My Conversation With Randall Sullivan, Author Of The Curse Of Oak Island: The Story Of The World’s Longest Treasure Hunt

Click Here To Listen Randall Sullivan From longtime Rolling Stone contributing editor and journalist Randall Sullivan, The Curse of Oak Island explores the curious history of Oak Island and the generations of individuals who have tried and failed to unlock its secrets. In 1795, a teenager discovered a mysterious circular depression in the ground on Oak Island, in Nova Scotia, Canada, and ignited rumors of buried treasure. Early excavators uncovered a clay-lined shaft containing layers of soil interspersed with wooden platforms, but when they reached a depth of ninety feet, water poured into the shaft and made further digging impossible. Since then the mystery of Oak Island’s “Money Pit” has enthralled generations of treasure hunters, [...]

By |April 16th, 2019|History|Comments Off on My Conversation With Randall Sullivan, Author Of The Curse Of Oak Island: The Story Of The World’s Longest Treasure Hunt

My Conversation With Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, Author Of They Were Her Property: White Women As Slave Owners In The American South

Click Here To Listen Stephanie E Jones Rogers A bold and searing investigation into the role of white women in the American slave economy Bridging women’s history, the history of the South, and African American history, this book makes a bold argument about the role of white women in American slavery. Historian Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers draws on a variety of sources to show that slave‑owning women were sophisticated economic actors who directly engaged in and benefited from the South’s slave market. Because women typically inherited more slaves than land, enslaved people were often their primary source of wealth. Not only did white women often refuse to cede ownership of their slaves to their husbands, they [...]

By |March 28th, 2019|African Americans, History, Law, Women|Comments Off on My Conversation With Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, Author Of They Were Her Property: White Women As Slave Owners In The American South

My Conversation Christina Proenza-Coles, Author Of American Founders: How People Of African Descent Established Freedom In The New World

Click Here To Listen Christina Proenza-Coles American Founders reveals men and women of African descent as key protagonists in the story of American democracy. It chronicles how black people developed and defended New World settlements, undermined slavery, and championed freedom throughout the hemisphere from the sixteenth thorough the twentieth centuries. While conventional history tends to reduce the roles of African Americans to antebellum slavery and the civil rights movement, in reality African residents preceded the English by a century and arrived in the Americas in numbers that far exceeded European migrants up until 1820. Afro-Americans were omnipresent in the founding and advancement of the Americas, and recurrently outnumbered Europeans at many times and places, from [...]

By |March 19th, 2019|African Americans, Biography, Civil Rights, History|Comments Off on My Conversation Christina Proenza-Coles, Author Of American Founders: How People Of African Descent Established Freedom In The New World

My Conversation With Nioucha Homayoonfar, Author Of Taking Cover

Click Here To Listen Nioucha Homayoonfar This coming-of-age memoir, set during the Iranian Revolution, tells the true story of a young girl who moves to Tehran from the U.S. and has to adjust to living in a new country, learning a new language, and starting a new school during one of the most turbulent periods in Iran's history. When five-year-old Nioucha Homayoonfar moves from the U.S. to Iran in 1976, its open society means a life with dancing, women's rights, and other freedoms. But soon the revolution erupts and the rules of life in Iran change. Religion classes become mandatory. Nioucha has to cover her head and wear robes. Opinions at school are not welcome. [...]

By |February 13th, 2019|Biography, History, Travel, War, Women, Youth|Comments Off on My Conversation With Nioucha Homayoonfar, Author Of Taking Cover

My Conversation With Edward J. Watts, Author Of Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell Into Tyranny

Click Here To Listen Edward J Watts A new history of the Roman Republic and its collapse In Mortal Republic, prize-winning historian Edward J. Watts offers a new history of the fall of the Roman Republic that explains why Rome exchanged freedom for autocracy. For centuries, even as Rome grew into the Mediterranean's premier military and political power, its governing institutions, parliamentary rules, and political customs successfully fostered negotiation and compromise. By the 130s BC, however, Rome's leaders increasingly used these same tools to cynically pursue individual gain and obstruct their opponents. As the center decayed and dysfunction grew, arguments between politicians gave way to political violence in the streets. The stage was set for [...]

