Timothy Boyce – From Day to Day: One Man’s Diary of Survival in Nazi Concentration Camps
WWII / March 27, 2017

March 27, 2017 – This week, our time machine goes inside a succession of Nazi Concentration camps, and views them through the great Norwegian statesman, Odd Nansen. Editing Nansen’s diaries — written painstakingly and smuggled out of the camps — is Timothy J. Boyce, and the resulting book is From Day to Day: One Man’s Diary of Survival in Nazi Concentration Camps. As a friend of Norway’s royal family and son of a prominent anti-Quisling voice, the Gestapo snatched Odd as a hostage in an effort to keep patriot insurgents in check. If you heard my interview with Neal Bascomb, author of The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler’s Atomic Bomb, you know that Norway holds a special place in our hearts, especially as it relates to their valiant resistance during the war.           Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:04:38 — 73.7MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

Jack Barsky – Deep Undercover: My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America
Cold War / March 20, 2017

March 20, 2017 – This week, we meet a man born Albrecht Dittrich in East Germany, who infiltrated the U.S. as a KGB agent at the height of the Cold War — and in the decades since, Barsky’s life has taken all the twists and turns you’d expect from a fictional spy thriller. From ardent communist to patriotic American citizen. From unquestioning atheist, to agnostic, to the witnessing Christian he is today. Jack’s book is literally like no other. It’s titled, Deep Undercover: My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America. Learn more about his story at JackBarsky.com.   Podcast: Download (Duration: 51:27 — 117.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

Dr. Anna Keay – The Last Royal Rebel: The Life & Death of James, Duke of Monmouth
Royals / March 13, 2017

March 13, 2017 – This week, we step into the Tardis, and travel back in time to a United Kingdom facing a rebellion in the late 1600s. The leader of this uprising to seize the crown is Charles II’s illegitimate son, James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth. He’s the sort of figure we love: One wronged by generations of falsehoods, until a dedicated historian tells the true story. That author is Dr. Anna Keay, and the book that sets the record straight is The Last Royal Rebel – The Life & Death of James, Duke of Monmouth. Dr. Keay earned her PhD on court ceremonial in the reign of Charles II at the University of London, and is director of the Landmark Trust, a charity that rescues historic buildings and turns them into places for all of us to holiday among the memories of our past. You can find her at AnnaKeay.co.uk or @AnnaLandmark on Twitter, and plan your next holiday in the past, at the Landmark Trust.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 51:09 — 51.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS | More

James N. Gibson – A War Without Rifles: The 1792 Militia Act and the War of 1812
War of 1812 / March 6, 2017

March 6, 2017 – This week, our time machine travels back to the earliest days of the United States, to what’s sometimes called the Second War of independence: The War of 1812. For the first time in this fight against Great Britain, Congress used the Constitution’s power to declare war, and for the last time, the men doing the fighting supplied their own weapons — an idea that seems incredible today, where the term “militia” itself is given very different connotations than national defense. Our guest is James N. Gibson, and his book is, A War without Rifles: The 1792 Militia Act and the War of 1812. Mr. Gibson was born into the U.S. space program through his father, and is himself an Aerospace Engineer. His resume features time with such giants in the field as Boeing and McDonnell Douglas, as well as work on the International Space Station and Space Shuttle programs. His previous books include Nuclear Weapons of the United States: An Illustrated History, and The Navaho Missile Project: The Story of the “Know-How” Missile of American Rocketry. You can learn about these and his other works at JNGibson.com, or follow him on Twitter @JNGibson55. And for more…