Best biographical podcasts we could find (Updated August 2017)
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Portraits of Blue & Grey: The Biographical Civil War Podcast
 
Portraits of Blue and Grey examines the lives of the most prominent, interesting, and influential figures from the American Civil War era.
 
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Who Was Who: 5000 BC - 1914 Biographical Dictionary of the Famous and Those Who Wanted to Be by GORDON, Irwin Leslie
 
A short, humorous biography of famous people from 5000 BC to 1914. -- S. McGaughey From the Introduction, "The editor begs leave to inform the public that only persons who can produce proper evidence of their demise will be admitted to Who Was Who. Press Agent notices or complimentary comments are absolutely excluded, and those offering to pay for the insertion of names will be prosecuted. As persons become eligible they will be included without solicitation, while the pages will be expurgat ...
 
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New Books in Biography
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Interviews with Biographers about their New Books
 
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Biographical Conversations with... | UNC-TV
 
North Carolina, a state rich in history and tradition. It is the Old North State, the Tar Heel State, our state. Over the decades and centuries since its inception, our state has produced artists, writers, politicians and athletes that have erupted onto the national scene. UNC-TV captures on tape the biographical reminiscences of these extraordinary North Carolinians whose impact and vision have earned them national prominence and a place in history. These one-on-one conversations provide a ...
 
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Great Lives
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Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.
 
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Writers Radio
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The best of Australian writing – poets, novelists, playwrights, biographers
 
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WFIU: Profiles Interviews
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A weekly one hour program, Profiles features a new guest each week, ranging from painters to journalists, delving into the person behind the persona. This in-depth examination of individuals from a variety of backgrounds, seeks to inform and entertain. Profiles is a production of WFIU Public Media from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.
 
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Presidential
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Leading up to Election Day 2016, The Washington Post's Presidential podcast explores how each former American president reached office, made decisions, handled crises and redefined the role of commander-in-chief, starting with George Washington in week one and ending on week 44 with the president-elect. Hosted by Lillian Cunningham, the series features Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers like David McCullough and Washington Post journalists like Bob Woodward. New episodes are released on Sundays.
 
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President Podcast
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Biographical sketches of US presidents
 
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Famous Men of Rome by John H. Haaren
 
Famous Men of Rome is a series of biographical sketches written for the purpose of making the study of history lively and interesting by giving insight into the men who lived during this time.
 
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Great Lives
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Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.
 
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Out Cold History Podcast
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Bringing You everything from past, present, to future military, political, and biographical history.
 
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Whistle While You Work
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Whistle While You Work is a show where host Tobin Davies interviews people with inspiring and interesting careers. By listening to Tobin’s candid conversations with his guests, his listeners receive motivation and valuable lessons in subjects like leadership, business entrepreneurship, branding, innovation, lifestyle, and virtue.
 
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Famous Men of Greece by John H. Haaren
 
Famous Men of Greece is a series of biographical sketches written for the purpose of making the study of history lively and interesting by giving insight into the men who lived during this time.
 
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Hindi Urdu Lives
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In-depth biographical interviews with native Hindi-Urdu speakers. Informative and great listening comprehension practice for learners of Hindi-Urdu.
 
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The Beethoven 9 @ 9
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The Beethoven 9 @ 9 offers an in-depth exploration of Ludwig van Beethoven's nine symphonies, featuring host Monika Vischer and Beethoven biographer Jan Swafford. Hear more at www.CPRClassical.org.
 
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Thomas Jefferson
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One of the most disputed figures in American History, Jefferson was a central figure in the Revolutionary, Federalist, and Jeffersonian era. David Muzzey captures the character of Jefferson in a way few biographers have.
 
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U.S. Presidents Podcast
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LearnOutLoud.com presents the U.S. Presidents Podcast. Each episode will provide a brief biographical portrait of each president, explore the eras in which they led the country, and access the historical significance they hold for us today. This is a podcast for those that wish to gain a complete knowledge of the commander in chief.
 
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Aura of Greatness Podcast
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The Aura of Greatness Podcast is a history podcast that tells the biographical story of some of the greatest personalities to ever live on this earth. Now - Che Guevara. Next - TBD.
 
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Great Lives
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Biographical series in which guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.
 
