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DR. JUD NEWBORN

Author/ Journalist

JUD NEWBORN, Ph.D., is a NY based author, dramatic multimedia lecturer, film curator, & expert on anti-Semitism, extremism & the fight for human rights worldwide. Founding Historian of NY's Museum of Jewish Heritage (1986 to 2000), Dr. Newborn has lectured from San Diego's Old Globe Theater, L.A.'s Simon Wiesenthal Center & major universities & religious institutions to the United Nations, & from Canada to Cape Town.

He is co-author of the acclaimed SOPHIE SCHOLL & THE WHITE ROSE, providing the full story to the Academy Award-nominated German film, "Sophie Scholl: The Last Days." He has written for THE NY TIMES, JERUSALEM POST, etc., & appeared as a consultant throughout the media, from CBS MORNING NEWS & CNN to NPR's "All Things Considered." A lyricist & poet, he has collaborated with award winning composers & worked as a filmmaker & film consultant.

Dec 14, 2022

About the Interview:

Interview with Jud Newborn about his book Sophie Scholl and the White Rose

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BILL SHAFFER

History Author

It’s a story almost too tawdry to be true—a con woman prostitute who met the descendant of a Founding Father in a brothel, duped him into marriage using an infant purchased from a baby farm, then went to prison for stabbing the couple’s baby nurse—all while in a common-law marriage with another man. The scandal surrounding Evangeline and Robert Ray Hamilton, though little known today, was one of the sensations of the Gilded Age, a sordid, gripping tale involving bigamy, bribery, sex, and violence.
When the salacious Hamilton story emerged in during Eva’s trial for the August 1889 stabbing, it commanded unprecedented national and international newspaper coverage thanks to the telegraph and the recently founded Associated Press. For the New York dailies, eager to capture readers through provocative headlines, Ray and Eva were a godsend.
As lurid details emerged, the public’s fascination grew—how did a man of Hamilton’s stature become entangled with such an adventuress? Nellie Bly, the world-famous investigative reporter, finagled an exclusive interview with Eva after her conviction. Hamilton’s death under mysterious circumstances, a year after the stabbing, added to the intrigue.
Through personal correspondence, court records, and sensational newspaper accounts, The Scandalous Hamiltons explores not only the full, riveting saga of ill-fated Ray and Eva, but the rise of tabloid journalism and celebrity in a story that is both a fascinating slice of pop culture history and a timeless tale of ambition, greed, and obsession.

Nov 3, 2022

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MARC J. SEIFER

Author

Marc J. Seifer, PhD has been a handwriting expert for more than 35 years and was editor-in-chief of The Journal of the American Society of Professional Graphologists for more than a decade. He was featured on the History Channel discussing the Howard Hughes Mormon Will and on Associated Press International TV on the handwriting of bin Laden and on PBS American Experience discussing Nikola Tesla. A retired teacher of psychology and forensic graphology at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, his book WIZARD: THE LIFE & TIMES OF NIKOLA TESLA: BIOGRAPHY OF A GENIUS

Aug 29, 2022

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CHRISTOS DJONIS

Author/ Journalist

Never before has there been a real discovery where all the physical characteristics of a proposed location matched Plato's description of Atlantis. Not even the original Santorini hypothesis could sufficiently meet the given criteria.

After years of extensive research, in conjunction with new archeological evidence, and with the aid of satellite technology, Christos A. Djonis credibly reveals that Plato based his story of Atlantis on a real prehistoric setting, now beneath 400 feet of water. We now have a real discovery where all the physical characteristics, along with Plato's given chronology, flawlessly match, and they are precisely in the exact order as Plato depicted. Moreover, DNA and archaeological evidence of an advanced Neolithic civilization occupying the prehistoric submerged island, at around 9600 BC, further confirm a perfect case scenario

July 2, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with Christos Djonis about his book Atlantis: The Find of a Lifetime

