22 episodes

The National Public Housing Museum is the only institution that shares the diverse stories of public housing from across the United States. Our flagship podcast, Out of the Archives, shares stories from current and former public housing residents that expand our idea of public housing and are all too often left out of the mainstream narrative.

You can also listen to our mini-series, Legally Stolen, which focuses on the legal theft of wealth from Black residents in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood through land sale contracts.

Our podcasts are published under a Creative Commons license.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 3.7 • 3 Ratings

The National Public Housing Museum is the only institution that shares the diverse stories of public housing from across the United States. Our flagship podcast, Out of the Archives, shares stories from current and former public housing residents that expand our idea of public housing and are all too often left out of the mainstream narrative.

You can also listen to our mini-series, Legally Stolen, which focuses on the legal theft of wealth from Black residents in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood through land sale contracts.

Our podcasts are published under a Creative Commons license.

    OOTA Ep. 19 / "It's Certain Things That I Think Are Human Rights"

    OOTA Ep. 19 / "It's Certain Things That I Think Are Human Rights"

    In this episode of Out of the Archives, “It's Certain Things That I Think Are Human Rights,” we celebrate National Fair Housing Months with an array of current and former residents from Chicago public housing.

    The oral history narrators in this episode include Reverend Marshall Hatch who lived at the Jane Addams Homes from 1960 to 1974, Nakia Herron who lived at the Robert Taylor Homes from 1978–1982, and 1994–1998, Dr. Richard Morgan who lived at the Robert Taylor Homes from 1967 to 1989, Allen Schwartz who lived at the Jane Addams Homes from 1943 to 1953, and Juanita Stevenson who has lived in the Lathrop Homes from 1983 to the present day.

    The stories span from 1943 to the present day.
    Click here to read the transcript.

    • 25 min
    Legally Stolen / Episode Three

    Legally Stolen / Episode Three

    Legally Stolen is a 3-episode podcast produced by the National Public Housing Museum and Artist as Instigator Tonika Lewis Johnson as part of her project, Inequity for Sale, a virtual and physical exploration of homes sold on Land Sale Contracts in the 50s and 60s.

    Episode Three focuses on Chicago’s fight for fair housing and racial justice, including redress for legalized theft from Black people and communities impacted by predatory real estate practices. Featured guests include lead researcher of the Plunder of Black Wealth in Chicago report Amber Hendley, housing activist Athena Williams, author of Family Properties Beryl Satter, and author of The Color of Law Richard Rothstein.

    Read the transcript here.

    • 38 min
    OOTA Ep. 18—Pressure and Time Makes Diamonds

    OOTA Ep. 18—Pressure and Time Makes Diamonds

    In this episode of Out of the Archives, “Pressure and Time Makes Diamonds,” we celebrate Black History Month with a selection of narrators sharing a range of their complex experiences living in public housing in New York City. The narrators in this episode include Jayah Arnett, Bonnette Bryant, Domingo Morales, and Pamela Phillips, all of whom have lived or are currently living in the Bronx and Manhattan. The stories span from 1958 to the present day.

    Read the transcript here.

    • 21 min
    Legally Stolen / Episode Two

    Legally Stolen / Episode Two

    Legally Stolen is a 3-episode podcast produced by the National Public Housing Museum and Artist as Instigator Tonika Lewis Johnson as part of her project, Inequity for Sale, a virtual and physical exploration of homes sold on Land Sale Contracts in the 50s and 60s.

    Episode Two takes listeners on a journey through present-day Greater Englewood, exploring how legalized theft in the past directly contributed to present inequity in Black communities. Featured guests include Alderman Stephanie Coleman of the 16th Ward, Englewood residents Lolita Hughes and Patricia Porter, author of Family Properties Beryl Satter, and author of The Color of Law Richard Rothstein

    Read the transcript here.

    • 39 min
    Legally Stolen / Episode One

    Legally Stolen / Episode One

    Legally Stolen is a 3-episode podcast produced by the National Public Housing Museum exploring Inequity for Sale, a virtual and physical exploration of homes sold on Land Sale Contracts, by social justice artist Tonika Lewis Johnson.

    Episode One is a deep dive into the history and research that sparked Tonika’s idea to create Inequity for Sale. Featured guests include co-author of the Plunder of Black Wealth in Chicago report Amber Hendley, author of Family Properties Beryl Satter, author of The Color of Law Richard Rothstein, and housing activist Athena Williams.

    Read the transcript here.

    • 28 min
    OOTA Ep. 17—My Heart Was In It: Holidays in Public Housing

    OOTA Ep. 17—My Heart Was In It: Holidays in Public Housing

    In this episode of Out of the Archives, "My Heart Was in It: Holidays in Public Housing," narrators share a range of stories about their memories of the end of year holidays in the projects. You’ll hear about hallway decoration competitions in New York City Public Housing, special gifts, and a family’s decision to donate to those who have less. 

    The narrators in this episode include Deonte Black, who has lived in the Cabrini-Green Homes in Chicago  from 1988 to the present day, Lynn Bowens who has lived in the Rangel Houses in New York City from 1964 to the Present day, Ida Brantley who has lived in ABLA in Chicago from 1970 to the present day, Katherine Davis who lived in the Cabrini-Green Homes in Chicago from 1957 to 1967, Sunny Fischer who lived in the Eastchester Projects in New York City from 1949 to 1960, Carol and Diane Rizzi who lived in ABLA in Chicago from 1949 to 1957, Brenda Taylor who lived in ABLA in Chicago from 1974-2016, and Kimberly Wellington who has lived in the Lathrop Homes in Chicago from 1974 to the present day.

    The stories span from 1949 to the present day.

    Read the transcript here.

    • 19 min

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