CWW: American Founding Fathers and the Classics

July 6, 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. You might not believe it, but if it weren’t for Cicero, the United States might never have broken away from England. And if it weren’t for the philosopher, Epicurus,  it is possible that Thomas Jefferson might never have put ink to parchment and penned the words, “…that all men are created equal.” That’s right, dear listener, we are going to find out just how the classics inspired the creation of America. 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: 7:46 — 7.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Jim Leeke – Nine Innings for the King: The Day Wartime London Stopped for Baseball – July 4, 1918
Sports / July 4, 2016

July 4, 2016 – On this Independence Day, our time machine takes us out to the ball game, on a July 4th neither side of the Revolutionary War could possibly have envisioned during the conflict. The place is Chelsea, England. The time: The Great War. The book is titled, Nine Innings for the King: The Day Wartime London Stopped for Baseball, July 4, 1918. We’ve chatted previously with today’s author, Jim Leeke, about his Civil War novel for young adults: Matty Boy. Jim is a contributor to the Society for American Baseball Research Baseball (SABR) Biography Project, the writer or editor of several books on U.S. and military history, and the creative director of Taillight Communications. We’ll also be hearing about the Anglo-American Baseball Project. It’s an ambitious plan to recreate the King’s Game for its centennial: July 4, 2018. Pitch in to help at, or by following Jim @9Innings4King on Twitter. For more on baseball players in the Great War, enjoy our interview with Charles Leerhsen, author of the award-winning, Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty. Cobb — the victim of malicious slander falsely depicting him as a selfish, belligerent racist — not only signed up to serve his…

H5F: Stephen Coss – Smallpox: The Deadliest Disease
History in Five / July 1, 2016

July 1, 2016 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster. Check them out at Today, author Stephen Coss discusses the first disease mankind wiped off the face of the earth: The scourge of Smallpox. Stephen’s debut book is The Fever of 1721: The Epidemic that Revolutionized Medicine and American Politics. In it, we meet historical figures including the young Franklin laboring at his brother’s newspaper, and the Reverend Cotton Mather, seeking redemption from the debacle Salem Witch Trials by evangelizing for the scientific technique of inoculation against strenuous opposition. You can enjoy our full interview on The Fever of 1721 whenever you enjoy our show, or stream it at Today’s guest can be found @Coss1Coss on Twitter, or visit him at 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 | Google Podcasts | RSS | More