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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

David Pietrusza – 1920: The Year of the Six Presidents

2/10/2020
February 10, 2020 - Recorded live at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York, our time machine travels back to the end of the Great War and the dawn of Prohibition. Jazz Age America picks a president, with flappers in all 48 states casting ballots for the first time as a half dozen once and future presidents compete for victory. They are: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Calvin Coolidge and the eventual winner, Ohio's Warren...

Duration:01:02:28

Fred Kaplan – The Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War

1/27/2020
January 27, 2020 - Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Fred Kaplan drops in on the key flashpoints of the Nuclear Age, from Harry S Truman first getting word that the Manhattan Project had birthed its radioactive fruit, to the Cuban Missile Crisis and Reagan's peace offerings to Gorbachev, to modern fears of rogue nations and terrorists gaining access to the ultimate firecrackers. Fred Kaplan is the national-security point man for Slate, where he writes the "War Stories" column, and is the...

Duration:01:16:02

Bijan Bayne – Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball

1/13/2020
January 13, 2020 - Our time machine travels back to the Civil Rights era, to meet a man who fought the racial discrimination of his day on the basketball court, while using his platform to support those battling in courts of law. In the process, he was the first man ever described as a "superstar." We enjoy this 6' 5"pioneer's story in Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball. Giving us play by play courtside for the man who invented hangtime is award-winning cultural critic and...

Duration:01:08:10

S.C. Gwynne – Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War

12/16/2019
December 16, 2019 - Our time machine travels back to the death throes of the Confederate States of America with New York Times best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist S.C. Gwynne who brings us Hymns of the Republic: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War. Click here for an excerpt -- "Chapter One: The End of Begins." You can also enjoy our History in Five Friday segment on our guest's previous book, Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall...

Duration:01:04:07

Cathryn J. Prince – Queen of the Mountaineers: The Trailblazing Life of Fanny Bullock Workman

12/2/2019
December 2, 2019 - Why would a Gilded Age woman climb the tallest mountains in the world? For the same reason a man would, of course: Because it's there. We meet the pioneer whose ambitions shattered glass ceilings on the very top of the world in Queen of the Mountaineers: The Trailblazing Life of Fanny Bullock Workman. Our sherpa as we climb through this compelling woman's life is Cathryn J. Prince whose previous books include American Daredevil, Death in the Baltic, and Shot from the...

Duration:00:51:59

Donald E. McInnis – She’s So Cold: Murder, Accusations and the System that Devastated a Family

11/18/2019
November 18, 2019 - What if you woke up to find your 12-year-old daughter dead, and the local police destroyed your house looking for evidence to pin the murder on your innocent son? Attorney Donald E. McInnis introduces us to the real-life family that endured this nightmare in She's So Cold: Murder, Accusations and the System that Devastated a Family. On a winter day in 1998, the town of Escondido, California, awoke to the terrible news that 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe had been brutally...

Duration:00:57:56

Clare Mulley – The Woman Who Saved the Children

11/4/2019
November 4, 2019 - How did a "spinster" who declared, "I don’t care for children," and called them "little wretches," launch an organization that not only saved millions of them, but changed the way the world treats young people to this day? Clare Mulley returns to introduce us into this enigmatic force for good in The Woman Who Saved the Children: A Biography of Eglantyne Jebb, Founder of Save the Children. Proceeds from sales goes to support Save the Children. Beginning in 1919, the...

Duration:00:46:42

David Pietrusza – Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series

10/21/2019
October 21, 2019 - Our time machine travels back to the Jazz Age, where we'll meet gambling mastermind Arnold Rothstein, whose lust for a sure thing inspired the most audacious and infamous scam in sports history: Fixing the World Series 100 seasons ago. The Chicago White Sox took a dive on baseball's biggest stage against the Cincinnati Reds in the infamous "Black Sox" Scandal, in a scheme manipulated by A.R. (known as "The Brain" and "The Big Bankroll"), who spread cash around to...

Duration:01:17:49

Mike Purdy – 101 Presidential Insults

10/7/2019
October 7, 2019 - What's a "honeyfuggle," and why did Theodore Roosevelt call William Howard Taft one? In this episode, presidential historian Mike Purdy checks in with the 44 men who've served as our presidents as they roast, criticize, and belittle fellow commanders-in-chief in a manner that would make Don Rickles smile. And who wouldn’t want to hear Benjamin Harrison mock Grover Cleveland on two, non-consecutive occasions? The book is 101 Presidential Insults: What They Really Thought...

Duration:01:02:28

Jane B. Singer – The War Criminal’s Son: The Civil War Saga of William A. Winder

9/23/2019
September 23, 2019 - What if your family name was infamous? What if you were the only loyal American in a clan where everyone -- even your little, old grandmother -- backed treason? Jane B. Singer introduces us to just such a man in The War Criminal's Son: The Civil War Saga of William A. Winder. It’s the true story of Confederate General John H. Winder and his son, Union Captain William Andrew Winder, who served as prison commandants on opposite sides of the Mason-Dixon line. Jane...

