Charles Leerhsen – Butch Cassidy: The True Story of an American Outlaw
Crime / July 13, 2020

July 13, 2020 – He’s the ultimate Civil War baby gone bad, born in 1866 with the modest handle of Robert Leroy Parker. So how did that dirt-poor son of a Mormon farmer grow up into a horse thief, rustler, and bank robber who ran with the Wild Bunch? Charles Leerhsen explores the origin story of a famous outlaw who never killed a soul in Butch Cassidy: The True Story of an American Outlaw. If you’re familiar with sensationalized, thinly researched Hollywood depictions of Butch, you’ll find the real man even more entertaining and charming. Charles Leerhsen previously joined us to discuss one of my all-time favorite books Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty. In it, he redeems one of baseball’s all-time greats, stripping away the lies of the sensationalist sportswriter, Al Stump, who concocted tales of a brutal, belligerent racist. Now, he aims the same careful eye to Butch, digging through legends and tall tales to paint a complete picture of an American original who just wanted to be liked — and to avoid the 19th Century version of the cubicle life. You’ve Charles Leerhsen’s work everywhere from Sports Illustrated and Esquire to The New York Times Magazine and People….

Jerry Mitchell – Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era
Civil Rights , Crime / March 9, 2020

March 9, 2020 – Jerry Mitchell joins us with Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era.  In addition to what we today know as the Mississippi Burning case, this unique memoir covers our guest’s efforts in the assassination of Medgar Evers, the 16th Street Church bombing, and the firebombing of Vernon Dahmer. By refusing to ignore pleas for justice when everyone else had given up hope, Mitchell’s dedication that ultimately landed four members of the KKK in prison for the rest of their lives. Jerry Mitchell has been a reporter in Mississippi since 1986, earning over 30 national awards and founding the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit that carries on his work of exposing injustices and raising up a new generation of investigative reporters. Follow him @JMitchellNews on Twitter.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 48:24 — 110.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Donald E. McInnis – She’s So Cold: Murder, Accusations and the System that Devastated a Family
Crime / November 18, 2019

November 18, 2019 – What if you woke up to find your 12-year-old daughter dead, and the local police destroyed your house looking for evidence to pin the murder on your innocent son? Attorney Donald E. McInnis introduces us to the real-life family that endured this nightmare in She’s So Cold: Murder, Accusations and the System that Devastated a Family. On a winter day in 1998, the town of Escondido, California, awoke to the terrible news that 12-year-old Stephanie Crowe had been brutally savaged by a knife-wielding killer. Putting the verdict first and trial afterwards like the Queen of Hearts, investigators launched an inquisition to prove their conclusion rather than follow the evidence, employing a cruel array of psychological manipulation tools to force two of Michael’s friends to confess to parts in a murder they hadn’t committed. This book is a cautionary tale for anyone, dismissing the comforting notion that if we have done nothing wrong, we have nothing to hide. It’s also a reminder that great injustices aren’t just the stuff of some distant history of lynch mobs and show trials in banana republics. It’s a very real threat in any system run by flawed human beings. You can…

Bob Batchelor – The Bourbon King: The Life and Crimes of George Remus, Prohibition’s Evil Genius
Crime / September 9, 2019

September 9, 2019 – Bob Batchelor introduces us to the boisterous, brass-knuckes bootlegger who quenched Dry America’s thirst in the Roaring Twenties. His book is The Bourbon King: The Life and Crimes of George Remus, Prohibition’s Evil Genius. We last caught up with Bob to chat about his book Stan Lee: The Man behind Marvel. You can find that interview in our archives at iHeartRadio, iTunes or wherever you listen to on-demand audio. In an era that featured names like Capone, Rothstein, Luciano, and Nucky Thompson of Boardwalk Empire fame, Remus broke the mold. A talented lawyer, pharmacist, and social-climbing doctor obsessed over his wife’s affair with a G-man, he grew so powerful, he even had President Warren G. Harding in his pocket. Bob Batchelor is a cultural historian who has written or edited more than two dozen books on popular culture and American literature, including books about John Updike, The Great Gatsby, and Mad Men. He lives in the Queen City of Cincinnati, Ohio, and teaches at Miami University. Visit him at or @CultPopCulture on Twitter.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:04:30 — 147.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Q&A with David Bruns and J. R. Olson – Rules of Engagement: A Novel
Crime , Fiction , Q&A / August 19, 2019

We welcome David Bruns and J.R. Olson to answer some questions about their novel, Rules of Engagement. The book deals with cyberwarfare, as the Internet Age offers a new front in global conflicts, one that is rewriting history as you’re reading this page. Think how the ironclads USS Monitor and CSS Virginia (Merrimack) clashing in the Civil War rendered wood-hulled ships obsolete, or how tanks rolling onto the Western Front transformed in the First World War and radar did the same in the Second. Winston Churchill said, “The empires of the future are the empires of the mind,” and that’s why co-authors David Bruns and J.R. Olson are here to imagine how World War III might unfold on these new frontiers where digital bullets fly across the world at the speed of thought. The co-authors are both graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy and creators of The WMD Files series of national security thrillers. David Bruns was an officer in the submarine force and J.R. Olson served more than 20 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a commander. He now teaches college courses in Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism. Both authors call Minnesota home. They have collaborated on previous works and…

Philip Jett – Death of an Heir
Crime / February 26, 2018

February 26, 2018 – Our time machine travels to 1960 and pulls over at a secluded bridge on a lonely Colorado road. We’re there to witness a crime of greed and envy, when a bitter escaped convict with delusions of high IQ snatches the 44-year-old CEO of Coors as he makes his way to the family brewery. We follow this tale of true crime in the new book: The Death of an Heir: Adolph Coors III and the Murder That Rocked an American Brewing Dynasty. Sitting beside us in our squad car as the kidnapper pounces is attorney Philip Jett, who brings us this chilling account of the Coors family’s gilded American dream that turned into a nightmare. Find our guest online at or @PhilipJett on Twitter.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 42:43 — 97.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More