Experience what it was like to be an immigrant moving through Ellis Island between 1917 to 1924 through a virtual reality program designed by a group of students from Bergen Academies. The students offered a demonstration of the program at Ellis Island on Tuesday. In this episode of On the Record we hear from several of the students, their teacher and one of the characters they recreated from an oral history provided by the National Park Service. Record photo by Steve Auchard. This episode...
Aretha Franklin drew on her gospel roots and her powerful voice to become one of the greatest singers of her generation. In this episode of On the Record, entertainment writer Jim Beckerman talks about why she became such a powerful and inspirational figure. Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File
Becton-Dickinson historian Richard Kushnier talks about the early years of the company and how a chance encounter in a Texas train station led to a lasting partnership in this episode of On the Record. Photo courtesy of Richard Kushnier. This episode originally aired in June 2017.
Record food editor Esther Davidowitz talks about her story on classic North Jersey restaurants plus reader reaction in this episode on On the Record. This episode of On the Record originally aired in April 2017.
Is there anything as iconic as the New Jersey diner? Author Michael Gabriele says no. In this episode of On the Record, Gabriele makes that case that diners are more than just places to eat in New Jersey. "They are part of our DNA...part of our mythology," he said. Gabriele wrote the book "The History of Diners in New Jersey." This episode first originally aired in August 2017.
To fully appreciate the Great Falls of Paterson as a New Jersey icon, you have to stand beside them and listen to the water cascade over the 71-foot Falls. In this episode of On the Record, Darren Boch, the first superintendent of the Paterson Falls Historic National Park, talks about the significance of the Falls and their enduring appeal. This episode originally aired in August 2017.
North Jersey residents love their lakes. The Record recently took a deep dive on the lake front lifestyle. In this episode of On the Record, reporters Jim O'Neill, Svetlana Shkolnikova and Bill Westhoven discuss the economic,environmental and real estate aspects of living on the lake. Record photo by Danielle Parhizkaran.
The Pulaski Skyway is an architectural wonder and a Jersey Icon. In this episode of On the Record, architectural historian John Gomez talks about that architecture as well as the Skyway's cameo appearance in Orson Welles' radio adaptation of "War of the Worlds. This episode contains excerpts from a podcast originally aired in August 2017.
Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run" was released in August 1975 and quickly became an iconic anthem. In this episode of On the Record, Eileen Chapman, manager of the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University, recalls that summer and reflects on why the song became a Jersey icon. This is an excerpt from a podcast originally aired in August 2017. Record photo by Rich Gigli.
Hackensack Riverkeeper Bill Sheehan explains how the Meadowlands are a much cleaner place than they were in the 1960s. Sheehan talks about how that happened in this excerpt from an On the Record podcast that first aired in August 2017. Record photo by Mitsu Yasukawa.
Paterson residents gathered for a barbecue in Barbour Park to reclaim it from drug users. In this episode of On the Record, neighborhood activists talk about the effort to bring the park back to life. Record photo by Viorel Florescu.
Every summer, the boardwalks draw thousands of people to the Jersey Shore. What is the source of this enduring appeal? Dick Handschuch, co-author of "The Beach Bum's Guide to the Boardwalks of New Jersey" says it all has to do with memory. Record photo by Kevin R. Wexler.
A miniature Palisades Amusement Park built by a former employee has found a new home in Bergen County with the Palisades Amusement Park Historical Society. The late Joe Prisco built the replica park and his daughter-in-law Luz A. Quinones-Prisco recently donated it to the Historical Society. In this episode of On the Record, Vince Gargiulo, executive director of the Society, talks about the model. Record photo by Ann Marie Caruso.
Some Syrian refugees who came to Paterson after fleeing their war-torn country are starting to leave for Michigan. They cite problems with crime, housing, employment and the cost of living as among the factors for their move. Record reporter Hannan Adely talks about the trend in this episode of On the Record.
Record Food Editor Esther Davidowitz talks with hot dog expert John Fox about New Jersey's love affair with all kinds of hot dogs. This episode of On the Record features their conversation outside Johnny and Hanges in Fair Lawn. Record photo by Michael Karas.
On the eve of the Subway Series, Record sports columnist Steve Popper talked with Record beat writers Pete Caldera (Yankees) and Matt Ehalt (Mets) about how the teams are faring. In this episode of On the Record, we hear excerpts of their conversation at Dinosaur Barbecue in Newark. Record photo by Chris Pedota.
Record columnist Chris Maag talks with Amanda Zita about her harrowing journey through opioid addiction, trauma and sobriety after undergoing a Passaic County Drug Court program. Zita struggle is the subject of Chris' Garden State of Mind column. Record photo by Tariq Zehawi.
Record Health Care reporter Lindy Washburn discusses the uncertainty facing rates for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. In this episode of On the Record, Washburn also talks about some of the competing state and federal initiatives that complicate the situation. Record photo by Amy Newman.