David Pietrusza – Too Long Ago: A Childhood Memory. A Vanished World.
Memoir , New York , Pop Culture / March 8, 2021

  March 8, 2021 – What happens when a legendary historian aims his keen eye in the rearview mirror, examining the places, people, and experiences that made him a great storyteller? Well, when the historian is David Pietrusza, the answer is the rich, funny and poignant memoir Too Long Ago: A Childhood Memory. A Vanished World. Before returning us to the Amsterdam, NY, of Upstate New York in the 1950s and ’60s, David Pietrusza wrote or edited a treasure trove of books and has appeared everywhere from C-SPAN and the History Channel, to ESPN and Fox Sports Channel, as well as too many fine radio shows to list. He is also featured on AMC’s Making of the Mob: New York. It’s easy to see why he’s been called “one of the great political historians of all time.” David Pietrusza has sat down with me to discuss four of his previous books, interviews which you can find in our archives or below. They are: TR’s Last War: Theodore Roosevelt, the Great War, and a Journey of Triumph and Tragedy Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series 1920: The Year of the Six…

John R. Bohrer – The Revolution of Robert Kennedy: From Power to Protest After JFK
Memoir / June 12, 2017

June 12, 2017 – This week, we’ll visit the turbulent 1960s after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Once there, we’ll witness his younger brother and attorney general, Robert F. Kennedy, charting his own political path forward. With his foe LBJ in the White House, and only 38 years old, Bobby no longer has JFK’s career to put first, but his own. Our guide on this journey of discovery is reporter, historian, and television news producer John R. Bohrer, who’s here to share his book: The Revolution of Robert Kennedy – From Power to Protest After JFK. You can follow him on Twitter @JRBOH, or visit JohnRBohrer.com.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 48:12 — 110.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Joseph Madison Beck – My Father and Atticus Finch: A Lawyer’s Fight for Justice in 1930s Alabama
Memoir / November 14, 2016

November 14, 2016 – This week, our time machine may sound like it’s taking a sideways journey into the fictional world of Harper Lee’s iconic book, To Kill a Mockingbird. We touch down in 1930’s Alabama, and find a small town rocked when a black man is charged with raping a white woman. Only one local lawyer dares to defend the accused. That man was Foster Beck, and his son, Joseph Madison Beck, joins us to tell this eerily familiar tale. Mr. Beck’s book is My Father & Atticus Finch: A Lawyer’s Fight for Justice in 1930s Alabama. Like his father, Joseph Madison Beck practices law. He also teaches at Emory Law School, and has lectured at universities throughout the United States and abroad. As you’ll read, the evidence against Charles White is thin, but can even Foster Beck’s heroic defense and an open-minded judge save him from a death sentence? Brighten your day.   Podcast: Download (Duration: 44:05 — 40.4MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More