Amusement Parks

amusement park at night

Sebastian Davenport Handley (CC0)

August 26, 2017
(was 05.17.2015)

It doesn't matter whether you grew up going to Coney Island, Six Flags, or Pacific Park -- to a kid, all amusement parks are magical. This hour we take a trip to the land of funnel cake, freak shows and fast rides.

  1. How Amusement Parks Modernized America

    At one point there were more than 1,500 amusement parks across America. And they offered far more than just thrill rides. Historian Lauren Rabinovitz says they helped ease the country into a period of rapid technological change.

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  2. Coney Island A Century Ago

    Writer Leslie Parry describes what Coney Island would have sounded like during its heyday 100 years ago.

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  3. Behind the Scenes of a Sideshow

    For decades, Todd Robbins has been entertaining audiences with his sideshow act, first at Coney Island and later with several off-Broadway shows. When he spoke with Anne Strainchamps, he demonstrated a few tricks of his trade, even go so far as to eat a lightbulb in the process.

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  4. The Most Unusual Roller Coaster in the World

    Writer B.J. Novak imagines a roller coaster that's modelled after real life, and designed by the artist Christo. This story was adapted from Novak's debut collection, "One More Thing."

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  5. Getting High At Disney World

    John Jeremiah Sullivan reads an abridged version of his essay, "You Blow My Mind. Hey, Mickey!" about getting high at Disney World.

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  6. Walt Disney and the Cultural Significance of the Theme Park

    Cultural anthropologist Scott A. Lukas describes the history and cultural significance of theme parks such as Disney World.

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