion for decades while also recognizing how impactfu…
 
How Beatlemania both energized and paralyzed New York City in the mid 1960s as told by the women who screamed their hearts out and helped build a phenomenon. Before BTS, before One Direction, before the Backstreet Boys and NSYNC, before Menudo and the Jackson 5 -- you had Paul, John, George and Ringo. The Beatles were already an international pheno…
 
An account of a mysterious typhoid fever outbreak from the early 20th century and the woman — Mary Mallon, the so-called Typhoid Mary — at the center of the strange epidemic. The tale of Typhoid Mary is a harrowing detective story and a chilling tale of disease and death. Why are whole healthy families suddenly getting sick with typhoid fever — fro…
 
It is a VERY HARRY episode today! For news we discuss:-Harry’s involvement in a new concert arena in Manchester-Harry performing at Jingle Ball this year (Will we get another Christmas song cover?)-Harry starting to film Don’t Worry Darling alongside Florence Pugh-Country singer Cam’s new song Changes written by Harry (and featuring Harold’s lovely…
 
Once upon a time, the streets of the Lower East Side were lined with pushcarts and salespeople haggling with customers over the price of fruits, fish and pickles. Whatever became of them? New York's earliest marketplaces were large and surprisingly well regulated hubs for commerce that kept the city fed. When the city was small, they served the hun…
 
The discovery of radio changed the world, and New York City was often front and center for its creation and development as America’s prime entertainment source during the 1930s and 40s. In this show, we take you on a 50-year journey, from Marconi’s news making tests aboard a yacht in New York Harbor to remarkable experiments atop the Empire State B…
 
Happy Halloween & Happy October Blue Moon! We have a surprise bonus episode for you today, we've compiled all of Caitlin's Halloween poems into one episode so you can listen to them all together! Enjoy!โดย Caitlin and Lucia
 
To wrap up this month's series of spooky-themed shows, we're releasing this 2018 episode of our "Bowery Boys Movie Club", in which we conjure up New York City in the early 1980s in Ivan Reitman's box-office smash Ghostbusters. How does this zany horror comedy use the plight of New York City as a backdrop for its grab bag of goofy ghosts? How do the…
 
In the 14th annual Bowery Boys Halloween podcast, we celebrate some classic strange and supernatural terrors written by the most famous horror writers in New York City history. Since 2020 is already a year full of absurd twists and frights, we thought we'd celebrate the season in a slightly different way. Don't worry! Tom and Greg are delivering a …
 
Our Halloween episode of 2020! Join as for some Halloween themed "would you rather's", a truly wild ride of a vintage y/n story, Caitlin's annual Halloween poem, and a surprise quiz! Take the quiz for yourself and let us know what you got! https://www.buzzfeed.com/talkdirection/talk-directions-one-direction-halloween-quiz-2mu0as0nui?utm_source=dyna…
 
Prepare to hear a few spirited stories in a whole new way. For the past couple years hosts Tom Meyers and Greg Young have also done a LIVE cabaret version of their annual ghost story show at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater. For reasons related to the fact that it’s the hellish year of 2020, we cannot bring you a live performance this year. But we m…
 
Celebrating the history of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the 150th year since its founding -- and certainly one of the strangest years in its extraordinary existence. The Met is really the king of New York attractions, with visitors heading up to Central Park and streaming through the doors by the millions to gasp at the latest blockbuster exhi…
 
We have so much to discuss this week! We start with the news that Harry may be staring in an upcoming movie based on the book My Policeman. If the rumors are true, Harry will be playing a 1950s queer man torn between societal expectations and love. Listen to TDDL on our Patreon to hear more of our thoughts on this because there is a LOT to discuss.…
 
Cleopatra’s Needle is the name given to the ancient Egyptian obelisk that sits in Central Park, right behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is the bizarre tale of how it arrived in New York and the unusual forces that went behind its transportation from Alexandra to a hill called Greywacke Knoll. FEATURING The secrets of the Freemasons, a mys…
 
Charles Stratton, who would become world famous as “Tom Thumb” in the mid-19th century, was born in Bridgeport, CT on January 4, 1838 to parents of average height, and he grew normally during the first six months of his life -- to about 25 inches or so. And then, surprisingly, he just stopped growing. When P.T. Barnum, the master showman, would mee…
 
This week we discuss the rumours that Zayn is going to be appearing in a movie, as well as the CONFIRMED news that Harry is going to be acting in a movie directed by Olivia Wilde called "Don't Worry Darling." We then delve into the LEAKED One Direction song "Half The World Away" and maybe get a little ruthless in our lyrical analysis.....Apologies …
 
Fraunces Tavern is one of America’s most important historical sites of the Revolutionary War and a reminder of the great importance of taverns on the New York way of life during the Colonial era. This revered building at the corner of Pearl and Broad street was the location of George Washington‘s farewell address to his Continental Army officers an…
 
Interview with author Eric K. Washington, author of “Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal”. The Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal were a workforce of hundreds of African-American men who were an essential part of the long-distance railroad experience. Passengers relied on Red caps for more tha…
 
Ancient space rocks, dinosaur fossils, anthropological artifacts and biological specimens are housed in New York's world famous natural history complex on the Upper West Side -- the American Museum of Natural History! Throughout the 19th century, New Yorkers tried to establish a legitimate natural history venue in the city, including an aborted pla…
 
Well it has been A MINUTE since we recorded! This week we recap the 1D 10 Year Anniversary website! We got new behind the scenes content for some ICONIC 1D music videos and some really interesting insight into the song-writing process of some old 1D classics. We also go through a Ten Things in 10 Years List of the biggest 1D news from each year 1D …
 
PART 2 of our two-part podcast series, "A NEW DEAL FOR NEW YORK" In this episode, we look at how one aspect of FDR's New Deal -- the WPA's Federal Project Number One -- was used to put the country's creative community back to work and lift the spirits of downtrodden Americans. Federal Project Number One -- the "artistic wing" of the Works Progress …
 
PART ONE of a two-part podcast series A NEW DEAL FOR NEW YORK. For Part One, we look at the impact FDR and New Deal funding had in shaping New York City's bridges and parks -- thanks to an especially tenacious parks commissioner! New York City during the 1930s was defined by massive unemployment, long lines at the soup kitchens, Hoovervilles in Cen…
 
This week we have a special guest joining us all the way from Canada! Steph & Lucia discuss Niall's beautiful song "Dress." Check out Talk Direction Down Low on patreon.com/talkdirection for EXTRA PODCAST CONTENT!! This week Lucia interviews Steph on her boyband knowledge! Get in touch with us!talkdirection.tumblr.comtalkdirection@gmail.comtwitter/…
 
The Serbian immigrant Nikola Tesla was among the Gilded Age's brightest minds, a visionary thinker and inventor who gave the world innovations in electricity, radio and wireless communication. So why has Tesla garnered the mantle of cult status among many? Part of that has to do with his life in New York City, his shifting fortunes as he made his w…
 
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