Eric Marcus, a journalist, author and historian, lives across the street from radio producer Sara Burningham in West Chelsea. With his three-decade-old audio archive of interviews with LGBTQ activists, icons and allies combined with Burningham’s production skills, the two neighbors have created a podcast, “Making Gay History.”
The podcast first launched in October 2016 and is now in its second season. Each episode runs about 15 to 20 minutes long and features one person’s story, with an introduction from Marcus, giving details about when he interviewed them and why they were significant in the gay rights movement. Because he recorded the interviews in the late 80s while he was preparing to write a book by the same name, many of the interviewees have since died, making the recordings precious recollections of vibrant people who helped change the world.