Patricia Posner – The Pharmacist of Auschwitz: The Untold Story
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January 16, 2017 – This week, our time machine travels back to one of the past’s darkest corners, to meet Victor Capesius. Before the war, he was a friendly neighborhood druggist in Romania. But as World War Two progressed, this ethnic German rose from anonymity, to infamy, standing at the side of Dr. Josef Mengele, The Angel of Death. Patricia Posner brings us the true tale of this Nazi SS officer in, The Pharmacist of Auschwitz: The Untold Story. Together with her husband, Gerald Posner, our guest has authored 12 nonfiction books including Mengele: The Complete Story, Hitler’s Children, and most recently, God’s Bankers: A History of Money and Power. (Enjoy our interview on that title here.) We also make reference to our chat with Andrew Nagorski about his book, The Nazi Hunters. You can find our guest online at TrishaPosner.com. Her personal Twitter account is @TrishaPosner, and the one for the book is @AuschwitzPharm1.             Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:01:57 — 59.1MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS | More

Margaret Creighton – The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 World’s Fair

January 9, 2017 – This week, our time machine whisks us back the Pan-American Exposition, a Gilded Age world’s fair powered by the newly harnessed power of electricity. “The Pan” covered 350 acres near Niagara Falls, and heralded the wonders of the 20th Century. But it also featured lingering stereotypes of a pre-flight world, and the tragic assassination of President William McKinley — America’s most beloved chief executive since Abraham Lincoln. Our guide to Buffalo in 1901, is Margaret Creighton, professor of history at Maine’s Bates College and author of The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 World’s Fair. You may have enjoyed her previous book, The Colors of Courage: Gettysburg’s Forgotten History — Immigrants, Women, and African Americans in the Civil War’s Defining Battle, which was up for the Lincoln Prize. You can find her online at MargaretCreighton.com or on Twitter at MCreight88. And to explore the exposition from here in the 21st Century, visit PanAm1901.org.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 57:33 — 59.6MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS | More

Hugh Howard – Architecture’s Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson

January 2, 2017 – Hello, Happy New Year! This week, our time machine turns tower crane, as best-selling author and historian Hugh Howard introduces us to two men whose vision for building shaped the 20th Century. His book is, Architecture’s Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson. Conducting the interview is Thriller author and practicing architect Tom Grace, who previously interviewed Gerald Posner, author of God’s Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican. Mr. Howard’s numerous books include Mr. and Mrs. Madison’s War: America’s First Couple and the War of 1812; The Painter’s Chair: George Washington and the Making of American Art;  Thomas Jefferson: Architect; and the classic Houses of the Founding Fathers. You can find him online at HughHoward.com, and follow him on Twitter @HowardHistorian.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 55:33 — 56.6MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS | More