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 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 | Google Podcasts | RSS |…

David Head – A Crisis of Peace
American Presidents , Colonial America / February 24, 2020

February 24, 2020 – What if the Revolution sparked in 1776 had collapsed? In this episode, our time machine travels back to the last days of the American Revolution, to track down rumors of an unthinkable plot by the Continental Army to mutiny over lack of pay. Only George Washington stood against the passions of men that may have included such patriots Alexander Hamilton and James Madison? Infiltrating the plot against the government to see just how far it goes is Professor David Head, who brings us A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution. Professor Head is a history professor at the University of Central Florida whose work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and George Washington’s Mt. Vernon. Visit him online at, on Facebook at David Head History, or @DavidHeadPhD on Twitter.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:09:54 — 160.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Karen A. Chase – Carrying Independence: A Founding Documents Novel

July 1, 2019 – Our time machine travels back to the American Revolution, where we’ll meet Nathaniel Marten, a young Post Rider tasked with the solemn duty of gathering signatures for the Declaration of Independence. Our guide on this journey is Karen A. Chase, who brings us Carrying Independence: A Founding Documents Novel. Carrying Independence has already garnered accolades, securing second place in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Unpublished Novel Competition, and rolled its way into the semis at the Screencraft Cinematic Book competition. Her first effort, Bonjour 40: A Paris Travel Log, also met with critical acclaim, earning seven independent publishing awards. Visit our guest at, or on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Today, she lives in historic Virginia. But Karen A. Chase was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and has a couple of ancestors who fought in the War of Independence — which gained her membership in the National Society of that Daughters of the American Revolution.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 52:26 — 120.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Bob Drury and Tom Clavin – Valley Forge
Colonial America / October 22, 2018

October 22, 2018 – Our time machine travels back to “the times that try men’s souls,” when Thomas Payne wrote that phrase to embody the struggles of Gen. George Washington’s beaten-but-not-broken army and the precarious cause of American independence. In their new book, Valley Forge, #1 New York Times best-selling team Bob Drury and Tom Clavin provide a fresh look at the winter of 1777. In it, they introduce us to a very human George Washington who’s beset on all sides by an almost comical array of existential threats — disease, desertion, traitors, spies, bickering bureaucrats, and incompetent skinflints in a dissolving Continental Congress. Not to mention the combined military might of the British Empire. Drury and Clavin show case not only the indispensable commander-in-chief, but the common soldiers as well as men like Baron Von Stuben, Alexander Hamilton, the Marquis de Lafayette, and infamous characters like General Charles Lee. It’s a fight that culminates on the sandy plain of New Jersey, when the men who survived the privations of Pennsylvania, stand toe to toe with Great Britain’s best and turn them back. Our guests have previously co-written titles including The Heart of Everything That Is — The Untold Story…

Selene Castrovilla – Revolutionary Rogues: John André and Benedict Arnold
Colonial America , Youth / December 18, 2017

December 18, 2017 – This week — just in time to get stuffed into your young reader’s stocking — we travel back to a familiar location, at a pivotal moment in the American Revolution. The year is 1780, when one of the greatest heroes of the Continental Army — General Benedict Arnold — decides to betray the patriot cause by surrendering West Point to the British with the help of British spymaster Major John André. We talked about these infamous men when we interviewed Robert Norden, tavern keeper at the Old ’76 House in Tappan, New York, where patriots kept the captured Andre locked up after his capture and before his execution. You can enjoy that episode in the archives at or your favorite on-demand audio outlet. Our guide on this journey is award-winning young adult novelist and nonfiction author Selene Castrovilla who brings us: Revolutionary Rogues: Revolutionary Rogues: John André and Benedict Arnold. It’s the real history behind heavily dramatized stories such as AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies and the smash Broadway musical Hamilton. Selene’s third YA novel Melt, Book One of the Rough Romance Trilogy, racked up six honors including the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators…

Rebecca Fraser – The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America
Colonial America , Exploration / November 20, 2017

November 20, 2017 – This week — just in time for Thanksgiving in America — we set sail with the intrepid Pilgrims on The Mayflower. Once aboard, we’ll meet the Winslow family, and gain a perspective that links the broader experience — from Native American contacts to intrigues back home in Europe. Tracing the voyage with us is reviewer and broadcaster Rebecca Fraser author of The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage, and the Founding of America. The daughter of noted British historian Lady Antonia Fraser and former president of the Brontë Society in the U.K. Her previous books include The Story of Britain. You can find her on Twitter at R Fraser Author.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 58:21 — 133.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Greg Flemming – At the Point of a Cutlass: The Pirate Capture, Bold Escape, and Lonely Exile of Philip Ashton
Colonial America / May 8, 2017

May 8, 2017 – This week, our time machine hoists the Jolly Roger, that notorious black flag with a skull and crossbones that sent shivers down the spine of God-fearing men and woman on the high seas. Shortly after we set sail, we’ll meet Massachusetts fisherman Philip Ashton, whose capture and escape from pirates, earned him status as America’s real-life Robinson Crusoe. We’ll also cross swords with Ashton’s nemesis, the pirate Edward Low. He’s forgotten today, but in the 1720’s, Low surpassed even the infamous Blackbeard, capturing more plunder and killing more people — often after horrifically torturing them first. Our captain on these treacherous seas is Greg Flemming, author of Boston Globe bestseller, At the Point of a Cutlass: The Pirate Capture, Bold Escape, and Lonely Exile of Philip Ashton. You can get to know him by paying a visit to, @Flemming_Greg, or of the Cutlass.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 35:02 — 80.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Laurie Halse Anderson – The Seeds of America Trilogy
Colonial America / October 10, 2016

