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  • Black businesses have disappeared

    Black businesses have disappeared

      Fred Jordan, San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce, talks about how the number of African American owned businesses have plummeted in San Francisco after the Fillmore District was redeveloped. Once there were 180 black owned businesses, now he estimates there are 10-15 left. Storyteller: Fred Jordan Date of Story: 1960s-present Location of Story: […]

  • The good, the bad, and the ugly: the Oil-for-Food Programme

    The good, the bad, and the ugly: the Oil-for-Food Programme

      Humanitarian expert Stafford Clarry talks about the positive and negative effects of the controversial United Nations Oil-for-Food Programme in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, which he saw firsthand while working for the UN in the country. Storyteller: Stafford Clarry Date of Story: 1996-2003 Location of Story: Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq Location: Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq […]

  • The peak years of television

    The peak years of television

      Bill Moll talks about his work managing a variety of broadcasting companies during the heyday of television and his work consulting for small market operators after his retirement. He highlights the recent trend of smaller family owned companies selling to larger broadcast groups. He believes that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is failing their […]

  • Was the advertising world really like ‘Mad Men’?

    Was the advertising world really like ‘Mad Men’?

    Advertising consultant Michael Whitcomb talks about how accurate the popular AMC TV series ‘Mad Men’ was in portraying the advertising world of the 1970s. Storyteller: Michael Whitcomb Date of Story: 1978 Location of Story: New York, NY, USA Location: San Francisco, CA, USA Date: 14 October, 2015 Michael Whitcomb and the Pepperidge Farm account at Ogilvy & Mather in the […]

 

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  • I would have starved if I was only reporting

    I would have starved if I was only reporting

      Karin Kneissl talks about the boom in industrial innovation and production in Europe before World War I, and how the continent has shifted deindustrialized in recent decades. She also discusses how it is extremely difficult to make a living as a journalist today, and how one’s income must be supplemented by other forms of […]

  • Key developments in UK advertising since 1975

    Key developments in UK advertising since 1975

      Mike Richards began his career in advertising and marketing in 1975. He describes the heavily unionized media world then, and lists key events that have transformed the industry in the UK throughout his working life such as the proliferation of private television and radio channels and the dawn of the internet age. Storyteller: Mike […]

  • Advertising can’t be as much fun as it was

    Advertising can’t be as much fun as it was

      Simon Jones talks about how the advertising industry has changed from his time starting out in the mid-1970s until today. One of the biggest turning points came around 1997, when The Times and many other newspapers went online. Storyteller: Simon Jones Date of Story: 1997 Location of Story: London, UK Location: Sydney, Australia Date: 7 April, 2016

  • The undemocratic age of computing

    The undemocratic age of computing

      Computer scientist John Hayes says that although not much has changed about computers “on the abstract level” for 40 years, pretty much everything else about them is different: who uses them, the hardware, work practices, functionality, and the way we think about them. Storyteller: John Hayes Date of Story: 1976-present Location of Story: Chalfont St. Giles, UK […]

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Was the advertising world really like \'Mad Men\'?: 40.780216, -73.959274
Yahoo’s layoffs in 2001: 37.417105, -122.025170
“Italy was the most capitalistic country in the USSR”: 39.223902, 9.122095
Watching my home in crisis…from Germany: 50.802173, 8.766793
The “Eurotax” in 1996: 42.853604, 13.574944
Berlusconi joked while Agnelli spoke English with Kissinger: 40.851775, 14.268124
The promise and the reality of the Euro: 45.533420, 12.643850
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Key developments in UK advertising since 1975: 51.507351, -0.127758
We were one of the earliest leveraged buyouts: 29.424122, -98.493628
I would have starved if I was only reporting: 48.208174, 16.373819
Italy was once vibrant, now it is populated by zombies: 41.871940, 12.567380
Fuel in Kurdistan: from crisis to big business: 37.150462, 42.672677
Socialist rationing ended overnight: 35.465576, 44.380392
The good, the bad, and the ugly: the Oil-for-Food Programme: 33.678640, 44.030457