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Episode #221: Jonathan Kirshner (Cornell University, “Urban Flight”)

Jonathan Kirshner (Cornell University, “Urban Flight”) joins the show. We welcome Jonathan back to the program to discuss his novel about New York’s past. 1975 was a year when the sprawling city felt completely helpless and residents felt trapped with

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Episode #217: James Shapiro (“The Year of Lear”, Columbia University)

James Shapiro (“The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606, Columbia University) joins the show. We discuss how William Shakespeare managed to write three iconic plays in a single year that were largely shaped by the current events of the day.

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Episode #208: John Ferling (“Whirlwind: the American Revolution and the War that Won It”)

John Ferling (“Whirlwind: the American Revolution and the War that Won It”) returns to the show. While many people still think the American Revolution is ongoing, we explore the early days of the movement and war that lead to the

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Episode #207: H.W. Brands (“Reagan”, History Professor)

H.W. Brands (History Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, “Reagan: The Life”) joins the show. We discuss how a middling actor in Hollywood catapulted himself into becoming one of America’s most iconic political figures.   Show Notes You

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Episode #205: Charles Leerhsen (“Ty Cobb”)

Charles Leerhsen (“Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty”) joins the show. First player inducted into the Hall of Fame. Craziest baserunner of all time. Racist. Murderer. We discuss the facts and myths about Ty Cobb that have grown since the superstar’s

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Posted in Authors, Baseball, Books, Episodes, History, Interviews, Sports

Episode #204: Alex Kershaw (“Avenue of Spies”)

Alex Kershaw (“Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family’s Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris”) returns to the show. We discuss how some ordinary people did extraordinary things to defy Hitler and the Nazi occupation

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Episode #202: Bill Dettloff (“Ezzard Charles”, Ring Theory)

Bill Dettloff (“Ezzard Charles: A Boxing Life”) joins the show. We discuss the remarkable career of boxer Ezzard Charles who despite being an all-time great in his era, largely has gone ignored.     Show Notes You can purchase Ezzard

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Posted in Authors, Books, Boxing, Episodes, History, Interviews, Sports

Episode #195: Dean Jobb (Journalism Professor, “Empire of Deception”)

Dean Jobb (Journalism Professor, “Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation”) joins the show. We discuss how Leo Koretz pulled off one of the largest and most expensive scams

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Episode #194: Hampton Sides (“In the Kingdom of Ice”)

Hampton Sides (“In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette”) joins the show. We discuss the world’s fascination with the North Pole in the 19th century as well as the people obsessed with

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Episode #191: Richard Fox (Professor, “Lincoln’s Body”)

Richard Fox (“Lincoln’s Body: A Cultural History”, Professor of History University of Southern California) joins the show. We discuss how a completely unassuming man not only embodied the American spirit, but is still remembered as one of the truly iconic

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