Ron Shafer – The Carnival Campaign
American Presidents / September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017 – his week, our time machine travels back to 1840 for a belt of hard cider courtesy of presidential candidate — William Henry Harrison. A hero in the War of 1812, “Old Tippecanoe” and served in a variety of public offices, before winning the Whig nomination and making a bid for the presidency with Virginia Democrat John Tyler. In 2017, we expect the atmosphere of a Coney Island summer to surround our campaigns. We demand style and charisma. Well, 1840 is when it all began. The big money, wild rallies, self-promotion, slogans and stagecraft. Pulitzer Prize-nominated reporter Ronald G. Shafer tells this colorful story in his book, The Carnival Campaign: How the Rollicking 1840 Campaign of “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too” Changed Presidential Elections Forever. You can check out our guest online at or follow @Ron Shafer1 on Twitter.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 59:24 — 135.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Louis Picone – The President Is Dead!
American Presidents / July 17, 2017

July 17, 2017 – This week, the old-time machine leads a funeral procession, starting at George Washington’s crypt at Mount Vernon and ending over 200 years later paying out respects to Gerald R. Ford in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Returning for a second time-travel adventure is Louis Picone, author of: The President is Dead! The Extraordinary Stories of the Presidential Deaths, Final Days, Burials, and Beyond. We previously caught up with Louis on Presidents Day at the Church of the Presidents in Long Branch, N.J. to talk about his book, Where the Presidents Were Born: The History & Preservation of the Presidential Birthplaces. This time, we met at another gem of presidential Jersey Shore history: The Township of Ocean Historical Museum, which calls itself “an open door to history.” If love walking in the final steps or baby steps of our presidents, be sure to like Louis Picone at, where he actively shares his enthusiasm for the men who’ve served in America’s highest office.         Podcast: Download (Duration: 57:16 — 131.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Tim Brady – His Father’s Son: The Life of General Ted Roosevelt, Jr.
American Presidents , WWII / June 5, 2017

June 5, 2017 – This day after this episode airs is June 6th, the anniversary of the D-Day landings in 1944. This week, our time machine hits those bloody beaches of Normandy, where we’ll meet the oldest man and highest-ranking officer to go ashore with the first wave: General Ted Roosevelt, Jr. As the oldest son of President Theodore Roosevelt, Ted had the name, the looks, the expectations — and the pressure that literally gave him headaches as a young man. So how did Ted avoid the pitfalls of that upbringing, to attain success in business, laurels in the First World War, and that crowning moment on D-Day, actions which earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor? Here to introduce us to the younger Theodore Roosevelt is Tim Brady, author of His Father’s Son: The Life of General Ted Roosevelt, Jr. Tim Brady is a Peabody Award-winning writer whose works include Twelve Desperate Miles and A Death in San Pietro. He has written a number of PBS documentaries, and helped develop the series Liberty! The American Revolution. Check out his author pages at Amazon and Penguin Random House.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 48:13 — 110.4MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts |…

Jim Foley – Church of the Presidents in Long Branch, N.J.
American Presidents / May 22, 2017

May 22, 2017 – This week, our time machine visits a small Jersey Shore town with big White House history. The spot is The Church of the Presidents in Long Branch, a spot where seven commanders-in-chief vacationed in the Gilded Age. They started coming to the beach with the man who crushed the Confederacy, General Ulysses S. Grant, and continued through five of the next six — Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, Benjamin Harrison, and William McKinley. The last man to attend services, also served as New Jersey governor: Thomas Woodrow Wilson. In the Victorian Era, the sea air was believed to have such rejuvenating powers, that President Garfield was brought to a cottage across from the Church of the Presidents, after being shot by the unhinged Charlie Guiteau. Unfortunately, the cure failed, and Garfield died nearby on September 19, 1881. Presiding over this week’s journey is Jim Foley, president of the Long Branch Historical Museum Association, headquartered at the Church of the Presidents. You can read more about their work to preserve the history of this New Jersey history gem, at, and keep tabs on their historical events such as their cocktail party fundraiser in…

David A. Nichols – Ike and McCarthy: Dwight Eisenhower’s Secret Campaign against Joseph McCarthy
American Presidents , Cold War / May 1, 2017

May 1, 2017 – This week, our time machine touches down at the height of the Red Scare, in the Oval Office of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, whose public stance of ignoring Senator Joseph McCarthy’s descent into demagoguery — refusing even to mention his name — has long been cited by historians as proof that the old World War Two general just didn’t care. Some even dared call the former Supreme Allied commander, a coward. After his death, Ike’s strategy would be revealed and dubbed “the hidden hand.” He felt that to attack McCarthy straight-on would raise his statue within the Republican party and the nation, and ultimately be counterproductive. The book that sets the record straight is Ike and McCarthy: Dwight Eisenhower’s Secret Campaign against Joseph McCarthy, by David A. Nichols, a leading expert on the Eisenhower presidency. You can dig into our guest’s other works and thoughts on history, on Twitter @DavidANichols8.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 51:32 — 117.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Louis Picone – Where the Presidents Were Born: The History & Preservation of the Presidential Birthplaces
American Presidents / February 20, 2017

