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 across the English Channel. So it’s easy to forget that he was a soldier once, and young. Distinguished author Candice Millard introduces us to this Churchill as he puts his foot on the first rung of the ladder to greatness in Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill. Her previous books are best-sellers The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey, and Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President, covering the man the President James A. Garfield National Historic Site described in our very first episode as, “The greatest president we never had.” Visit CandiceMillard.com and follow this week’s guest @Candice_Millard on Twitter. If you’re fascinated by Churchill, catch our interview with Jonathan Sandys,…

Sheila Myers – Castles in the Air: Book 2 of the Durant Family Trilogy

September 19, 2016 – This week, our time machine makes a return visit to 1870s, to check back in on Union Pacific Railroad tycoon Dr. Thomas C. Durant, and his children, William and Ella. We first met the Durants when we chatted about Sheila Myers’ novel, Imaginary Brightness, as they had their comfortable lives in London shattered by a Gilded Age economic panic. Book 2, Castles in the Air, finds William Durant as the uneasy head of the diminished family fortune. As he struggles to restore it in New York’s Adirondack Mountains, Ella flees to London to pursue her life as a writer — and to be pursued by a mysterious French count (or at least he says he’s a count). If you’d like to meet the Durants, you can pick up Castles in the Air for 99¢ on Kindle. You can follow Sheila Myers on Twitter @SheilaMMyers, or visit her at WWDurantStory.com.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 47:55 — 43.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

Jim Christ – Paoli Battlefield, Site of the 1777 Paoli Massacre

September 12, 2016 – It’s important to actually walk the earth where a given historical event occurred. This week, we’ll do just that at the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park & Paoli Memorial Grounds, just under an hour west of Philadelphia. Our guide is Jim Christ, vice president of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund. The Battle of Paoli, also called “The Paoli Massacre,” unfolded at midnight on September 20 to 21, 1777. After General George Washington’s defeat at Brandywine on September 11th, his forces retreated toward Philadelphia to regroup, and he ordered General Anthony Wayne to harass the British. But the attempt failed, and the result was the 9th deadliest battle in the American Revolutionary War. You can surf this unique historic destination on the web at PBPFinc.org, or by following @PaoliBattle on Twitter. You can also like the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park’s page on Facebook.         Podcast: Download (Duration: 48:10 — 44.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

S.C. Gwynne – The Perfect Pass: American Genius and the Reinvention of Football
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September 5, 2016 – This week, our time machine turns team bus, as we head back not so far into history, to the late ’80s and early ’90s, when your humble host was on the football field — at least at pregame and halftime — for the Cresskill High School marching band, and as a member of Rutgers University’s Marching Scarlet Knights: The Pride of New Jersey. Rutgers won the very first football game in 1869, but as you know from my chat with John J. Miller, author of The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football — that game much more closely resembled rugby, with no quarterback or receivers, so therefore no passing. How did we get from that first game to the kickoff of the 2016 regular season, the Sunday after we’re uploading this episode? Well, meet Coaches Hal Mumme and Mike Leach, whose innovations transformed the aerial attack from an intermittent feature of football games, to its primary focus. Our guest is New York Times best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist S.C. Gwynne, author of, The Perfect Pass: American Genius and the Reinvention of Football. You may have caught his previous book, Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion,…