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Oscar Wilde: The Story of an Unhappy Friendship by SHERARD, Robert
 
Robert Sherard was Oscar Wilde's friend of 20 years and first biographer. The Story of an Unhappy Friendship was the first of his four biographies of the Irish playwright and wit. - Summary by Rob Board
 
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David Wark Griffith: A Brief Sketch of His Career by LONG, Robert Edgar
 
An authorized biography of D.W. Griffith, the self-proclaimed "Father of Filmmaking." Written in collaboration with the director, Robert Edgar Long's biographical sketch traces Griffith's early life, his career as an actor and stage director, his rise as one of Biograph's most acclaimed and innovative filmmakers, and the making of his revolutionary (and controversial) full-length films: [i]The Birth of a Nation, Intolerance, Broken Blossoms,[/i] and other cinema classics. Summary by ChuckW.
 
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Remarkable Rogues: The Careers of Some Notable Criminals of Europe and America by KINGSTON, Charles
 
The title and subtitle pretty much say it all. Twenty biographical sketches of people you would not want your son or daughter to marry. (Summary by David Wales)
 
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Famous Men of Modern Times by John H. Haaren and A.B. Poland
 
Famous Men of Modern Times is a series of biographical sketches written for the purpose of making the study of history lively and interesting by giving insight into the men who lived during this time. Summary by Laura Caldwell
 
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Historic Girlhoods Volume 1 by HOLLAND, Rupert S.
 
Biographical sketches of ten girls who became famous before becoming women - some not even making it to womanhood. From Joan of Arc to Catherine d'Medici; from Catherine the Great to Pocohontas. These inspirational stories will be of interest to young people and show what determination and luck can achieve. - Summary by Lynne Thompson
 
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Aesop's Fables by Aesop
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As children, our first experience of the magic of talking animals, the conflict between good and evil, the battle of wits between the cunning and the innocent most probably came from Aesop's Fables. These delightful, pithy and brief narratives are simple, easy to understand and convey their message in a memorable and charming fashion. Aesop's Fables by Aesop consists of about 600 tales, some well-loved and familiar, others less known but just as entertaining and educative and help us map the ...
 
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The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe
 
This story opens with a mother and daughter found brutally murdered inside a locked room in an upstairs apartment on a street in Paris. The police are baffled by both the ferocity of the crime and the lack of clues. Neighbors give conflicting evidence. Two friends are intrigued by the entire situation as reported in the newspapers. They decide to do a little investigating on their own. What they come up with is one of the most shocking and strangest of conclusions. The Murders in the Rue Mor ...
 
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History of Color
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Allegra Alvarado and Friends will have an easily digestible discussion of non-fiction books, biographical films, documentaries, and news interviews centered around people of color and minorities that have been sidelined in our history education.
 
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Small Fish Radio Theatre and Thespinarium
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Small Fish Radio Theatre and Thespinarium produces portable theatre for the ear. Since 2012 we’ve produced over 20 podcasts featuring the work of over 50 artists from around the world. We’ve recorded live at Chicago Fringe, Chicago Dramatists, The Biograph at Victory Gardens Theatre, and Simon's Tavern in Andersonville. Small Fish Radio Theatre was a top-featured podcast on Atlanta Fringe Audio for four years running. Whether recorded before a live audience or in the studio, our podcasts are ...
 
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Atlantic Narratives: Modern Short Stories by VARIOUS
 
This book, published in 1918 by the Atlantic Monthly Press, is a collection of 23 "modern short stories", written by various authors as follows: Cornelia A. P. Comer, Amy Wentworth Stone, Elizabeth Ashe, Dallas Lore Sharp, H. G. Dwight, Mary Lerner, Charles Caldwell Dobie, Henry Seidel Canby, Zephine Humphrey, Katharine Fullerton Gerould, Katharine Butler, Madeleine Z. Doty, F. J. Louriet, Ernest Starr, C. A. Mercer, Margaret Sherwood, E. Nesbit, E. V. Lucas, Margaret Lynn, Margaret Prescott ...
 
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Best of Outer Limits Radio
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Memorable moments, insights, & guests from the cutting edge metaphysical radio program, "Outer Limits of Inner Truth." (www.outerlimitsradio.com).The Outer Limits of Inner Truth is a metaphysical / biographical program. It premiered on February 2014 and within a few short months, was picked up for national syndication on Star Com Radio Networks and is now heard on over 30 AM stations nationwide. OLIT has been featured on the Awakening Zone Radio Network, The Boston Globe, Radar Online, Media ...
 
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The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton
 
Robbery, murder and treason. Strange happenings in quiet English villages. A book critic who happens to find a corpse with its head crushed, an Irish freedom fighter framed for a crime, the disappearance of a valuable coin, a strange dispute over a property claim and a host of other intriguing situations make up the contents of G K Chesterton's collection of short stories The Man Who Knew Too Much. For fans of Chesterton's immortal clerical sleuth, Father Brown, these stories are equally del ...
 
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Atlantic Narratives: Modern Short Stories; Second Series by VARIOUS
 
This book is composed of 24 short stories, published in 1918 by the Atlantic Monthly Press, and is the second collection of "modern short stories" edited by Charles Swain Thomas. They appeared in the Atlantic monthly magazine around the turn of the century and are written by various authors as follows: Mary Antin, Elizabeth Ashe, Kathleen Carman, Cornelia A. P. Comer, Mazo De La Roche, Annie Hamilton Donnell, James Edmund Dunning, Rebecca Hooper Eastman, William Addleman Ganoe, Lucy Huffaker ...
 
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I Remember, I Remember by HOOD, Thomas
 
"There were scarcely any events in the life of Thomas Hood. One condition there was of too potent determining importance—life-long ill health; and one circumstance of moment—a commercial failure, and consequent expatriation. Beyond this, little presents itself for record in the outward facts of this upright and beneficial career, bright with genius and coruscating with wit, dark with the lengthening and deepening shadow of death." - from the Biographical Introduction by William Michael Rosse ...
 
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Digital Stowaways
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Nathan and Burrows Host a comedy show, partly biographical but mostly discussing whatever pops into our heads, guaranteed to be entertaining.
 
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Knickerbocker's History of New York, Vol. 1 by IRVING, Washington
 
Washington Irving, an author, biographer, historian, and diplomat, completed his first major work, a satire of contemporary local history and politics entitled A History of New-York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty, by Diedrich Knickerbocker in 1809. Prior to its publication, Irving started a promotional hoax (not unlike some modern-day publicity stunts?) by placing fake missing persons advertisements in local newspapers asking for help in locating Diedrich Kni ...
 
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Old Year, The by CLARE, John
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John Clare was an English poet, the son of a farm labourer, who came to be known for his celebratory representations of the English countryside and his lamentation of its disruption. His biographer Jonathan Bate states that Clare was "the greatest labouring-class poet that England has ever produced. No one has ever written more powerfully of nature, of a rural childhood, and of the alienated and unstable self". (Summary from Wikipedia )
 
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Representative Men by EMERSON, Ralph Waldo
 
A series of biographical lectures originally published in 1850. Each chapter is a philosophical treatment of the life of an intellectual. The six representatives are Plato, Swedenborg, Shakespeare, Montaigne, Napolean and Goethe. (Introduction by S. Kovalchik)
 
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Life of Samuel Johnson, Vol. II, The by BOSWELL, James
 
Boswell's famous work on the life of his admired friend Johnson, the formidable poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer, is a milestone in the development of biographical writing, a treasure-house of Johnson's witticisms and opinions, and a window on his social circle that is packed with incidental detail of 18th-century life and concerns. This second of four volumes covers the years 1764-1776. (Summary by Philippa)
 
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Diversions in Sicily by JONES, Henry Festing
 
Samuel Butler's biographer dedicates his urbane account of the culture and entertainments of rural Sicily to the unborn son of his guide to them. (Summary by R. S. Steinberg)
 
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EvenOne
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Even One person or moment can make a difference. Hear stories that are shared about how others have made a difference. Stories are mostly about famous people or events that are biographical, historical, or just interesting.
 
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Aura of Greatness Podcast
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The Aura of Greatness Podcast is a history podcast that tells the biographical story of some of the greatest personalities to ever live on this earth. Now - Che Guevara. Next - TBD.
 
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Workhouse Clock, The by HOOD, Thomas
 
There were scarcely any events in the life of Thomas Hood. One condition there was of too potent determining importance—life-long ill health; and one circumstance of moment—a commercial failure, and consequent expatriation. Beyond this, little presents itself for record in the outward facts of this upright and beneficial career, bright with genius and coruscating with wit, dark with the lengthening and deepening shadow of death. (Summary from The Biographical Introduction by William Michael ...
 
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Adventures of Tommy Blake, The by RYAN, Brother Ernest
 
Child of an atheist father and a devoutly Catholic mother, Tommy has been from childhood the object of a battle of love. Tommy’s courage and unfailing loyalty to his Faith help him to overcome obstacles which threaten his whole future with spiritual tragedy. Brother Ernest Ryan, was a Holy Cross Brother, the founder of and a prolific author for the Dujarie Press, a Catholic publishing house of Juvenile Saint books for children in the 1950’s and 1960’s. He wrote numerous juvenile biographical ...
 
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Women Who Make Our Novels, The by OVERTON, Grant M.
 
”This book, the rather unpremeditated production of several months’ work, is by a man who is not a novelist and who is therefore entirely unfitted to write about women who are novelists.” The author is a literary reporter and from that perspective he offers a short biographical sketch “of all the living American women novelists whose writing, by the customary standards, is artistically fine . . . [or] whose writing has attained a wide popularity.” This book was published in 1918. (Summary ta ...
 
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Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors and Architects Vol 1 by VASARI, Giorgio
 
The Lives of the Most Excellent Italian Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, from Cimabue to Our Times, or Le Vite delle più eccellenti pittori, scultori, ed architettori, as it was originally known in Italian, is a series of artist biographies written by 16th century Italian painter and architect Giorgio Vasari, which is considered "perhaps the most famous, and even today the most- read work of the older literature of art", "some of the Italian Renaissance's most influential writing on art" ...
 
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Knickerbocker's History of New York, Vol. 2 by IRVING, Washington
 
Washington Irving, an author, biographer, historian, and diplomat, completed his first major work, a satire of contemporary local history and politics entitled A History of New-York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty, by Diedrich Knickerbocker in 1809. Prior to its publication, Irving started a promotional hoax (not unlike some modern-day publicity stunts?) by placing fake missing persons advertisements in local newspapers asking for help in locating Diedrich Kni ...
 
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Christian McBride Hosts Soundcheck
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When Christian McBride recently sat in for John Schaefer on WNYC's Soundcheck, the tables were turned: a musician was asking the questions instead of answering them. Hear the Grammy winning bassist and composer interview NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, actress S. Epatha Merkerson, and James Brown biographer R.J. Smith. Plus: an in-studio session from jazz vocalist Gregory Porter.
 
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From Sunrise Land by CARMICHAEL, Amy Wilson
 
One of the most renowned of all Protestant Christian missionaries, Amy Carmichael is remembered most for the fifty-five years she spent doing evangelistic and philanthropic work in India. She began her missions career, however, with fifteen months in Japan before falling ill, returning to Ireland, and then returning to Asia with her focus on India. This collection of letters is a record of that time in Japan, and is fascinating not only for its biographical interest but also for its insights ...
 
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Gracie Otto: Meet the Filmmaker
 
Australian director Gracie Otto discusses her latest film The Last Impresario. This biographical documentary uncovers the story of Michael White, the playboy who transformed the UK cultural scene in the 1970s with musicals like Oh! Calcutta! and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
 
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Author(Photo: )http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contacthttp://JohnBatchelorShow.com/scheduleshttp://johnbatchelorshow.com/blogTwitter: @BatchelorShowShadow Warrior: William Egan Colby and the CIA by Randall B. Woods. PART 1 of 2.Library Journal“Woods has crafted an excellent biography based on the usual primary sources and buttressed by interviews ...…
 
We're working diligently on this new show for you! From the most humble beginnings as a privateer, thru glory found in brazen battles on the seas of the northern Atlantic, this is the story of how one man overcame his lowly birth to fulfill his destiny and become the embodiment of a legend. A delicious, delicious legend. This is a preview of th ...…
 
Walter Isaacson -- biographer of Leonardo Da Vinci, Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin -- discusses the common links and traits shared by these geniuses of history.
 
We're joined by George Weigel, Distiguished Senior Fellow and Chair of Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC to discuss his journey from Baltimore native to papal biographer for Pope Saint John Paul II.
 
Bishop Robert Barron and his Word on Fire production team have just set off to Europe to film two brand new episodes for the hit television film series: CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. This second volume of biographical documentaries features some of the greatest figures in all of world history.
 
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Legacy: the Artists Behind the Legends
 
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was a nineteenth century English novelist, short story writer, biographer, essayist, and travel writer who is probably most famously known for her Gothic novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus. The first half of her life closely resembles a soap opera drama that began when she ran away with the then married Pe ...…
 
Clare Mulley @claremulley is an award-winning biographer, and regular contributor to historical and current affairs journals, TV and radio. Clare's latest book, The Women Who Flew for Hitler: The True Story of Hitler's Valkyries is out now. Producer: Dan Morelle Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, ...…
 
For amny he was the sportsman of the century. However his is as much for his exploits within the ring as for his activism out of it. With A tribute to the greatest Ali's biographer Thomas Hauser takes a look at the legend of Muhammad Ali through a series of essays as well as personal recounting of his interactions with Ali and a treasure trove ...…
 
Author(Photo: Gorbachev and Reagan sign the INF Treaty at the White House, 1987 )http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contacthttp://JohnBatchelorShow.com/scheduleshttp://johnbatchelorshow.com/blogTwitter: @BatchelorShowReagan: The Life– by H.W. Brands. PART 5 of 6. “No one loved a good story better than Ronald Reagan. His own story—synonymous with the ...…
 