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LINDA GORDON 

History Author

Extraordinary national acclaim accompanied the publication of award-winning historian Linda Gordon’s disturbing and markedly timely history of the reassembled Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s. Dramatically challenging our preconceptions of the hooded Klansmen responsible for establishing a Jim Crow racial hierarchy in the 1870s South, this “second Klan” spread in states principally above the Mason-Dixon line by courting xenophobic fears surrounding the flood of immigrant “hordes” landing on American shores. “Part cautionary tale, part expose” (Washington Post), The Second Coming of the KKK “illuminates the surprising scope of the movement” (The New Yorker); the Klan attracted four-to-six-million members through secret rituals, manufactured news stories, and mass “Klonvocations” prior to its collapse in 1926—but not before its potent ideology of intolerance became part and parcel of the American tradition. A “must-read” (Salon) for anyone looking to understand the current moment, The Second Coming of the KKK offers “chilling comparisons to the present day” (New York Review of Books)

April 7, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with Linda Gordon about his book The Second Coming of the KKK

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JEFF MCARTHUR 

History Author

Jeff McArthur grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska where he wrote stories, worked in the theater, and made small films. He went to film school at New York University, then moved to LA to work in the movie industry. Fifteen years later, he returned to his roots to write a book about his grandfather, a lawyer who represented Caril Fugate in one of the most infamous cases in American history. The book is called Pro Bono. McArthur has also worked on a number of other books, such as The Table of Truth, and the Relic Worlds series

April 5, 2021

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JACKI HILL-MURPHY

Author/ Journalist

Jacki Hill-Murphy has spent the last 10 years researching female explorers of the 18th and 19th centuries and recreating their expeditions.
She does so as faithfully as possible, at the same time of year with similar forms of transport where possible.
This episode is a little different to the others, because as well as the incredible adventures and journeys Jacki goes on, part of the fascination for me was in the stories of these women. In an era where they had almost no rights of their own; were expected to marry; wear dresses and corsets, they decided to take on arduous, dangerous journeys with very little experience.

March 31, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with Jacki Hill-Murphy about her book The Life and times of Evelyn Bird

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ROSEMARY BROWN

Author/ Journalist

Crusading journalist Nellie Bly jumped off the page at me. She appeared as I was researching Victorian women adventurers… and she wouldn’t go away.  The more I got to know her, the more I was intrigued by this spirited woman who wouldn’t take no for an answer despite living in a world where women ‘knew their place.’  Nellie knew her place alright, smack dab on the front page of the world’s newspapers.

She pioneered investigative journalism and paved the way for female reporters like me. Nellie’s crusades in print brought about huge reforms in women’s asylums, sweatshops and prisons.

2015 marked the 125th anniversary of her best known adventure — circling the globe in a record-breaking 72 days. In celebration of the remarkable Nellie Bly and her amazing journey, I followed in her footsteps around the world. Now there is a book chronicling our two journeys: Following Nellie Bly: Her Record-Breaking Race Around the World.  

March 29, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with Rosemary Brown about her book Following Nelly Bly

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SIMON WEBB

Author / Historian

I am the author of over twenty non-fiction books, chiefly social history, as well as forty westerns. The non-fiction books, with publishers which include UCL IOL Press, Pen & Sword Books and The History Press.In the years leading up to the First World War, the United Kingdom was subjected to a ferocious campaign of bombing and arson. Those conducting this terrorist offensive were members of the Women's Social and Political Union; better known as the suffragettes. The targets for their attacks ranged from St Paul's Cathedral and the Bank of England in London to theatres and churches in Ireland. The violence, which included several attempted assassinations, culminated in June 1914 with an explosion in Westminster Abbey.Simon Webb explores the way in which the suffragette bombers have been airbrushed from history, leaving us with a distorted view of the struggle for female suffrage. Not only were the suffragettes far more aggressive than is generally known, but there exists the very real and surprising possibility that their militant activities actually delayed, rather than hastened, the granting of the parliamentary vote to British women. 

