Feb 21, 2016

Frankenstein: Monster of the Enlightenment


You're probably familiar with Mary Shelley's Dr. Victor Frankenstein and his monster, whether its the classic Boris Karloff films, the cartoon incarnation from Hotel Transylvania, or Mel Brooks' tap dancing duo in Young Frankenstein. What is it about the story of Victor Frankenstein and his grotesque creation that has stayed in the public consciousness for nearly two hundred years? Join Averill, Marissa and Sarah as they talk about Mary Shelley, her monstrous book, and what it has meant to people across the centuries.

Feb 14, 2016

The Love Canal


Today, we're headed just up the road from Buffalo to Love Canal, New York, a small suburban development that made big headlines when toxic chemicals started to appear in residents' yards.  After a damning health study was released in the summer of 1978, the residents there turned into arguably the most influential environmental advocates of the late twentieth century.  Join Katie and Marissa as they talk environmental justice from then until now with their guest, Dr. Richard S. Newman.  

Feb 7, 2016

McKinley, Roosevelt, and the Buffalo Pan-Am World’s Fair


The Pan-American Exposition, which opened in May 1901, was the pride of Buffalo. The city sparkled with new electric lights that boasted the power and potential of the electricity produced by nearby Niagara Falls. President William McKinley called it a symbol of the "progress of the human family of the Western Hemisphere."  Little did President McKinley know this speech, full of hope for the future, would be his last. On September 6, 1901, Buffalo became known for something other than electricity or the glittering Pan American Exposition: it became the city where one president was assassinated, and another was inaugurated.