In this week’s special live episode of Past Present, Niki, Neil, and Natalia debate funding cuts for libraries, the history of the Hamptons, and the legacy of the Summer of Love.
Donald Trump’s proposed budget allots zero federal dollars to the Institute of Museum and Library Services. We discussed the history of public libraries in America during our live taping at the John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor, New York.
Although the Hamptons is known as a favorite summer destination spot for Manhattan’s wealthy, the region has a long and diverse history, including a historic summer community for African Americans in Sag Harbor.
The Summer of Love
It’s the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. We debated how the historic gathering in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco transformed American attitudes about sex and sexuality. In our discussion of changing sexual norms, Natalia commented on Laura Kipnis’s new book, Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus.
What’s Making History
- Niki talked about Guian McKee’s Washington Post article, “Why Are Republicans Trapped on Health Care? Because Democrats Stole Their Best Idea.”