Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz – Dr. Mütter’s Marvels

October 29, 2015 – In this special, Halloween episode, we’re traveling back to the days before the American Civil War, when doctors would take their scalpels to fully awake patients — the pre-microbial era when the causes of common diseases remained a mystery, and when oil lamps and flammable clothing combined to engulf a staggering number of people in flames. This, was the age of monsters. Yes, monsters. Not costumed Groovie Goolies, but human beings so scarred and broken, that they often longed for death. And so they were called… monsters. Enter the brilliant surgeon who gave these monsters hope, and made it his life’s work to piece their lives back together. His name, was Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter. Poet and author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowitcz tells the story of his amazing medical breakthroughs in Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine. Cristin is an award-winning writer and the author of seven books. You can visit her website, Aptowicz.com and follow her on Twitter @COAptowicz. We’re also giving away two tickets to the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia on our Facebook page, courtesy of the author. To enter, just listen to the show, visit…

CWW: Thermopylae – Battle in the Shade

October 28, 2015 – It’s Classical Wisdom Wednesday, presented by Classical Wisdom Weekly — bringing ancient wisdom to modern minds, every Wednesday morning before your first cup of coffee. Today we are looking at the Battle of Thermopylae, an ancient military engagement that has been immortalized in popular, modern media like the film “300”. The battle took place in 480 BC. The Greeks, lead by King Leonidas and his 300 Spartan royal guard, stand fast at the pass of Thermopylae. They prepare to defend the pass from the oncoming Persian invading army, lead by King Xerxes I.  It is this battle that would cement the Spartan reputation for valor and ferocity through all of time. Your guide through the classical landscape is Van Bryan, Associate Editor of Classical Wisdom Weekly. You can catch Classical Wisdom Wednesday every week before your first cup of coffee, right here on the History Author Show. Podcast: Download (Duration: 11:42 — 10.7MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

Jordan Harbour’s Twilight Histories

October 26, 2015 – What if John Wilkes Booth’s gun had misfired? And what if we could blast off to a Mars colony founded by the Carthaginians, or head 250,000 years into the past when a race of giants dominate Africa? Writer and archaeologist Jordan Harbour, explores stories like these at the Twilight Histories podcast. And like a David Lynch film, things keep getting weirder. The Twilight Histories is a podcast, Jordan says, that should be listened to in the dark. So turn out the lights, lower the brightness on your smart phone, and enjoy our upcoming interview with Jordan Harbor… if you dare. Podcast: Download (Duration: 40:31 — 37.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

H5F: Harold Holzer – Lincoln and the Press

October 23, 2015 – Today we’re going to hear from Harold Holzer, one of America’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln’s life and the politics of the Civil War era. His book is, Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion. Mr. Holzer shows us an activist Lincoln through journalists who covered him from his start through to the night of his assassination — when one reporter ran to the box where Lincoln was shot and emerged to write the story covered with blood. Remember to subscribe to the History Author Show on iTunes, like our iHeartRadio page, or make us appointment listening on your Android device, so you don’t miss an installment of History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past.         Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:41 — 6.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

CWW: Prometheus

October 21, 2015 – It’s Classical Wisdom Wednesday, presented by Classical Wisdom Weekly — bringing ancient wisdom to modern minds, every Wednesday morning before your first cup of coffee. Today we are looking at ancient mythology and the story of Prometheus, the creator of man and the original benefactor of mankind. Originally penned by the ancient poet, Hesiod, in about 700 BC, Prometheus is more than just a popular legend. He has become a symbol of human advancement and the sacrifices that are often made in the name of progress. You might just be surprised at some of the authors who borrow from the legend of Prometheus to make such a point! Your guide through the classical landscape is Van Bryan, Associate Editor of Classical Wisdom Weekly. You can catch Classical Wisdom Wednesday every week before your first cup of coffee, right here on the History Author Show. Podcast: Download (Duration: 9:45 — 8.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

David O. Stewart – Madison’s Gift

October 19, 2015 – On this episode, you’ll meet five legends — George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Monroe, and Dolley Madison — as viewed through their relationships with James Madison. Often overlooked in death as he was in life (and having the White House burned out from under him in the War of 1812 didn’t help), David O. Stewart reveals a founding father and president uniquely adept at what we today call “networking.” The book is Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships that Built America. Just as Gen. Washington was indispensable in winning the war, so was Madison indispensable in winning the peace and setting up the first self-governing republic since Rome. David O. Stewart is also president of the Washington Independent Review of Books. His other books include: The Wilson Deception (A New Fraser and Cook Mystery). The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution. American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America.   Additional books discussed on this episode:           Podcast: Download (Duration: 49:26 — 45.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

H5F: The Political Genius of James Madison, David O. Stewart

October 16, 2015 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster — kicking off your modern weekend, with people from the past. Today, historian David O. Stewart focuses on James Madison, Father of the Constitution and fourth president of the United States. Overlooked in death as he was in life, Madison was the indispensable man in peace as General George Washington was in the Revolutionary War. On Monday, October 19, 2015, we’ll share an all-new interview with David O. Stewart on his new book, Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America. Don’t miss it! Additional books discussed on this episode:           Podcast: Download (Duration: 5:35 — 5.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

CWW: Plato’s Symposium – Always Change for Love

October 14, 2015 – It’s Classical Wisdom Wednesday, presented by Classical Wisdom Weekly — bringing ancient wisdom to modern minds, every Wednesday morning before your first cup of coffee. Today we visit with one of the greatest minds to ever be produced by the classical world-Plato. It’s “Plato’s Symposium: Always Change for Love.” We will examine one of his more popular pieces of philosophy, The Symposium. Specifically, we are going to consider Plato’s assertion that we should, in fact, always change for love! Your guide to through the classical landscape is Van Bryan, Associate Editor of Classical Wisdom Weekly. You can catch Classical Wisdom Wednesday every week before your first cup of coffee, right here on the History Author Show. Classical Wisdom Wednesday. It’s ancient wisdom for modern (midweek morning) minds. Podcast: Download (Duration: 7:33 — 6.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

Simon Read – Winston Churchill Reporting

October 12, 2015 – On this episode, we’ll visit a key period in Winston Churchill’s life, half a century before World War Two. In the late 1800s, Churchill chased adventure in the Sudan, South Africa, India and Cuba, filing dispatches that helped build his resume, and fill his empty wallet. Simon Read describes a Winston Churchill who’s part Indiana Jones, part Ernie Pyle, and part Audie Murphy. It’s hard to overstate just how important these years were to creating the Churchill who grew into the Greatest Briton. His command of the English language, his views of war, his respect for enemies and ideas about creating a lasting peace through victory, all started here. You can follow Simon @SimonReadBooks on Twitter, or visit WinstonChurchillReporting.com for more on this exciting adventure.   Additional books discussed in this episode:           Podcast: Download (Duration: 55:07 — 50.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

H5F: David McCullough – The Wright Brothers

October 9, 2015 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster — kicking off your modern weekend, with people from the past.  Today, we offer up legendary history author David McCullough on his latest #1 New York Times best-seller: The Wright Brothers. It’s a tale that Mr. McCullough calls quintessentially American in its power to inspire, and to set an example for us in 2015. Orville and Wilbur Wright — along with their impressive sister Katharine — showed the world that man could fly, changing that world forever. And they did it all for just a thousand bucks.   Additional books discussed in this episode:           Podcast: Download (Duration: 8:01 — 7.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More