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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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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.






Benjamin R. Justesen – Forgotten Legacy: William McKinley, George Henry White, and the Struggle for Black Equality

February 15, 2021 - There has been no more noble fight in all of history than the one guaranteeing equal rights for formerly enslaved people. So how did America forget the Black congressman and a Civil War veteran president to ensure that all those Union soldiers hadn't died in vain -- and more importantly, that the words on those Reconstruction Era amendments to the Constitution guaranteeing rights to the freedmen, weren't just ink on the page, laughed at by marauding lynch mobs? In this...


Paige Bowers & David Montague: Overnight Code — The Life of Raye Montague

February 8, 2012 - The U.S. Navy builds modern marvels: 100,000-ton hunks of metal that glide across the ocean rather than sinking like rocks. But how do they do it? The short answer is "computers." But it was Raye Montague who first designed a ship with that technology, doing so as a single mother during the height of the Cold War, and as a Black woman born into the segregated Little Rock of 1935. She literally let nothing stand in her way. We meet this inspirational trailblazer in...


Lindsay M. Chervinsky – The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution

January 25, 2021 - When George Washington accepted the responsibility of being the first president of a new nation, he felt the weight of history on his broad shoulders, knowing that every step he took, would set precedents for generations. So, how did he pick a team of advisers to keep his path straight on the long march to nationhood? We explore how he pioneered the presidential cabinet with Dr. Lindsay M. Chervinsky. She's a historian of Early America, the presidency, and government who...


Mike “Doc” Emrick – Off Mike: How a Kid from Basketball-Crazy Indiana Became America’s NHL Voice

January 11, 2021 - In 2017, Sports Illustrated named Mike "Doc" Emrick the greatest sportscaster of all time. But how did a kid from a tiny town in the American Midwest, grow up to be a voice synonymous with Canada's game, the first media member inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, a TV heavyweight, and the winner of eight Sports Emmys? How did Doc sound just as excited about the 10,000th goal he saw, as he did when he was a boy in the 1950s, watching the Fort Wayne Komets put the...


Jonathan Sandys – God & Churchill (A Tribute)

 December 28, 2020 - What's it like being the great-grandson of one of the greatest leaders of the 20th Century, the man called "the Greatest Briton"? In this episode, we pay tribute to Jonathan Sandys, Winston Churchill's great-grandson, who passed away at just 43 years old on December 29, 2018. With the two-year remembrance upon us, we reached back into the archives to share a speech he delivered to the English-Speaking Union at the Fort Orange Club in Albany, NY, about his book, God and...


Bob Batchelor – Rookwood: The Rediscovery and Revival of an American Icon

December 14, 2020 - In 1880, Maria Longworth Nichols Storer founded Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati, aiming to give American artists a place to produce quality pieces to beautify the home, but also practical ceramics and tile. It grew into a world-renowned success, one that endures to this day. Spinning the pottery wheel for us is Bob Batchelor who brings us the illustrated history Rookwood: The Rediscovery and Revival of an American Icon -- a Publishers Weekly Holiday Gift Guide 2020...


Miriam Udel – Honey on the Page: A Treasury of Yiddish Children’s Literature

November 30, 2020 -What are your favorite stories from growing up? Well, make room on your bookshelf for the chickens who dreamed of speaking Yiddish. We dive into a treasure trove of children's literature, brought together here for the first time by Miriam Udel. Her book is Honey on the Page: A Treasury of Yiddish Children's Literature. Perfect for anyone on your Hanukah or Christmas list. That's right. Santa can clean out the bookshelves on this one -- a great gift for any young person...


Todd D. Snyder – Bundini: Don’t Believe the Hype

November 16, 2020 - "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." The phrase is the stuff of legend, but who wrote that memorable lyric? In this episode, we meet the street poet with a heart of gold, Drew "Bundini" Brown, Jr., one of boxing’s most mysterious and misunderstood figures -- and the one who motivated Muhammad Ali to be the greatest. Join us in the corner of Sugar Ray Robinson and the young Cassius Clay as he transforms into a transcendent sports icon. Bundini kept the boxer...


David Pietrusza – 1932: The Rise of Hitler and FDR

November 2, 2020 - One of Europe's greatest monsters. One of America's greatest presidents. We'll dig into the parallel paths that led these men and their nations to very different final destinations with renowned historian David Pietrusza. We sat down at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, N.Y., to discuss his book 1932: The Rise of Hitler and FDR ―Two Tales of Politics, Betrayal, and Unlikely Destiny. We last chatted with the award-winning historian about his books......


Tonya Mitchell – A Feigned Madness: A Novel

October 19, 2020 - In 1887, the New York World newspaper laughed off 23-year-old Elizabeth Cochrane's dreams of being a reporter. Today, she's a New York City legend, known to history by the pen name Nellie Bly. But to sew up that dream job, Nellie had to go undercover in the closest thing Gilded Age Gotham had to hell: The asylums of Blackwell's Island on the East River. Tonya Mitchell brings us a meticulously researched, fictionalized account of Nellie's mission in her debut novel, A...


