Jonathan Sandys – God & Churchill (A Tribute)
Religion , World Leaders / December 28, 2020

   December 28, 2020 – What’s it like being the great-grandson of one of the greatest leaders of the 20th Century, the man called “the Greatest Briton”? In this episode, we pay tribute to Jonathan Sandys, Winston Churchill’s great-grandson, who passed away at just 43 years old on December 29, 2018. With the two-year remembrance upon us, we reached back into the archives to share a speech he delivered to the English-Speaking Union at the Fort Orange Club in Albany, NY, about his book, God and Churchill: How the Great Leader’s Sense of Divine Destiny Changed His Troubled World and Offers Hope to Ours. You can also enjoy our full interview about God & Churchill from October 6, 2015 in our archives at, our iHeartRadio Channel, iTunes, etc. Jonathan, like his famous ancestor, had the power to uplift even in the darkest times. We hope this speech will inspire you to “never surrender,” to “Never, never, never give up,” as we approach 2021. As Winston Churchill said, “When you’re going through hell, keep going.” Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:16:07 — 174.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Q&A with Duncan Ryūken Williams – American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War
Q&A , Religion , WWII / July 22, 2019

We welcome Duncan Ryūken Williams with some enriching insights about his book, American Sutra: A Story of Faith and Freedom in the Second World War. Our guest was born in Tokyo to a Japanese mother and British father, growing up in both their native countries before moving to the United States to pursue his studies. He earned a Ph.D. in Religion from Harvard and is now Professor of Religion and East Asian Languages & Cultures, and the Director of the USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture. Duncan Ryūken Williams previously held the Shinjo Ito Distinguished Chair of Japanese Buddhism at UC Berkeley and served as the Director of Berkeley’s Center for Japanese Studies. In 1993, he was ordained as a Buddhist priest in the Soto Zen tradition and served as the Buddhist chaplain at Harvard University from 1994-96. He last published The Other Side of Zen: A Social History of Soto Zen Buddhism in Tokugawa Japan, and he’s edited or co-edited seven others. THE HISTORY AUTHOR SHOW: First, thank you for your time and this read. I love a book that adds to my understanding of the world, especially when I didn’t realize that hole in my…

Good Friday! It’s Eastern Orthodox Easter
Religion / April 29, 2016

April 29, 2016 – This weekend, the Greek and Eastern Orthodox Churches take us back in time to the early days of the church, when Christ’s resurrection was celebrated after Passover in order to be historically sequential. After all, the Last Supper was a Passover Seder — which some of you might have celebrated a few days ago. This special episode is presented by Luke Historians, and features excerpts from Dan Arsenault’s lectures on “Messiah Factor” and “Is Jesus the Messiah?” Additional information on the dating of the crucifixion is well-sourced and compiled in James D. Agresti’s book, Rational Conclusions. Podcast: Download (Duration: 11:31 — 10.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Amanda Read – Why December 25th for Christmas?
Religion / December 25, 2015

December 25, 2015 – Traditionally, December 25th has been celebrated as the birthday of Jesus Christ. But a variety of historic factors and scholarly discoveries indicate that He was not actually born on that date. Since this isn’t really news, just how did most of the Christian world settle on this date for the big celebration? Amanda Read digs deep into the reason for the season in a special episode brought to you by Luke Historians. You can read more about how Christianity came to peg the birth of the Messiah on this date at What does Christ have to do with Christmas Day? Thank you for listening, and Merry Christmas!   Podcast: Download (Duration: 7:43 — 7.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Gerald Posner – God’s Bankers
Religion / September 24, 2015

September 24, 2015 – This is a special, Pope-in-America edition of the History Author Show. Pope Francis began his visit to the United States on September 22, 2015 with stops in Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia. Top on his agenda were calls for Americans to spend more on the poor. But what about the church’s finances? How did a humble ministry started by St. Paul two thousand years ago, grow into the largest and wealthiest on earth? Attorney, best-selling author, and award-winning investigative journalist Gerald Posner explores that question in his book: God’s Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican. It’s a book not about faith, but about finances. And it begs the question: Can the man called the people’s pope, Francis, overcome the resistance to change in the Vatican’s inner court, and rein in its excesses? Can the new pontiff, in short, succeed where all his predecessors failed? The Providence Journal called God’s Bankers “As exciting as a mystery thriller.” So I thought, who better to interview Gerald Posner than thriller author Tom Grace. Among Tom’s best-selling novels in the Nolan Kilkenny series is, The Secret Cardinal. It’s an adventure that races from the…