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Empire State Engagements

with Dr. Robert Chiles

Episode One: Dr. Kara Murphy Schlichting, New York Recentered: Building the Metropolis from the Shore

Episode Five: Brad Edmondson, A Wild Idea: How the Environmental Movement Tamed the Adirondacks

Episode Four: Dr. Alyssa Maldonado-Estrada, Lifeblood of the Parish: Men and Catholic Devotion in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Episode Two: Dr. Catherine O'Donnell, Elizabeth Seton: American Saint

Empire State Engagements is a long-form interview program created and hosted by Dr. Robert Chiles.  It features conversations with historians of all aspects of New York State.

See the "Episodes" page for a complete archive, as well as information on Forthcoming Programming.



Episode Three: Dr. Jennifer A. Lemak, Southern Life, Northern City: The History of Albany's Rapp Road Community

Episode Twelve: Dr. Lizabeth Cohen, Saving America's Cities

Episode Eleven: Dr. Michael B. Boston, "The National Negro Business League in New York City"

Episode Nine: Melissa Franson, "Political Partisanship in the Catskills Region, 1860-1862"

Episode Ten: Dr. Marsha E. Barrett, "Nelson Rockefeller and the Politics of Wealth"

Episode Eight: Dr. Thomas J. Balcerski, "The Little Spark of Manhood I Have Left" and Bosom Friends 

Episode Seven: Ashley Hopkins-Benton, Pride Center of the Capital Region

Our most recent episodes are listed here.  For a full archive of all our programs, visit the "Episodes" page.

Episode Six: Brad Utter, Enterprising Waters: The History and Art of New York's Erie Canal

Episode Twenty-Four: Brad Utter, ca. 1890 hand fire engine

Episode Twenty-Five: Dr. Lauren Kozakiewicz, Ladies' Day at the Capitol

Episode Twenty-Three: Connie Frisbee Houde, 1930s Wedding Dress

Episode Twenty-One: Ashley Hopkins-Benton, Singer Industrial Sewing Machine and Women's Experiences in Chinatown

Episode Twenty-Two: Devin Lander, New York State Historian

Episode Twenty: Dr. Melissa Fuster, Caribeños at the Table: How Migration, Health, and Race Intersect in New York City

Episode Eighteen: Dr. Clarence Jefferson Hall, Jr., A Prison in the Woods: Environment and Incarceration in New York's North Country

Episode Nineteen: Shayla Colon on her Albany Times Union series "Two Sides of Pearl Street"

Episode Seventeen: Jessica DuLong, Saved at the Seawall: Stories from the Septmeber 11 Boatlift

Episode Fifteen: Dr. Jeffrey D. Broxmeyer, Electoral Capitalism: The Party System in New York's Gilded Age

Episode Sixteen: Dr. Bruce W. Dearstyne, "The Debut of the Administrative State in New York" and The Spirit of New York 

Episode Fourteen: Marisa Scheinfeld, The Borscht Belt: Revisiting the Remains of America's Jewish Vacationland

Episode Thirteen: Dr. Daniel Macfarlane, Fixing Niagara Falls