Gerald Posner – Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America
Science / June 15, 2020

June 15, 2020 – Investigative journalist and attorney Gerald Posner shares the highpoints of the pharmaceutical industry’s transformational successes, as well the moments they’d prefer to keep buried. We go along for the ride in his latest book, Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America. It’s a page-turning journey to meet the scientists whose successes have improved the lives of every human being on earth, and the marketers who gave us infamous scourges like Thalidomide and the opioid crisis. Yes, for every polio vaccine, there are those who lose sight of their noble mission to first do no harm, in the face of massive piles of corrupting cash and compliant congresses that are more lap dogs than watch dogs. Gerald Posner is a distinguished attorney, Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and an Honors Graduate of Hastings Law School. He’s written definitive books on everything from the Nazi “Angel of Death” Josef Mengele, the Oklahoma City Bombing, 9/11, and Motown, to the JFK and Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinations. He previously appeared on the History Author Show to discuss his 2015 book, God’s Bankers: A History of Money and Power at…

Fred Kaplan – The Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear War
Science , World Leaders / January 27, 2020

January 27, 2020 – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Fred Kaplan drops in on the key flashpoints of the Nuclear Age, from Harry S Truman first getting word that the Manhattan Project had birthed its radioactive fruit, to the Cuban Missile Crisis and Reagan’s peace offerings to Gorbachev, to modern fears of rogue nations and terrorists gaining access to the ultimate firecrackers. Fred Kaplan is the national-security point man for Slate, and is the author of five previous books including Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War, and the Pulitzer finalist The Plot to Change the American Way of War.   Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:16:03 — 174.1MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

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 | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

H5F: Lynn Sherr – Space Pioneer Sally Ride
History in Five , Science / May 20, 2016

May 20, 2016 – It’s History in Five Friday, presented by Simon & Schuster. Today, journalist Lynn Sherr turns our time machine into a rocket ship to shatter the glass ceiling. Her new book is Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space.  You can enjoy our full interview here.  It’s the remarkable story of humanity’s first baby steps beyond earth with Sputnik, to the Space Shuttle and I.S.S.  You can follow today’s author on Twitter @LynnSherr. Triumph, tragedy, and the right stuff. It’s all up there in the stars. History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past.   Podcast: Download (Duration: 8:07 — 7.4MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

H5F: Walter Isaacson – The Innovators
History in Five , Science / November 13, 2015

November 13, 2015 – Today we’re going to hear from writer/journalist Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute and author of  The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, and the acclaimed biography: Steve Jobs. The Innovators includes names like Grace Hopper, Lord Byron’s daughter, Bletchley Park’s Alan Turing, ENIAC, John Mauchly, J. Presper Eckert, and many others that gave us the computer devices we find indispensable to modern life. And remember to subscribe to the History Author Show on iTunes, like our iHeartRadio page, or make us appointment listening on your Android device, so you don’t miss an installment of History in Five Friday. It’s the perfect way to kick off your modern weekend… with people from the past. Podcast: Download (Duration: 7:32 — 6.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Michael Hiltzik – Big Science
Science / September 14, 2015

September 14, 2015 – From Thomas Edison to Dr. Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters, the idea of the quirky, driven scientist working in solitude is a popular one in the American imagination. But today, you need big machines like particle accelerators, electron microscopes, and super computers to advance human knowledge. So how did we get from Alexander Graham Bell in his lonely lab to Robert Oppenheimer assembling and leading a massive team to beat Hitler to the atom bomb, or the U.S. racing the Soviets to the moon? Today’s book introduces us to the man behind this revolution, one that touches all aspects of our modern life. It’s called, Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex. The author is Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Hiltzik. He’s a graduate of Colgate and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia, and has written previous books on the Hoover Dam and The New Deal. You can follow him on Twitter @HiltzikM and visit his website,   Additional books discussed in this episode:   Podcast: Download (Duration: 31:10 — 28.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More