Kermit Roosevelt – Allegiance

November 16, 2015 – Today, we travel back 75 years to a dark period of the Second World War. But the battlefield where liberty and tyranny clash isn’t Midway or Normandy Beach. It’s the hallowed halls of the United States Supreme Court. Our guide into this world is Kermit Roosevelt. His novel is Allegiance, a legal thriller built around the internment of Americans with Japanese ancestry — 62% of them American citizens — under Franklin Roosevelt’s infamous Executive Order 9066. Kermit Roosevelt happens to be distantly related to FDR through his great-great grandfather, Theodore Roosevelt. He’s also a constitutional law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, winner of the Philadelphia Athenaeum Literary Award for his previous novel, In the Shadow of the Law, and a former clerk for Supreme Court Justice David Souter. Nelson DeMille wrote, “My favorite World War II historical novel was Herman Wouk’s The Winds of War. Now I have two favorites. Kermit Roosevelt’s Allegiance is an instant classic.” We also mentioned our interview with David O. Stewart, and his book on the Father of the Constitution: Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 39:39 — 36.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS…

Jennifer Kincheloe – The Secret Life of Anna Blanc

November 2, 2015 – For our first historical fiction author, we’re pleased to introduce Jennifer Kincheloe’s debut novel: The Secret Life of Anna Blanc. Join us in 1907 Los Angeles, where Anna Blanc chafes under the thumb of her controlling father and yearns for a life of crime — solving them that is. Inspired by the wild Santa Anna winds, Anna joins a suffragette protest, lies to everyone in her life, and takes a job as an LAPD police matron — under a not particularly convincing fake name. “If the police find out, she’ll get fired; if her father finds out, he’ll disown her; and if her fiancé finds out, he’ll cancel the wedding and stop pouring money into her father’s collapsing bank.” And so the stakes are set, in the secret life of our spunky heroine: Anna Blanc. You can follow Jennifer Kincheloe @JenKincheloe on Twitter, or like the novel’s Facebook page. And if you’re hungering for more of LA at the dawn of the 20th Century, check out Jennifer Kincheloe’s Pinterest page. It features over 35,000 images from her extensive research on the period.     Additional books discussed on this episode:           Podcast: Download…

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