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April 09, 2021

Roland Vinyard

Friday, April 9, 2021-Episode 365-Roland Vinyard tells the story of his book, “The Ballad of Pete Hauer: It Was Caves that Pete Loved The Best.”  A true story of two mysterious deaths in West Virginia’s cave country. Speleobooks

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April 02, 2021

Jim Kaplan(South Street Seaport)

Friday, April 2, 2021-Episode 364-Jim Kaplan reports on the history of Manhattan’s South Street Seaport and a proposal to build a new high rise in that area.

March 26, 2021

John Warren

Friday, March 26, 2021-Episode 363-How the Adirondack forest preserve was motorized.  The guest is John Warren, founder and editor of New York Almanack.

March 19, 2021

Robert Burns

Friday, March 19, 2021-Episode 362-New York State Thruway commuter and Historians Podcast listener Robert Burns makes frequent trips between Rochester and Albany.  He has questions on the history of the Thruway, built in the 1950s.  We welcome your answers to his questions via email.  We get background on Thruway history from Bruce Dearstyne, author of the book “Spirit of New York.”

March 12, 2021

Sarah Patten

Friday, March 12, 2021-Episode 361-Sarah Patten, author of “The Measure of Gold,” a historical novel set in Europe in World War II with a focus on French Resistance women spies.

March 05, 2021

Mike Hauser

Friday, March 5, 2021-Episode 360-Mike Hauser, author and Leader Herald columnist, has stories about Jack McKeon, Parkhurst Field and Moonlight “Doc” Graham from Fulton County baseball history.

February 26, 2021

Jim Richmond

Friday, February 26, 2021-Episode 359-Keeping history alive during the pandemic with Jim Richmond from Saratoga County History Roundtable, plus the impact of Spencer and Katrina Trask on Saratoga Springs.

February 19, 2021

2021 Highlight Show 1

Friday, February 19, 2021-Episode 358-In our first Highlights Special of the year hear excerpts from 2021 podcasts including David Pietrusza on growing up in Amsterdam, public radio pioneer Will Lewis, Justice Robert Best on the historic Fulton County Courthouse, Darren Tracy on historic preservation, Jim Kaplan on New York City’s Wasserstein family, Jerry Snyder of Historic Amsterdam League and Oneida County historian Joseph Bottini on Oriskany’s Trinkaus Manor restaurant.

February 12, 2021

Jim Kaplan

Friday, February 12, 2021-Episode 357-Lawyer and historian Jim Kaplan looks at the lives of financier Bruce Wasserstein and his sister, playwright Wendy Wasserstein, key figures in the revival of New York City in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

February 05, 2021

Joseph Bottini

Friday, February 5, 2021-Episode 356-Oneida County historian Joseph Bottini remembers Trinkaus Manor, a destination restaurant with an elaborate Christmas display in Oriskany, N.Y.

January 29, 2021

Jerry Snyder

Friday, January 29, 2021- Episode 355-Jerry Snyder of Historic Amsterdam League recounts the story of the League’s popular “ghost tours” of Amsterdam’s Green Hill Cemetery.  He also discusses the history of the Amsterdam Fire Department.

January 22, 2021

Darren Tracy

Friday, January 22. 2021-Episode 354-Professional engineer Darren Tracy discusses historic preservation and describes a project he undertook restoring a “tiny house” in Glens Falls, New York.

January 15, 2021

Robert Best

Friday, January 15, 2021-Episode 353-Retired State Supreme Court Justice Robert Best chronicles the history of Johnstown’s 1772 Fulton County Courthouse, the oldest courthouse still in use in New York State.  Meredith Best, an art teacher and the judge’s daughter, describes the artwork in a booklet on the courthouse history written by her father which is scheduled for publication in February.

January 08, 2021

David Pietrusza

Friday, January 8, 2021-Episode 352-Presidential historian David Pietrusza on his memoir “Too Long Ago: A Childhood Memory, A Vanished World” about his Amsterdam, N.Y., roots.


January 01, 2021

Will Lewis

Friday, January 1, 2021-Episode 351-Pioneer public radio broadcaster Will Lewis, president emeritus of the Los Angeles Press Club, discusses his early days in the 1960s at WBUR-FM in Boston, passage of the public broadcasting bill in Washington and the Patty Hearst kidnapping in California.

December 25, 2020

Jim Schaefer

Friday, December 25, 2020-Episode 350-James Schaefer, Rotterdam town historian, discusses his hometown, his neighborhood along Schermerhorn Road and the town’s role in a New York hiking trail.

December 18, 2020

John Gearing

Friday, December 18, 2020-Historians Podcast Episode 349-Author John Gearing and editor Chris Leonard discuss their book “Schenectady Genesis, Volume II: The Creation of an American City from an Anglo-Dutch Town, ca. 1760-1800.”

December 11, 2020

Chris Carola

Friday, December 11, 2020-Episode 348-Chris Carola, a veteran Associated Press reporter, is writing a book about Jack Wilpers, who grew up in Saratoga Springs, and the key role Wilpers played in the capture of former Japanese prime minister Hideki Tojo in 1945.

December 04, 2020

Robert May


Friday, December 4, 2020-Episode 347-Professor Robert May is author of “Yuletide in Dixie: Slavery, Christmas and Southern Memory.”

November 27, 2020

Chris Philippo

Friday, November 27, 2020-Episode 346-Christopher Philippo is editor of “The Valancourt Book of Victorian Christmas Ghost Stories Volume Four.”  Stories include The Green Huntsman and The Christmas Ghost.

November 20, 2020

Jim Kaplan(October2020)

Friday, November 20, 2020-Episode 345-Jim Kaplan chronicles the achievements of the first woman member of a Presidential cabinet.  Frances Perkins was FDR’s Secretary of Labor who designed Social Security.

November 13, 2020

Ashley Hopkins-Benton

Friday, November 13, 2020-Episode 344-Ashley Hopkins-Benton recounts the life of sculptor Henry DiSpirito, who was artist in residence at Utica College.  Hopkins-Benton is author of “Breathing Life Into Stone: The Sculpture of Henry DiSpirito.”

November 06, 2020

David Cummings

Friday, November 6, 2020-Episode 343-Retired Colonel Dave Cummings discusses efforts to research St. Joseph’s Shrine and its nearby burial ground in the Adirondack hill town of Bleecker.  Constructed in the 1850s, St. Joseph’s Church, torn down in 1919, was the first Roman Catholic Church built in Fulton County.

October 30, 2020

John Woodward

Friday, October 30, 2020-Episode 342-John J. Woodward tells us about the bicentennial of Rotterdam, N.Y., a town in Schenectady County.  Woodward chairs Rotterdam’s bicentennial committee and previously served 25 years as Schenectady County Clerk.

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