oral history

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So Money

An oral history of Swingers.

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‘And I Cannot Lie’

An oral history of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s ‘Baby Got Back.’

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The Hoboken Sound: An Oral History of Maxwell's

Remembering the indie rock club that The New York Times once said was “so New York that it’s in New Jersey.”

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An Oral History of the March on Washington

A pivotal Civil Rights rally recalled, 50 years later.

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96 Minutes

An oral history of the University of Texas Tower massacre.

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"The Best TV Show That's Ever Been"

An oral history of Cheers.

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The Sound and the Fury

An oral history of WFAN.

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Wikipedia: Action Park

Wikipedia entry for “Traction Park,” central New Jersey’s most dangerous mid-1980’s amusement park.

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The Family Hour

An oral history of The Sopranos.

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The Malice at the Palace

An oral history of the Pacers/Pistons melee in 2004.

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It's Saturday Night!

An oral history of Saturday Night Live.

Part of our guide to SNL for Slate.
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The Assassination: The Reporters’ Story

Breaking the news of the Kennedy assassination, an oral history:

Wicker: [In the press room] we received an account from Julian Reed, a staff assistant, of Mrs. John Connally’s recollection of the shooting…. The doctors had hardly left before Hawks came in and told us Mr. Johnson would be sworn in immediately at the airport. We dashed for the press buses, still parked outside. Many a campaign had taught me something about press buses and I ran a little harder, got there first, and went to the wide rear seat. That is the best place on a bus to open up a typewriter and get some work done.
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The Gossip Behind the Gossip

An oral history of “Page Six.”

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Sex & Death in the Afternoon

An oral history of the soap opera.

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Angel So Fly

An oral history of Aaliyah.

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James Brown: Soul Brother No. 1 (1933-2006)

An oral history of James Brown, from Macon to the top.

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Birth of an MTV Nation

An oral history.

Tom Freston: We knew we needed a real signature piece that would look different from everything else on TV. We also knew that we had no money. So we went to NASA and got the man-on-the-moon footage, which is public domain. We put our logo on the flag and some music under it. We thought that was sort of a rock ’n’ roll attitude: “Let’s take man’s greatest moment technologically, and rip it off.”

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Blow-Up

An oral history of director Michael Bay.

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The Greatest Paper That Ever Died

“Radically brilliant. Absurdly ahead of its time. Ridiculously poorly planned.” An oral history of the National Sports Daily.

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Badlands: An Oral History

On the eve of the release of The Tree of Life, a look back at the turbulent making of Terence Malick’s debut.

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Manson: An Oral History

The story of the 1969 murder spree by Charles Manson and “Family” as told by those close to the case.

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Getting Made The Scorsese Way

An oral history of Goodfellas.