February 20, 2017 – This week, we mark Presidents Day by putting some serious years and miles on the old DeLorean, starting with a visit to the Tidewater region of Virginia in the mid 1700’s, and ending over 200 years later across the ocean in Hawaii. In between, we’ll make a bunch of stops in Ohio, a handful in New York, and others scattered across the nation. Our guide on this journey is Louis Picone, author of Where the Presidents Were Born: The History & Preservation of the Presidential Birthplaces. From George Washington to Barack Obama, the book shares insights and history of the homes, highways and hospitals of the first 43 men who’ve served as our commander-in-chief. Louis and I are both from the Garden State of New Jersey, we decided to meet up at one of the hidden presidential jewels of the Jersey Shore. It’s the Church of the Presidents in Long Branch where seven commanders-in-chief worshiped, more than anywhere outside the nation’s capital. In a future episode, we’ll visit the chapel (now home to the Long Branch Historical Museum Association) to hear more about Presidents Grant, Hayes, Arthur, Harrison, McKinley, Wilson and Garfield — who passed away…

Margaret Creighton – The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 World’s Fair
American Presidents / January 9, 2017

January 9, 2017 – This week, our time machine whisks us back the Pan-American Exposition, a Gilded Age world’s fair powered by the newly harnessed power of electricity. “The Pan” covered 350 acres near Niagara Falls, and heralded the wonders of the 20th Century. But it also featured lingering stereotypes of a pre-flight world, and the tragic assassination of President William McKinley — America’s most beloved chief executive since Abraham Lincoln. Our guide to Buffalo in 1901, is Margaret Creighton, professor of history at Maine’s Bates College and author of The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City: Spectacle and Assassination at the 1901 World’s Fair. You may have enjoyed her previous book, The Colors of Courage: Gettysburg’s Forgotten History — Immigrants, Women, and African Americans in the Civil War’s Defining Battle, which was up for the Lincoln Prize. You can find her online at or on Twitter at MCreight88. And to explore the exposition from here in the 21st Century, visit     Podcast: Download (Duration: 57:33 — 59.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Harold I. Gullan – Cradles of Power: The Mothers and Fathers of the American Presidents
American Presidents / October 24, 2016

October 24, 2016 – This week, with an eye on the upcoming U.S. presidential election, our time machine visits the childhood of the 43 bouncing baby boys who’ve served in the Oval Office — which, yes, means changing Grover Cleveland’s diaper on two, non-consecutive occasions. Dr. Harold I. Gullan brings us, Cradles of Power: The Mothers and Fathers of the American Presidents. There have been so many great authors writing about first ladies, including Feather S. Foster, who you heard chat with us about her book, Mary Lincoln’s Flannel Pajamas: And Other Stories from the First Ladies’ Closet. Yet you’ll search in vain to find a book about the mothers and fathers of our presidents. This week’s guest, fills that space on our bookshelves. Hal Gullan earned a master’s degree in education from St. Joseph’s University and a Ph.D. in history from Temple University. He has previously touched on the subject of molding young minds into leaders in his books, First Fathers: The Men Who Inspired Our Presidents, as well as, Faith of Our Mothers. And, with an eye on Election Day 2016, you might also want to check out his title, The Upset That Wasn’t: Harry S. Truman and…

H5F: Doris Kearns Goodwin – The Bully Pulpit

July 29, 2016 – Today we’re going to hear from popular historian and frequent TV news guest, Doris Kearns Goodwin. Her latest book is, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. She previously touched on the extended Roosevelt family twenty years ago, writing No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front During World War II, for which she was awarded the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for History. The New York Times, Washington Post, Economist, Time, USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, and others named The Bully Pulpit as One of the Best Books of the Year, and the Associated Press said it’s “a tale so gripping that one questions the need for fiction when real life is so plump with drama and intrigue.” Remember to subscribe to the History Author Show on iTunes, like our iHeartRadio page, or make us appointment listening on your Android device, so you don’t miss an installment of History in Five Friday.   It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 6:20 — 5.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

David O. Stewart on American Emperor – Aaron Burr: The Man Who Shot Alexander Hamilton
American Presidents / July 8, 2016

July 8, 2016 – On Monday, July 11, 2016, we’ll commemorate the tragic death of one Founding Father — Alexander Hamilton — at the hands of another, Vice President Aaron Burr. With “Hamilton: An American Musical” racking up Tonys on Broadway, the face on the $10 bill is more popular than he has been in 200 years. But in this episode, David O. Stewart introduces us to the man who pulled the trigger. Mr. Stewart is president of the Washington Independent Review of Books and author of American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America. And since we are looking ahead to the 212th anniversary of the Burr-Hamilton Duel, those of us in the Greater New York City area won’t want to miss the annual gathering at the Hamilton Memorial overlooking the Weehawken Dueling Grounds in New Jersey, just across the Hudson from Manhattan. The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society (AHA!) will commemorate the event at 6PM, with the theme of Celebrating the New Generation of U.S. Currency. Douglas Hamilton, 5th great-grandson of Alexander, will speak at the Hamilton Memorial Bust, a year after his successful call to preserve Alexander’s place of honor on the $10 bill. If you can’t get enough of…