Book Beat

The Irish and the Italians: A New York Story

September 22, 2015 | Book Beat

They were two of 20th Century New York’s largest, most influential–and most contentious–immigrant populations. In his new book, “An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Story of New York’s Irish and Italians,” Brooklyn College journalism professor Paul Moses weaves together a great cast of characters to tell the story of an intense rivalry that became a fine romance.

Growing Up, up in the Bronx

August 12, 2015 | Book Beat, Hunter College

Arlene Alda interviewed dozens of fellow natives of her home borough for “Just Kids from the Bronx.” The Hunter graduate, clarinetist, photographer, author and wife of Alan Alda sat down with generations of Bronxites from Al Pacino to Grandmaster Melle Mel. She reminisces with us about reminiscing with them.

Occupying The South

August 11, 2015 | Book Beat

Most people think the Civil War ended at Appomattox in 1865 when Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. But that was just the start of a military occupation of the South that in some states lasted to 1871. In “After Appomattox: Military Occupation and the Ends of War,” City College historian Gregory P. Downs explores how the North carried out martial law and used it as leverage to convince southern states to approve three constitutional amendments that were designed to safeguard the lives and rights of formerly enslaved people.

Why Julia de Burgos Matters

August 4, 2015 | Book Beat, Brooklyn College

  Brooklyn College professor Vanessa Pérez Rosario examines the life of Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos and her growing legacy in New York City. Her book, “Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon,” has been hailed as the first study on the poet’s life written in English.

The Little-Known Black Migration

June 8, 2015 | Book Beat, New York City College of Technology

Marta Effinger-Crichlow’s book, “Staging Migrations Toward an American West: From Ida B. Wells to Rhodessa Jones”, delves into a century of westward migration by African-American women – migration that’s both physical and symbolic. She chairs African-American Studies and is associate professor of theater and literature at New York City College of Technology.

Pardlo Dissects Pulitzer-Winning “Digest”

May 8, 2015 | Book Beat, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Gregory Pardlo won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for his brilliant and complex collection, “Digest,” where he tackles an astounding range of issues from fatherhood and family to pimps and pop culture. In this podcast, Pardlo, a doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center, describes how he chose his subjects and his desire to provoke deep emotion through poetry.

Gregory Pardlo on Totem

May 1, 2015 | Book Beat

Gregory Pardlo, a doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center and former assistant professor at Medgar Evers College, was awarded this year’s Pulitizer Prize for poetry for his collection, “Digest.” In this interview recorded in July 2007, Pardlo discusses his intensely personal poetry and reads selections from his debut book “Totem,” winner of the American Poetry Review’s Honickman Prizein 2007.

Public Unions, Politics, and Power

April 7, 2015 | Book Beat, City College

City College political science professor Daniel DiSalvo tackles the contentious issue of public unions, pensions, and political influence in his new book, “Government Against Itself: Public Union Power and Its Consequences.”

From a Nickel to a MetroCard

March 25, 2015 | Book Beat

Every subway, bus and commuter train in New York is operated by a single government agency, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. But there was a time when public transit was provided by private companies–more than two dozen of them. Andrew Sparberg, adjunct lecturer, CUNY School of Professional Studies, traces the transition of the transit system in “From a Nickel to a Token.”

Nightcrawling in Gentrified New York 

March 4, 2015 | Book Beat

Sociologist Richard Ocejo spent years exploring the changing face of the city through an unusual and revealing lens–the burgeoning bar scene of Lower Manhattan. The John Jay professor tells about it in “Upscaling Downtown: From Bowery Saloons to Cocktail Bars in New York City.”