H5F: James Shapiro – 5 Things About Shakespeare

March 25, 2016 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster — kicking off your modern weekend, with people from the past.  Today, we offer bring you some new discoveries on one of history’s greatest authors: William Shakespeare. Yes, that Shakespeare. As incredible as it may seem, we’re still learning about the man who brought us Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest and so many other immortal plays. The man in the driver’s seat of our time machine is James Shapiro, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He’s the author of Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare, and the topic of our next episode: The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606. You can hear that interview recorded in the shadow of Shakespeare’s Central Park statue . History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 5:20 — 4.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

James Shapiro – The Year of Lear

October 5, 2015 – On this episode, we visit the theaters, throne rooms and taverns of London 400 years ago, as seen through the eyes of William Shakespeare. History Author Show correspondent Stephen Bedford met our guide to Jacobian London in the shadow of the immortal bard’s statue in Central Park. He is renowned Shakespeare scholar James Shapiro, professor of English of Columbia University. His book is The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606. That was a particularly chaotic year in England with King James’ ascension and the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot. But this atmosphere of crisis inspired Shakespeare, and he went on to produce three of his greatest tragedies that year: King Lear, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra. Professor Shapiro is historical adviser at New York City’s Public Theater, Governor of the Folger Shakespeare Library, and frequent BBC commentator. He is also the author of Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? You can find him at JamesShapiro.net. Podcast: Download (Duration: 43:10 — 39.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

Van Bryan – Classical Wisdom Weekly

September 21, 2015 – Join us in Manhattan’s Madison Square Park — next to the statue of President Chester A. Arthur — as we travel back to the days when Latin was very much a living language. Our tour guide is Van Bryan, associate editor of Classical Wisdom Weekly: “Ancient Wisdom for Modern Minds.” It’s an online publishing house that shares information, commentaries, and opinions on literature of antiquity with iPad-enabled readers like us. You can also follow them @ClassicalWisdom on Twitter or get their newsletter via email, just by signing up right here. When you do, you’ll get three free books: The Guide to the Greek Gods and Goddesses, an introduction to ancient ethical philosophy, and a guide to the Peloponnesian War. You have nothing to lose and so much wisdom to gain, why not give it a try? Visit “The Thirsty Philosopher,” Dr. Frank McCluskey’s blog.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 35:28 — 32.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More