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In a conference first, the final event at the Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference will feature the recording of a podcast for iHeartRadio, showcasing the value of this new technology in promoting media history research. In front of the conference audience, Dean Karayanis, host of The History Author Show, will interview Esther Crain, author of The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the podcast by asking questions of Karayanis and Crain.

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Dean Karayanis is a graduate of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, home to America’s second-oldest collegiate newspaper, The Daily Targum. Dean graduated with a degree in Animal Science to a series of veterinary positions, including at Manhattan’s prestigious Animal Medical Center. After years in medicine, Dean dedicated himself to writing full-time, working with the people across mediums in radio, television and the then-fledgling Internet. His resume includes a stint working for President Bill Clinton’s White House political adviser, ghostwriter for song lyrics, and contributor to political campaigns. He’s produced for Rush Limbaugh the Television Show, as well as the host’s No. 1 radio show, as well as Fox News Channel. He’s also the co-author of Regional Greek Cooking, as well as host of The History Author Show on iHeartRadio, which has featured authors including Candice Millard and David McCullough, in conjunction with Simon & Schuster’s History in Five. He currently works for iHeartMedia atop Radio City Music Hall.

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Esther Crain, a native New Yorker, is the author of The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910. Published in 2016, Crain’s second book takes a broad look at the political and social changes during one of the most transformative eras in New York history. In 2014, she wrote her first book, New York City in 3D in the Gilded Age. Crain is also the founder and editor of Ephemeral New York, a website that chronicles the city’s past. Ephemeral New York has been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, New York Daily News, and New York Post. She regularly works with historical groups and non-profit organizations to give talks and walking tours that explore the hidden remains and forgotten pockets of New York City.

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