H5F: David Maraniss – Vince Lombardi
History in Five , Sports / February 5, 2016

February 5, 2016 – On this Friday before Super Bowl 50, we’re going to focus on the name etched into the victory trophy: Lombardi. Best-selling author and historian David Maraniss shares five key facts about the NFL’s greatest coach from his biography, When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi. If you’d like to hear more about the history of football this Super Bowl week, catch our interview with John J. Miller, author of The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football. It’s the story of how the Rough Rider reformed the game, at a time when — as with today’s concerns about concussions — some were calling to ban the pigskin pastime. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend, with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 4:44 — 4.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

CWW: Hades and the Kingdom of the Dead
Classical Wisdom / February 3, 2016

February 3, 2016 – It’s Classical Wisdom Wednesday, presented by Classical Wisdom Weekly — bringing ancient wisdom to modern minds, every Wednesday morning before your first cup of coffee. Those of you who are familiar with ancient Greek mythology can probably name some of the Olympian deities. You might know Zeus, god of the heaven, or Poseidon, god of the seas. However, you might not know about the eldest Olympian. He was the dark and gloomy Hades, god of the underworld. Today we are going to explore why Hades was so feared and why such fear came with a healthy amount of respect. Your guide through the classical landscape is Van Bryan, Associate Editor of Classical Wisdom Weekly. You can catch Classical Wisdom Wednesday every week before your first cup of coffee, right here on the History Author Show. Podcast: Download (Duration: 7:35 — 6.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

John J. Miller – The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football
American Presidents / February 1, 2016

February 1, 2016 – An advocate of the strenuous life, President Theodore Roosevelt saw sports as essential to developing physical fitness and character. So when 18 players died playing football in 1905, and people called to ban the game, TR leaped into action to reform the pigskin pastime. The game in those days resembled rugby much more than the game the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers will play in Super Bowl 50. Joining us to discuss how we got from a time no forward pass, neutral zone or pads to the present day, is John J. Miller. His book is titled, The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football. John J. Miller is a correspondent for National Review, contributor to the Wall Street Journal, and author of four books including a novel, The First Assassin, and the non-fiction offering: Our Oldest Enemy — A history of America’s Disastrous Relationship with France. He’s also director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College — and a proud fan of his college team, the Michigan University Wolverines. You can follow him on Twitter @HeyMiller, like him at Facebook.com/HeyMiller, or visit him at HeyMiller.com. He also hosts a podcast you’ll want to check out if…