Betty Boyd Caroli – Lady Bird and Lyndon
American Presidents / November 30, 2015

November 30, 2015 – Historian of First Ladies Betty Boyd Caroli introduces us to the diminutive, quiet woman who stood behind one of the most controversial presidents of the 20th Century through some of America’s most difficult years. The book is Lady Bird & Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage that Made a President. But Clauda “Lady Bird” Johnson was more than just the flower lady. She was a shrewd business woman, and careful political tactician. Using courtship letters made available for the first time in 2013, Betty Boyd Caroli sheds light on a figure who lived such a fascinating life in her own right, that at her funeral, her husband was barely mentioned. Ms. Caroli’s previous books include The Roosevelt Women: A Portrait In Five Generations, as well as, The First Ladies “From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama”.  You can learn more about her work at       Podcast: Download (Duration: 42:51 — 39.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

H5F: Betty Boyd Caroli – Lady Bird and Lyndon
History in Five / November 27, 2015

November 27, 2015 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster. For the day after Thanksgiving, we’re joined by historian of first ladies Betty Boyd Caroli, whose previous books include The Roosevelt Women: A Portrait In Five Generations, and The First Ladies: From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama. Today, she introduces us to a woman who was at the center of public life for half a century, and yet who few really knew. The book is Lady Bird & Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President. For more on this title, you can enjoy our all-new interview with Betty Boyd Caroli, when we upload it on Monday, November 30, 2015. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 4:19 — 4.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

The Old ’76 House, Robert Norden
American Presidents , Food , New York / November 23, 2015

November 23, 2015 – The Old ’76 House in Tappan, New York, is a National Landmark, one where you can eat a meal fit for overthrowing a king. The building itself predates the American Revolution by over a century, and served an active role in the fight for independence. Every major figure including General George Washington spent time at this great American tavern. In 1780, it even served as a make-shift prison for Major John Andre, the British spy caught conspiring with America’s most infamous traitor, Benedict Arnold. And it was here that the British met Gen. Washington to officially recognize the war’s end, and recognize America as a free and independent nation. Learn more about America’s oldest tavern at, or by following them at And don’t miss our interview with tavernkeeper, Robert Norden, who restored and preserves this unique piece of American history. Podcast: Download (Duration: 39:28 — 36.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

H5F: Clint Hill – JFK Assassination
American Presidents , History in Five / November 20, 2015

November 20, 2015 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster. Today, author Clint Hill shares his eyewitness account of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination fifty-two years ago on November 22, 1963. Mr. Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to protect Mrs. Kennedy that day, and the man seen leaping onto the back of the car after the fatal shots rang out in Dealey Plaza. His latest book is titled, Five Days in November. It’s a follow-up on his previous recollections in the #1 New York Times best-seller, Mrs. Kennedy and Me. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past Podcast: Download (Duration: 5:31 — 5.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Kermit Roosevelt – Allegiance
Fiction , WWII / November 16, 2015

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 | Google Podcasts |…

H5F: Walter Isaacson – The Innovators
History in Five , Science / November 13, 2015

November 13, 2015 – Today we’re going to hear from writer/journalist Walter Isaacson, 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, and the acclaimed biography: Steve Jobs. The Innovators includes names like Grace Hopper, Lord Byron’s daughter, Bletchley Park’s Alan Turing, ENIAC, John Mauchly, J. Presper Eckert, and many others that gave us the computer devices we find indispensable to modern life. And 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: 7:32 — 6.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Jacqueline Wadsworth – Letters from the Trenches
WWI / November 9, 2015

November 9, 2015 – In honor of Veterans Day and Remembrance Day on November 11th, Bristol writer Jacqueline Wadsworth takes us back to “the war to end all wars” in Letters from the Trenches: The First World War by Those Who Were There. We hear from soldiers on the Western Front, Mesopotamia, Gallipoli, Italy, Northern Russia — and, of course, from the women and children suffering through the Great War back home. In addition to the book, you can visit for tons of additional content, and follow Jacqueline Wadsworth on Twitter @SoldiersLetters. Discover Your History magazine calls Letters from the Trenches, “A warm evocation of how ordinary people’s lives were affected by a devastating conflict,” and they highly recommend it. But Jacqueline’s book is more than a pile of letters, more than another poetic retelling of the romance and tragedy of the war. It’s a book where real people speak for themselves, as war upends their daily lives.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 55:21 — 50.7MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Jennifer Kincheloe – The Secret Life of Anna Blanc
Fiction / November 2, 2015

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…