During the height of the Great Depression, radios were being purchased by the millions. By 1938, nearly 80% of American homes had a radio. People were willing to forego many modern technological conveniences, but the radio remained a lifeline for the American public.
Intrepid journalist Nelly Bly went on a journey around the world breaking the record of Julius Verne's fictional character.
French settlers in Louisiana merged with African Americans, Afro-Caribbeans and others to create Cajun and Zydeco musical traditions.
The evocative stories of teenage hoboes crisscrossing America on trains during the Great Depression.
A marvel of engineering, architecture, and vision, the story of the Beaux Arts structure on 42nd street that forever changed midtown Manhattan.
The influential musical pioneers from Appalachia whose recordings lifted spirits during the Great Depression.
Their intense faith and strict adherence to 300-year-old traditions have by turn captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused America.
A wry philosophical essay on what makes baseball the great American pastime.
The American effort to relieve starvation in Soviet Russia in 1921 during the worst natural disaster in Europe in 500 years.