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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.

October 23, 2020

Rob Swigart

Friday, October 23, 2020-Episode 341-Rob Swigart is author of the historical novel “Mixed Harvest: Stories of the Human Past.”  The book describes how a prehistoric nomadic population transitioned to more permanent settlements.

October 16, 2020

Highlight Show 2

Friday, October 16, 2020-Episode 340-2020 Highlights Podcast #2: Buddy Levy on the triumphant and tragic Greely polar expedition, Richard Hamm on Prohibition’s greatest myths, Janny Venema on translating New Netherland Dutch, Dan Weaver on forgotten stories of the Mohawk Valley and a chat with space historian Margaret Weitekamp.

October 09, 2020

Jennet Conant

Friday, October 9, 2020-Episode 339-Jennet Conant discusses her book “The Great Secret: The Classified World War II Disaster That Launched the War on Cancer.”  Also heard is film maker Nick Spark who lobbied for U.S. government recognition of medical doctor Stewart Alexander whose work chronicling the Bari disaster in southern Italy was the impetus to developing chemotherapy.

October 02, 2020

Jim Kaplan

Friday, October 2, 2020-Episode 338- Jim Kaplan tells the story of African American real estate entrepreneur Philip Payton, who helped develop Harlem as a center of black culture.

September 25, 2020

George Schweitzer

Friday, September 25, 2020-Episode 337-Retired network executive George Schweitzer on the history of the CBS Eye icon and his career promoting CBS television.  Schweitzer was recently profiled on CBS Sunday Morning.

September 18, 2020

Chris Leonard

Friday, September 18-Episode 336-Schenectady City Historian Christopher Leonard discusses Schenectady during World War II plus a look at Schenectady and the Erie Canal.

September 11, 2020

David Brooks

Friday, September 11, 2020-Episode 335-David Brooks of Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter has Erie Canal lore to share.  He also tells of unrealized plans to make a canal out of the Sacandaga River.

September 04, 2020

2020 Highlight Show

Friday, September 4, 2020-Episode 334-Highlights from 2020 episodes of Historians Podcast-Caryl Hopson on “Murder and Mayhem in Herkimer County,” Peter Ward discusses the history of personal cleanliness, Kathryn Smith details the life of heiress and spy Gertrude Sanford Legendre, Matthew Costello on George Washington’s changing reputation and Christie Sausa looks at Lake Placid’s winter sports history.

August 28, 2020

Thomas Schwartz

Friday, August 28, 2020-Episode 333-Vanderbilt University professor Thomas Schwartz is author of the book “Henry Kissinger and American Power: A Political Biography.” Friday Podcast "29 Minutes"

August 21, 2020

Bert Nepaulsingh

Episode 332-Colbert Nepaulsingh discusses his book “Walter Elwood: ‘Glitter’ and Other Unpublished Plays.”  Amsterdam, N.Y.’s community museum is named for Elwood. Podcast "29 Minutes"

August 14, 2020

Joanne Blaauboer

Friday, August 14, 2020-Episode 331-Joanne Blaauboer has been researching the old Presbyterian Church graveyard in the hamlet of Fish House on Great Sacandaga Lake.  Church deacon Abraham Beecher is buried there.  He was the cousin of famous author Harriet Beecher Stowe  Blaauboer is Town of Northampton Deputy historian. 

August 07, 2020

Margaret Weitekamp

Friday, August 7, 2020-Episode 330-Margaret Weitekamp chairs the space history department at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.  She is author of “Right Stuff, Wrong Sex: America's First Women in Space Program.”

August 05, 2020

Michael Cinquanti

Amsterdam Mayor Mike Cinquanti is Bob Cudmore’s guest on Historians Podcast Extra Edition #19.  The Mayor talks about his current illness, the corona virus in Amsterdam and numerous city news topics.  This is the last episode of Extra Edition, a weekly interview with people in the news.  We will continue to produce weekly episodes of the Historians Podcast on topics relating to local, regional and national history.

July 31, 2020

Dan Weaver

Friday, July 31, 2020-Dan Weaver’s latest book contains 60 of his local history columns, most of which first appeared in the Amsterdam Recorder “Between the Cracks: Forgotten Stories of Amsterdam, N.Y. and the Mohawk Valley.”  Dan sells books and other historical items online at Friday Podcast "29 Minutes"

July 29, 2020

Matt Ossenfort

Thursday, July 30, 2020-Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort is the guest on Historians Podcast Extra Edition #18. 

July 24, 2020

Amy Catania

Friday, July 24, 2020-Episode 328-Amy Catania of Historic Saranac Lake explains how that upstate New York community became a center for the treatment of tuberculosis.

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