"Five Minutes of Fire": Crack, Bernie Goetz, Hypodermics on the Shore

Season 4 | Episode 37
5m | Jan 23, 2024

Step into the dynamic streets of the 80s with "Five Minutes of Fire," the podcast series that unveils the historical narratives embedded in Billy Joel's iconic anthem, "We Didn't Start the Fire." Join us twice a day for a brief yet profound exploration of the historical names and events that have left an indelible mark on the 20th century.

In today's episode, the flames of history flicker with the shadows of the crack cocaine problems of the 80s, a tumultuous era that reshaped communities and left enduring scars. We then navigate the gritty streets with the infamous story of Bernie Goetz, a subway vigilante whose actions sparked a nationwide debate. The narrative takes a haunting turn as we explore the mysterious appearance of hypodermic needles on the New Jersey shores, a visceral symbol of the challenges faced by society.

In just five minutes, we'll guide you through these historical snapshots, providing context, anecdotes, and a deeper understanding of the individuals and events that defined their times. Whether you're a devoted Billy Joel fan or someone eager to explore the stories behind the lyrics, "Five Minutes of Fire" is your daily ticket to historical enlightenment.

Subscribe now to join us as we unravel the verses of "We Didn't Start the Fire," offering insights that breathe life into the captivating tales behind the names etched into the song. "Five Minutes of Fire" - where history unfolds swiftly and vibrantly, twice a day. Don't miss your daily spark of historical exploration!

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