October 16, 2017 – This week, our time machine travels back to a date of infamy: September 9, 1971, when inmates seized control of Attica Correctional Facility in Western New York State. A four-day standoff resulted, ending when police and corrections officers stormed Attica, leaving 29 inmates and 10 guards dead and dying. In the immediate aftermath, newspapers and television reported the state-sanctioned version of events: The prisoners had murdered the hostages. The medical examiner debunked that narrative the next morning, stating that police bullets had killed those held captive. From that point on, New York officials from Governor Nelson Rockefeller on down kicked into high gear to suppress the full truth — a truth that remained buried and scoffed at for half a century. Malcolm Bell — hired by New York State in 1973 to prosecute any cases that might arise out of its investigation — reveals what really happened when the state retook the prison. His book is The Attica Turkey Shoot: Carnage, Cover-Up, and the Pursuit of Justice. While serving as a New York State prosecutor, Bell blew the whistle on the Empire State’s refusal to hold law enforcement officers accountable for the extensive torture and murder…
August 14, 2017 – This week, our time machine travels back to the Gilded Age and pre-World War Two America, to hear the voices of those who held crowds enthralled. Our guide on this journey is Jeremy C. Young, and his book is, The Age of Charisma: Leaders, Followers, and Emotions in American Society, 1870–1940. In it, Jeremy traces the modern relationship between leaders and supporters, back to a unique group of charismatic social movements prominent in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. It was the age of magnetism, of dramatic gestures, of Christian revivals led by riveting preachers — and it laid the groundwork, for today’s mass media. Jeremy is Assistant Professor of History at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah. You have seen his editorials in many newspapers including the Chicago Sun-Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Seattle Times. You can find him at JeremyCYoung.com, at @JeremyCYoung on Twitter, or Facebook.com/TheAgeOfCharisma. Podcast: Download (Duration: 57:00 — 130.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More
December 12, 2016 – This week, our time machine goes looking for America on the New Jersey Turnpike, and finds it at the birthplace of Ben Franklin, the Constitution, and cheesesteaks. We previously visited the City of Brotherly Love for our interview at McGillin’s Olde Ale House est. 1860 and Dr. Mütter’s Marvels, with side trips to check out the Paoli Battlefield and to meet Simon Cameron, “Lincoln’s Scandalous Secretary of War.” Now, Irene Levy Baker joins us with an eye on touring more of Philly’s historic sites in her book, 100 Things to Do in Philadelphia Before You Die. And if you purchase your copy through 100ThingsToDoInPhiladelphia.com and mention you heard Irene on The History Author Show, Irene will sign your copy. It makes a great gift! You can also find Irene @100Philly on Twitter, and Facebook.com/100ThingsToDoInPhiladelphia. Podcast: Download (Duration: 34:12 — 34.5MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More
October 31, 2016 – This week, is Halloween, so we’re piling into the Munsters Car, cranking up the Dark Shadows music, and talking about two books that would fit neatly Morticia Addams’ nightstand. Our guest is genealogist and author Kathleen Shanahan Maca, who brings us Galveston’s Broadway Cemeteries, and Ghosts of Galveston. One of the oldest cities in Texas, Galveston has suffered many tragedies — hurricanes, yellow fever, fires, and a major Civil War Battle — and those who didn’t survive, started to fill its cemetery, starting in 1839. It’s also why people have a lot of fun with ghost stories, and use people’s fascination with things that go bump in the night, to preserve their very real history. You can visit this week’s guest at KathleenMaca.com, follow her @AuthorMaca on Twitter, and like her at Facebook.com/AuthorKathleenShanahanMaca — which you’ll certainly want to do if you enjoy old photographs of this great old Texas town on the Gulf Coast. Podcast: Download (Duration: 41:21 — 37.9MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More
May 30, 2016 – In this episode, we’re going to cast our eyes back at how we memorialize those we lose in wars, tragedies, terrorist attacks and public outrages. It’s a delicate topic, but we owe it to people who’ve lost their lives to get it right. Our guest is Harriet F. Senie, author of Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11. Professor Senie is Director of the M.A. Program in Art History and Art Museum Studies at City College of New York, as well as a professor at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of several books and articles on public art, and co-founder of the international Public Art Dialogue organization, where she serves as co-editor of its journal: Public Art Dialogue. Also discussed in this episode was A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster. Podcast: Download (Duration: 39:17 — 36.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More
August 3, 2015 – Welcome to the pilot episode of the History Author Show, a weekly program that uploads a new episode every Monday morning on iHeartRadio, iTunes, tunein Radio or your favorite personal audio outlet. We’re everywhere! If you’ve ever felt a rush of nostalgia when reading about the way things used to be, then you’ve come to the right place — our time machine high above Radio City Music Hall in Midtown Manhattan. There’s something magical about the craft of writing, and if you want to learn to do something, the best way is to study people who do it well. That brings us to our very first guest, Stephen Bedford, Imprint Marketing Manager for publishing legend Simon & Schuster, specializing in U.S. History and current events. You can follow him on Twitter @SimonBooks, and check out his History in 5 series online. So join us as we hear from Simon & Schuster authors and others who’ll join us on the show in the coming months. Books discussed in this week’s episode: Links of Interest: ClassicalWisdom.com – Ancient Wisdom for Modern Minds Negro Leagues Baseball Museum ArtGarfunkel.com: Every Book That Art Garfunkel Has Read James A….