March 25, 2021

About the Interview:

Interview with Simon Webb about his writing in History

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PHIL GAMBONE

AUTHOR OF SEARCHING FOR MY FATHER DURING WORLD WAR 2

Philip Gambone, a gay man, never told his father the reason why he was rejected from the draft during the Vietnam War. In turn, his father never talked about his participation in World War II. Father and son were enigmas to each other. Gambone, an award-winning novelist and non-fiction writer, spent seven years uncovering who the man his quiet, taciturn father had been, by retracing his father's journey through WW II. As Far As I Can Tell not only reconstructs what Gambone’s father endured, it also chronicles his own emotional odyssey as he followed his father’s route from Liverpool to the Elbe River. A journey that challenged the author’s thinking about war, about European history, and about “civilization." 

Nov 10, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with Phil Gambone about his book As far as I can Tell

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PETER DAVID ORR

Author of 'Hitler's Suicide; Reasonable Doubt'

HITLER'S SUICIDE: REASONABLE DOUBT scrutinizes and debunks claims made by over eighty witnesses and knocks the bottom out of declarations made by experts that have asserted a variety of forensic 'proofs' of Hitler’s death in the Berlin bunker on April 30, 1945.

July 7, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with Peter David Orr about Hitler's Suicide: Reasonable Doubt

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STEVEN SAYLOR

Author of Historical Fiction

Julius Caesar, appointed dictator for life by the Roman Senate, has pardoned his remaining enemies and rewarded his friends. Now Caesar is preparing to leave Rome with his legions to wage a war of conquest against the Parthian Empire. But he has a few more things to do before he goes.

June 9, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with Steven Saylor about Throne of Caesar

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DR. DAVID GORSKI

Science Based Medicine

Science-Based Medicine is a website with articles covering issues in science and medicine, especially dangerous medical scams and practices. Science-Based Medicine is noted as an influential and respected source of information about medical controversies and alternative medicine

March 20, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with Dr. David Gorski about Science Based Medicine

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CHARLES PELLEGRINO

Historian/Author/Researcher

Last Train from Hiroshima offers a "you are there" time capsule, gracefully wrapped in elegant prose. At the narrative's core are accounts, some eyewitness and some to still be substantiated, of those who experienced the atomic explosions firsthand - both Japanese civilians and American fliers in the air. Thirty people are known to have fled Hiroshima for Nagasaki - where they arrived just in time to survive the second bomb. According to Pellegrino, one of them is the only person who experienced the full effects at ground zero both times. Pellegrino weaves spellbinding stories together within a narrative that challenges the "official report", showing what happened - and providing an explanation into the why.

Feb 14, 2020

About the Interview:

Interview with Charles Pellegrino about Last Train to Hiroshima

MANU SEYFZADEH

MANU SEYFZADEH

Author of The Khnum-Re-Horakhty Cycle: The Idea Behind The Architectural Design of Khufu's Great Pyramid

Manu Seyfzadeh is of Persian and German descent. He is a practicing dermatologist in Southern California and has a background in physical sciences. He became interested in Egyptology after reading Robert Bauval's book about the Orion Correlation Theory. Since then he has visited Egypt and written a book about the Design of the Great Pyramid, The Khnum-Re-Horakhty Cycle: The Idea Behind The Architectural Design of Khufu's Great Pyramid.

Jan. 4, 2019

About the Interview:

Interview with Egyptologist Manu Seyfzadeh about the design of the Great Pyramid. 

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SETH SHOSTAK

Senior Astronomer and Director, Centre for SETI Research

Seth Shostak directs the search for extraterrestrials at the SETI Institute in California—trying to find evidence of intelligent life in space. He is also committed to getting the public, especially young people, excited about astrobiology and science in general.

