H5F: Lynn Sherr – Space Pioneer Sally Ride

May 20, 2016 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster. Today, journalist Lynn Sherr turns our time machine into a rocket ship to shatter the glass ceiling. Her new book is Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space.  You can enjoy our full interview here.  It’s the remarkable story of humanity’s first baby steps beyond earth with Sputnik, to the Space Shuttle and I.S.S.  You can follow today’s author on Twitter @LynnSherr. Triumph, tragedy, and the right stuff. It’s all up there in the stars. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past.   Podcast: Download (Duration: 8:07 — 7.4MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

H5F: Meet the Spymasters of the OSS

It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster. Our guest is Douglas C. Waller, sharing some insight on several CIA Directors who had previously worked for William “Wild Bill” Donovan’s spy agency, Office of Strategic Services. Waller’s books related to this subject are Disciples: The World War II Missions of the CIA Directors Who Fought For Wild Bill Donovan and the New York Times bestselling biography Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created OSS and Modern American Espionage. Waller is a former correspondent for TIME Magazine, and you can keep up with his work at DouglasCWaller.com, and Facebook.com/DouglasWallerAuthor. Simon & Schuster’s History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend…with people, from the past.   Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:50 — 3.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

H5F: Edward Brooke-Hitching – Fox Tossing, Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports

May 6, 2016 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster. Our guest is Edward Brooke-Hitching, and his book is the quirky Fox Tossing, Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports. From Flagpole Sitting (can’t imagine why it ever fell out of fashion) to Hot Cockles, time-travel through the most curious, dangerous and downright bizarre sports and pastimes that mankind has ever devised, tried, and realized were quietly best forgotten. The son of an antiquarian book dealer, Edward Brooke-Hitching became an award-winning documentary director making films that examine the eccentric side of British life. For more, visit EdwardBrookeHitching.com, or follow @FoxTosser on Twitter. Simon & Schuster’s History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend…with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 4:33 — 4.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

H5F: Doris Kearns Goodwin – Theodore Roosevelt’s “Wild” Fitness Regime

April 22, 2016 – Today popular historian and frequent TV news guest, Doris Kearns Goodwin discusses how Theodore Roosevelt overcame serious ailments as a child to become one of our nation’s most active, vigorous presidents. The insight comes in her latest book, titled, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. She previously touched on the extended Roosevelt family twenty years ago, writing No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front During World War II, for which she was awarded the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for History. You can follow her @DorisKGoodwin on Twitter. Remember to subscribe to the History Author Show on iTunes, like our iHeartRadio page, or make us appointment listening on your Android device, so you don’t miss an installment of History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 3:19 — 3.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

H5F: Fergus Bordewich – The First Congress

April 15, 2016 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster. Our guest is Fergus Bordewich , and his book is, The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government. It’s the monumental story of the most productive Congress in US history, in 1789–1791, which we first explored with Fergus in our recent interview, which you can still find at HistoryAuthor.com, iTunes, iHeartRadio, or wherever you’re listening. Mr. Fergus Bordewich is the author of six previous books including, America’s Great Debate — Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and The Compromise that Preserved the Union, Washington: The Making of the American Capital, and Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America. You learn more about these and his other titles at FergusBordewich.com. Simon & Schuster’s History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend…with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 4:09 — 3.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

H5F: Jonathan Horn – The Man Who Would Not Be Washington

April 8, 2016 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster — kicking off your modern weekend, with people from the past. Since tomorrow is the 151st anniversary of Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, it’s fitting that today’s history author, former White House speech writer Jonathan Horn, introduces us to a family connection in Lee’s life that might be overlooked: President George Washington. Horn’s book is titled The Man Who Would Not Be Washington: Robert E. Lee’s Civil War and His Decision That Changed American History. This interesting story is a reminder of how close the Revolutionary War and Civil War generations were to each other. Keep up with Horn’s work at JonathanHornAuthor.com, and follow him on Twitter @JonathanDHorn. Simon & Schuster’s History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend…with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 5:22 — 4.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

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

H5F: Walter Isaacson, the Invention of Video Games

March 18, 2016 – Today on History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster, we’re going to hear from writer/journalist Walter Isaacson. He’s president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, and author of The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. He also brought us the acclaimed biography: Steve Jobs. You can like his Facebook page, or follow him @WalterIsaacson on Twitter. This week, the focus is on how the very earliest video games inspired the personal computer revolution. From Pong, Pac Man and Defender, to Doom, Halo and Starcraft, these games were anything but child’s play. They brought the computer into more vital roles, from business to medical breakthroughs. Simon & Schuster’s History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 4:15 — 3.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

H5F: Jan Jarboe Russell – The Train to Crystal City

March 11, 2016 – Today’s history author, Jan Jarboe Russell, revisits the dark period of World War Two when President Franklin Roosevelt signed the infamous Executive order 9066. You may recall that we interviewed Kermit Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt’s great-great-grandson and a distant cousin to Franklin, about his novel Allegiance, covering the fight over these deportations at the Supreme Court. From 1942 to 1948, trains delivered thousands of civilians from the United States and Latin America to Crystal City, Texas, a small desert town at the southern tip of Texas. The trains carried Japanese, German, Italian immigrants and their American-born children, who were all U.S. citizens. Ms. Russell takes a closer look at this travesty of justice in her non-fiction book: The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II. You can learn more about her work at JanJarboeRussell.com, or by following her on Twitter @JarboeJan. Simon & Schuster’s History in Five Friday.  It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 5:02 — 4.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

H5F: Nicholas Griffin – Ping Pong Diplomacy

March 4, 2016 – Nicholas Griffin shares the story of how a little white ball impacted the way we live on this big, blue marble. His book is titled, Ping-Pong Diplomacy: The Secret History Behind the Game That Changed the World. Just how did the United States and communist China go from the icy pictures of Cold War adversaries, to Nixon’s visit and a relationship that shocked the USSR? Well, believe it or not, table tennis helped communist China achieve a new relationship with America, and set the stage for Ronald Reagan to reach out to Mikhail Gorbachev, ultimately leading to the destruction of the Berlin Wall, and the Communist Bloc. Simon & Schuster’s History in Five every Friday morning. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend…with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:51 — 6.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More