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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.”

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

Youtube The Ballad of Pete Hauer


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.

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