Oct. 27, 2018

About the Interview:

Interview with Seth Shostak about the search for extraterrestrials at the SETI Institute in California.

GRAHAM PHILLIPS

GRAHAM PHILLIPS

Investigator of Unsolved Mysteries & Bestselling Author

Author Graham Phillips has been described as an historical detective, a modern-day adventurer, and a real-life Indiana Jones. Whether you agree with his conclusions or not, Graham’s findings are always original and thought provoking, and his books make an exciting read.

June 29, 2018

About the Interview:

Interview with Author Graham Phillips about his latest book The Lost Tomb of King Arthur: The Search for Camelot and the Isle of Avalon.

NEIL STOREY

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Social Historian & Author

Neil R. Storey is an award-winning social historian specialising in the study of the impact of war on British society in the first half of the 20th century. He has been writing since the late 1980s on topographical, military and crime history themes. He has written features for local and national magazines and journals as well as several books on the First and Second World Wars.

Jan. 9, 2018

About the Interview:

Interview with Neil Storey discussing Jack the Ripper (encore). Historian Neil Storey provides the first British-based investigation of the sources used by Stoker and paints an evocative portrait of Stoker, his influences, friends, and the London he knew in the late 19th century. 

DAVID S BRODY

DAVID S BRODY

Bestselling Author

David S. Brody is a Boston Globe bestselling fiction writer and author of nine novels. A graduate of Tufts University and Georgetown Law School, he is a former Director of the New England Antiquities Research Association (NEARA) and is an avid researcher in the subject of pre-Columbian exploration of America.

Sept. 25, 2018

About the Interview:

Interview with Author David Brody discussing his latest book on the Knights Templar, Thief on the Cross: Templar Secrets in America (Templars in America Series Book 2)

SAMUEL KLEINER

SAMUEL KLEINER

Lawyer & Author of The Flying Tigers: The Untold Story of the American Pilots Who Waged a Secret War Against Japan

Samuel Kleiner is a lawyer based in New York City. He was raised in Tucson, Arizona and holds a BA from Northwestern University, a doctorate in international relations from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a JD from Yale Law School. 

June 12, 2018

About the Interview:

Interview with Sam Kleiner, author of The Flying Tigers: The Untold Story of the American Pilots Who Waged a Secret War Against Japan.

DANNY LANE

DANNY LANE

Co-author of Some Gave It All: Through the Fire of the Vietnam War

Based on an incredible true story, a young Marine fights an unbelievable battle in the abyss of Vietnam. Get a front row seat to the intense action, courage and sacrifice he and other Marines endured. Experience the ferocity of battle; the deep bonds of brotherhood; and the stinging sweat of fear that hangs persistently over the jungle canopy. Imagine lying in a foxhole when a “Broken Arrow” goes into effect as the enemy sappers overtake their position, forcing these young soldiers to fight the enemy hand to hand. This is the gripping story of Marine Corporal Danny Lane and other young Marines that stood the faith with God, and he Marine Corps during the most agonizing times that no one would want to endure. Instead of a hero’s welcome, he and other survivors came home to a country that didn’t honor their sacrifices. “War is Hell” but for some, surviving is worse!

Apr. 23, 2018

About the Interview:

Interview with co-author Danny Lane discussing the book, Some Gave It All: Through the Fire of the Vietnam War.

TOMMY KIMMEL

TOMMY KIMMEL

Pearl Harbor Expert

A noted Pearl Harbor scholar, former FBI agent, and the eldest grandson of Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, Commander of the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor during the attack on December 7, 1941, Tom Kimmel comes from a family of distinguished scholars and government servants dedicated to protecting America. Notwithstanding the preceding, his grandfather was accused from the well of the House of Representatives of failing to prevent World War II, and the Cold War. His fourth great grandfather was accused of starting the Revolutionary War, and the Whiskey Rebellion. Tom welcomes the opportunity to respond to the allegations. A graduate of the US Naval Academy, Tom served on three warships during the Vietnam War and attended John Marshall Law School prior to joining the FBI in 1973, where he continued to serve his Country as an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for more than 25 years.

