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Intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history brought to you from rare archival interviews.

Intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history brought to you from rare archival interviews.

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United States

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Intimate, personal portraits of both known and long-forgotten champions, heroes, and witnesses to history brought to you from rare archival interviews.

Language:

English

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(917) 573-0626


Episodes

Rewind: Stonewall 50: Episode 4: Live from Stonewall

6/23/2022
What made Stonewall different? How can we carry the lessons of the uprising with us today? Eric is joined by one archivist and four activists to answer those questions in an intergenerational conversation recorded at the Stonewall Inn on May 23, 2019. First aired June 27, 2019. Visit MGH’s episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources, as well as the episode’s transcript. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:01:04:23

Rewind: Stonewall 50: Episode 3: “Say It Loud! Gay & Proud!”

6/16/2022
Like so many other acts of LGBTQ resistance, the 1969 Stonewall riots could have become a footnote in history. But the protests and organizing that followed launched a new phase in the fight for LGBTQ rights. Hear how anger found its voice and how joy propelled the first Pride marches. First aired June 20, 2019. Visit MGH’s episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources, as well as the episode’s transcript. To hear more from Craig Rodwell, go here. And...

Duration:00:40:51

Rewind: Stonewall 50: Episode 2: "Everything Clicked… And the Riot Was On"

6/9/2022
The Stonewall uprising began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969. Revisit that moment, and the hours and days that followed, with voices from the Making Gay History archive. Relive in vivid detail the dawning of a new chapter in the fight for LGBTQ rights. First aired June 13, 2019. Visit MGH’s episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources, as well the episode’s transcript. To hear more of Marsha P. Johnson and Randy Wicker’s conversation about...

Duration:00:34:07

Rewind: Stonewall 50: Episode 1: Prelude to a Riot

6/2/2022
Conflict has context. In this first episode of Making Gay History’s Stonewall season, we hear stories from the pre-Stonewall struggle for LGBTQ rights. We travel back in time to the turbulent 1960s and take you to the tinderbox that was Greenwich Village on the eve of an uprising. First aired June 6, 2019. Visit MGH’s episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources, as well as the episode’s transcript. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:39:06

Season 10: Episode 6: Michelle Lopez

3/31/2022
Women can’t get AIDS—or so Michelle Lopez thought until she tested positive for HIV in 1990. Viable treatments were years away, but the undocumented immigrant from Trinidad would not be defeated. She turned her diagnosis into an opportunity to help others while she fought for her life. Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources, as well as a transcript of the episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:24:59

Guest Episode: LGBTQ&A: Peter Staley: ACT UP Changed the World — Here’s How

3/26/2022
As a complement to our episode featuring Ann Northrop, meet Peter Staley, another seminal member of ACT UP, in this 2021 interview courtesy of the LGBTQ&A podcast, hosted by Jeffrey Masters and produced by The Advocate in partnership with GLAAD. Listen to the LGBTQ&A podcast here or wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:34:33

Season 10: Episode 5: Ann Northrop

3/24/2022
Fierce and unflappable, veteran journalist Ann Northrop is a natural activist. In this episode, she discusses her most dramatic ACT UP arrest, her work as an AIDS education advocate, her blue-blooded upbringing, and the lure of Angie Dickinson. Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources, as well as a transcript of the episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:26:53

Season 10: Episode 4: Randy Boyd

3/17/2022
Randy Boyd’s “gay agenda” was to be radically open about who he was: a gay, HIV-positive writer—not the straight professional athlete he was always assumed to be. Determined to blow up stereotypes about Black people, gay people, and people living with HIV, he had his work cut out for him. Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources, as well as a transcript of the episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:24:09

Season 10: Episode 3: Sara Boesser

3/10/2022
From her home in Juneau, Alaska, Sara Boesser watched with alarm as the AIDS epidemic rolled across the lower 48 states, threatening lives and hard-won gay rights. The soft-spoken building inspector decided there was no time to waste. She became an activist and got to organizing. Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources, as well as a transcript of the episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:20:36

Season 10: Episode 2: Dr. Ronald Grossman

3/3/2022
Dr. Ronald Grossman treated his first AIDS patient before the disease even had a name. But with a New York City practice serving predominantly gay men, he would soon become an expert on the disease. By the time life-saving treatments became available, hundreds of his patients had died. Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources, as well as a transcript of the episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:21:30

Season 10: Episode 1: Randy Shilts

2/24/2022
Out gay journalist Randy Shilts desperately wanted to work for a big-city newspaper. No one wanted him. But reporting on the AIDS crisis brought him the success and fame he craved—and more than a little controversy. Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources, as well as a transcript of the episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:28:27

Season 10: Preview

2/17/2022
We’re back with more stories from the AIDS crisis. Hear Eric Marcus in conversation with six people whose lives and activism were transformed by the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and beyond. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:04:01

Introducing: We Were Always Here: They Weren't Us

12/23/2021
Marc Thomson was just getting his footing as a young Black gay man in South East London when AIDS hit. Hear his story as he introduces us to people whose experiences have often been overlooked, including trans people, sex workers, and people of color. Listen to the entire series here or wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:30:51

Introducing: The Log Books: "Please Be Gentle"

11/30/2021
In commemoration of World AIDS Day, MGH host Eric Marcus introduces a poignant episode about the early years of the AIDS crisis from The Log Books, an award-winning documentary podcast that tells untold stories from Britain’s LGBTQ history. Subscribe to The Log Books wherever you get your podcasts, or visit www.thelogbooks.org. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:58:10

Coming of Age During the AIDS Crisis: Chapter 6: Making History

9/10/2021
Being HIV+ was a virtual death sentence. So why get tested? But by 1988 there is a promising, if toxic, drug shown to extend life. Eric and Barry schedule their first test just as Eric starts work on his oral history book about the gay and lesbian civil rights movement. Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:44:24

Coming of Age During the AIDS Crisis: Chapter 5: In or Out

8/27/2021
“You’re doing too many stories on AIDS.” The word had come down from on high at CBS This Morning. Eric didn’t want anyone to think he was biased, but as the only out gay person on the production staff, he felt an obligation to cover the growing epidemic. Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:36:46

Coming of Age During the AIDS Crisis: Chapter 4: Complications of AIDS

8/12/2021
“I hope you both die of AIDS,” the young man in the pickup truck yells at Eric and Barry as they wait for the light to change while on a run in Central Park. By 1985, the AIDS crisis has arrived on their doorstep. Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:41:02

Coming of Age During the AIDS Crisis: Chapter 3: 318 West 22nd Street

7/30/2021
A straight drug addict. A gay waiter on a ventilator. Eric is confronted with the reality of AIDS when he volunteers for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Decades later, he speaks with his client’s widow, for whom AIDS is a daily reality. Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:35:26

Coming of Age During the AIDS Crisis: Chapter 2: Not Alone

7/15/2021
Even as the epidemic spreads, a rousing AIDS fundraiser at the circus, a new boyfriend, and journalism school combine to bring joy, a sense of community, and purpose into Eric’s life. Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:31:14

Coming of Age During the AIDS Crisis: Chapter 1: Buried Headline

7/1/2021
“Rare Cancer Seen in 41 Homosexuals,” said the New York Times headline on July 3, 1981. It was the first time Eric Marcus read about what came to be known as AIDS. Nothing for me to worry about, he decided, and turned the page. Visit our episode webpage for background information, archival photos, and other resources. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Duration:00:24:52