Charles Leerhsen – Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty (The Updated, Hall of Fame Episode)
Sports / January 30, 2017

January 30, 2017 – This week, we mark the anniversary of the first Baseball Hall of Fame class on January 29, 1936. In that year, Ty Cobb earned 222 ballots, just four votes short of a unanimous decision, so the date gave us a chance to revisit one of our earliest interviews, and a book we cited often as a journalistic high water mark for history. Joining us again to chat about the unfairly maligned Georgia Peach, is Charles Leerhsen, author of Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty. Mr. Leerhsen scratched the myth of Cobb as a belligerent, dimwitted racist and dirty player, and found he’d been maligned by a hack sportswriter named Al Stump, who smeared a man who was in fact an intellectual, lover of children, and supporter of baseball’s integration. So how have baseball fans embraced the true story in the year and a half since the book’s publication? How has Charles Leerhsen fared after literally rewriting history to restore perhaps the greatest player ever to pick up a bat? We’ll dig into those questions, and then share the original chat for those of you who missed it. You can find our guest @CharlesLeerhsen on Twitter and at…

Robert T. Hilliard – A Season on the Allegheny
Exploration / January 23, 2017

January 23, 2017 – This week, our time machine turns on the four-wheel drive, as we hike into Allegheny National Forest, hunting for history. Established in 1923, the forest covers over half a million acres of the northwestern Pennsylvania foothills, and offers us the chance to experience the same sights, sounds and wildlife, as our forebears stretching back to the dawn of civilization. Joining us with his walking stick is author Robert Hilliard, author of, A Season on the Allegheny. Rob has written on sports, history, and the outdoors for over two decades. He’s formerly a contributing editor with Ohio Valley Outdoors magazine, and contributed to the history anthology, Rivers of Destiny. You can pick up his trail by following him on Twitter @RobHilliard_66, or toss him a like at You can also read his piece on The Pennsylvania Tuxedo, by Woolrich, “The Original Outdoor Clothing Company.” You can also check out the history behind Johnny Cash’s song, “As Long as the Grass Shall Go,” off his Bitter Tears Album, and how President John F. Kennedy broke a treaty with the Seneca, which dated back to George Washington, to build the Kinzua Dam.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:14:59…

Patricia Posner – The Pharmacist of Auschwitz: The Untold Story
WWII / January 16, 2017

January 16, 2017 – This week, our time machine travels back to one of the past’s darkest corners, to meet Victor Capesius. Before the war, he was a friendly neighborhood druggist in Romania. But as World War Two progressed, this ethnic German rose from anonymity, to infamy, standing at the side of Dr. Josef Mengele, The Angel of Death. Patricia Posner brings us the true tale of this Nazi SS officer in, The Pharmacist of Auschwitz: The Untold Story. Together with her husband, Gerald Posner, our guest has authored 12 nonfiction books including Mengele: The Complete Story, Hitler’s Children, and most recently, God’s Bankers: A History of Money and Power. (Enjoy our interview on that title here.) We also make reference to our chat with Andrew Nagorski about his book, The Nazi Hunters. You can find our guest online at Her personal Twitter account is @TrishaPosner, and the one for the book is @AuschwitzPharm1.             Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:01:57 — 59.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Margaret Creighton – The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 World’s Fair
American Presidents / January 9, 2017

January 9, 2017 – This week, our time machine whisks us back the Pan-American Exposition, a Gilded Age world’s fair powered by the newly harnessed power of electricity. “The Pan” covered 350 acres near Niagara Falls, and heralded the wonders of the 20th Century. But it also featured lingering stereotypes of a pre-flight world, and the tragic assassination of President William McKinley — America’s most beloved chief executive since Abraham Lincoln. Our guide to Buffalo in 1901, is Margaret Creighton, professor of history at Maine’s Bates College and author of The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 World’s Fair. You may have enjoyed her previous book, The Colors of Courage: Gettysburg’s Forgotten History — Immigrants, Women, and African Americans in the Civil War’s Defining Battle, which was up for the Lincoln Prize. You can find her online at or on Twitter at MCreight88. And to explore the exposition from here in the 21st Century, visit     Podcast: Download (Duration: 57:33 — 59.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Hugh Howard – Architecture’s Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson
Architecture / January 2, 2017

January 2, 2017 – Hello, Happy New Year! This week, our time machine turns tower crane, as best-selling author and historian Hugh Howard introduces us to two men whose vision for building shaped the 20th Century. His book is, Architecture’s Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson. Conducting the interview is Thriller author and practicing architect Tom Grace, who previously interviewed Gerald Posner, author of God’s Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican. Mr. Howard’s numerous books include Mr. and Mrs. Madison’s War: America’s First Couple and the War of 1812; The Painter’s Chair: George Washington and the Making of American Art;  Thomas Jefferson: Architect; and the classic Houses of the Founding Fathers. You can find him online at, and follow him on Twitter @HowardHistorian.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 55:33 — 56.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More