Jan. 22, 2017

About the Interview:

Interview with Tommy Kimmel discussing KFNX Pearl Harbor. 

RICK DELANO

RICK DELANO

Writer & Filmmaker

Rick DeLano has worked as a producer, executive producer, and financial consultant in the music and film industries for more than 20 years. His fascination with the question of our place in the cosmos began with a $1,000 Internet challenge to provide direct scientific proof of the universally assumed motion of the Earth around the sun. When he found that he (nor anyone else for that matter) couldn’t collect, he was astonished to realize no one had ever made a documentary film examining the Copernican Principle—the foundational idea of modernity itself and how it came to be perhaps the most widely believed metaphysical assumption in the history of the human race. THE PRINCIPLE, which Rick wrote and produced, is the first documentary examination of this cosmological principle. Needless to say, it has generated a bit of controversy, which is fine with Rick. 

Mar. 19 2017

About the Interview:

Interview with writer and filmmaker Rick Delano about the making of the documentary, The Principle.

LOUIS PICONE

LOUIS PICONE

Award-winning Author

Packed with fun facts and presidential trivia, The President Is Dead! tells you everything you could possibly want to know about how our presidents, from George Washington to Gerald Ford (who was the most recent president to die), met their ends, the circumstances of their deaths, the pomp of their funerals, and their public afterlives, including stories of attempted grave robbings, reinterments, vandalism, conspiracy theories surrounding their deaths, and much more. The President Is Dead! is filled with never-before-told stories, including a suggestion by one prominent physician to resurrect George Washington from death by transfusing his body with lamb’s blood.

Oct. 9 2017

About the Interview:

Interview with award-winning author Louis Picone about his book, The President Is Dead!: The Extraordinary Stories of Presidential Deaths, Final Days, Burials, and Beyond.

DICK RUSSELL

DICK RUSSELL

Award-winning Author

Dick Russell, born and raised in the Midwest, is the eclectic author of thirteen books. His latest is Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The Men Who Are Destroying Life on Earth - And What It Means to Our Children. Four books co-authored with former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura spent weeks on the New York Times Best-Seller list. Eye of the Whale was named among the best books of 2001 by three major newspapers. The Man Who Knew Too Much, about a conspiracy to assassinate President Kennedy, was hailed as "a masterpiece of historical reconstruction" by Publisher's Weekly. Striper Wars: An American Fish Story, recounts the fight to save the Atlantic striped bass. As an environmental activist, Russell was a recipient of the citizen's Chevron Conservation Award.

Aug. 29, 2018

About the Interview:

Interview with author Dick Russell about his latest book, Horsemen of the Apocalypse: The Men Who Are Destroying Life on Earth - And What It Means to Our Children. As time runs out, climate progress is blocked by the men who are profiting from the burning of the planet. How do they explain themselves to their offspring, to the next generations that must deal with the environmental havoc that these men have wreaked? Horsemen of the Apocalypse takes a personal look at this global crisis, literally bringing it home.

THOM HATCH

THOM HATCH

Award-winning Historian & Author

As an independent historian and author, Thom has produced a broad range of publications—both popular and scholarly—focusing largely on American history, the American West in particular. He presently writes books and contributes to national publications, including American HeritageTrue West, Wild West, Western Horseman, Civil War Times, and Columbiad: A Quarterly Review of the War Between the States, as well as regional and national newspapers. Thom has served as primary consultant and on-screen expert commentator for numerous documentaries on the History Channel, PBS, the Discovery Channel, and AHC (American Heroes Channel), in addition to consulting for a world-wide motion picture company.

Aug. 17, 2018

About the Interview:

Interview with author Thom Hatch about his book, The Last Days of George Armstrong Custer: The True Story of the Battle of the Little Bighorn.