Dina Gold – Stolen Legacy
WWII / September 25, 2017

September 25, 2017 – This week, our time machine follows one woman’s modern quest to recover property stolen by Nazi Germany. It was only a single theft in the National Socialist State’s vast, systematic plundering of Jewish wealth, but the Wolff family’s story quickly becomes our story, and we find ourselves rooting for justice. Author Dina Gold’s grandmother, Nellie Wolff, told her stories of the glamorous life she had led in pre-war Berlin, and how she dreamed of reclaiming the majestic building that had housed the family business. Grandma Nellie didn’t live to see the fall of the Berlin Wall, but when Germany reunified, Dina marched into a German government ministry and declared: “I’ve come to claim my family’s building.” Dina tells the story in her book, Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and the Quest for Justice at Krausenstrasse 17/18, Berlin. Raised in the U.K. and is now an American citizen living in the nation’s capital, she sits on the board of the Jewish Community Center and just completed her stint as co-chair on the council of the Washington Jewish Film Festival. A senior editor at Moment magazine, she started her career in London as a financial journalist after postgraduate studies…

Bob Batchelor – Stan Lee: The Man behind Marvel
Pop Culture / September 18, 2017

September 18, 2017 – Hello, true believers! This week, we meet a national treasure who serves as a bridge from the Golden Age of comic books to today’s blockbuster, multi-film CGI universes. It’s the origin story of the man who — along with talented co-creators like artists Jack Kirby and Joe Simon — created such iconic characters as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, and Iron Man. Filling in speech balloons is Bob Batchelor who brings us Stan Lee: The Man behind Marvel. Bob is a cultural historian who has written or edited more than two dozen books on popular culture and American literature, including books about John Updike, The Great Gatsby, and Mad Men. He lives in Oxford, Ohio, and teaches at Miami University. Find him at BobBatchelor.com, on Facebook, or at the Twitter and Instagram handle @BobPBatchelor.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:01:36 — 141.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Ron Shafer – The Carnival Campaign
American Presidents / September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017 – his week, our time machine travels back to 1840 for a belt of hard cider courtesy of presidential candidate — William Henry Harrison. A hero in the War of 1812, “Old Tippecanoe” and served in a variety of public offices, before winning the Whig nomination and making a bid for the presidency with Virginia Democrat John Tyler. In 2017, we expect the atmosphere of a Coney Island summer to surround our campaigns. We demand style and charisma. Well, 1840 is when it all began. The big money, wild rallies, self-promotion, slogans and stagecraft. Pulitzer Prize-nominated reporter Ronald G. Shafer tells this colorful story in his book, The Carnival Campaign: How the Rollicking 1840 Campaign of “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too” Changed Presidential Elections Forever. You can check out our guest online at CarnivalCampaign.com or follow @Ron Shafer1 on Twitter.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 59:24 — 135.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Eva Stachniak – The Chosen Maiden
Fiction / September 4, 2017

Thanks to everyone who joined us for an Author’s Evening with Eva Stachniak at the Kosciuszko Foundation on Sept. 12, 2017. September 4, 2017 – This week, our time machine travels back to early 20th Century Eastern Europe, where we’ll meet ballerina Bronislava Nijinsky. Bronia was a remarkable dancer and woman, who charted a course for greatness despite the upheavals outside and inside her family. The Chosen Maiden blends fiction and fact seamlessly, while including cameos by giants of the period such as prima ballerina Anna Pavlova, Coco Chanel, and Pablo Picasso. Bronislava Nijinsky was born in the last decade of the Victorian Era, and the inspiration for her brother Valaslav’s play which gives the novel its title: The Chosen Maiden. Our guide on this journey of historical fiction is Eva Stachniak. The Nijinskys inspired her with their lives as Polish dancers in a Tsarist Russia, that gave way to war and revolution. Born in a Poland still behind the Iron Curtain, Eva emigrated to Canada in 1981, and is the bestselling author of The Winter Palace, Empress of the Night, Necessary Lies, and Garden of Venus. Visit her online at EvaStachniak.com, @EvaStachniak on Twitter, or Facebook.com/EvaStachniakAuthor.     Podcast:…