Cathryn J. Prince – Queen of the Mountaineers: The Trailblazing Life of Fanny Bullock Workman
Biography , Exploration , Gilded Age / December 2, 2019

December 2, 2019 – Why would a Gilded Age woman climb the tallest mountains in the world? For the same reason a man would, of course: Because it’s there. We meet the pioneer whose ambitions shattered glass ceilings on the very top of the world in Queen of the Mountaineers: The Trailblazing Life of Fanny Bullock Workman. Our sherpa as we climb through this compelling woman’s life is Cathryn J. Prince whose previous books include American Daredevil, Death in the Baltic, and Shot from the Sky. She has worked as a correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor in Switzerland and in New York, where she reported on the United Nations, and is a frequent contributor to The Times of Israel and fine magazines everywhere. Visit her at @CJPrince7676 on Instagram or Cathryn Prince on Twitter.         Podcast: Download (Duration: 52:00 — 119.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Charles Fishman – One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon
Exploration / August 12, 2019

August 12, 2019 – Our time machine boldly goes where no man has gone before, fulfilling President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 challenge to put an American on the moon and return him safely to earth by the end of that decade. Half a century after NASA fulfilled JFK’s vision in the summer of 1969, we look back at the long road of 10,000 small human steps and giant technological leaps, that led to Neil Armstrong stamping his footprint in the lunar dust. Guiding our voyage from Mission Control is Charles Fishman, author of… One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon. Charles Fishman has earned three Gerald Loeb Awards, the most prestigious prize in business journalism. He’s also the acclaimed author of The Wal-Mart Effect and The Big Thirst, as well as co-author of A Curious Mind with Academy Award-winning producer and New York Times best-selling author Brian Grazer. Find our guest on Twitter at CFishman. If you enjoy gazing up at the stars, I highly recommend these previous interviews: Lynn Sherr – Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space Dow Phumiruk – Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13     Podcast: Download…

Jeff Guinn – The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s Ten-Year Road Trip
Exploration / July 29, 2019

July 29, 2019 – What do you get when two icons of the Industrial Revolution pile into a Model T and speed off to look for America? A one-of-a kind road-trip, peppered with Jazz Age characters like Harvey Firestone, John Burroughs, President Calvin Coolidge, and hardscrabble fiddler Jep Bisbee. Gassing us up for this journey is Jeff Guinn who brings us The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s Ten-Year Road Trip. Then as now, time spent stuck in a car brought frayed nerves and zany mishaps — literally bumps in the road — but there’s no better way to get the cut of someone’s jib.  Jeff Guinn is an award-winning former investigative journalist and the bestselling author of numerous books. They include Go Down Together: The True Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde, and, The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral Find more about our guest at his Simon & Schuster author page or toss him a like on Facebook. Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:02:46 — 143.6MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Dow Phumiruk – Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13
Exploration , Youth / September 10, 2018

September 10, 2018 – Our time machine rockets to the moon — and misses — aboard the ill-fated Apollo 13. Saving the day is the African-American woman whose mathematical know-how guided the trio of Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise safely back home. As a child, Katherine Johnson loved math, and triumphed with her family’s support to learn despite segregated schools of the day. Bringing an out-of-this-word story to life for readers 5 to 9 years of age, is Dow Phumiruk, whose vivid illustrations blast off in Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13, written by Helaine Becker. Dow Phumiruk is a pediatrician with a passion for art who enjoys adventures at home, hiking on the trails of Colorado. Visit her online at or follow her @DowPhumiruk. We previously discussed Dow’s illustrations when we chatted with Jeanne Walker Harvey about their book, Maya Lin: Artist – Architect of Light and Lines. A special Happy Birthday to Katherine Johnson, who turned 100 years old just a couple of weeks before this episode’s air-date!     Podcast: Download (Duration: 44:10 — 101.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Laurie Gwen Shapiro – The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica
Exploration / January 29, 2018

