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We’ve all been transported into the past by a special book, place or person. On the History Author Show, host Dean Karayanis and a team of correspondents bring you the people who build the time machines.

We’ve all been transported into the past by a special book, place or person. On the History Author Show, host Dean Karayanis and a team of correspondents bring you the people who build the time machines.
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New York City, NY

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We’ve all been transported into the past by a special book, place or person. On the History Author Show, host Dean Karayanis and a team of correspondents bring you the people who build the time machines.

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@historydean

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English


Episodes

Amber Brock – Lady Be Good: A Novel

6/17/2018
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June 18, 2018 - Our time machine travels back to the days of poodle skirts, I Like Ike and I Love Lucy. Once there, we'll meet Kitty Tessler -- a saucy, scheming socialite out to settle scores with snobs. Our guide on this whirlwind tour of Manhattan, Miami, and parts of Havana brewing with an anti-Batista revolution, is Amber Brock, author of Lady Be Good: A Novel. Amber Brock teaches British literature at an all-girls' school in Atlanta, and Publishers Weekly described her debut novel,...

Duration:00:51:27

Sarah Fraser – The Prince Who Would Be King: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart

6/5/2018
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June 4, 2018 - Our time machine travels back to the Tudor and Stuart period of the British monarchy, to meet a prince on track to be the great King Henry the IX, had his life not been cut short. Our guide on this royal journey is Sarah Fraser, author of The Prince Who Would Be King: The Life and Death of Henry Stuart. Henry Stuart’s life -- subject of the BBC 2 documentary The Best King We Never Had -- is the last great forgotten Jacobean tale, lost in the turmoil of the Thirty Years’ War...

Duration:00:47:55

Anne Serling – As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling

5/20/2018
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May 21, 2018 - In this episode, our time machine welcomes aboard the daughter of an American national treasure: Rod Serling. Best known for his ominous exposition in TV's groundbreaking anthology, The Twilight Zone, Serling also produced landmark screenplays such as Planet of the Apes, Seven Days in May, Playhouse 90's The Velvet Alley, and Requiem for a Heavyweight. He was a World War Two veteran, jokester, animal-lover, social commentator, prolific writer and -- unfortunately -- a heavy...

Duration:00:46:25

John Sedgwick – Blood Moon: An American Epic of War and Splendor in the Cherokee Nation

5/6/2018
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May 7, 2018 - Our time machine travels back to meet rival Cherokee chiefs in the decades leading up to and through the American Civil War, when the supporters of John Ross and The Ridge engaged in a blood feud that led to war, the infamous Trail of Tears, and the devastation of a once-proud nation encompassing what today is several southern states. Our guide on this journey is John Sedgwick who brings us Blood Moon: An American Epic of War and Splendor in the Cherokee Nation. John Sedgwick...

Duration:01:08:30

John U. Bacon – The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story

4/22/2018
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April 23, 2018 - Our time machine travels back 100 years, to witness the split-second explosion that blew a chunk of Halifax, Nova Scotia off the map. On December 6, 1917, this key city in supplying the Allies in the Great War, suffered the largest man-made explosion prior to the bombs that ended World War Two -- something that caught the attention of physicist Robert Oppenheimer, the "father of the atomic bomb." On the shore in Canada to witness the collision in the harbor is John U....

Duration:01:04:26

Sheila Myers – The Night is Done: A Durant Family Saga

4/8/2018
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April 9, 2018 - Our time machine travels back to 1931 to conclude the Durant Family Trilogy. Moving on from the Gilded Age, we'll catch up with William and Ella, the adult children of Union Pacific Railroad tycoon Dr. Thomas C. Durant, in the final years of their complicated lives. Our guest, Sheila Myers, first introduced us to the family in her novel, Imaginary Brightness, as they had their comfortable lives in London shattered by an economic panic. Book 2, Castles in the Air, saw the...

Duration:00:46:16

Esther Crain – The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910

3/25/2018
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March 26, 2018 - It's a special episode, recorded live on the campus of New York University at the Joint Journalism and Communication History Conference, co-sponsored by the American Journalism Historians Association and the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The spot at No. 20 Bowery is in sight of the Cooper Union where Abraham Lincoln gave the 1860 speech that launched him into the presidency, and steps from 114 Bowery, where Steve...

Duration:00:57:02

M. Evelina Galang – Lolas’ House: Filipino Women Living with War

3/11/2018
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March 12, 2018 - Our time machine travels back to the Philippines during the Japanese occupation the Second World War. Once in the South Pacific, we'll bear solemn witness to crimes against women who have been denied the justice and compensation for the atrocities they suffered in the name of the emperor. Our guide on this journey is M. Evelina Galang who brings us Lolas' House: Filipino Women Living with War. The Imperial Japanese Army kidnapped over 1,000 Filipino women and girls, part...

Duration:00:56:10

Philip Jett – Death of an Heir

2/26/2018
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February 26, 2018 - Our time machine travels to 1960 and pulls over at a secluded bridge on a lonely Colorado road. We're there to witness a crime of greed and envy, when a bitter escaped convict with delusions of high IQ snatches the 44-year-old CEO of Coors as he makes his way to the family brewery. We follow this tale of true crime in the new book: The Death of an Heir: Adolph Coors III and the Murder That Rocked an American Brewing Dynasty. Sitting beside us in our squad car as the...

Duration:00:42:42

Sandra Neil Wallace – Between the Lines

2/12/2018
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February 12, 2018 - For Black History Month, our time machine piles readers 4 to 8 years old into their car seats, and introduces them to a hero who overcame segregation and many other obstacles, to pursue his artistic dream -- and that's after being a star NFL player. Returning to the show is Sandra Neil Wallace, who last joined us with her husband and co-writer Rich Wallace to discuss their books Bound by Ice: A True North Pole Survival Story ... and ... Blood Brother: Jonathan Daniels...

