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