Donald L. Miller – Vicksburg: Grant’s Campaign That Broke the Confederacy
American Presidents , Civil War / April 20, 2020

April 20, 2020 – In 1863, the Confederate States held a last stronghold on the Mississippi River: Vicksburg. Losing it, and the slavocracy would be sliced in half, mortally wounding their cause. Donald L. Miller musters us into the Grand Army of the Republic’s campaign to capture this city on its high bluff in Vicksburg: Grant’s Campaign That Broke the Confederacy. Donald L. Miller is the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College, and was awarded the prestigious Fletcher Pratt Prize for the outstanding book on the American Civil War in 2020. His previous books include City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America, as well as a book we discussed in one of our very first interviews, Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America.           Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:19:34 — 182.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Nancy Bilyeau – Dreamland
Fiction , New York / April 6, 2020

April 6, 2020 – Pack your full-body swimsuit, everybody. We’re headed for Coney Island in the summer of 1911, where we’ll meet a young heiress, Peggy Batternberg. Peggy falls in love, dives into the seedy world where the other half lives, and stumbles upon the mystery of young women found murdered under the boardwalk. Our time machine travels back to America’s Playground, Coney Island, Brooklyn, with “writer, editor, and lover of words” Nancy Bilyeau, who brings us Dreamland. It’s Nancy’s fifth novel, following The Crown, The Blue, The Chalice, and The Tapestry. She also published a novella, The Ghost of Madison Avenue. Nancy’s family tree traces back to a seed planted on Gotham’s shores in 1665, when French Huguenot Pierre Billiou put down roots in what was then New Amsterdam. Today, the stone house he built on Staten Island stands as the third oldest in New York State. For more on our guest, visit, follow her on Twitter and Instagram @TudorScribe, or toss her like at     Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:20:35 — 184.4MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More