Tom Clavin – Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier’s First Gunfighter
Biography / February 25, 2019

February 25, 2019 – We welcome a familiar face back into the passenger seat of our time machine. It’s Tom Clavin, who we last chatted with about the book, Valley Forge, he co-authored with Bob Drury. Tom returns solo with the definitive true story of James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok. A soldier in the Civil War, spy for the Union, scout, lawman, gunfighter, gambler, showman, actor, and romantic, he crossed paths with General Custer, befriended the boy who grew up into Buffalo Bill Cody, and locked horns with Calamity Jane — which may surprise those who’ve grown up with Hollywood portrayals of the pair as lovers. Wild Bill’s life story is also peppered with Ben Thompson, Kit Carson, and a slew of too-slow gamblers and gunmen looking to beat the fastest gun in the West and steal the title themselves. We can enjoy all these stories in Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier’s First Gunfighter. Tom Clavin is the author or coauthor of sixteen books, including the #1 best-seller Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West. You can visit our guest at TomClavin.com.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 54:24 —…

Gregory Crouch – The Bonanza King: John Mackay and the Battle over the Greatest Riches in the American West
Biography / July 2, 2018

July 2, 2018 – Our time machine strikes gold in Nevada’s Comstock Lode — a world-record vein so immensely valuable that it changed the destiny of the United States as the Civil War loomed. Our guide on this journey is Gregory Crouch who brings us: The Bonanza King: John Mackay and the Battle over the Greatest Riches in the American West. It’s the history-making, rags-to-riches story of an Irish immigrant who made his fortune, won the love of his adopted country — and then fell from the national memory in part because nobody had a bad word to say about him. Gregory Crouch’s previous books include the World War II flying adventure China’s Wings and the alpine memoir Enduring Patagonia. He studied history at the United States Military Academy at West Point, completed U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger schools, and led two infantry platoons. Visit him at GregCrouch.com, Facebook.com/GregoryCrouchAuthor, @GregoryCrouch on Twitter, or Gregory.Crouch on Instagram.             Podcast: Download (Duration: 56:23 — 129.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Anne Serling – As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling
Biography / May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018 – In this episode, our time machine welcomes aboard the daughter of an American national treasure: Rod Serling. Best known for his ominous exposition in TV’s groundbreaking anthology, The Twilight Zone, Serling also produced landmark screenplays such as Planet of the Apes, Seven Days in May, Playhouse 90’s The Velvet Alley, and Requiem for a Heavyweight. He was a World War Two veteran, jokester, animal-lover, social commentator, prolific writer and — unfortunately — a heavy smoker, which contributed to his early death at only fifty years old in 1975. But perhaps the credit Rodman Edward “Rod” Serling could boast with the greatest pride, is that of loving father. This is the man we’ll meet thanks to his younger daughter, Anne Serling, in As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling. Far from the dark, brooding, tortured character many have portrayed, this intimate portrait introduces us to a writer, thinker and teacher we would all be proud to know. Visit our guest online at AnneSerling.Com, @AnneSerling on Twitter, or Facebook.com/AnneSerlingBooks.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 46:25 — 106.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More