November 28, 2016 – This week, our time machine touches down during Adolf Hitler’s reign in Germany, to answer a big question: How? How did this failed Austrian painter — a little-noticed corporal in the Great War — persuade the German people in droves to follow him into the abyss of total war? The usual answers are charisma and a ruthless stamping out of domestic dissent. But here on the History author show, we always ...

November 21, 2016 – The Flushing Remonstrance of 1657, a precursor to our own First Amendment protections of religious liberty. The Spaldeen we discussed in Geoff Griffin’s Brooklyn Bat Boy: A Story of the 1947 Season that Changed Baseball Forever. This week, New York Times Urban Affairs Correspondent Sam Roberts puts some serious miles on our Time Machine, and fills its trunk with the everyday objects that defined Gotham since it&...

November 14, 2016 – This week, our time machine may sound like it’s taking a sideways journey into the fictional world of Harper Lee’s iconic book, To Kill a Mockingbird. We touch down in 1930’s Alabama, and find a small town rocked when a black man is charged with raping a white woman. Only one local lawyer dares to defend the accused. That man was Foster Beck, and his son, Joseph Madison Beck, joins us to tell this ee...

November 7, 2016 – This week, we bring you our first book in a graphic format, and our first guest time-traveling with us from France. Marcelino Truong is author and illustrator of Such a Lovely Little War: Saigon 1961-63. This graphic memoir shows us America’s early involvement in the Vietnam War, through the eyes of young Marcelino, the son of a Vietnamese diplomat and his French-born wife — whose bipolar disorder adds anot...

October 31, 2016 – This week, is Halloween, so we’re piling into the Munsters Car, cranking up the Dark Shadows music, and talking about two books that would fit neatly Morticia Addams’ nightstand. Our guest is genealogist and author Kathleen Shanahan Maca, who brings us Galveston’s Broadway Cemeteries, and Ghosts of Galveston. One of the oldest cities in Texas, Galveston has suffered many tragedies — hurricanes, ...

October 24, 2016 – This week, with an eye on the upcoming U.S. presidential election, our time machine visits the childhood of the 43 bouncing baby boys who’ve served in the Oval Office — which, yes, means changing Grover Cleveland’s diaper on two, non-consecutive occasions. Dr. Harold I. Gullan brings us, Cradles of Power: The Mothers and Fathers of the American Presidents. There have been so many great authors writing...

October 17, 2016 – This week, our time machine travels back to 1965, where we’ll meet Jonathan Daniels — a white seminary student who answered Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s call to help with voter registration in Loundes County, Alabama. After the voting rights marches, Daniels remained to assist civil rights workers — and gave his life saving black teenager Ruby Sales from a shotgun blast. Today, you can find Dr. Sales ...

October 10, 2016 – This week, our time machine returns to the days of the Revolutionary War, and views it through the eyes of Isabel and Curzon, two of the African-American children held in slavery. Laurie Halse Anderson’s trilogy, The Seeds of America, includes the books Chains, Forge, and the just-released blistering conclusion, Ashes. Laura Halse Anderson is a New York Times-bestselling author who has earned numerous American Li...

October 3, 2016 – This week, our time machine has a familiar face in the passenger seat. It’s Paul Kahan, who joined us previously to discuss The Bank War: Andrew Jackson, Nicholas Biddle, and the Fight for American Finance. You can catch that interview at History Author.com or wherever you’re listening now, and you enjoy the video we produced illustrating the political and journalistic changes occurring at the time of the Ba...

September 26, 2016 – This week, our time machine spins us back to Boer War in the twilight of the 19th Century, when the republics that preceded today’s South Africa fought the British Empire over gold and diamonds. While there, we’ll see a familiar face from World War Two forty years later. The name Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill invokes the balding, cigar-chomping, British bulldog who stared down Hitler across the En...

EPISODES

Nathan Stoltzfus – Hitler’s Compromises: Coercion and Consensus in Nazi Germany

November 28, 2016 – This week, our time machine touches down during Adolf Hitler’s reign in Germany, to answer a big question: How? How did this failed Austrian painter — a little-noticed corporal in the Great War — persuade the German people in droves to follow him into the abyss of total war? The usual answers are charisma and a ruthless stamping out of domestic dissent. But here on the History author show, ...