October 10, 2016 – This week, our time machine returns to the days of the Revolutionary War, and views it through the eyes of Isabel and Curzon, two of the African-American children held in slavery. Laurie Halse Anderson’s trilogy, The Seeds of America, includes the books Chains, Forge, and the just-released blistering conclusion, Ashes. Laura Halse Anderson is a New York Times-bestselling author who has earned numerous American Library Association and state awards. Not only did she talk about her own writing, but she shared her passion for inspiring young people to love history, and gave advice on how they can get their work published. Chains was a National Book Award finalists, and also made the Carnegie Medal Shortlist in the U.K. You can enjoy her blogging at, and link up with her on Twitter, Facebook, etc. If you enjoy The Seeds of America Trilogy, you may check out our previous interview with Chris Stevenson on his book, The Drum of Destiny, which views the revolution through an orphaned indentured servant, who dreams of joining the Patriot Army.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 59:49 — 54.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Jim Christ – Paoli Battlefield, Site of the 1777 Paoli Massacre
Colonial America / September 12, 2016

September 12, 2016 – It’s important to actually walk the earth where a given historical event occurred. This week, we’ll do just that at the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park & Paoli Memorial Grounds, just under an hour west of Philadelphia. Our guide is Jim Christ, vice president of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund. The Battle of Paoli, also called “The Paoli Massacre,” unfolded at midnight on September 20 to 21, 1777. After General George Washington’s defeat at Brandywine on September 11th, his forces retreated toward Philadelphia to regroup, and he ordered General Anthony Wayne to harass the British. But the attempt failed, and the result was the 9th deadliest battle in the American Revolutionary War. You can surf this unique historic destination on the web at, or by following @PaoliBattle on Twitter. You can also like the Paoli Battlefield Historical Park’s page on Facebook.         Podcast: Download (Duration: 48:10 — 44.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Chris Stevenson – Drum of Destiny
Colonial America , Youth / June 27, 2016

June 27, 2016 – Today, we jump through the Guardian of Forever and into New York City during the American Revolution — just in time for Independence Day 2016. Once there, we meet twelve-year-old Gabriel Cooper, an orphaned patriot who sets out to join the Continental Army. Our guest is Chris Stevenson, and his book is The Drum of Destiny, historical fiction for readers 9-12 years of age. You can find a teacher’s guide at, and also on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Chris also hosts a blog that focuses on the Revolution and Colonial period.  You can also get the Teaching Guide at Chris’s website.         Podcast: Download (Duration: 29:50 — 27.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Eric Nelsen – The Kearney House
Colonial America / April 18, 2016

April 18, 2016 – Today, we’re traveling back in time by rappelling down the steep face of New Jersey’s Palisades Cliffs, and down to the Alpine Boat Basin, just north of the George Washington Bridge. Our destination is the historic The Kearney House, formerly called the Cornwallis Headquarters, based on the local legend that the British general stopped here for a night during the American Revolution. The Kearney House dates back to the mid-1700s, and in the centuries since has been a home, a riverfront tavern, a police station, and a shrine to history itself — surviving not only time and development, but Superstorm Sandy. You can tour The Kearney House, but also enjoy special events such as Punch & Pie Tavern Nights (April 23 and April 30, 2016) and Tales of the Macabre with readings from local fellow, Edgar Alan Poe. With music, mirth and libations, this is hardly your typical velvet-rope historical experience. Our guide on this visit is Eric Nelsen, historic interpreter for the Palisades Interstate Park and co-author of the book about this 100,000 acres of open space: New Jersey’s Palisades Interstate Park. You can check out what’s happening at The Kearney House and the park’s…

Jay Atkinson – Massacre on the Merrimack

March 28, 2016 – Step through the Guardian of Forever and back in time to colonial North America, in the heat of King William’s War. Our guide on this journey is Jay Atkinson, called “the bard of New England toughness” by Men’s Health magazine for his approach to writing and his topics. He shares the story of another tough New Englander in his new book, Massacre on the Merrimack: Hannah Duston’s Captivity and Revenge in Colonial America. Early on March 15, 1697, a band of Abenaki warriors in service to the Catholic French, raided the Puritan English frontier village of Haverhill, Massachusetts, killing twenty-seven men, women and children, and taking thirteen survivors captive. Hannah Duston and her one-week-old daughter, Martha, were among these survivors — and it is there that our story begins. Jay Atkinson teaches journalism at Boston University, as well as a critic, essayist, investigative journalist, and itinerant amateur athlete up in Methuen, Massachusetts. He is also the author of the author of two novels, a collection of short fiction, and five nonfiction narrative books including Ice Time and Legends of Winter Hill. You can visit his website,, follow him @Atkinson_Jay on Twitter, or drop him a like…