Crystal King – Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome
Fiction / July 31, 2017

July 31, 2017 – This week, our time machine travels back to the twenty-sixth year of Augustus Caesar’s reign, where we’ll sit down for countless scrumptious meals. Serving up this unique tale is debut author Crystal King who brings us Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome. In it we meet infamous gourmet Marcus Gavius Apicius, credited as author of the oldest cookbook known to exist. I packed a lot of history into the recipes when I wrote Regional Greek Cooking, so Crystal’s idea made my stomach growl when it landed on my plate. Readers seem to agree, with Barnes & Noble naming it one of their 8 Fictional Beach Reads for Foodies. Crystal has taught writing, creativity and social media at UMass Boston, Boston University, Mass College of Art, and Harvard Extension School. She also teaches classes on social media for authors at Grub Street. Hungry for seconds after Feast of Sorrow? Look forward to her serving up a second novel that’s in the oven right now: The Secret Chef, featuring famous Italian Renaissance chef, Bartolomeo Scappi. Visit, follow our guest @CrystalLyn on Twitter, or toss her a like at     Podcast: Download (Duration: 47:19…

Jeanne Walker Harvey – Maya Lin: Artist – Architect of Light and Lines
Architecture , Youth / July 24, 2017

July 24, 2017 – This week, we introduce children to the woman behind the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. The book (for young readers ages 4 to 8) is Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines, by San Francisco children’s author Jeanne Walker Harvey. Just how did a college student managed to win the design competition for what’s now the most frequently visited monument in the nation’s capital? To answer that question, we called up a pinch hitter to conduct the interview: Thriller author, practicing architect and father of five Tom Grace. You’ll recall Tom’s chats with best-selling author Gerald Posner on his book God’s Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican and with Hugh Howard on his book Architecture’s Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson. You can enjoy those interviews in our archives wherever you’re listening now, or stream it at those pages. Visit our guest at or @JeanneWHarvey on Twitter. You can also check out her weekly blog, True Tales & a Cherry on Top, where Jeanne has reviewed over 140 picture-book biographies.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 35:54 — 82.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Louis Picone – The President Is Dead!
American Presidents / July 17, 2017

July 17, 2017 – This week, the old-time machine leads a funeral procession, starting at George Washington’s crypt at Mount Vernon and ending over 200 years later paying out respects to Gerald R. Ford in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Returning for a second time-travel adventure is Louis Picone, author of: The President is Dead! The Extraordinary Stories of the Presidential Deaths, Final Days, Burials, and Beyond. We previously caught up with Louis on Presidents Day at the Church of the Presidents in Long Branch, N.J. to talk about his book, Where the Presidents Were Born: The History & Preservation of the Presidential Birthplaces. This time, we met at another gem of presidential Jersey Shore history: The Township of Ocean Historical Museum, which calls itself “an open door to history.” If love walking in the final steps or baby steps of our presidents, be sure to like Louis Picone at, where he actively shares his enthusiasm for the men who’ve served in America’s highest office.         Podcast: Download (Duration: 57:16 — 131.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Jenni L. Walsh – Becoming Bonnie
Fiction / July 10, 2017

July 10, 2017 – This week, infamous bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde carjack our time machine, and take us back to the days of jazz and Prohibition, years before their bullet-riddled fate in 1934. Just who were those two people as individuals, before they melted into an infamous and romanticized duo swaddled in myths? We’ll dive into Bonnie Parker’s origin story, by riding shotgun with debut novelist Jenni L. Walsh, author of Becoming Bonnie: A Novel, a book that boasts about, quote, “the crash of the century, when Bonnie met Clyde.” We’ll get to know Bonnie during her wholesome, hardscrabble upbringing, leading up to the day Clyde enters the picture, and she becomes a gangster’s moll. It’s a fun, vivid account that adds to the myth of Bonnie, while keeping us grounded in history. The book has gotten such rave reviews by the way, that there’s already a sequel in the works: Being Bonnie hits in 2018. Visit our guest at or follow her on Twitter at Jenni L Walsh.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 39:26 — 90.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Sally Mott Freeman – The Jersey Brothers
WWII / July 3, 2017

July 3, 2017 – This week, our time machine enlists in the U.S. Navy with a trio of my fellow Garden State natives — brothers Bill, Benny and Barton — who serve in every corner of the World War Two fight in the Pacific. FDR taps Bill to run his first Map Room. Benny serves as the gunnery and anti-aircraft officer aboard the legendary USS Enterprise, which served in all but two Pacific engagements after Pearl Harbor. Barton, the youngest, ¬†ended up a prisoner of war under cruel, brutal conditions, after the Imperial Japanese overran his post in the Philippines, and the family never learned his true fate. Our guest this week is Bill’s daughter, Sally Mott Freeman, who solves the mystery in her debut book, The Jersey Brothers: A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Family’s Quest to Bring Him Home. These three brothers are seemingly everywhere in the Pacific fight, from Pearl Harbor all the way through Bill briefing President Harry S. Truman on casualty projections for a U.S. invasion of Japan, solidifying the decision to drop the atomic bombs to bring a swift end to the conflict. Sally Mott Freeman is a former speech writer…