Sam Roberts – A History of New York in 101 Objects

November 21, 2016 – The Flushing Remonstrance of 1657, a precursor to our own First Amendment protections of religious liberty. The Spaldeen we discussed in Geoff Griffin’s Brooklyn Bat Boy: A Story of the 1947 Season that Changed Baseball Forever. This week, New York Times Urban Affairs Correspondent Sam Roberts puts some serious miles on our Time Machine, and fills its trunk with the everyday objects that defined Gotham...

Joseph Madison Beck – My Father and Atticus Finch: A Lawyer’s Fight for Justice in 1930s Alabama

November 14, 2016 – This week, our time machine may sound like it’s taking a sideways journey into the fictional world of Harper Lee’s iconic book, To Kill a Mockingbird. We touch down in 1930’s Alabama, and find a small town rocked when a black man is charged with raping a white woman. Only one local lawyer dares to defend the accused. That man was Foster Beck, and his son, Joseph Madison Beck, joins us to te...

Marcelino Truong – A Lovely Little War

November 7, 2016 – This week, we bring you our first book in a graphic format, and our first guest time-traveling with us from France. Marcelino Truong is author and illustrator of Such a Lovely Little War: Saigon 1961-63. This graphic memoir shows us America’s early involvement in the Vietnam War, through the eyes of young Marcelino, the son of a Vietnamese diplomat and his French-born wife — whose bipolar disorder...

Kathleen Shanahan Maca – Galveston’s Broadway Cemeteries / Ghosts of Galveston

October 31, 2016 – This week, is Halloween, so we’re piling into the Munsters Car, cranking up the Dark Shadows music, and talking about two books that would fit neatly Morticia Addams’ nightstand. Our guest is genealogist and author Kathleen Shanahan Maca, who brings us Galveston’s Broadway Cemeteries, and Ghosts of Galveston. One of the oldest cities in Texas, Galveston has suffered many tragedies — hu...

Harold I. Gullan – Cradles of Power: The Mothers and Fathers of the American Presidents

October 24, 2016 – This week, with an eye on the upcoming U.S. presidential election, our time machine visits the childhood of the 43 bouncing baby boys who’ve served in the Oval Office — which, yes, means changing Grover Cleveland’s diaper on two, non-consecutive occasions. Dr. Harold I. Gullan brings us, Cradles of Power: The Mothers and Fathers of the American Presidents. There have been so many great autho...

Rich & Sandra Neil Wallace – Blood Brother, Jonathan Daniels and His Sacrifice for Civil Rights

October 17, 2016 – This week, our time machine travels back to 1965, where we’ll meet Jonathan Daniels — a white seminary student who answered Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s call to help with voter registration in Loundes County, Alabama. After the voting rights marches, Daniels remained to assist civil rights workers — and gave his life saving black teenager Ruby Sales from a shotgun blast. Today, you can find ...

Laurie Halse Anderson – The Seeds of America Trilogy

October 10, 2016 – This week, our time machine returns to the days of the Revolutionary War, and views it through the eyes of Isabel and Curzon, two of the African-American children held in slavery. Laurie Halse Anderson’s trilogy, The Seeds of America, includes the books Chains, Forge, and the just-released blistering conclusion, Ashes. Laura Halse Anderson is a New York Times-bestselling author who has earned numerous A...

Paul Kahan – Amiable Scoundrel: Simon Cameron, Lincoln’s Scandalous Secretary of War

October 3, 2016 – This week, our time machine has a familiar face in the passenger seat. It’s Paul Kahan, who joined us previously to discuss The Bank War: Andrew Jackson, Nicholas Biddle, and the Fight for American Finance. You can catch that interview at History Author.com or wherever you’re listening now, and you enjoy the video we produced illustrating the political and journalistic changes occurring at the time...

Candice Millard – Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill

September 26, 2016 – This week, our time machine spins us back to Boer War in the twilight of the 19th Century, when the republics that preceded today’s South Africa fought the British Empire over gold and diamonds. While there, we’ll see a familiar face from World War Two forty years later. The name Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill invokes the balding, cigar-chomping, British bulldog who stared down Hitler acr...