History Personified

"History Personified" is a podcast that walks a mile in the shoes of history, taking listeners into different stories and eras, from military, to politics, to film, television, and radio, to sports, and more.

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"History Personified" is a history podcast that takes listeners deeper into different historical stories and eras. From military, to politics, to film, television, and radio, to sports, and more, "History Personified" will help bring listeners closer to the stories behind interesting historical events and figures.
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2018-01-16 07:26
last episode published
2017-10-30 14:00
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7.2 days
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Final Episode: The Rat Pack - Author Shawn Levy

*Special note: This will be the last episode of "History Personified." After a 20-month run, it's time. Listen to the beginning and end of this episode for more details. Thank you for all the support!* For some, the Rat Pack, made up of Frank Sinatra, ...
Phil Lanides author

The Relationship Between MLK and Malcolm X - Professor David Howard-Pitney

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X were, for years, at opposite ends of the spectrum when it came to their approach to solving civil rights problems experienced by African-Americans. Malcolm, a disciple of Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam...
Phil Lanides author

The Goat Castle Murder - Author Karen L. Cox

*Apologies for the audio issues with this episode...shouldn't be a problem going forward* The Goat Castle murder case is a tale of eccentrics, a recluse, a killing, an attempted robbery, goats, other livestock, African-Americans in the Jim Crow south, ...
Phil Lanides author

The 1987 Atlanta Prison Riot - Author Mark S. Hamm

After a little more time off to move to Tennessee and get settled in, "History Personified" is back, and we're looking at a long-forgotten, politically-motivated true crime history event...are you ready? On Nov. 20th, 1987, the federal Bureau of Prison...
Phil Lanides author

The Relationship Between John Adams & Thomas Jefferson - Author Gordon S. Wood

On this week's episode of "History Personified," I take a deep look at the intriguing relationship between American Founding Fathers John Adams and Thomas Jefferson with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gordon S. Wood. Adams and Jefferson came from very d...
Phil Lanides author

The Vietnam War's Battle of Ia Drang, Part II - Author Mike Guardia

On this week's episode, we interview author/biographer Mike Guardia about the life and career of Lt. Gen. Hal Moore. Gen. Moore is best known as the lieutenant colonel in command of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, at the Battle of Ia Drang in ...
Phil Lanides author

The Vietnam War's Battle of Ia Drang, Part I - Journalist Joe Galloway

Journalist Joe Galloway was a journalist who covered the Vietnam War early on, and specifically the Battle of Ia Drang. But he didn't just write about it...he was right there in the thick of the action. In fact, in 1998, he was awarded a Bronze Star fo...
Phil Lanides author

"Manhunt: Unabomber" - Former FBI Agent Jim Fitzgerald

Ted Kaczynski, who would become known as the Unabomber, was a mathematical genius who could seemingly never find his place in society. Angry, isolated, and truly alone, he embarked on a campaign of terror utilizing his calling card, the mail bombing. O...
Phil Lanides author

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates - Author Harold Holzer

Abraham Lincoln is known as "The Great Emancipator," and is credited with freeing American slaves in 1863. But just five years earlier, Lincoln, in a debate, said regarding blacks, "He is not my equal in many respects." Regardless of the context of tha...

U.S. President Ronald Reagan, Part II - Author/Historian H.W. Brands

Ronald Reagan is viewed as one of the most influential U.S. Presidents in history. Loved by many, hated by many, results and consequences from his policies are still being felt in America today. What is his legacy now? How will he be viewed in the year...

U.S. President Ronald Reagan - Author/Historian H.W. Brands

"Reagan"...it's a name that inspires love and hatred at the same time. To some, he was the savior of conservative politics. To others, he was a symbol of greed and dishonesty. What's fact? What's fiction? Regardless, no one can deny that "The Great Com...

Old West Outlaw Jesse James - Author Mark Lee Gardner

Old West outlaw Jesse James is still being talked about 135 years after his death at the young age of 34. Many myths surround this legendary criminal, with many still viewing James as a modern-day Robin Hood of sorts. A defender of the Southern way of ...

Comic Legend Red Skelton - Author Wes Gehring

For seven decades, Red Skelton, regardless of if it was radio, TV, burlesque, vaudeville, films, a nightclub, or casino, always did his best to entertain his fans and make them laugh. "The Red Skelton Show" was a television staple for many years, outla...

Three Stooges' Moe Howard - Joan Howard Maurer

It's a very special mini-episode of "History Personified" this week, and I had the honor of speaking with Joan Howard Maurer, the daughter of the Three Stooges' Moe Howard. In honor of his 120th birthday, we chat about her famous father, how he was at ...

Wrestling Legend Jerry "The King" Lawler - Podcast Co-Host Glenn Moore

Professional wrestling, for better or worse, is part of the fabric of Americana, and still has millions and millions of fans worldwide. On this week's episode, I discuss the life and career of the legendary Jerry "The King" Lawler with Glenn Moore, Law...

Drug Kingpin Pablo Escobar, Part II - Author Shaun Attwood

It's the conclusion of our two-part series on Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, as author Shaun Attwood, who wrote "Pablo Escobar: Beyond Narcos," joins us once again. In this episode, Shaun talks about Pablo's final years, his fall from the top of...

Drug Kingpin Pablo Escobar - Author Shaun Attwood

Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar built an empire on a mix of intimidation, bribery, politicking, torture, and murder, and leveraged it to become one of the wealthiest men on the earth. He came from nothing, rose to the top of the crime world, and seem...

John Wilkes Booth - Author Terry Alford

John Wilkes Booth might be the most infamous man, the most notorious criminal, in American history. The man that pulled the trigger that ended the life of the 16th U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln, was also a celebrated and famous actor who came from a ...

Canadian Serial Killers Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka - "1995" Podcast Host Kathy Kenzora

Canadian serial killers Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka have been compared to America's Bonnie and Clyde, but there really is no comparison between the two. The crimes that Bernardo and Homolka committed horrified the world, including assaulting, viola...

History of White House Chefs - "Soul Food Scholar" Adrian Miller

For the first time in the history of "History Personified," we're having a return guest! The "Soul Food Scholar," Adrian Miller, is back on the show. Last time, he talked about the history of soul food. This time, he's relating the history of White Hou...

Battle of Mogadishu Survivor Michael Durant

Michael Durant was a part of some of the most important American military missions of the 1980's and 1990's, and he joins me for this week's episode of "History Personified."  After joining the military in 1979, Durant became a helicopter pilot, eventu...

Supersize episode: 1992 Los Angeles Riots - Journalist Shawn Hubler

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the commencement of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, which caused incredible damage to life and property. Over 50 lives were lost, over 2,300 injuries were suffered, more than 7,000 fires raged, there was damage to 3,...

William Jennings Bryan& the importance of charisma - Professor/Author Jeremy C. Young

How important is charisma and speaking ability when it comes to being a great leader? On this week's show, we're discussing this question, using three-time U.S. presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan as an example. Professor and author Jeremy C. Y...

Cynthia Ann Parker - Historian Sarah McReynolds

Cynthia Ann Parker was around ten years old when her family's home was attacked by Comanches. Several family members were killed, but Cynthia was kidnapped. Being that she was a child, the Indians chose to raise her as one of their own, and she began t...

The World War II Years of Jimmy Stewart - Author Robert Matzen

Jimmy Stewart is one of the most beloved actors in cinema history. However, one aspect of his life isn't well-known, and that is his military service during World War II. While many other Hollywood actors played a role in the war, Jimmy Stewart was the...

Giant-sized episode: Andre the Giant - Writer Brandon Easton

It's Wrestlemania weekend, and in honor of that, we discuss one of wrestling's most legendary characters. But don't worry, non-wrestling fans...there's plenty of history discussed that has nothing to do with the squared circle!  Simply put, Andre the G...

U.S. President Bill Clinton - Author Michael Tomasky

William Jefferson Clinton is one of the most polarizing U.S. presidents of the last century, with many loving the man, and many hating him. Regardless of one's perspective, there is no arguing that Clinton presided over a very transitional time in Amer...

"Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" Technical Advisor Bobby Chacon

On this week's episode, we talk with longtime FBI veteran Bobby Chacon about his career, and especially his pioneering of the FBI's underwater forensics team. Bobby started his career in 1987 as part of the FBI's organized crime unit. He rubbed shoulde...

The Jonestown Massacre, Part II - Author Julia Scheeres

As cult leader Jim Jones becomes more and more deranged and controlling, he hatches a plan to move his Peoples Temple from California to Guyana, where his socialist teachings will finally be on unbridled display for all to see. What develops is a commu...

The Jonestown Massacre, Part I - Author Julia Scheeres

On November 18, 1978, in northwestern Guyana, 918 people died in what Jim Jones, the leader of the settlement there called Jonestown, deemed "revolutionary suicide." The events of that day resulted in what was the largest single loss of American civili...

The Laci& Conner Peterson Murder - Reporter Garth Stapley

At the end of 2002, Laci Peterson, 8 1/2 months pregnant, disappeared. Her frantic family organized searches as her husband, Scott, made the media rounds. As it came to light that Scott had been involved with another woman, Amber Frey, his actions bega...

American Serial Killer Ted Bundy - Author/Minister Kevin Sullivan

We continue chugging along with our True Crime History month, and on this week's show, American serial killer Ted Bundy is examined. Author and ordained minister Kevin Sullivan just completed a trilogy of books on Bundy, as "The Bundy Secrets" has just...

