After a week during which 13 packages containing explosive devices were intercepted on their way to prominent figures associated with the Democratic Party, authorities arrested suspect Cesar Sayoc on Friday. Although the apprehension may lead to some answers, authorities have warned that more mail bombs could still be working their way through the postal system, and the questions and anxiety that filled many Americans’ minds this week are unlikely to have abated. Read more here
New York businessmen in suits and ties swarm the streets to survey the “war zone” unfolding in the nation’s financial center. Where a grand building once stood only rubble remains, and charred hats and shoes that once belonged to members of the business elite line the sidewalk. This is how Public Broadcasting Service’s latest “American Experience” documentary begins. More here.
On Sept. 16, 1920, just as hundreds of Wall Street brokers headed out to lunch, a horse-drawn cart packed with dynamite exploded outside of the headquarters of the renowned banking institution J.P. Morgan & Co. The bombing resulted in the loss of 38 lives and left hundreds more wounded. More here.
Stream the film of my book, The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in its First Age of Terror.
AIRED FEBRUARY 13, 2018
The Bombing of Wall Street
On September 16, 1920, as hundreds of Wall Street workers headed out for lunch, a horse-drawn cart packed with dynamite exploded in front of Morgan Bank — the world’s most powerful banking institution. The blast turned the nation’s financial center into a bloody war zone and left 38 dead and hundreds more seriously injured. As financial institutions around the country went on high alert, many wondered if this was the strike against American capitalism that radical agitators had threatened for so long. A mostly-forgotten act of terror that remains unsolved today, the bombing helped launch the career of a young J. Edgar Hoover and sparked a bitter national debate about how far the government should go to protect the nation from acts of political violence. Based on Beverly Gage’s The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in its First Age of Terror.
I’m featured in episode 4 “The Comeback Kid” and episode 5 “New World Order.” Complete episodes can be found on Netflix.
The Comey bombshell memo. Talk of obstruction of justice, and even impeachment. Listen here.
Welcome back to Nixonland: After four decades, the Oval Office is once again the seat of empire, occupied by a paranoid pilot hellbent on an unremittingly personal fight, and no holds are barred. Listen here.
A Q&A with historian Beverly Gage about the history of conflicts between FBI directors and the executive branch. Read here.
“F.B.I: Fidelity. Bravery. Integrity,” states the announcer from a promotional black and white film dating back to 1936. Listen here.
One hundred days of Donald J. Trump. How is the nation faring? Listen here.