Jim Leeke – The Best Team Over There: The Untold Story of Grover Cleveland Alexander and the Great War
Biography , Sports , WWI / April 19, 2021

  April 19, 2021 – How did the trauma of the First World War follow a baseball legend home, sending both his game and his life into downward spirals? Returning to introduce us to this tragic Hall of Famer is Jim Leeke, who brings us The Best Team Over There: The Untold Story of Grover Cleveland Alexander and the Great War. Grover Cleveland “Pete” Alexander is a legendary name in baseball, but a key factor in his career — months of service as an artillery sergeant in the Great War — has been overlooked.  Jim is a contributor to the Society for American Baseball Research Baseball Biography Project, as well as the writer or editor of several books on U.S. and military history. Visit our archives wherever you’re watching or listening now for my previous conversations with Jim Leeke. Howell’s Storm: New York City’s Official Rainmaker and the 1950 Drought Nine Innings for the King: The Day Wartime London Stopped for Baseball, July 4, 1918 From the Dugouts to the Trenches: Baseball During the Great War Matty Boy: A Civil War Novel for Young Readers Follow Jim on Twitter at the handles @JimLeeke and @WW1Baseball. Podcast: Download (Duration: 54:22 —…

Clare Mulley – The Woman Who Saved the Children
Biography / November 4, 2019

November 4, 2019 – How did a “spinster” who declared, “I don’t care for children,” and called them “little wretches,” launch an organization that not only saved millions of them, but changed the way the world treats young people to this day? Clare Mulley returns to introduce us into this enigmatic force for good in The Woman Who Saved the Children: A Biography of Eglantyne Jebb, Founder of Save the Children. Proceeds from sales goes to support Save the Children. Beginning in 1919, the charity that celebrates its centennial in 2019 has fought to uphold the human rights of children worldwide. Although today the charity is promoted by big-name stars and enjoys widespread recognition, it’s origin traces back to a forgotten founder, Eglantyne Jebb, who lived a short life but left an enduring legacy. Clare Mulley joined Save the Children as a corporate fundraiser in the 1990s. We last caught up with Clare to discuss her book, The Women Who Flew for Hitler: A True Story of Soaring Ambition and Searing Rivalry. For more on this historian, follow @Clare Mulley on Twitter, or toss a like to Clare Mulley Author on Facebook.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 46:42 — 106.9MB)Subscribe:…

Tom Clavin – Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier’s First Gunfighter
Biography / February 25, 2019

February 25, 2019 – We welcome a familiar face back into the passenger seat of our time machine. It’s Tom Clavin, who we last chatted with about the book, Valley Forge, he co-authored with Bob Drury. Tom returns solo with the definitive true story of James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok. A soldier in the Civil War, spy for the Union, scout, lawman, gunfighter, gambler, showman, actor, and romantic, he crossed paths with General Custer, befriended the boy who grew up into Buffalo Bill Cody, and locked horns with Calamity Jane — which may surprise those who’ve grown up with Hollywood portrayals of the pair as lovers. Wild Bill’s life story is also peppered with Ben Thompson, Kit Carson, and a slew of too-slow gamblers and gunmen looking to beat the fastest gun in the West and steal the title themselves. We can enjoy all these stories in Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier’s First Gunfighter. Tom Clavin is the author or coauthor of sixteen books, including the #1 best-seller Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West. You can visit our guest at TomClavin.com.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 54:24 —…

Gregory Crouch – The Bonanza King: John Mackay and the Battle over the Greatest Riches in the American West
Biography / July 2, 2018

July 2, 2018 – Our time machine strikes gold in Nevada’s Comstock Lode — a world-record vein so immensely valuable that it changed the destiny of the United States as the Civil War loomed. Our guide on this journey is Gregory Crouch who brings us: The Bonanza King: John Mackay and the Battle over the Greatest Riches in the American West. It’s the history-making, rags-to-riches story of an Irish immigrant who made his fortune, won the love of his adopted country — and then fell from the national memory in part because nobody had a bad word to say about him. Gregory Crouch’s previous books include the World War II flying adventure China’s Wings and the alpine memoir Enduring Patagonia. He studied history at the United States Military Academy at West Point, completed U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger schools, and led two infantry platoons. Visit him at GregCrouch.com, Facebook.com/GregoryCrouchAuthor, @GregoryCrouch on Twitter, or Gregory.Crouch on Instagram.             Podcast: Download (Duration: 56:23 — 129.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Anne Serling – As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling
Biography / May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018 – In this episode, our time machine welcomes aboard the daughter of an American national treasure: Rod Serling. Best known for his ominous exposition in TV’s groundbreaking anthology, The Twilight Zone, Serling also produced landmark screenplays such as Planet of the Apes, Seven Days in May, Playhouse 90’s The Velvet Alley, and Requiem for a Heavyweight. He was a World War Two veteran, jokester, animal-lover, social commentator, prolific writer and — unfortunately — a heavy smoker, which contributed to his early death at only fifty years old in 1975. But perhaps the credit Rodman Edward “Rod” Serling could boast with the greatest pride, is that of loving father. This is the man we’ll meet thanks to his younger daughter, Anne Serling, in As I Knew Him: My Dad, Rod Serling. Far from the dark, brooding, tortured character many have portrayed, this intimate portrait introduces us to a writer, thinker and teacher we would all be proud to know. Visit our guest online at AnneSerling.Com, @AnneSerling on Twitter, or Facebook.com/AnneSerlingBooks.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 46:25 — 106.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More