On this episode of A New York Minute In History, co-hosts Devin Lander and Don Wildman examine how two New Yorkers – Al Smith and Franklin Delano Roosevelt – influenced the Progressive Era of the early 20th century. The episode also explores how the administrations of Smith and Roosevelt shaped modern day politics and the role of government. You can listen to the podcast HERE.
Thanks to Dr. Terry Golway, author of Frank and Al: FDR, Al Smith and the Unlikely Alliance That Created the Modern Democratic Party, and Dr. Robert Chiles, author of The Revolution of ’28: Al Smith, American Progressivism and the Coming of the New Deal, for all of their help with this episode.
Also, thank you to WNYC Archive Collections and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum for some of the great audio clips heard in this episode.
Music used in Episode 4 of A New York Minute In History includes “When The Boys Come Home” composed by Oley Speaks and “The Sidewalks of New York” composed by Charles B. Lawlor with lyrics by James W. Blake.
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A New York Minute In History is a podcast about the history of New York and the unique tales of New Yorkers. It is hosted by Devin Lander, the New York State Historian, and Don Wildman. Jim Levulis is the producer. A New York Minute In History is a production of the New York State Museum, WAMC Northeast Public Radio and Archivist Media.
Support for this podcast comes from The William G. Pomeroy Foundation, which helps people celebrate their community’s history by providing grants for historic markers and plaques. Since 2006, the Foundation has expanded from one to six different signage grant programs, and funded over 700 signs across New York State and beyond … all the way to Alaska! With all these options, there’s never been a better time to apply.
The Foundation’s programs in the Empire State include commemorating national women’s suffrage, historic canals, sites on the National Register of Historic Places, New York State’s history, and folklore and legends. Grants are available to 501(c)(3) organizations, nonprofit academic institutions, and municipalities. To apply for signage at no cost to you, or to learn more about the Foundation’s grant programs, visit WGPfoundation.org.
The project is also sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.