In the 1980s, Larry Evans was named a national security threat, Hollywood script writers were intent on telling his life story, he was crossing the Iron Curtain, and he was overtaking the Pittsburgh public television airwaves. As the steel mills were closing down in that decade, Larry ran the Millhunk Herald, a local journal, and was active in the efforts to keep the industry alive. He tells his story — how he got politically active, what’s happened to him since those activist days, and what it’s like to be classed a threat to society.
The video clip below comes from a documentary Larry made about his Millhunk Herald days. Tony Novosel stars in the 1983 Pittsburgh-made ‘Crashdance’, as a steelworker who turns to exotic dancing amidst the collapse of the steel industry in the city.
Episode 8 has Dusan Spasojevic explaining why he is afraid of Serbia’s presidential election; John Blisard on his new Mexican restaurant, Boojum, on Botanic Avenue; and Bayram, the first person from Turkmenistan to live in Northern Ireland, on adjusting to life here.
The first episode of Another World features interviews with Tony Novosel and Miroslav Budinski. Tony speaks about teaching on the Northern Irish conflict in America and coordinating student exchanges between the US and Northern Ireland.
Miroslav, a shepherd and hostel operator in Novi Sad, the capital of the northern province of Vojvodina in Serbia, turns the conversation to sheep-shearing, socialism, and ethnic conflict.