Richard Pyves – Courage, Sacrifice and Betrayal: The Story of the Victoria Rifles of Canada, 60th Battalion, in the First World War
Canada , WWI / July 30, 2018

July 30, 2018 – Our time machine travels back to the Western Front of the Great War, and enlists with the 60th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, which captured the villages of Vimy and Petit Vimy, in the pivotal battle for Vimy Ridge. Author Rick Pyves contacted 2,500 living relatives of the soldiers through Ancestry, uncovering 86 personal recollections and letters as well as over 200 photos for Courage, Sacrifice and Betrayal – The Story of the Victoria Rifles of Canada, 60th Battalion in the First World War.  One of those relatives is our own resident genealogist, Catherine, who offers her research services through Her grandfather’s first cousin, Private Charles Henry Mainwaring, gave his life in the 60th Battalion at only 20 years old. Rick Pyves is an avid historian and a genealogist who, like Catherine, also hails from Canada. His first book — Night Madness: A Rear Gunner’s Story of Love, Courage, and Hope in World War II — weaves his father’s tale into a touching love story in one man’s very personal war. Visit or follow @RichardPyves on Twitter for more on this view of the First World War War from the nation Winston Churchill…

Helen Rappaport – The Race to Save the Romanovs
Royals / July 16, 2018

July 16, 2018 – In this episode, we witnesses a pivotal moment in world history and the evolution of European monarchies: The massacre of the Romanov family, ending the family’s 400-year reign at Czar Nicholas II. Our guide on this journey is Helen Rappaport who brings us The Race to Save the Romanovs: The Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue the Russian Imperial Family. Amidst the carnage of the Great War and Russian Revolution, myths and out-right lies about the family have clouded the popular view of the Czar’s end. But here for the first time — thanks in part to the opening of post-Soviet archives and DNA testing — we have the true story of what happened to the Czar, Czarina and their children, closing the book at last. Helen F. Rappaport is a British historian, best-selling author, and former actress who studied Russian at Leeds University. Her previous books include The Romanov Sisters,  Victoria, The Last Days of the Romanovs, and Conspirator: Lenin in Exile. Visit her at HelenRappaport.Com or at Helen Rappaport ‏on Twitter.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:00:23 — 138.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Gregory Crouch – The Bonanza King: John Mackay and the Battle over the Greatest Riches in the American West
Biography / July 2, 2018

July 2, 2018 – Our time machine strikes gold in Nevada’s Comstock Lode — a world-record vein so immensely valuable that it changed the destiny of the United States as the Civil War loomed. Our guide on this journey is Gregory Crouch who brings us: The Bonanza King: John Mackay and the Battle over the Greatest Riches in the American West. It’s the history-making, rags-to-riches story of an Irish immigrant who made his fortune, won the love of his adopted country — and then fell from the national memory in part because nobody had a bad word to say about him. Gregory Crouch’s previous books include the World War II flying adventure China’s Wings and the alpine memoir Enduring Patagonia. He studied history at the United States Military Academy at West Point, completed U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger schools, and led two infantry platoons. Visit him at,, @GregoryCrouch on Twitter, or Gregory.Crouch on Instagram.             Podcast: Download (Duration: 56:23 — 129.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More