January 29, 2018 – Our time machine heads south to the other land down under for a chilly Jazz Age adventure. Our guide on this journey is Laurie Gwen Shapiro who brings us the story of a scrappy Polish-American kid from Manhattan’s Lower East Side, who explores the Roaring ’20s final frontier. Her book is The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica. It’s the spectacular, true story of Billy Gawronski who snuck onto the flagship of famed explorer Richard E. Byrd, demanding a place among the crew and on the pages of history. Laurie Gwen Shapiro is a native of Billy Gawronski’s corner of Manhattan, and you’ve seen her writing in New York Magazine, Slate, Los Angeles Review of Books, as well as in her history column The Forward, focusing on unsung heroes. She is also a documentary filmmaker who won an Independent Spirit Award for directing IFC’s Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale and an Emmy nomination for producing HBO’s Finishing Heaven. Visit her online at, follow her @LaurieStories on Twitter and Instagram, or toss a like to       Podcast: Download (Duration: 55:51 — 127.8MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android…

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 | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

David Osborne – The Coming
Exploration / June 19, 2017

June 19, 2017 – This week, our time machine joins up with legendary explorers Lewis and Clark, and traces the clash of cultures between the Europeans and Native American Nez Perce tribe through William Clark’s son, Daytime Smoke. Our guide on this journey is David Osborne, who shares his ambitious debut novel, The Coming. David has five nonfiction books to his credit, and you’ve seen his work in the Atlantic, New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and many other places popular opinion writing is found. He is also a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, directing the Reinventing America’s Schools Project. Find him on Twitter at Osborne David.           Podcast: Download (Duration: 42:40 — 97.7MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Robert T. Hilliard – A Season on the Allegheny
Exploration / January 23, 2017

January 23, 2017 – This week, our time machine turns on the four-wheel drive, as we hike into Allegheny National Forest, hunting for history. Established in 1923, the forest covers over half a million acres of the northwestern Pennsylvania foothills, and offers us the chance to experience the same sights, sounds and wildlife, as our forebears stretching back to the dawn of civilization. Joining us with his walking stick is author Robert Hilliard, author of, A Season on the Allegheny. Rob has written on sports, history, and the outdoors for over two decades. He’s formerly a contributing editor with Ohio Valley Outdoors magazine, and contributed to the history anthology, Rivers of Destiny. You can pick up his trail by following him on Twitter @RobHilliard_66, or toss him a like at You can also read his piece on The Pennsylvania Tuxedo, by Woolrich, “The Original Outdoor Clothing Company.” You can also check out the history behind Johnny Cash’s song, “As Long as the Grass Shall Go,” off his Bitter Tears Album, and how President John F. Kennedy broke a treaty with the Seneca, which dated back to George Washington, to build the Kinzua Dam.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:14:59…

Rinker Buck – The Oregon Trail (Paperback Interview)
Exploration / June 6, 2016

June 6, 2016 – Today, our time machine heads back to our show’s past, serving up a special, all-new paperback interview with a familiar voice. Back in August of 2015, we kicked off the show with the words, “Three mules, two brothers, and a Jack Russell terrier named Olive Oyl.” Our guest was Rinker Buck, and his book — The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey — recounted the trek he made with his brother Nick in a covered wagon, two thousand miles from Missouri to the great American Northwest. In the months since hitting shelves, The Oregon Trail has wended its way up the New York Times best-seller list to #1, and named it the best non-fiction book of 2015. When completing the first mule-powered crossing of this legendary pioneer trail in over a century, Rinker met a lot of people — and he met them, in a new light, after they’d had a chance to see the enthusiastic response to how he shared their story. With the paperback edition of The Oregon Trail appearing in bookstores June 7, 2016, we thought, why not bring Rinker back to hear about his experiences on the tour following publication. After…

Lynn Sherr – Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space
Exploration , Science / May 23, 2016

May 23, 2016 – Lynn Sherr’s book is titled: Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space. It includes unique insights from her friendship with the astronaut, tennis player, astrophysicist, children’s book author, and genuine American legend, as well as exclusives from Dr. Ride’s family, partner, and countless friends and colleagues. You can enjoy more from our guest @LynnSherr on Twitter, or And although Dr. Ride passed away in 2012, her mission to inspire young people in science, technology, engineering, and math — and to promote STEM literacy — endures at Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego. You can visit them at, or follow them @SallyRideSci.   Podcast: Download (Duration: 55:47 — 51.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More