Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight By Jay Barbree chats with Dr. Alvin

Jay Barbree Click Here To Listen Much has been written about Neil Armstrong, America’s modern hero and history’s most famous space traveler. Yet shy of fame and never one to steal the spotlight Armstrong was always reluctant to discuss his personal side of events. Here for the first time is the definitive story of Neil’s life of flight he shared for five decades with a trusted friend – Jay Barbree. Working from 50 years of conversations he had with Neil, from notes, interviews, NASA spaceflight transcripts, and remembrances of those Armstrong trusted, Barbree writes about Neil’s three passions – flight, family, and friends. This is the inside story of Neil Armstrong from the time he [...]

The Arsenal Of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, And An Epic Quest To Arm An America At War By A.J. Baime chats with Dr. Alvin

AJ Baime Click Here To Listen In 1941, as Hitler’s threat loomed ever larger, President Roosevelt realized he needed weaponry to fight the Nazis—most important, airplanes—and he needed them fast. So he turned to Detroit and the auto industry for help. The Arsenal of Democracy  tells the incredible story of how Detroit answered the call, centering on Henry Ford and his tortured son Edsel, who, when asked if they could deliver 50,000 airplanes, made an outrageous claim: Ford Motor Company would erect a plant that could yield a “bomber an hour.” Critics scoffed: Ford didn’t make planes; they made simple, affordable cars. But bucking his father’s resistance, Edsel charged ahead. Ford would apply assembly-line production to [...]

Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival by Laurence Gonzales chats with Dr. Alvin

Laurence Gonzales Click Here To Listen Twenty-five years after the catastrophe, a dramatic and extraordinarily rare 360-degree view of the crash of a fully loaded jumbo jet. As hundreds of rescue workers waited on the ground, United Airlines Flight 232 wallowed drunkenly over the bluffs northwest of Sioux City. The plane slammed onto the runway and burst into a vast fireball. The rescuers didn't move at first: nobody could possibly survive that crash. And then people began emerging from the summer corn that lined the runways. Miraculously, 184 of 296 passengers lived. No one has ever attempted the complete reconstruction of a crash of this magnitude. Drawing on interviews with hundreds of survivors, crew, and [...]

Lords Of The Sky: Fighter Pilots And Air Combat, From The Red Baron To The F-16 By Dan Hampton chats with Dr. Alvin

Dan Hampton-Lords of the Sky Click Here To Listen Lords of the Sky is a thrilling history of the fighter pilot, masterfully written by one of the most decorated aviators in American history. A twenty-year USAF veteran who flew more than 150 combat missions and received four Distinguished Flying Crosses, Lt. Colonel Dan Hampton draws on his singular firsthand knowledge, as well as groundbreaking research in aviation archives and rare personal interviews with little-known heroes, including veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. In a seamless, sweeping narrative, Lords of the Sky tells the extraordinary stories behind the most famous fighter planes and the brave and daring heroes who made them legend. In the [...]

Going Some-Where By Brian Benson chats with Dr. Alvin

Brian Benson Click Here To Listen Brian has a million vague life plans but zero sense of direction. So when he meets Rachel, a self-possessed woman who daydreams of bicycling across the States, he decides to follow her wherever she'll take him. Brian and Rachel soon embark on a ride from northern Wisconsin to Somewhere West, infatuated with the promise of adventure and each other. But as the pair progress from the Northwoods into the bleak western plains, they begin to discover the messy realities of life on the road. Mile by mile, they contend with merciless winds and brutal heat, broken bikes and bodies, each other and themselves—and the looming question of what comes next. [...]

Sea Trials: A Lone Sailor’s Race Toward Race By Peter Bourke chats with Dr. Alvin

Peter Bourke Click Here To Listen Three years after his wife's death, Peter Bourke bought a boat--even though he had never learned to sail. In 2009, Peter entered the Oldest Singlehanded Trans-Atlantic Race at age 58. Sea Trials is the account of those 40 days of racing on his 44-foot sailboat Rubicon. Told with grace, insight, and humility, the book bares both the boredom and adventure of racing solo and provides insights to the value of going to sea. The author is donating all author payments to the Semper Fi Fund, an organization that provides assistance to injured soldiers, sailors, and marines and to their families.  

Travel Channel’s History Explorer Don Wildman Kicks Off Monumental Mysteries chats with Dr. Alvin

Don Wildman-Monumental Mysteries Click Here To Listen   Travel Channel’s resident history explorer Don Wildman is back with an all-new season of “Monumental Mysteries” on a new night beginning Friday, June 13 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Season two will feature 13 hour-long episodes with more intriguing stories from one end of the U.S. to the other. They include the odd story of Seattle’s colossal bronze of Communist Vladimir Lenin to the tale of the twisted sculpture of a headless chicken in Colorado. Wildman now stakes his ground on Fridays as he offers viewers historical travel trivia perfect for any social gathering. Every Friday night, Wildman searches the United States to investigate our nation’s structures, statues [...]

Scotch 101: How To Find The Perfect Gift For Your Dad By Balvenie Ambassador David Laird chats with Dr. Alvin

David Laird Click Here To Listen David Laird - The Balvenie Ambassador - Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland – an area steeped in whisky trading and blending – The Balvenie Brand Ambassador and academic David Laird brings years of experience with whisky on both sides of the bar, having managed and owned bars in Tennessee and Oregon. David is both a science fanatic and an avid soccer player, boasting two science degrees and a soccer scholarship that eventually brought him to the United States. His next journey led him to Portland, Oregon where he served as general manager of Whiskey House, leading the promotion and tastings for more than 250 whiskies, thus fueling his [...]

Edwin & Nikki Graves Henderson of Tinner Hills Blues Festival 2014 Falls Church, VA chats with Dr. Alvin

Tinner Hill Click Here To Listen The Tinner Hill Blues Festival is the only three-day event in Falls Church. There are all kinds of blues for all ages, all weekend, all over town. For more information visit http://tinnerhill.org/blues-festival.