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Episode #160: Ryan Swanson

Ryan Swanson (“When Baseball Went White: Reconstruction, Reconciliation, and Dreams of a National Pastime”, Assistant Professor and the director of the Lobo Scholars Program in the Honors College at the University of New Mexico) joins the show. We explore the history

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Episode #151: Doug Most

Doug Most (Special Projects Editor at the Boston Globe, “The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America’s First Subway”) joins the show. We discuss the incredible story of how the rival cities of Boston and

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Episode #144: Greta Krippner

Greta Krippner (Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, “Capitalizing on Crisis: The Political Origins of the Rise of Finance”) joins the show. We discuss how the recent financial problems in America can be traced back to missteps from the

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Episode #143: Howard Blum

Howard Blum (“Dark Invasion: 1915: Germany’s Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America”) joins the show. At the onset of World War I, President Woodrow Wilson announced America would remain neutral. We discuss the German

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Episode #137: Brendan Koerner

Brendan Koerner (“The Skies Belong To Us”, Wired contributing editor) joins the show. America experienced a startling rise in airplane hijackings as people in the country tried to come to grips with the social and political tension of the time.

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Episode #136: Edward Lucas

Edward Lucas (Senior Editor at The Economist, “Deception: The Untold Story of East-West Espionage Today”) joins the show. We discuss the state of relations Russia has with The West, as well as Edward’s latest e-book covering the Edward Snowden saga.  

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Episode #135: Nicholas Griffin

Nicholas Griffin (“Ping-Pong Diplomacy: The Secret History Behind the Game That Changed the World”) joins the show. We discuss the background to the landmark event as well as how table tennis grew to become so popular.   Show Notes You

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Episode #129: John Taliaferro

John Taliaferro (Former Senior Editor at Newsweek, “All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt”) joins the show. We discuss the remarkable career of John Hay. The man who was directly involved with people like

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Episode #128: Michael Lenehan

Michael Lenehan (“Ramblers: Loyola Chicago 1963 – The Team that Changed the Color of College Basketball”) joins the show. We discuss the college basketball season that collided with the civil rights movement in America.     Show Notes You can

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Episode #127: Marc Morris

Marc Morris (“The Norman Conquest: The Battle of Hastings and the Fall of Anglo-Saxon England”) joins the show. We discuss the most important event in English history.     Show Notes You can purchase The Norman Conquest wherever books are

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