Terrific City (Pilot)

On this episode, Melissa and Cheyenne introduce our exploration of the city and screen life of Times Square in the 1970s on the occasion of the new television series, "The Deuce." Our special guest is author and podcaster Tina Horn. 

A glimpse of "Deep Throat" ( All the President's Men )

A glimpse of "Deep Throat" (All the President's Men)

On this episode

Our origin story / Why cities, why film and television, why the 1970s / "The Deuce" (inspired by but not limited to) / When the New York Times ran a front page story about there being no prostitution arrests on one day in 1971 / A preview of "The Deuce" through the eyes of the television press / "Brown bagginess" / Not preachy, not porn / an interview with podcaster and author Tina Horn about media representations of sex work, feminism, and pornography / watch Klute/ so long

Protest of  Deep Throat , Dave Pickoff/Associated Press.

Protest of Deep Throat, Dave Pickoff/Associated Press.

Further reading and viewing

There were no arrests for prostitution in Manhattan on Sunday and no arraignments of prostitutes in Criminal Court yesterday — the first time in 15 years that there have been no such hearings... The police at the West 54th Street station said that more than 40 women were arrested in the area yesterday and were charged with loitering. They said that large‐scale arrests did not allow the use of undercover patrolmen, who pose as clients and make arrests for prostitution, so that the easily proved loitering charge was filed instead. Judges and clerks in the Criminal Court spent most of their time yesterday relaxing.
— New York Times, 1971
Donald Sutherland and Jane Fonda ( Klute )

Donald Sutherland and Jane Fonda (Klute)

  • Factory Girl, d. George Hickenlooper; 2006
  • Beauty #2, d. Andy Warhol; 1965
  • Ciao Manhattan, d. John Palmer; 1972
  • BUtterfield 8, d. Daniel Mann; 1960
  • Michael O'Donoghue
    • Mr. Mike: The Life and Work of Michael O'Donoghue, Dennis Perrin; 1998
    • "Is America Ready for Mr. Mike?," Rolling Stone; July 26, 1979 (archived online)
  • Norman Lear
  • Linda Lovelace/Linda Marchiano
    • Ordeal, Linda Lovelace; 1980
  • Richard M. Nixon
    • Nixonland, Rick Perlstein; 2008
  • Bob Woodward
    • All the President's Men, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein; 1974
  • "James Franco pulls double duty in The Deuce first look," EW.com; March 20, 2017 (online)
  •  "Sleaze in the City," New York Times; August 27, 2017 ("‘The Deuce’ Recalls Sex and Sleaze in 1970s Times Square," online version )
  • "Maggie Gyllenhaal on Hollywood sexism and porn drama The Deuce," Time Out, August 22, 2017 (archived online)
  • "Maggie Gyllenhaal Bares All For Feminist TV," New York; August 21-September 3, 2017 ("Maggie Gyllenhaal Tests Her Comfort Zone With The Deuce," online version)
  • Times Square Red, Times Square Blue, Samuel R. Delany; 1999
  • Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil; 1996
Jane Fonda as Bree Daniels in Manhattan  (Klute)

Jane Fonda as Bree Daniels in Manhattan (Klute)

Featured Music

  • "Shannon," Henry Gross; 1976
  • "American City Suite," Cashman & West; 1972


TERRIFIC CITY is hosted by Melissa Gira Grant and Cheyenne Picardo. The show was recorded and edited by Cheyenne Picardo, and it was produced by Melissa Gira Grant.