Duration:01:09:00

Bob Batchelor – The Bourbon King: The Life and Crimes of George Remus, Prohibition’s Evil Genius

9/9/2019
September 9, 2019 - Bob Batchelor introduces us to the boisterous, brass-knuckes bootlegger who quenched Dry America's thirst in the Roaring Twenties. His book is The Bourbon King: The Life and Crimes of George Remus, Prohibition’s Evil Genius. We last caught up with Bob to chat about his book Stan Lee: The Man behind Marvel. You can find that interview in our archives at iHeartRadio, iTunes or wherever you listen to on-demand audio. In an era that featured names like Capone, Rothstein,...

Duration:01:04:29

Jennifer Kincheloe – The Body in Griffith Park: An Anna Blanc Mystery

8/26/2019
August 26, 2019 - Women aren't allowed to be police officers in 1908 Los Angeles, but that's never stopped Anna Blanc from catching killers. Besides, it's not her fault she keeps stumbling across corpses, or that she's the keenest legal mind this side of Sherlock Holmes. Jennifer Kincheloe joins us to chat about her latest mystery staring her whiskey-sipping fallen socialite with her third novel: The Body in Griffith Park. You can catch our chat about her debut, The Secret Life of Anna...

Duration:00:43:16

Charles Fishman – One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon

8/12/2019
August 12, 2019 - Our time machine boldly goes where no man has gone before, fulfilling President John F. Kennedy's 1961 challenge to put an American on the moon and return him safely to earth by the end of that decade. Half a century after NASA fulfilled JFK's vision in the summer of 1969, we look back at the long road of 10,000 small human steps and giant technological leaps, that led to Neil Armstrong stamping his footprint in the lunar dust. Guiding our voyage from Mission Control is...

Duration:01:07:29

Jeff Guinn – The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s Ten-Year Road Trip

7/29/2019
July 29, 2019 - What do you get when two icons of the Industrial Revolution pile into a Model T and speed off to look for America? A one-of-a kind road-trip, peppered with Jazz Age characters like Harvey Firestone, John Burroughs, President Calvin Coolidge, and hardscrabble fiddler Jep Bisbee. Gassing us up for this journey is Jeff Guinn who brings us The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison's Ten-Year Road Trip. Then as now, time spent stuck in a car brought frayed nerves...

Duration:01:02:45

Peter Stark – Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America’s Founding Father

7/15/2019
July 15, 2019 - Meet the "indispensable man" of the American Revolution, when he was just a hot-headed 22-year-old, growing into the shoes that laid down the footsteps for all future presidents to follow. Peter Stark brings the first face on Mount Rushmore to live in Young Washington: How Wilderness and War Forged America's Founding Father. Peter Stark is an adventure writer and historian. He's a correspondent for Outside magazine, and you've seen his work in places like Smithsonian, The...

Duration:00:56:54

Karen A. Chase – Carrying Independence: A Founding Documents Novel

7/1/2019
July 1, 2019 - Our time machine travels back to the American Revolution, where we'll meet Nathaniel Marten, a young Post Rider tasked with the solemn duty of gathering signatures for the Declaration of Independence. Our guide on this journey is Karen A. Chase, who brings us Carrying Independence: A Founding Documents Novel. Carrying Independence has already garnered accolades, securing second place in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Unpublished Novel Competition, and rolled its way into...

Duration:00:52:26

Paul Kahan – The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant

6/17/2019
Jun 17, 2019 - We welcome a familiar passenger back our time machine. It's Dr. Paul Kahan, who we last chatted with about his book Amiable Scoundrel: Simon Cameron, Lincoln's Scandalous Secretary of War. Prior to that, he entertained and enlightened us with The Bank War: Andrew Jackson, Nicholas Biddle, and the Fight for American Finance. We put together a video trailer for that book, to share some of the illustrations and political cartoons of the time. Dr. Kahan holds a Ph.D. in U.S....

Duration:01:06:03

Andrew Nagorski – 1941: The Year Germany Lost the War

6/3/2019
June 3, 2019 - We find ourselves at the bleeding borders of Hitler's Third Reich, nearing the peak of its power in Europe, with Andrew Nagorski, author of 1941: The Year Germany Lost the War. We watch as Hitler's miscalculations, deteriorating mental state, and policy of terror, give the United Kingdom powerful new allies in the U.S. and U.S.S.R. But these moves didn't just sealed National Socialism's fate. They sowed the seeds of the postwar shattering of the Big Three's alliance that led...

Duration:01:05:28

Shelley Wood – The Quintland Sisters: A Novel

5/20/2019
May 20, 2019 - Our time machine travels back to the Northern Ontario, Canada of 1934, to witness a unique and risky series of births. Through the eyes of fictional midwife Emma Trimpany, we'll meet the Dionne family. They're humble farmers eking a living out of the land, when they're blessed with not one but five bundles of joy -- the first identical quintuplets to survive birth. But the story turned dark when the Canadian government separated the infants from their parents and put them on...

Duration:00:57:17

Adam Higginbotham – Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster

5/6/2019
May 6, 12019 - Our time machine travels back to the nuclear nightmare at the Soviet Union's V.I. Lenin Nuclear Power Station -- as destined to fail, as the political system of its namesake. On April 26, 1986, Reactor No. 4 exploded, and in the 30 years since, a name that few in the world could have placed, has become synonymous with radioactive Armageddon. What really happened? Communist propaganda long obscured the story of the accident behind the Iron Curtain. Here with his Geiger counter...

Duration:00:55:18