The Death of Boxing Legend Sonny Liston, Part II - Author Shaun Assael

True Crime History Month continues on "History Personified," as we just into part II of our series on the death of boxing legend Sonny Liston. On this show, author and longtime ESPN.com writer Shaun Assael, who wrote "The Murder of Sonny Liston: Las Ve...

The Death of Boxing Legend Sonny Liston, Part I - Author Shaun Assael

It's True Crime History Month on "History Personified!" In the first episode of a two-part series, we talk with author and longtime ESPN.com writer Shaun Assael on Las Vegas in the late 1960's and the death of boxing legend Sonny Liston, specifically f...

FDR's New Deal - Author George Melloan

On last week's episode, we discussed 1930's radio superstar Father Charles Coughlin, and as part of that chat, we touched on the New Deal. Coughlin initially supported the program, but later reversed course. He was not alone in this. On this week's epi...

Father Charles Coughlin - Author Sheldon Marcus

A politician builds a massive audience through a mainstream media device, then leverages his followers to spread a populist message that speaks to plight of many in the country...sound familiar? It's happening now in the U.S., but it is a political app...

Doc Holliday, Part II - Author Gary Roberts

This year marks 130 years since the passing of Old West legend John "Doc" Holliday. All these years later, he is still an enigma to many. In part II of our series on Doc, we unravel the truth behind Doc's involvement with the infamous shootout at the O...

Doc Holliday, Part I - Author Gary Roberts

John "Doc" Holliday was only 36 when he died of tuberculosis in 1887. Sometimes a outlaw, sometimes a lawman, and always a gambler, Doc developed a legendary reputation as a gunman that made you want to have him on your side in a fight. A close friend ...

Louis Prima - Author Tom Clavin

Bandleader Louis Prima was the walking definition of entertainment. While other swing and jazz musicians focused on the art of their craft, Prima's mantra was "play it pretty for the people." He was serious about his songwriting, but when it came time ...

Alabama Governor George Wallace - Author Mary Palmer

Former Alabama Governor George Wallace is one of the most polarizing political figures in U.S. history. A true populist that played to his base of supporters, Wallace was loved by many and hated by many at the same time. Originally, he held a moderate ...

Media Maven Dorothy Kilgallen - Author Mark Shaw

Dorothy Kilgallen was a true media dynamo whose column was read by millions every day, appeared on a popular TV show each week, and was featured on the radio as well. "Breaking glass ceilings" is being talked about today, but Kilgallen was blazing a tr...

Judge Joseph Crater, Part II - "The Vanished" Host Marissa Jones

It's part II of our series on the missing persons case of Judge Joseph Crater, and joining us for this week's episode is Marissa Jones, the host of the very popular true crime podcast, "The Vanished." Marissa dove into the theories surrounding Crater's...

Judge Joseph Crater, Part I - Author Dick Tofel

Judge Joseph Force Crater was a New York State Supreme Court Justice who went missing on August 6, 1930, and has not been seen since. He had gone out to dinner with a lawyer friend and a showgirl, paid the check, then got into a cab, and was never seen...

Supersize episode: Babe Ruth - Baseball Hall of Fame Senior Curator Tom Shieber

When someone is looking to describe a huge achievement where expectations are greatly surpassed, they can describe it as "Ruthian." The fact that that adjective can be used in American lexicon proves just how massive of a pop culture icon Babe Ruth bec...

Actor John Cazale - Filmmaker Richard Shepard

"I knew it was you"...it is one of the most famous lines in cinema history. Uttered by Al Pacino's Michael Corleone to his brother, Fredo, this line from "The Godfather" is also the title of a documentary made by Richard Shepard, who we interview on th...

Alexander Hamilton - Expert David Cowen

American historical figure Alexander Hamilton has experienced a recent surge in interest due to the massively popular Broadway musical bearing his name. But what was Hamilton really all about? On this week's episode, we dig deeper into the life of the ...

Modern History of Political Satire - Professor Brian Rosenwald

Think that Alec Baldwin's portrayal of Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon's take on Hillary Clinton for "Saturday Night Live" are funny? Disrespectful? Satire is as much a part of the American political process as voting, and has been for centuries. Whethe...

President Martin Van Buren - Professor Mark Cheathem

Which U.S. President was responsible for the two-party political system and the modern Democratic Party? Very few would answer Martin Van Buren, but those who would, would be correct. The 8th U.S. President only served one term, but he made a lasting i...

President Andrew Jackson - Professor Mark Cheathem

Think Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are polarizing? Andrew Jackson wrote the book on it. Jackson, the 7th U.S. President, arguably stirred up more controversy than any Commander-in-Chief before or since. From marrying an already-married woman, to hi...

Sammy Davis, Jr., Part II - Author and Friend Burt Boyar

This week's episode features part two of our discussion with Burt Boyar, biographer and longtime close, personal friend of Sammy Davis, Jr. We discuss the crumbling of Sammy's marriage to May Britt, his relationships with fellow Rat Pack members Frank ...