Author Conversations
Abandoned Places With Jay Farrell

Abandoned Places With Jay Farrell

January 27, 2020

Ever driven by, walked by or flown over an abandoned building or house and wondered what the inside looked like? Do you see a haunting beauty in the decay? Jay Farrell does and he joins me this week to talk about exploring abandoned places throughout Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and Mississippi. 

Hidden History of Mobile

Hidden History of Mobile

January 20, 2020

 It was an unlikely place for a city, scourged by disease-ridden mosquitos and pummeled by hurricanes. But for more than three hundred years, Mobile has thrived on the unlikely and endured the unimaginable. Mobilians love their gumbo but are likely unaware that it was first served up here by women sent from France to foster population growth. Times were once so dire for free blacks that a shocking number petitioned the courts to become slaves. The city witnessed the first operational submarine, the first Mardi Gras celebration and the last major battle of the Civil War. Author Joe Cuhaj navigates the backwaters of Mobile’s fascinating history.

New Castle Pennsylvania’s Kadunce Murders

New Castle Pennsylvania’s Kadunce Murders

January 13, 2020

On this episode I speak with author Dale Perelman. 

In the summer of 1978, a mother and her four-year-old were stabbed to death in the quiet town of New Castle. Police suspected the husband, Lou Kadunce, but were unable to find either a weapon or a motive. Sitting in a Lawrence County jail in 1981, convicted serial killer Michael Atkinson accused Frank Costal—a carny, petty thief and Satanist—of having an affair with the Kadunce husband and participating in the murder. A series of intense trials ensued as Costal was convicted of the homicides and a jury found the husband not guilty. Questions surrounding the case gripped the region and grabbed headlines in the Pittsburgh Press. Author Dale Richard Perelman tells this tragic story.

Edgar Allan Poe, Pirates and Charleston, SC!

Edgar Allan Poe, Pirates and Charleston, SC!

January 6, 2020

We are back for a new year and with a new theme song! 

What do Edgar Allan Poe and Pirates have in common? The city of Charleston, SC obviously. This week author Chris Downey is my guest as we speak about what brought Edgar Allan Poe to Charleston which is the subject of his latest book. We also delve into the Golden Age of Piracy. A subject about which Chris is not a stranger having already published two books on the matter

Holiday Nostalgia

Holiday Nostalgia

December 9, 2019

This week we speak with the "King of Nostalgia" Tim Hollis. Tim has a museum attached to his house in Alabama full of collectibles and has written multiple books about roadside attractions, amusement parks of by gone eras, and the way things used to be in yesteryears. Who better to talk about to about Christmas and the Holidays of days gone by? 

The Infamous Whiskey Row of the Wild West

The Infamous Whiskey Row of the Wild West

December 2, 2019

Take a trip back in time to the wild west and Prescott, Arizona's Whiskey Row! 

This week in History 11.24-11.30

This week in History 11.24-11.30

November 27, 2019

Little known bits of history for the week of November 24, 2019 to November 30, 2019. 

Murder in Chisago County

Murder in Chisago County

November 25, 2019

A mother and her young children are found dead in a burning home and the husband is no where to be found in this true crime story from the 1930's. 

This Week in History 11.17-11.23

This Week in History 11.17-11.23

November 20, 2019

What do the Railroads have to do with modern time keeping and two presidents who died on the same date 180 years apart. 

A Bishop and the Civil War

A Bishop and the Civil War

November 18, 2019

A Bishop Guides his flock yet ministers to all in Civil War Mississippi.