By |February 12th, 2019|Biography, Government, History, Politics|Comments Off on My Conversation With Edward J. Watts, Author Of Mortal Republic: How Rome Fell Into Tyranny

My Conversation With Eric Jay Dolin, Author Of Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History Of America’s Most Notorious Pirates

Click Here To Listen Eric Jay Dolin With surprising tales of vicious mutineers, imperial riches, and high-seas intrigue, Black Flags, Blue Waters vividly reanimates the “Golden Age” of piracy in the Americas. Set against the backdrop of the Age of Exploration, Black Flags, Blue Waters reveals the dramatic and surprising history of American piracy’s “Golden Age”―spanning the late 1600s through the early 1700s―when lawless pirates plied the coastal waters of North America and beyond. Best-selling author Eric Jay Dolin illustrates how American colonists at first supported these outrageous pirates in an early display of solidarity against the Crown, and then violently opposed them. Through engrossing episodes of roguish glamour and extreme brutality, Dolin depicts the [...]

By |October 31st, 2018|History, Uncategorized|Comments Off on My Conversation With Eric Jay Dolin, Author Of Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History Of America’s Most Notorious Pirates

My Conversation With Lou Berney, Author Of November Road

Click Here To Listen Lou Berney-November Road Set against the assassination of JFK, a poignant and evocative crime novel that centers on a desperate cat-and-mouse chase across 1960s America—a story of unexpected connections, daring possibilities, and the hope of second chances from the Edgar Award-winning author of The Long and Faraway Gone. Frank Guidry’s luck has finally run out. A loyal street lieutenant to New Orleans’ mob boss Carlos Marcello, Guidry has learned that everybody is expendable. But now it’s his turn—he knows too much about the crime of the century: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Within hours of JFK’s murder, everyone with ties to Marcello is turning up dead, and Guidry suspects [...]

By |October 9th, 2018|Fiction, History, Politics|Comments Off on My Conversation With Lou Berney, Author Of November Road

My Conversation With Lawrence Goldstone, Author Of Unpunished Murder: Massacre At Colfax And The Quest For Justice

Click Here To Listen Lawerence Goldstone On Easter Sunday of 1873, just eight years after the Civil War ended, a band of white supremacists marched into Grant Parish, Louisiana, and massacred over one hundred unarmed African Americans. The court case that followed reached the highest court in the land. Yet, following one of the most ghastly incidents of mass murder in American history, not one person was convicted. The opinion issued by the Supreme Court in US v. Cruikshank set in motion a process that would help create a society in which black Americans were oppressed and denied basic human rights -- legally, according to the courts. These injustices paved the way for Jim Crow [...]

By |September 19th, 2018|African Americans, Crime, History|Comments Off on My Conversation With Lawrence Goldstone, Author Of Unpunished Murder: Massacre At Colfax And The Quest For Justice

My Conversation With James & Deborah Fallows, Authors Of Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into The Heart of America

Click Here To Listen James & Deborah Fallows A vivid, surprising portrait of the civic and economic reinvention taking place in America, town by town and generally out of view of the national media. A realistically positive and provocative view of the country between its coasts. For the last five years, James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a single-engine prop airplane. Visiting dozens of towns, they have met hundreds of civic leaders, workers, immigrants, educators, environmentalists, artists, public servants, librarians, business people, city planners, students, and entrepreneurs to take the pulse and understand the prospects of places that usually draw notice only after a disaster or during a political campaign. The [...]

By |June 27th, 2018|Current Affairs, History, Public Affairs|Comments Off on My Conversation With James & Deborah Fallows, Authors Of Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into The Heart of America

My Conversation With Benjamin Carter Hett, Author Of The Death of Democracy: Hitler’s Rise To Power And The Downfall Of The Weimar Republic

Click Here To Listen Benjamin Carter Hett A riveting account of how the Nazi Party came to power and how the failures of the Weimar Republic and the shortsightedness of German politicians allowed it to happen. Why did democracy fall apart so quickly and completely in Germany in the 1930s? How did a democratic government allow Adolf Hitler to seize power? In The Death of Democracy, Benjamin Carter Hett answers these questions, and the story he tells has disturbing resonances for our own time. To say that Hitler was elected is too simple. He would never have come to power if Germany’s leading politicians had not responded to a spate of populist insurgencies by trying [...]

By |June 27th, 2018|Biography, History, Military, War|Comments Off on My Conversation With Benjamin Carter Hett, Author Of The Death of Democracy: Hitler’s Rise To Power And The Downfall Of The Weimar Republic