He didn’t at first appreciate the scare and chose to stay in the crowded city. And he hadn’t at the start stockpiled food or self-isolated or realized the extent of the contagion. But he did come to acknowledge the horror and the “brutal courage” of those who tried to help. “He” was Daniel Defoe. The time was 1722. The occasion, the publication of “A Journal of the Plague Year,” three years after Robinson Crusoe. In the “Journal” Defoe is looking back 57 years to when The Great Plague hit London, one year before The Great Fire would destroy just about anything that was left.



A father and son set out for a final fishing run together and catch a mystical sea creature in the waters off Long Island. That’s the plot of a new play called, “Salt Water People.” It documents the culture, folklore and language of the baymen fishing community in East Hampton.

WSHU's All Things Considered Host Bill Buchner recently spoke with the play's author Jake Rosenberg, a co-founder of American Lore Theater. Below is a transcript of their conversation.



In 1995 a Harvard-educated mathematics prodigy who went on to study and teach at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, sent an anarchist manifesto to The New York Times and The Washington Post called “Industrial Society and Its Future.” He wrote that if it were not published immediately, he would continue to send bombs to those he perceived as the enemies of nature and humanity.

Who knew that until the middle of the last century, East Granby, Connecticut, was a center for Connecticut Shade, a hand-tended tobacco leaf used as a wrapper for premium cigars? And that the work, which relied a lot on summer migrants, many students from the South, once included Martin Luther King? Keith Scribner knew because he spent a lot of time in East Granby when he was young, and he knows that growing and harvesting tobacco is a back-breaking chore.

Book Review: 'Working'

Jul 2, 2019

Want to be a political journalist or biographical historian? Forget graduate or journalism school. Read Robert Caro’s "Working: Researching, Interviewing, Writing." Caro, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and recipient of so many other prestigious awards, got them for superb investigative reporting on brilliant, ruthless men.