Sparrows Point: An American Steel Story

In 1887, it was an isolated stretch of marshland on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay. By 1958, it was the biggest steel mill in the world. In 2001, it went bankrupt. And by 2015, it was a pile of demolished rubble. Sparrows Point is a story of capitalism, labor unions, race, gender, civil rights, pride, and hubris. It’s the story of American steel.

Sparrows Point: an American Steel Story is a six-part series produced by Aaron Henkin in partnership with WYPR. The podcast is the newest part of the BMI’s Bethlehem Steel Legacy Project, a multi-year community engagement and preservation initiative to document the 125-year history of the steelmaking giant made possible through the generous support of Tradepoint Atlantic.

The first episode was released on Wednesday, January 27. New episodes will be released each Wednesday. Listen or subscribe below.

The podcast is supported by Tradepoint Atlantic and Maryland Humanities.

Listen to episodes here

Trailer: Dec 2, 2020

Episode 1: Jan 27, 2021

Episode 2: Feb 3, 2021

Episode 3: Feb 10, 2021

Episode 4: Feb 17, 2021

Bonus Episode: Feb 19, 2021

Episode 5: Feb 24, 2021

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The Bethlehem Steel Legacy Project is an effort to preserve the 125-year history of the steelmaking giant in Baltimore. Learn about the experience of those who lived and worked in Sparrows Point, or share your own story.

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