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.

Travel Channel’s Kinga Philipps chats with Dr. Alvin

Kinga Philipps Click Here To Listen Kinga Philipps is an experienced host, producer and journalist. As an avid adventure traveler, Kinga goes the extra mile to explore National Parks through fun activities beyond a park’s carefully marked and manicured trails. Watch her go kite surfing, bungee jumping from 200-foot trees and more while surrounded by the majestic, natural beauty of America’s great outdoors in the Travel Channel web series. You can also catch The Wild Side with Kinga Philipps on Travel Channel. She’s a guest commentator on Travel Channel’s Park Secrets, VH1’s 100 Greatest and AOL Travel. Kinga is perhaps best known as the host of the hit series SyFy's Legend Quest and National Geographic's [...]

Sextant: A Young Man’s Daring Sea Vogage And The Men Who Mapped The World’s Oceans By David Barrie chats with Dr. Alvin

David Barrie Click Here To Listen Live From The U.K. In the tradition of Dava Sobel's Longitude comes sailing expert David Barrie's compelling and dramatic tale of invention and discovery—an eloquent elegy to one of the most important navigational instruments ever created, and to the daring mariners who used it to explore, conquer, and map the world. Barrie takes readers straight to the helm of some of history's most important expeditions, interweaving these heroic tales with the account of his own transatlantic passage as a young man. Among the many inspiring stories are those of the legendary Captain Cook and the great French navigator Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse, whose disappearance has long [...]

A Man Came Out Of A Door In The Mountain By Adrianne Harun chats with Dr. Alvin

Adrianne Harun Click Here To Listen In this mysterious and chilling novel, girls, mostly Native, are vanishing from the sides of a notorious highway in the isolated Pacific Northwest. Leo Kreutzer and his friends are barely touched by these disappearances—until a series of enigmatic strangers arrive in their remote mountain town, beguiling and bewitching them. It seems as if the devil himself has appeared among them. The intoxicatingly lush debut novel by the acclaimed author of The King of Limbo, A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain is an unsettling portrait of life in a dead-end town, as seductive and beautifully written as the devil’s dark arts are wielded

The Spicer Diaries by Michael Spicer

Michael Spicer Click Here To Listen Live From England Lord Michael Spicer has enjoyed a varied and remarkable political career by anyone's standards. Now, in this revealing, insightful, and engaging book, Lord Spicer shares never-before-heard stories of his time in British politics. During three and a half decades as a Conservative Member of Parliament, Spicer has held a plethora of essential political roles both within the party and in government, including Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party and chair of the highly influential 1922 committee. As an influential member of the Tory party, Lord Spicer worked closely with both Margaret Thatcher and David Cameron, among other leaders in British politics, including Tony Blair and John Major, and his diary takes readers behind [...]

NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette by Nathan Pyle

Nathan Pyle Live From New York City. Living in New York City for five years as a transplant from Ohio, illustrator and T-shirt designer Nathan Pyle was fascinated by the unique habits and unspoken customs New Yorkers follow to make life bearable in a city with 8 million people (and seemingly twice the number of tourists). Nathan decided to draw his favorite tips and etiquette lessons and post them on the internet, where his 12 original panels went viral immediately and became the basis for this hilarious illustrated book (check out the fully animated ebook, too!). In NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette, Pyle reveals the secrets and unwritten rules for living in and visiting New [...]