H5F: Edward Brooke-Hitching – Fox Tossing, Octopus Wrestling and Other Forgotten Sports
History in Five / May 6, 2016

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 | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

CWW: How Athletics Saved Ancient Culture
Classical Wisdom / May 4, 2016

May 4, 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. Today we are looking at ancient athletics. They were a cultural staple, but athletics might also have been responsible for handing down a comprehensive timeline of the classical world to us here in the modern age. 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: 6:16 — 5.7MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Michael J. Tougias – So Close to Home
WWII / May 2, 2016

May 2, 2016 – In this episode, our time machine touches down during the months after Pearl Harbor, as Hitler’s U-boats bring the Second World War to the Gulf of Mexico. On board the doomed steam merchant ship Heredia, we’ll bear witness to disaster with the Downs family, through the eyes of eight-year-old Sonny. We’ll also meet the commanders of two U-Boats, dispatched by Germany’s Admiral Dönitz, and see how they combine their duty to the Reich with offering mercy to survivors of their attacks. Our steward on this journey is Michael J. Tougias, co-author with Alison O’Leary of the book: So Close to Home – A True Story of an American Family’s Fight for Survival During World War II. Mr. Tougias is the New York Times bestselling author and co-author of two dozen books, including The Finest Hours, which served as basis for the Disney movie out in January 2016. He’s also given us Fatal Forecast. Overboard. King Philip’s War, Rescue of the Bounty, and There’s A Porcupine In My Outhouse: The Vermont Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe. You can find him at MichaelTougias.com, or @MichaelTougias on Twitter.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 37:26 — 34.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |…