Robert W. Merry – President McKinley: Architect of the American Century
American Presidents / November 27, 2017

November 27, 2017 – This week, our time machine visits the Gilded Age to witness William McKinley’s rise to the White House. Little remembered or misremembered today, at the time of his assassination in 1901, the Civil War veteran was the most popular president since Abraham Lincoln, and nothing like the caricature portrayed by mid-20th Century authors. Robert W. Merry sets the record straight in President McKinley: Architect of the American Century. You’ve seen Mr. Merry was editor of The National Interest from 2011 to 2013, and previously served as a Washington correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and executive editor of the Congressional Quarterly. He’s now editor at The American Conservative. You’ve seen his work everywhere from the New York Times to National Review, and seen his appearances on shows like Meet the Press. His previous book resurrected another overlooked president: A Country of Vast Designs, on James K Polk, and Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians. Also mentioned this week: Our interview with Candice Shy Hooper, author of Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War–for Better and for Worse.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:09:42 — 159.5MB)Subscribe: Apple…

Rebecca Fraser – The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America
Colonial America , Exploration / November 20, 2017

November 20, 2017 – This week — just in time for Thanksgiving in America — we set sail with the intrepid Pilgrims on The Mayflower. Once aboard, we’ll meet the Winslow family, and gain a perspective that links the broader experience — from Native American contacts to intrigues back home in Europe. Tracing the voyage with us is reviewer and broadcaster Rebecca Fraser author of The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America. The daughter of noted British historian Lady Antonia Fraser and former president of the Brontë Society in the U.K. Her previous books include The Story of Britain. You can find her on Twitter at R Fraser Author.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 58:21 — 133.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Jennifer Kincheloe – The Woman in the Camphor Trunk
Fiction / November 13, 2017

November 13, 2017 – This week, we’ll see a familiar face in the passenger seat of our time machine under a big cartwheel hat, as we travel back to 1908 Los Angeles. Our guest is Jennifer Kincheloe, here to chat about her second novel, The Woman in the Camphor Trunk — An Anna Blanc Mystery. Since we last spoke, Jen has earned the Colorado Gold Award for Mystery, and spots as a finalist for the MacAvirty Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award, the Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Award for Best Historical Mystery Novel, and the Colorado Author’s League Award for Genre Fiction. You can catch our interview on her acclaimed debut novel, The Secret Life of Anna Blanc, in the archives at or wherever you’re listening, and find our guest online at, on Twitter @JenKincheloe, or — where she shares all the great Gilded Age images you could ever want and then some.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 45:50 — 42.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Margaret E. Wagner – America and the Great War: A Library of Congress Illustrated History
WWI / November 6, 2017

November 6, 2017 – This week, our time machine travels back to a time when the United States fought its first major overseas conflict, joining a fight idealized as making the world safe for democracy. Our guide on this journey is Margaret E. Wagner, a senior writer/editor in the Library of Congress Publishing Office. She brings us America and the Great War: A Library of Congress Illustrated History. This book is almost an art history museum sitting on your coffee table, offering up over 250 images, along with 4-color illustrations — many never seen before. Margaret Wagner has applied the talents she put into her previous books, The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War; The American Civil War: 365 Days, and, World War II: 365 Days. She’s also co-author of The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference and The Library of Congress World War II Companion.   Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:17:58 — 71.4MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More