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Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire
Remembering Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Erik says that his grandmother nearly died in a factory fire just a few blocks from Brigid’s apartment. He’s likely referring to the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, in which 145 factory workers – almost entirely young immigrant women and girls – were killed. Their deaths were largely preventable, but a lack of basic safety features created the worst possible conditions for the blaze. These two videos tell the awful story of the 1911 fire, one of the most notorious sweatshop disasters in American history, and hint at the tragedy's galvanizing effect on labor reform in the US.
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Erik and Deirdre are skeptical about Brigid living in a ground floor/basement duplex apartment in Chinatown, in a part of the city classified as a Zone A Flood Zone. Though Brigid scoffs at her parents’ worry (and their care package, filled with batteries, LED lamps, and cans of tuna), their concern isn’t unfounded. Amidst the ongoing progression of climate change (which will bring both rising sea levels and a higher occurrence of extreme weather events), people living in coastal areas – including those in lower Manhattan – must prepare for an increased risk of flooding. The lasting impact of Hurricane Sandy, the 2012 storm that decimated large swaths of the northeastern seaboard, continues to place huge demands on New York and New Jersey, as clean-up efforts have had to coincide with preparations for the next storm. This special report by WNYC projects what life in New York may look like in 2050, a year in which the New York City Panel on Climate Change estimates sea levels will have risen by some 11 to 21 inches.
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2015-2016 Season, The Humans