Jack Kelly – Heaven’s Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal
New York / July 18, 2016

July 18, 2016 – This week, we strapping our time machine to a canal boat, and sail down the modern marvel of early American commerce: The Erie Canal. The 360-mile slash between Lake Erie to Albany, and down the Hudson River to New York Harbor isn’t just one of engineers and back-breaking, dangerous manual labor, but of fascinating human drama and America itself. The book is Heaven’s Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal. By the time the canal opened 1825, the nation had fallen in love with this man-made waterway. Now, you can fall in love with it, too, thanks to Jack Kelly — journalist, novelist, and New York Foundation for the Arts fellow. His previous books include Band of Giants, which earned the Daughters of the American Revolution’s History Award Medal. You can see him everywhere from the Wall Street Journal to the History Channel, or by clicking over to HeavensDitch.com.     Podcast: Download (Duration: 39:26 — 36.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

The Old ’76 House, Robert Norden
American Presidents , Food , New York / November 23, 2015

November 23, 2015 – The Old ’76 House in Tappan, New York, is a National Landmark, one where you can eat a meal fit for overthrowing a king. The building itself predates the American Revolution by over a century, and served an active role in the fight for independence. Every major figure including General George Washington spent time at this great American tavern. In 1780, it even served as a make-shift prison for Major John Andre, the British spy caught conspiring with America’s most infamous traitor, Benedict Arnold. And it was here that the British met Gen. Washington to officially recognize the war’s end, and recognize America as a free and independent nation. Learn more about America’s oldest tavern at 76House.com, or by following them at Facebook.com/TheOld76House. And don’t miss our interview with tavernkeeper, Robert Norden, who restored and preserves this unique piece of American history. Podcast: Download (Duration: 39:28 — 36.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Donald L. Miller – Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America
New York / August 17, 2015

August 17, 2015 – You’re familiar with our theme song, 1925’s New York Ain’t New York Anymore. It’s the perfect segue into today’s book, Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America. The story of speakeasies, Flappers and radio is brought to us by Donald L. Miller. He’s the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College and also authored City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America. You can learn about these and his other projects at DonaldMillerBooks.com, and even take a spin around Jazz Age Manhattan on an interactive map. If you have an eye for history — and you do, or why else would you be here — you’ll run into a lot of old friends reading Supreme City. Names that still generate excitement and nods of recognition a hundred years later. Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, Tex Rickard, E.B. White, Elizabeth Arden. Ziegfeld, Chrysler, LaGuardia, Lindbergh, Sarnoff. But how did New York City get from there to here? How did it become, as Duke Ellington called it, “the capital of everything”?   Podcast: Download (Duration: 42:39 — 39.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS |…