David Pietrusza – Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series
Sports / October 21, 2019

October 21, 2019 – Our time machine travels back to the Jazz Age, where we’ll meet gambling mastermind Arnold Rothstein, whose lust for a sure thing inspired the most audacious and infamous scam in sports history: Fixing the World Series 100 seasons ago. The Chicago White Sox took a dive on baseball’s biggest stage against the Cincinnati Reds in the infamous “Black Sox” Scandal, in a scheme manipulated by A.R. (known as “The Brain” and “The Big Bankroll”), who spread cash around to everyone from bookies and judges to cops and politicians. Returning to share his Cracker Jack historical wisdom is David Pietrusza, who brings us his award-winning book, Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series. We last chatted with the legendary historian about his latest title, TR’s Last War: Theodore Roosevelt, the Great War, and a Journey of Triumph and Tragedy.  You can find that interview at HistoryAuthor.com, iTunes, our iHeartRadio Channel, or wherever you enjoy on-demand audio. David Pietrusza has written or edited enough best-selling, award-winning books to fill the visiting dugout, including those on the pivotal presidential election years 1920, 1932, 1948, and 1960.  He’s appeared everywhere from…

Mike Purdy – 101 Presidential Insults
American Presidents / October 7, 2019

October 7, 2019 – What’s a “honeyfuggle,” and why did Theodore Roosevelt call William Howard Taft one? In this episode, presidential historian Mike Purdy checks in with the 44 men who’ve served as our presidents as they roast, criticize, and belittle fellow commanders-in-chief in a manner that would make Don Rickles smile. And who wouldn’t want to hear Benjamin Harrison mock Grover Cleveland on two, non-consecutive occasions? The book is 101 Presidential Insults: What They Really Thought About Each Other – and What It Means to Us. Mike Purdy is the founder of PresidentialHistory.com, where you can find his award-winning presidential history blog. He’s also a regular opinion contributor to TheHill.com. As the 2020 presidential election heats up, look for his work everywhere from CNN and the Wall Street Journal to USA Today, Reuters, Bloomberg, The Huffington Post, and the BBC. You can also today’s special guest at Presidential Historian on Instagram, on Twitter @PresHistory, or toss him a like at Mike Purdy Presidential History on Facebook.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:02:29 — 143.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More