Author Conversations
Hidden History of East Texas

Hidden History of East Texas

July 6, 2020

Join me this week as I talk with the author of Hidden History of East Texas, Tex Midkiff about Texas Rangers, Big Tex, Shootouts, UFO's and theories around the JFK assassination. 

The heritage of East Texas partakes in the same degree of unexpected turns and hidden depths as its backroads and bayous. One line of inquiry meanders into another. Start out searching for La Salle’s grave and end up chasing Spanish gold in Upshur County. From Sam Houston’s Bible to the Longview nightclub that hosted both Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, one tale follows another and introduces a cast of characters that includes Candace and Peter Ellis Bean, Old Rip, Jack Lummus and Vernon Wayne Howell. Part the Pine Curtain with Tex Midkiff for a history as heated as the La Grange Chicken Ranch’s parlor and irresistible as a batch of Golden sweet potatoes.

 

John F Kennedy from Florida to the Moon

John F Kennedy from Florida to the Moon

June 1, 2020

It was September 12, 1962, when Pres. John F. Kennedy delivered a speech at Rice University before nearly 50,000 people. By that time, America had launched but four men into space—the suborbital flights of Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom and the nearly identical three-orbit journeys of John Glenn and Scott Carpenter. Buoyed by the success of those missions and cognizant of the danger that lay ahead, the president rearticulated his vision and reissued his challenge to reach the moon before 1970. "We choose to go to the moon, in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard. Because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills." The assassination of President Kennedy, in the words of flight director Gene Kranz, turned his vision into a "quest to do it and do it in the time frame he allotted." On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped off the ladder of the lunar module known as Eagle, taking "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."

NASA Space Centers with Cindy Manto

NASA Space Centers with Cindy Manto

May 26, 2020

This week we look forward to launching astronauts to space once again from US soil. So what better time to speak with an author of not one but three books regarding NASA testing facilities? Cindy Manto joins me this week as we look to the future while remembering the past.

Flavors Under the Big Sky with Yellow Stone Public Radio’s Stella Fong

Flavors Under the Big Sky with Yellow Stone Public Radio’s Stella Fong

May 18, 2020

With more than eighty recipes and stunning photography, writer and radio host Stella Fong marries cherished local ingredients with world flavors. Sourced from waterways, mountains, plains and local farmers’ markets, Montana’s resources shine in a diverse array of savory and sweet applications. Dishes like Pheasant Stir-Fry with Black Bean Sauce and Elk Kielbasa with Pomegranate bring international flair to familiar game. Rhubarb Raspberry Polenta Cake and Pavlova Roulade with Sour Cherry Sauce and Toasted Almonds give new life to market and garden staples. And stories of local culinary trailblazers pay tribute to the Treasure State’s abundance. The host of Yellowstone Public Radio’s Flavors Under the Big Sky: Celebrating the Bounty of the Region offers a fresh take on Big Sky Country’s finest fare.

Pirates and Lost Treasure of Coastal Maine

Pirates and Lost Treasure of Coastal Maine

April 27, 2020

Maine has never been regarded as a pirate haven, but only because witnesses were few and far between. With a rugged coast and more than four thousand offshore islands, Maine’s dark waters attracted sea raiders like Dixie Bull from the 1600s through colonial times. Pirate treasure still awaits discovery in Phippsburg and Machias, and pirate deceit prompted a massacre in ancient Fort Loyall. The infamous Captain Kidd may have prowled the waters off Deer Isle, while farther down the coast a woman and a bloodthirsty band of cutthroats lured ships to disaster at Isles of Shoals. Award-winning investigative journalist Greg Latimer separates historical fact from fiction and leads readers on an adventure through the state’s foggy and treacherous past.

New Jersey Diners in 3 Minutes

New Jersey Diners in 3 Minutes

April 21, 2020

Author Michael Gabriel talks with us about New Jersey diners. 

Gotham Baseball, making the greatest all around NYC team.

Gotham Baseball, making the greatest all around NYC team.

April 20, 2020

Baseball may be the great American pastime, but in New York, it is a religion. Names like Ruth, Mays, Gehrig, Wright and Robinson live in the hearts and minds of New York fans like apostles. From the street corner to the subway car, debates about which Yankee, Giant, Dodger or Met is better than another have raged on for more than one hundred years. Now, the best of the best are chosen for each position as New York’s all-time greatest team is imagined. Shoo-ins like the Babe and Jackie have their stories told with a fresh perspective. The compelling case for Mike Piazza, not Yogi Berra, as catcher is sure to spark arguments. Sportswriter Mark Healey crafts the Gotham baseball team through captivating tales of the legends of the New York game.

Your Town or Rather State in 3 Minutes with Vermonter Tim Travers

Your Town or Rather State in 3 Minutes with Vermonter Tim Travers

April 16, 2020

Fly Fishing enthusiast Tim Travers joins us for few moments to talk about fly fishing in Vermont. 

Your Town in 3 Minutes with Wendy Davis and Nevada County

Your Town in 3 Minutes with Wendy Davis and Nevada County

April 14, 2020

Wendy Davis Author of Nevada County Wine, joins us to talk about what makes her hometown special. 

The Lost Colony of Roanoke on Hatteras Island!

The Lost Colony of Roanoke on Hatteras Island!

April 13, 2020

Was the Lost Colony of Roanoke never really lost at all?

The legend of the Lost Colony has been captivating imaginations for nearly a century. When they left Roanoke Island, where did they go? What is the meaning of the mysterious word Croatoan? In the sixteenth century, Croatoan was the name of an island to the south now known as Hatteras. Scholars have long considered the island as one of the colonists’ possible destinations, but only recently has anyone set out to prove it. Archaeologists from the University of Bristol, working with local residents through the Croatoan Archaeological Society, have uncovered tantalizing clues to the fate of the colony. Hatteras native and amateur archaeologist Scott Dawson compiles what scholars know about the Lost Colony along with what scholars have found beneath the soil of Hatteras.