Tonya Mitchell – A Feigned Madness: A Novel
Fiction / October 19, 2020

October 19, 2020 – In 1887, the New York World newspaper laughed off 23-year-old Elizabeth Cochrane’s dreams of being a reporter. Today, she’s a New York City legend, known to history by the pen name Nellie Bly. But to sew up that dream job, Nellie had to go undercover in the closest thing Gilded Age Gotham had to hell: The asylums of Blackwell’s Island on the East River. Tonya Mitchell brings us a meticulously researched, fictionalized account of Nellie’s mission in her debut novel, A Feigned Madness. It follows Nellie’s quest to expose the corrupt officials running the asylum, and blow up the conventional wisdom that women just can’t hack it in a newsroom. You’ve seen Tonya Mitchell’s award-winning fiction in the Copperfield Review, Words Undone, the Front Porch Review, and various anthologies. She’s also earned a BA from Indiana University in the field Nellie Bly pioneered, journalism, and describes herself as obsessed with the Victorian Era, as we’ll see in the rich, transportive detail of her fiction. Visit her at TonyaMitchellAuthor.com or on , Facebook and Instagram. You can learn more about the fact behind the fiction of this episode, in our interview with Stacy Horn about her book,…

Todd Arrington – The Last Lincoln Republican: The Presidential Election of 1880
American Presidents / October 5, 2020

October 5, 2020 – In 1881, an assassin shot President James A. Garfield just four months into his term, ending this noble leader’s plans for carrying out Abraham Lincoln’s legacy of equality for formerly enslaved Americans. But how did he get into the big chair? Our time machine heads into the hurly burley of the 1880 election, the only time two Civil War veterans faced off across the Mason-Dixon line of politics. It’s the ultimate winner, James A. Garfield of Ohio, who we meet in the book The Last Lincoln Republican: The Presidential Election of 1880. Our campaign manager on the road to the White House, is Benjamin Todd Arrington, site manager of the James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor, Ohio. Learn more about the 20th president’s life and unfulfilled potential at the National Parks Service website, or on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram. Special thanks to Candice Millard for submitting a question for Todd. She’s author of the landmark James A. Garfield book Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President. You find our conversation her latest book, Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the…