Tom Grace – Undeniable: A Nolan Kilkenny Thriller
Fiction / December 31, 2017

January 1, 2018 – Happy New Year, history lovers! To kick off 2018, we welcome thriller author Tom Grace to discuss the sixth novel in his series featuring ex-Navy SEAL Nolan Kilkenny: Undeniable. Tom’s novels feature cutting-edge technology, and we discuss how DNA science is solving historical mysteries. Did Adolf Hitler have a son? Was Warren G. Harding our first black president? What sinister uses will criminal minds cook up when editing DNA is as easy as editing a Word document? is set to double their database to 12 million people in the New Year. Our trained genealogist can help you unlock the history written in your chromosomes at Find Tom online at, on Twitter @Tom_Grace, or like him as All his novels are available in paperback from Regnery Fiction. Tom has guest hosted on the History Author Show three times. Jeanne Walker Harvey: Maya Lin: Artist – Architect of Light and Lines. Hugh Howard: Architecture’s Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson. Gerald Posner: God’s Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:00:45 — 139.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Orson Welles, Lionel Barrymore – A Christmas Carol
Holidays / December 24, 2017

December 25, 2017 – This week, our time machine visits 1939, clicks on the radio, and listens to The Campbell Playhouse production of A Christmas Carol hosted by Orson Welles and staring Lionel Barrymore as Ebenezer Scrooge. When Charles Dickens published the story in 1843, he did so as what we’d call social commentary, reflecting the soul-searching of his fellow Britons about the true meaning of Christmas. Even 175 years later, we can see the importance of Dickens’ central themes in our own world, where so many TV shows have parodied the tale. Like the WPIX Yule Log here in New York City, Lionel Barrymore’s Christmas Eve performances grew into a tradition from the first in 1934 to his final appearance in 1953, a year before his death. Barrymore also features in a great television Christmas tradition, as the miserly Mr. Potter in Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life, written by a fellow Rutgers alumnus: Philip Van Doren Stern. We hope you enjoy listening to this radio play and the interview with Mr. Welles that follows, as much as we enjoyed researching the stories behind it. As Tiny Tim says, “God bless us, everyone.”   Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:01:04 —…

Selene Castrovilla – Revolutionary Rogues: John André and Benedict Arnold
Colonial America , Youth / December 18, 2017

December 18, 2017 – This week — just in time to get stuffed into your young reader’s stocking — we travel back to a familiar location, at a pivotal moment in the American Revolution. The year is 1780, when one of the greatest heroes of the Continental Army — General Benedict Arnold — decides to betray the patriot cause by surrendering West Point to the British with the help of British spymaster Major John André. We talked about these infamous men when we interviewed Robert Norden, tavern keeper at the Old ’76 House in Tappan, New York, where patriots kept the captured Andre locked up after his capture and before his execution. You can enjoy that episode in the archives at or your favorite on-demand audio outlet. Our guide on this journey is award-winning young adult novelist and nonfiction author Selene Castrovilla who brings us: Revolutionary Rogues: Revolutionary Rogues: John André and Benedict Arnold. It’s the real history behind heavily dramatized stories such as AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies and the smash Broadway musical Hamilton. Selene’s third YA novel Melt, Book One of the Rough Romance Trilogy, racked up six honors including the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators…

Stephen Davis – All the Fighting They Want
Civil War / December 11, 2017

December 11, 2017 – This week, our time machine travels back to the American Civil War in All the Fighting They Want: The Atlanta Campaign from Peach Tree Creek to the City’s Surrender, July 18-September 2, 1864. Our guide on this journey is Stephen Davis, a longtime Atlantan and Civil War enthusiast since the fourth grade. All the Fighting They Want serves as a companion to his previous paperback, A Long and Bloody Task: The Atlanta Campaign from Dalton through Kennesaw to the Chattahoochee, May 5-July 18, 1864. The books are part of the Emerging Civil War Series, published by Savas Beatie LLC. Learn more about their titles at or on Twitter @SavasBeatieLLC. Stephen Davis has served as Book Review Editor for Blue & Gray magazine for more than twenty years, and you’ve seen his many articles in scholarly and popular journals. His previous books are 2001’s Atlanta Will Fall: Sherman, Joe Johnston and the Yankee Heavy Battalions, and 2012’s What the Yankees Did to Us: Sherman’s Bombardment and Wrecking of Atlanta.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 56:52 — 130.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Doug Stanton – The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War
Vietnam War / December 4, 2017

December 4, 2017 – This week, our time machine travels back 50 years to one of the Vietnam War’s massive set pieces: The Tet Offensive. This series of simultaneous attacks by the communist North on 36 cities, aimed to weaken support both within the Vietnamese republic in the South and across the Pacific in the United States. Our guest, Doug Stanton, embeds his readers with 46 fresh, young American soldiers in Echo Company: An Army reconnaissance platoon of the 101st Airborne Division. Some of those men had only been in country for a few weeks when they found themselves facing waves of battle-hardened Viet Cong guerrillas, often in hand-to-hand combat, at the point of a bayonet. Doug Stanton captures their story through the eyes of 20-year-old Stanley Parker in The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War. Mr. Stanton is a journalist, lecturer, screenwriter, and the author of New York Times bestsellers In Harm’s Way: The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors.  He also brought us Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan, which is…