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September 24, 2021

Mohawk Valley Stories

Friday, September 24, 2021-Episode 389-Bob Cudmore has stories from his Daily Gazette Focus on History columns including Amsterdam’s horse racing track, the life of a volunteer nurse in the Civil War and Amsterdam radio announcers who served in Armed Forces Radio.

September 17, 2021

Katie Turner Getty

Friday, September 17, 2021- Episode 388-Katie Turner Getty discusses the prison ships that England used to hold prisoners of war during the American Revolution.  Turner Getty, a Boston lawyer and independent historian, spoke this summer on this topic at a conference sponsored by the Fort Plain NY Museum. She writes articles that appear in the Journal of the American Revolution.

September 10, 2021

Joyce Stah

Joyce Stah, on the history of RISE, WMHT's radio information service for the blind and print disabled in New York's Capital Region and Hudson Valley. RISE volunteers read articles from newspapers, periodicals and books to audiences who would otherwise be unable to access such information.  RISE carries each episode of The Historians Podcast. 

September 03, 2021

Jim Kaplan August 2021


Jim Kaplan with the story of Richard Rescorla, security director of Morgan Stanley, who saved the lives of 2700 people at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001

August 27, 2021

Tom Flynn

Friday, August 27, 2021-Episode 385- Tom Flynn of the Center for Inquiry tells about Central New York’s Freethought Trail, including the Dresden, N.Y. birthplace of the 19th century’s best known agnostic speaker, Robert Green Ingersoll.  More information on the Trail is here:  The Center for Inquiry reported Tom Flynn’s death on August 23.  He was 66.  His interview for Historians Podcast took place July 7.

August 20, 2021

Peter Betz(0621)

Friday, August 20, 2021-Episode 384- Leader Herald columnist Peter Betz has documented how Johnstown celebrated the Fourth of July 200 years ago with cannon shots, a parade and celebration at a local hotel.  Revolutionary War veterans were still alive for these festivities.  Betz also has details on Johnstown native Enos Throop who served as governor of New York from 1829 to 1832.

August 13, 2021

Kimberly Hess

Episode 383- Kimberly Hess discusses “A Lesser Mortal: The Unexpected Life of Sarah Cochran.”  Cochran lived in Pennsylvania and headed companies that processed coal and coke.  A distant ancestor of Hess, Cochran advocated for women’s suffrage and was a philanthropist.

August 06, 2021

Deirdre Sinnott

Episode 382- Deirdre Sinnott is author of The Third Mrs. Galway, a historical novel on race relations in the 1830s focusing on Utica, New York.

July 30, 2021

Todd Langworthy


Friday, July 30, 2021-Episode 381-Town historian Todd Langworthy has information on how Lily Dale in the Town of Pomfret in western New York became a center for spiritualism.  Pomfret also was the place where the Women’s Christian Temperance Union began and where the first farmers’ Grange was founded.

July 23, 2021

HighLights Edition 3


The third Highlights Episode of The Historians Podcast in 2021 has excerpts from a dozen shows that were aired this year.  Topics include the battle of Valcour, black separatist Marcus Garvey, Lady Bird Johnson, women’s suffrage, time travel, the history of deceit and more. 

July 16, 2021

Tim Tielman

Friday, July 16, 2021-Episode 379-An update on a previous program on the origins of the New York State Thruway from Tim Tielman of the Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture and Culture.

July 09, 2021

Kelly Farquhar

Friday, July 9, 2021-Episode 378-Ann Maria Bullock Schram of Amsterdam, was a volunteer nurse in the American Civil War.  Montgomery County NY historian Kelly Yacobucci Farquhar discusses her research on Schram’s life.

July 02, 2021

Aja Raden

Episode 377-Aja Raden is author of The Truth About Lies: The Illusion of Honesty and the Evolution of Deceit, a history of con artistry and deception. 

June 25, 2021

Jim Kaplan/May 2021

Episode 376-New York City correspondent Jim Kaplan considers the impact of black separatist leader Marcus Garvey on African independence. 

June 18, 2021

Mark Sullivan

Friday, June 18, 2021-Episode 375- Mark Sullivan discusses his historical novel, The Last Green Valley that chronicles how members of a German family living in Ukraine were able to escape clashing armies in World War II and find a new life in America.

June 11, 2021

Linda Wisniewski

Episode Episode 374-Linda Wisniewski is author of Where the Stork Flies, a time travel novel about a Pennsylvania librarian whose search for her best life pushes away her family until her 19th century ancestor and the medieval Polish Queen Jadwiga teach her the meaning of unconditional love. There are several scenes in Linda’s home town of Amsterdam, New York, as well as scenes in Poland in 1825.

June 04, 2021

Marguerite Kearns

Episode 373-Marguerite Kearns is author of Unfinished Revolution: Edna Buckman Kearns and the Struggle for Women’s Rights.

May 28, 2021

Julia Sweig

Episode 372-Julia Sweig is author of “Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight” that draws on recorded diaries kept by Lady Bird when her husband Lyndon was President from 1963 through 1968.

May 21, 2021

Bevis Longstreth

Friday, May 21, 2021-Episode 371-Bevis Longstreth is author of Chains Across the River, a historical novel dealing with the great chains that American forces stretched across the Hudson River during the American Revolution to prevent the British fleet from sailing from New York City to Albany.

May 14, 2021

A.J. Schenkman

Friday, May 14, 2021-Episode 370-Hudson Valley historian A.J. Schenkman has stories from his book “Patriots and Spies in Revolutionary New York”--including a plot to kidnap General George Washington.

May 07, 2021

Jack Kelly

Friday, May 7, 2021-Episode 369-Jack Kelly is author of “Valcour: The 1776 Campaign (on Lake Champlain) That Saved the Cause of Liberty.”

April 30, 2021

Jim Kaplan/Burr-Hamilton

Friday, April 30, 2021-Episode 368-The trials of Burr and Trump.  Does the second impeachment trial of President Donald Trump recall Aaron Burr’s acquittal in an 1807 treason trial?  New York City correspondent Jim Kaplan tells the life Revolutionary War hero and Vice President Aaron Burr, a controversial figure in American history, remembered for killing Founding Father Alexander Hamilton in a duel.

April 23, 2021

HighLights Episode 2

Friday, April 23, 2021-Episode 367-Our second Highlights Podcast of 2021 features Jim Richmond on Saratoga County history, Mike Hauser on Fulton County sports, Sarah Patten on women spies, Thruway questions from Robert Burns, John Warren on motorization of the Adirondack Park, Jim Kaplan on  New York City’s South Street Seaport and Roland Vinyard on West Virginia caver Pete Hauer.

April 16, 2021

Harold Schechter

Harold Schechter author of “Maniac: the Bath School Disaster and the Birth of the Modern Mass Killer.”

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