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March 17, 2023

Kate Fagan

Kate Fagan is author of HOOP MUSES-An Insider’s Guide to Pop Culture and the (Women’s) Game an Adventure through Basketball History. Fagan is a native of Schenectady. She writes for Sports Illustrated.

March 10, 2023

Denise Doring VanBuren

Friday, March 10. 2023-Episode 465-Denise Doring VanBuren is president of the Beacon New York Historical Society and author of two books about Beacon’s history. Dia Beacon, a modern art museum revived formerly industrial Beacon starting in 2003.

March 03, 2023

Steve Haggerty

Friday, March 3, 2023- Episode 464-Steve Haggerty is author of Norman Rockwell’s Models: In and Out of the Studio. In 1940, illustrator Norman Rockwell, his wife Mary and their three sons moved to West Arlington, Vermont. The artist discovered a treasure trove of models. Haggerty’s book‘details these models’ lives, friendships with the artist and experiences in his studio.

February 24, 2023

HighLights 2023-1

Friday, February 24, 2022-Episode 463-In this first Highlights Edition of 2023 we revisit: Bill Buell’s Schenectady stories from the 1920s, NY State Historian Devin Lander, Jerry Snyder of Historic Amsterdam League, Jon Sorensen’s book When Mommy Was a Commie, Alan Maddaus on a jet bomber crash in New York’s Adirondack Mountains and Mark Dawidziak on Edgar Allan Poe.

February 17, 2023

Mark Dawidziak

Friday, February 17, 2023-Episode 462-Author Mark Dawidziak investigates Edgar Allan Poe’s strange death in Baltimore, and revisits the moments of his storm-tossed life in his book A Mystery of Mysteries: The Death and Life of Edgar Allan Poe.

February 10, 2023

Alan Maddaus

Episode 461-Alan Maddaus is author of Wright Peak Elegy: A Story of Cold War, Nuclear Deterrence and Ultimate Sacrifice. The book tells the story of a U.S. B 47e jet bomber that crashed into Wright Peak in New York’s Adirondack Mountains in in January 1962.

February 03, 2023

Jon Sorensen

Episode 460-“When Mommy Was a Commie” is a comic novel set in Schenectady in the early 1950s, inspired by real-life episodes from America’s spy war with Russia. Author Jon Sorensen was a newspaper reporter covering government and politics for The Schenectady Gazette, Buffalo News and New York Daily News.

January 27, 2023

Jerry Snyder

Friday, January 27, 2023-Episode 459-Jerry Snyder was one of the founders of Historic Amsterdam League, which focuses on the history of Amsterdam, N.Y.

January 20, 2023

Devin Lander/NYS Historian

Friday, January 20, 2023-Episode 458-New York State Historian Devin Lander. 250th American independence anniversary coming in years ahead.

January 13, 2023

Bill Buell

Historian and Daily Gazette reporter Bill Buell on Schenectady in the 1920s

January 06, 2023

Gazette History Topics 2022

Friday, January 6, 2023-Episode 456-The historic Fulton County courthouse, Ukrainians who settled in Amsterdam, Lafayette in Fort Hunter and other 2022 topics from Bob Cudmore’s Focus on History columns in the Daily Gazette and Amsterdam Recorder.

December 30, 2022

Buddy Levy/Ice and Stone

Friday, December 30, 2022- Episode 455-Buddy Levy author of Empire of Ice and Stone: The Disastrous and Heroic (1913) Voyage of the Karluk. Levy, who lives in Idaho, is a go-to author for Arctic history.

December 23, 2022

Stephen Blauweiss/Historic Kingston

Stephen Blauweiss is co-author of the book “The Story of Historic Kingston: Featuring 950 Images and Connections to the Catskills and New York City.”

December 16, 2022

Last HighLights 2022

Friday, December 16, 2022-Episode 453-2022 Highlights Edition with excerpts from the secret role of Japanese Americans who fought in the Pacific in World War II; Bob Gumson’s memoir In Blind Sight; Amsterdam’s Guy Park Manor; Anita Sanchez on the history of glaciers and Jim Kaplan on the life of of Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette.

December 09, 2022

Jim Kaplan/LaFayette

...New York City correspondent Jim Kaplan looks at the importance of French aristocrat Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette in the American Revolution.

December 02, 2022

Anita Sanchez

Friday, December 2, 2022-Episode 451-Environmental educator Anita Sanchez is author of Meltdown: Discover Earth’s Irreplaceable Glaciers And Learn What You Can Do To Save Them.

November 25, 2022

Amsterdams Oldest House

Episode 450-Bob Cudmore takes a look at Guy Park Manor, arguably Amsterdam’s oldest house. We also look at the leather business.

November 18, 2022

Bob Gumson

Friday, November 18, 2022- Episode 449-Bob Gumson of Albany, author of In Blind Sight: From Canarsie, Brooklyn with Love, Music and Mischief", his autobiography about living blind.

November 11, 2022

Bruce Henderson

Bruce Henderson, author of “Bridge to the Sun: the Secret Role of the Japanese Americans Who Fought in the Pacific in World War II.”

November 04, 2022

Highlights Edition5

Highlights Edition with excerpts from Joe Collea on Ilion, N.Y.; Giovanni Ruscitti visits his Italian roots; Chris Carola discusses Mohawk chief Joseph Brant; Alyson Richman on writing historical fiction David Pietrusza dissects FDR’s landslide 1936 victory; Norm Bollen meets filmmakers interested in Mohawk Valley; Rod Correll on learning to be a Leatherman.

October 28, 2022

Rod Correll

Episode 446- What’s it like to be the boss’s son? Rod Correll is author of the memoir “Learning to Be a Leatherman-A Rite of Passage.” Correll lived in the leather business for 50 years, from childhood up to when he left the business to return to Yale for an MBA.

October 21, 2022

Norm Bollen

Friday, October 21, 2022-Episode 445- Norm Bollen of the Fort Plain Museum says a film crew spent time in the Mohawk Valley in September scouting locations and shooting video for possible use in a Ken Burns documentary series on the American Revolution. Bollen also says the Fort Plain Museum is about to embark on a major expansion.

October 14, 2022

David Pietrusza

Episode 444-David Pietrusza is author of “Roosevelt Sweeps Nation: FDR’s 1936 Landslide and the Triumph of the Liberal Ideal.”

October 07, 2022

Alyson Richman

Friday, October 7, 2022-Episode 443-How to write historical fiction with Alyson Richman, co-author with Shaunna Edwards of “The Thread Collectors,” a Civil War novel.
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