Duration:00:47:50

Laurie Gwen Shapiro – The Stowaway

1/29/2018
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January 29, 2018 - Our time machine heads south to the other land down under for a chilly Jazz Age adventure. Our guide on this journey is Laurie Gwen Shapiro who brings us the story of a scrappy Polish-American kid from Manhattan's Lower East Side, who explores the Roaring '20s final frontier. Her book is The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica. It's the spectacular, true story of Billy Gawronski who snuck onto the flagship of famed explorer Richard E. Byrd,...

Duration:00:55:50

Tom Grace – Undeniable: A Nolan Kilkenny Thriller

12/31/2017
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January 1, 2018 - Happy New Year, history lovers! To kick off 2018, we welcome thriller author Tom Grace to discuss the sixth novel in his series featuring ex-Navy SEAL Nolan Kilkenny: Undeniable. Tom's novels feature cutting-edge technology, and we discuss how DNA science is solving historical mysteries. Did Adolf Hitler have a son? Was Warren G. Harding our first black president? What sinister uses will criminal minds cook up when editing DNA is as easy as editing a Word document?...

Duration:01:00:45

Selene Castrovilla – Revolutionary Rogues: John André and Benedict Arnold

12/18/2017
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December 18, 2017 - This week -- just in time to get stuffed into your young reader's stocking -- we travel back to a familiar location, at a pivotal moment in the American Revolution. The year is 1780, when one of the greatest heroes of the Continental Army -- General Benedict Arnold -- decides to betray the patriot cause by surrendering West Point to the British with the help of British spymaster Major John André. We talked about these infamous men when we interviewed Robert Norden,...

Duration:00:58:38

Stephen Davis – All the Fighting They Want

12/11/2017
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December 11, 2017 - This week, our time machine travels back to the American Civil War in All the Fighting They Want: The Atlanta Campaign from Peach Tree Creek to the City's Surrender, July 18-September 2, 1864. Our guide on this journey is Stephen Davis, a longtime Atlantan and Civil War enthusiast since the fourth grade. All the Fighting They Want serves as a companion to his previous paperback, A Long and Bloody Task: The Atlanta Campaign from Dalton through Kennesaw to the...

Duration:00:56:51

Doug Stanton – The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War

12/4/2017
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December 4, 2017 - This week, our time machine travels back 50 years to one of the Vietnam War's massive set pieces: The Tet Offensive. This series of simultaneous attacks by the communist North on 36 cities, aimed to weaken support both within the Vietnamese republic in the South and across the Pacific in the United States. Our guest, Doug Stanton, embeds his readers with 46 fresh, young American soldiers in Echo Company: An Army reconnaissance platoon of the 101st Airborne Division. Some...

Duration:00:59:26

Robert W. Merry – President McKinley: Architect of the American Century

11/27/2017
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November 27, 2017 - This week, our time machine visits the Gilded Age to witness William McKinley's rise to the White House. Little remembered or misremembered today, at the time of his assassination in 1901, the Civil War veteran was the most popular president since Abraham Lincoln, and nothing like the caricature portrayed by mid-20th Century authors. Robert W. Merry sets the record straight in President McKinley: Architect of the American Century. You've seen Mr. Merry was editor of The...

Duration:01:09:41

Rebecca Fraser – The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America

11/20/2017
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November 20, 2018 - This week -- just in time for Thanksgiving in America -- we set sail with the intrepid Pilgrims on The Mayflower. Once aboard, we'll meet the Winslow family, and gain a perspective that links the broader experience -- from Native American contacts to intrigues back home in Europe. Tracing the voyage with us is reviewer and broadcaster Rebecca Fraser author of The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America. The daughter of noted British historian...

Duration:00:58:20

Jennifer Kincheloe – The Woman in the Camphor Trunk

11/13/2017
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November 13, 2017 - This week, we'll see a familiar face in the passenger seat of our time machine under a big cartwheel hat, as we travel back to 1908 Los Angeles. Our guest is Jennifer Kincheloe, here to chat about her second novel, The Woman in the Camphor Trunk -- An Anna Blanc Mystery. Since we last spoke, Jen has earned the Colorado Gold Award for Mystery, and spots as a finalist for the MacAvirty Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award, the Left Coast Crime "Lefty" Award for Best...

Duration:00:45:49

Margaret E. Wagner – America and the Great War: A Library of Congress Illustrated History

11/6/2017
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November 6, 2017 - This week, our time machine travels back to a time when the United States fought its first major overseas conflict, joining a fight idealized as making the world safe for democracy. Our guide on this journey is Margaret E. Wagner, a senior writer/editor in the Library of Congress Publishing Office. She brings us America and the Great War: A Library of Congress Illustrated History. This book is almost an art history museum sitting on your coffee table, offering up over...

Duration:01:17:58

Rich & Sandra Neil Wallace – Bound by Ice: A True North Pole Survival Story

10/29/2017
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October 30, 2017 - This week, our time machine bolts on its studded snow tires for a freezing journey to the North Pole -- a trip we'll make long before GPS, cell phones, or Gortex gloves -- with Gilded Age explorers aboard the schooner USS Jeannette. Returning to the show are husband-and-wife writing team Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace. They last joined us to discuss their book Blood Brother: Jonathan Daniels and His Sacrifice for Civil Rights. You can hear that chat in our archives...

Duration:00:58:31