Todd Arrington – The Last Lincoln Republican: The Presidential Election of 1880

October 5, 2020 - In 1881, an assassin shot President James A. Garfield just four months into his term, ending this noble leader's plans for carrying out Abraham Lincoln's legacy of equality for formerly enslaved Americans. But how did he get into the big chair? Our time machine heads into the hurly burley of the 1880 election, the only time two Civil War veterans faced off across the Mason-Dixon line of politics. It's the ultimate winner, James A. Garfield of Ohio, who we meet in the book...


Ellen Marie Wiseman – The Orphan Collector: A Novel

September 21, 2020 - The Great War is over, but the Spanish Influenza continues to deliver the butcher's bill. Everywhere, children are dying. But in Philadelphia, they're also disappearing -- and they all have one thing in common: They're immigrants. We dive into a riveting novel set 100 years ago that's eerily familiar today with acclaimed novelist Ellen Marie Wiseman. She brings us The Orphan Collector, a Target Book Club Pick and an Editor’s Choice in Historical Novel Society magazine....


Gov. George Pataki – Beyond the Great Divide: How a Nation Became a Neighborhood

Sep 7, 2020 - On September 11, 2001, Al-Qaeda sought to break the American union, aiming at what they saw as fatal flaws in our democratic system. Two decades later, the man who was governor of the Empire State on that day of infamy dares to ask, "Did the terrorists win?" In this episode, the 53rd governor of New York, George E. Pataki, joins us to discuss Beyond the Great Divide: How a Nation Became a Neighborhood, co-authored with former congressman Trey Radel of Florida. Governor Pataki...


Aris Tsilfides – The Genocide of the Greeks in Turkey

Aug 24, 2020 - What if your grandparents had narrowly escaped a genocide that left one million people dead, just because they shared your faith and ethnic background? That's part of the Karayanis family story, in the mass murder of Greeks by Ottoman Turkey that followed the Great War. Our guide back to the 20th Century's first genocide, is Greek-Australian Aris Tsifidis, who brings us The Genocide of the Greeks in Turkey: Survivor Testimonies from The Nicomedia (Massacres of 1920-1921). It's...


Cara Robertson – The Trial of Lizzie Borden

August 10, 2020 - Lizzie Borden has been testified against by generations of children in a nursery rhyme, and continually convicted in the court of public opinion. But did she swing the axe that whacked her parents, or didn't she? We dig into the 1893 murder trial with first-time author Cara Robertson. She brings us The Trial of Lizzie Borden: A True Story. Based on transcripts of the proceedings, newspaper accounts, unpublished recollections of citizens in Fall River, Massachusetts -- and...


Sunny Stalter-Pace – Imitation Artist: Gertrude Hoffmann’s Life in Vaudeville and Dance

July 27, 2020 - Video killed the radio star, and the talkies killed Vaudeville, but some legends adapt to changing times. In this episode, we meet one such innovator, who made a series of leaps from New York City's Hippodrome to Hollywood, with many entertaining stops and in between. Born in the San Francisco of 1883 as Katherine Gertrude Hay, Gertrude Hoffman broke into show business as a mimic, copying highbrow performances from Europe and popularizing them for a broader American audience....


Charles Leerhsen – Butch Cassidy: The True Story of an American Outlaw

July 13, 2020 - He's the ultimate Civil War baby gone bad, born in 1866 with the modest handle of Robert Leroy Parker. So how did that dirt-poor son of a Mormon farmer grow up into a horse thief, rustler, and bank robber who ran with the Wild Bunch? Charles Leerhsen explores the origin story of a famous outlaw who never killed a soul in Butch Cassidy: The True Story of an American Outlaw. If you're familiar with sensationalized, thinly researched Hollywood depictions of Butch, you'll find...


Christian Di Spigna – Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren

June 29, 2020 - Doctor. Major General. Hero of the American Revolution. Martyr who spilled his lifeblood fighting the British at Bunker Hill. And yet most of us have never heard of him. Our guide on this journey is Christian Di Spigna, who brings us Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution's Lost Hero. Christian Di Spigna is a regular speaker and volunteer at Colonial Williamsburg, and an expert on the history of the era with a real passion for...


Gerald Posner – Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America

June 15, 2020 - Investigative journalist and attorney Gerald Posner shares the highpoints of the pharmaceutical industry's transformational successes, as well the moments they'd prefer to keep buried. We go along for the ride in his latest book, Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America. It's a page-turning journey to meet the scientists whose successes have improved the lives of every human being on earth, and the marketers who gave us infamous scourges like Thalidomide and the...


Benjamin Runkle – Generals in the Making

June 1, 2020 - Meet the commanders who led America to Victory in mankind's most terrible conflict before they had stars on their shoulders. Our guide on this journey is 82nd Airborne veteran and paratrooper Benjamin Runkle. He brings us Generals in the Making: How Marshall, Eisenhower, Patton, and Their Peers Became the Commanders Who Won World War II. It's the first comprehensive history of these men during the interwar years, when the already lean U.S. Armed Forces found themselves...