Stephen F. Knott – Washington and Hamilton
American Presidents / December 28, 2015

December 28, 2015 – Today, we’re joined by Stephen F. Knott, who along with co-author Tony Williams brings us Washington & Hamilton: The Alliance that Forged America. George Washington and Alexander Hamilton’s relationship has gotten renewed attention since the smash Broadway musical, ending almost 200 years of being overlooked. From the early days of the Revolutionary War on the hills of Rutgers University — where Hamilton’s artillery covered Washington’s retreat from New York City — to victory at Yorktown, the Continental Congress and the first presidential administration, Washington and Hamilton had an often difficult, father-son relationship. But one that left a legacy that sustains America, even now into the 21st Century. Mr. Knott is a Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI. You can follow him on Twitter @Publius57, and find his co-author Tony Williams @TWilliamsAuthor. Mr. Williams is a history teacher at the Bill of Rights Institute, as well as the Washington, Jefferson, and Madison Institute and the author of four previous books.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 44:47 — 41.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Amanda Read – Why December 25th for Christmas?
Religion / December 25, 2015

December 25, 2015 – Traditionally, December 25th has been celebrated as the birthday of Jesus Christ. But a variety of historic factors and scholarly discoveries indicate that He was not actually born on that date. Since this isn’t really news, just how did most of the Christian world settle on this date for the big celebration? Amanda Read digs deep into the reason for the season in a special episode brought to you by Luke Historians. You can read more about how Christianity came to peg the birth of the Messiah on this date at What does Christ have to do with Christmas Day? Thank you for listening, and Merry Christmas!   Podcast: Download (Duration: 7:43 — 7.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Barry Strauss – The Death of Caesar
World Leaders / December 21, 2015

December 21, 2015 – Today we sit down with Barry Strauss, professor of history and classics at Cornell University. A leading expert on ancient military history who counts Mel Brooks as his greatest living inspiration, he has written or edited several books, including The Battle of Salamis, The Trojan War, and The Spartacus War. Visit him @BarryStrauss on Twitter or at Podcast: Download (Duration: 35:10 — 32.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

H5F: Barry Strauss, Why Murder Caesar?
History in Five / December 18, 2015

December 18, 2015 – Today, author Barry Strauss explores the political, military, and social motivations behind history’s most famous murder. Mr. Strauss is professor of history and classics at Cornell University, and a leading expert on ancient military history. Visit him @BarryStrauss on Twitter or at And don’t miss our full interview on his book, The Death of Caesar, when we upload it on December 21, 2015. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past.   Podcast: Download (Duration: 5:43 — 5.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

McGillin’s Olde Ale House, Chris Mullins, Sr.
Food / December 14, 2015

December 14, 2015 – Ma and Pa McGillin opened the door to their home in 1860, when Abraham Lincoln won the presidency and just after the Liberty Bell cracked. As the decades passed, their tavern endured, tucked away in an alley, as if hiding from old Father Time. Originally called The Bell in Hand, McGillin’s has survived wars, economic panics, challenges from upstart chain restaurants and <shudder> Prohibition. Visit to do some serious time traveling with dozens of news articles, follow the tavern @McGillins on Twitter or like it at And plan to pull up a stool as we spend an afternoon in the City of Brotherly Love, 1860 style… Podcast: Download (Duration: 36:11 — 33.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

H5F: Dianne Hales – Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered
History in Five / December 11, 2015

December 11, 2015 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster — kicking off your modern weekend, with people from the past. Today, author Dianne Hales reveals the woman immortalized by the great master, Leonardo Da Vinci. Everybody remembers Mona Lisa’s smile, and has seen her face, but no one knew her full story — until now. You can find Dianne Hales on Twitter @DMHales, at, or by visiting History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:44 — 6.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Teresa K. Irish – A Thousand Letters Home
WWII / December 7, 2015

December 7, 2015 – On this Pearl Harbor Day, we mark the Japanese attack on Hawaii, and travel back 75 years to meet Aarol W. “Bud” Irish in the European Theater where he fought the Nazis. On the Memorial Day after Bud passed away in 2006, his daughter Teresa opened her father’s mysterious old Army trunk and found stacks and stacks of letters from the front. Through these, she met her father as a young man, and shared him with us in: A Thousand Letters Home. Along with over 100 pictures, the book also includes the responses from Bud’s girl back home — who would eventually become his wife and Teresa’s mother. The book has proved such an inspiration to readers, that Teresa now spends her time doing public speaking on the letters, helping new generations of veterans and their families connect with the trauma that follows when the guns fall silent.  You can learn more at and by following Teresa @ThousandLetters on Twitter.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 42:51 — 39.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More