Author(Photo: Gorbachev and Reagan sign the INF Treaty at the White House, 1987 )http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contacthttp://JohnBatchelorShow.com/scheduleshttp://johnbatchelorshow.com/blogTwitter: @BatchelorShowReagan: The Life– by H.W. Brands. PART 5 of 6. “No one loved a good story better than Ronald Reagan. His own story—synonymous with the ...…
 
Welcome to Amy Alkon's HumanLab: The Science Between Us, a weekly show with the luminaries of behavioral science. What do men want? In bed and out? What do women want? How does this all tie together? (And who’s getting tied up?) These are just a few of the questions I’ll be asking and sex therapist Dr. Brandy Engler will be answering on tonight ...…
 
WGN Radio’s coverage of the Scopes Monkey Trial in 1925, the introduction of the typewriter, Dillinger is shot outside of the Chicago’s Biograph Theater, popular radio show ‘Gangbusters’ premiered and aired on WGN Radio, The Democratic Convention opens in Chicago in 1944, Apollo 11 goes into orbit, ‘Match Game’ debuts.…
 
Author(Photo: Meeting with President Richard Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon, July 1970 )http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contacthttp://JohnBatchelorShow.com/scheduleshttp://johnbatchelorshow.com/blogTwitter: @BatchelorShowReagan: The Life– by H.W. Brands. PART 4 of 6. “No one loved a good story better than Ronald Reagan. His own story—synonymous wi ...…
 
Episode 324 with Elise Burton hosted by Shireen Hamza, Chris Gratien, and Maryam Patton Download the podcastFeed | iTunes | GooglePlay | SoundCloud Genetics have emerged as a new scientific tool for studying human ancestry and historical migration. And as research into the history of genetics demonstrates, genetics and other bioscientific appro ...…
 
Episode 324 with Elise Burton hosted by Shireen Hamza, Chris Gratien, and Maryam Patton Download the podcastFeed | iTunes | GooglePlay | SoundCloud Genetics have emerged as a new scientific tool for studying human ancestry and historical migration. And as research into the history of genetics demonstrates, genetics and other bioscientific appro ...…
 
(from released information) HANCOCK, Mass.—A native of Adams who majored in art history at Williams College, Stacy Schiff is a best-selling Pulitzer-prize winning author – most recently of The Witches: Salem 1692 – who will discuss the intersection of politics and hysteria at Hancock Shaker Village on Friday, July 14, 2017. Composite image of c ...…
 
In 2015, after the release of the rapper’s biographical film “Straight Outta Compton,” Barnes wrote a scathing op-ed in which she detailed a traumatic experience with Dr. Dre at a Los Angeles nightclub. According to Barnes, the former NWA rapper severely beat her, attempting to throw her down a flight of stairs, stomping on her fingers, and thr ...…
 
In 2015, after the release of the rapper’s biographical film “Straight Outta Compton,” Barnes wrote a scathing op-ed in which she detailed a traumatic experience with Dr. Dre at a Los Angeles nightclub. According to Barnes, the former NWA rapper severely beat her, attempting to throw her down a flight of stairs, stomping on her fingers, and thr ...…
 
Throughout his presidential campaign, Trump mentioned a friend named Jim while criticizing immigration policies in Europe and linking them to increased terrorist attacks, particularly those in France.He brought up Jim again while speaking at a conservative conference in February. Jim used to love visiting the City of Lights, Trump said, but sto ...…
 
David Chalian, CNN's political director, talks with Michael D'Antonio, author of the "The Truth About Trump," about Donald Trump as a father and a businessman, how he has dealt with controversy and hardship in the past, and what role First Lady Melania Trump may, or may not, play as an adviser.
 
AFTERBUZZ TV — Catfish: The TV Show edition, is a weekly “after show” for fans of MTV’s Catfish: The TV Show. In this episode, hosts Olivia Gabaree and Kelli Boyt discuss episode 15. ABOUT CATFISH: On the Internet, a “catfish” is a person who creates fake personal profiles on social media sites using someone else’s pictures and false biographic ...…
 
Author(Photo:The administration building at Eureka College at 300 College Avenue, Eureka, Illinois. It has an Italianate design with Federal-influenced windows and Georgian main entrances. It was added to the NRHP in May, 1980, along with the College Chapel and shares the registration number 80001426 )http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contacthttp:// ...…
 
Author(Photo:The administration building at Eureka College at 300 College Avenue, Eureka, Illinois. It has an Italianate design with Federal-influenced windows and Georgian main entrances. It was added to the NRHP in May, 1980, along with the College Chapel and shares the registration number 80001426 )http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contacthttp:// ...…
 
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