Christian Di Spigna – Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren
Colonial America / June 29, 2020

June 29, 2020 – Doctor. Major General. Hero of the American Revolution. Martyr who spilled his lifeblood fighting the British at Bunker Hill. And yet most of us have never heard of him. Our guide on this journey is Christian Di Spigna, who brings us Founding Martyr: The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution’s Lost Hero. Christian Di Spigna is a regular speaker and volunteer at Colonial Williamsburg, and an expert on the history of the era with a real passion for bringing the Revolution to life. Visit him at FoundingMartyr.com or Martyr1776 on Twitter. Since Dr. Warren stoked the flame of liberty in taverns, we also discussed my interview with Robert Norden at The ’76 House in Tappan, New York. It’s America’s oldest restaurant, and a spot where all the major Continentals — including George Washington — spent time and took their meals. It’s also where the patriots held Benedict Arnold’s British conspirator, Maj. John André, on the evening before his execution, as we discussed with Selene Castrovilla in her illustrated book, Revolutionary Rogues: John André and Benedict Arnold.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:07:18 — 154.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts |…

Gerald Posner – Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America
Science / June 15, 2020

June 15, 2020 – Investigative journalist and attorney Gerald Posner shares the highpoints of the pharmaceutical industry’s transformational successes, as well the moments they’d prefer to keep buried. We go along for the ride in his latest book, Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America. It’s a page-turning journey to meet the scientists whose successes have improved the lives of every human being on earth, and the marketers who gave us infamous scourges like Thalidomide and the opioid crisis. Yes, for every polio vaccine, there are those who lose sight of their noble mission to first do no harm, in the face of massive piles of corrupting cash and compliant congresses that are more lap dogs than watch dogs. Gerald Posner is a distinguished attorney, Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and an Honors Graduate of Hastings Law School. He’s written definitive books on everything from the Nazi “Angel of Death” Josef Mengele, the Oklahoma City Bombing, 9/11, and Motown, to the JFK and Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinations. He previously appeared on the History Author Show to discuss his 2015 book, God’s Bankers: A History of Money and Power at…

Benjamin Runkle – Generals in the Making
WWII / June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020 – Meet the commanders who led America to Victory in mankind’s most terrible conflict before they had stars on their shoulders. Our guide on this journey is 82nd Airborne veteran and paratrooper Benjamin Runkle. He brings us Generals in the Making: How Marshall, Eisenhower, Patton, and Their Peers Became the Commanders Who Won World War II. It’s the first comprehensive history of these men during the interwar years, when the already lean U.S. Armed Forces found themselves squeezed even further by the Great Depression and isolationist sentiment, all while facing strains on marriages, bouts with the bottle, the deaths of wives or children, backwater postings, and stagnant chances for promotion. In addition to his service, for which he earned a Bronze Star during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Benjamin Runkle has worked as a presidential speechwriter, Department of Defense official, director at the National Security Council, and professional staff member on the House Armed Services Committee. He is currently a senior policy fellow with Artis International and adjunct lecturer in Johns Hopkins University’s Global Security Program. He holds a PhD from Harvard. Check out Dr. Runkle’s previous book, Wanted Dead or Alive: Manhunts from Geronimo to Bin Laden. You…