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April 22, 2022

Edmund Richardson

Friday, April 22, 2022-Episode 419-English classics professor Edmund Richardson is author of The King’s Shadow: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Deadly Quest for the Lost City of Alexandria, the story of a 19th century British deserter who discovered a civilization founded by Alexander the Great in Bagram, Afghanistan in the fourth century B.C.

April 15, 2022

Bruce Dearstyne(April 2022)

Episode 418-Bruce Dearstyne is encouraging New Yorkers to celebrate April 20 as the birthday of the Empire State.  The first New York State constitution was adopted April 20, 1777 during a momentous year for the state during the Revolutionary War.  Bruce Dearstyne was formerly on the staff of the Office of State History and the State Archives.  He has written books and articles on New York State history.

April 08, 2022

Bryan Jackson

Friday, April 8, 2022 Episode 417-Bryan Jackson is author of Why the Titanic Was Doomed.  Titanic, the most magnificent ocean liner of her time, was destined for disaster before she left the docks at Southampton according to Jackson--doomed by her owner, designers and the men who sailed her.

April 01, 2022

Neil Lanctot is author of The Approaching Storm

Friday, April 1, 2022-Episode 416-Neil Lanctot is author of The Approaching Storm: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Jane Addams and Their Clash Over America’s Future.  The book recounts the debate over whether America should enter World War I. 

March 25, 2022

Ann-Marie Barker Schwarz

Friday, March 25, 2022-Episode 415-Violinist Ann-Marie Barker Schwarz explores the history of high quality music in the early days of radio. Edward Rice played the violin during WGY Schenectady’s first broadcast on February 20, 1922. Barker Schwarz is the founder of Musicians of Ma’alwyck and took part in WGY’s 100th anniversary broadcast.

March 18, 2022

Annette Libeskind Berkovits

Friday, March 18, 2022-Episode 414-Annette Libeskind Berkovits discusses her historical novel “The Corset Maker” which tells the story of a courageous Orthodox Jewish teen, Rifka, who was living in Warsaw Poland in the late 1920s and early ‘30s.  Rifka is loosely based on Annette’s mother Dora.

March 11, 2022

Highlights Episode 2022-1

Episode 413-The first highlights episode of 2022 with excerpts from seven Historians Podcasts including Evacuation Day in New York City, 100 years of WGY radio in Schenectady, a chat with New York State historian Devin Lander, the case for Benedict Arnold and more.

March 04, 2022

Jim Kaplan(Marinus Willett)

Friday, March 4, 2022-Episode 412-New York City correspondent Jim Kaplan discusses the life of Marinus Willett.  Willett is well known to historians because of the work he did during the American Revolution in the Mohawk Valley.  But Willett was born downstate and returned to New York City after the war to serve in public office.

February 25, 2022

Jim Coulthart

Episode 411 Jim Coulthart is an aviation historian. He has a collection of WWII aircraft incidents, and accidents with ties to Central New York. 

February 18, 2022

Peter Betz(Grave Stone)

Friday, February 18, 2022-Episode 410-Historian Peter Betz explains how he was able to help a Perth NY family acquire a gravestone at no cost for a deceased family member, Howard Forgette, who was a US Army veteran.  Betz also discusses a program on Fulton County immigrants taking place at the museum in Gloversville.  And he has the story of a bear who did groundhog weather forecasting work in Sacandaga Park.

February 13, 2022

WGY 100 Years (Mike Patrick)

 

WGY’s Mike Patrick interviews Bob Cudmore on Bob’s years at the 100 year old radio station.

February 11, 2022

James Kirby Martin

Friday, February 11, 2022-Episode 409-James Kirby Martin is executive producer of the documentary Benedict Arnold: Hero Betrayed.  The film is based on Martin’s 1997 book Benedict Arnold Revolutionary Hero.  The documentary is streaming on several TV platforms, narrated by Martin Sheen and stars Peter O’Meara.  Three men from the Mohawk Valley area created the documentary: Niskayuna native Chris Stearns, Saratoga Springs native Tom Mercer and Fort Johnson native Anthony Vertucci.

February 04, 2022

WGY Podcast

Radio station WGY is celebrating its 100th year on February 20, 2022.  Bob Cudmore, who hosted a WGY talk show from 1980 to 1993, has audio featuring pioneer WGY air personalities Kolin Hager, Martha Brooks, Howard Tupper, Elle Pankin and Earl Pudney.  Current WGY news anchor Mike Patrick describes podcasts Patrick has done with many WGY veterans.

January 28, 2022

Devin Lander

Friday, January 28, 2022-Episode 407-New York State historian Devin Lander discusses plans to observe the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution.

January 21, 2022

Stories from Focus on History

Friday, January 21, 2022-Episode 406-Bob Cudmore and Dave Greene discuss polo player and carpet executive Laddie Sanford, a 1940 Northville fire and a newspaper contest from the early 1900s.

January 14, 2022

Jerry Snyder

 

Episode 405-Jerry Snyder of  Historic Amsterdam League has stories from a new booklet on Amsterdam’s arts, focusing on visual artists, actors, singers and more with ties to Amsterdam, New York. 

January 07, 2022

Jim Kaplan(December2021)

Friday, January 7, 2022-Episode 404-Evacuation Day was November 25, 1783, the day the British left New York City finally ending the American Revolution.  Attorney and historian Jim Kaplan discusses the significance of Evacuation Day and how the day has been commemorated through the years.

December 31, 2021

Highlights Edition 5

Friday, December 31, 2021-Episode 403-2021 Highlights Episode #5-The Lincoln assassination; reviving New York City’s Broadway theaters; an Adirondack lumber baron; a woman bandit from the Wild West; whatever happened to Judge Crater and Trancendentalism in Concord Massachusetts in the 1800s.

December 24, 2021

Marta McDowell

Friday, December 24, 2021-Episode 402-Marta McDowell on Unearthing the Secret Garden, a look at Frances Hodgson Burnett’s class.ic children’s book.

December 17, 2021

Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle

Friday, December 17, 2021-Episode 401-Musicians Cosby Gibson and Tom Staudle have a new CD and concert featuring history songs about the labor union movement in America.

December 10, 2021

Robert Gross

Episode 400-Robert Gross, author of The Transcendentalists and Their World-Emerson, Thoreau and Concord, Massachusetts in the 1800s. 

December 03, 2021

Stephen Riegel

Episode 399 Stephen Riegel is author of Finding Judge Crater: A Life and Phenomenal Disappearance in Jazz Age NY.

November 26, 2021

John Boessenecker

Friday, November 26, 2021-Episode 398- John Boessenecker, author of Wildcat: The Untold Story of Pearl Hart, the Wild West's Most Notorious Woman Bandit.

November 19, 2021

Jim Kaplan(McManus)

Episode 397-New York City correspondent Jim Kaplan explains the role played by Democratic Party district leader Jimmy McManus in reviving the Broadway theater industry and the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in Manhattan.

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