Saturday, December 13, 2014

Burton Folsom Interview! (12/12/14)

We are excited to welcome Burton Folsom to the program. A professor of history at Hillsdale College and a great advocate of Free Market economics. He received his B. A., from, Indiana University. His M.A. from the University of Nebraska, and his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. He has written several books. One of the most popular ones is The Myth of the Robber Barons, which explores the positive effects of entrepreneurs and limited government. In the book he makes clear the often overlooked difference between "political" entrepreneurs and "market" entrepreneurs. He gives examples from history of various market motivated businessmen (like Rockefeller, Schwab, Vanderbilt, & J.J. Hill) and how their actions positively affected their contemporaries and the history of the United States. He also shows how politically motivated businessmen (like Fulton, Villard, Gould, and Stanford) had mostly negative effects. He makes a very effective case that big government and regulatory agencies get in the way of a healthy economy!

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Eric H. Cline Interview! (12/5/14)

It is a true honor to welcome to the program, Dr. Eric H. ClineHe is here to discuss his most recent book which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed (2014).

He is Professor of Classics and Anthropology, former Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and current Director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at The George Washington University, in Washington DC.

A Fulbright scholar and National Geographic Explorer, Dr. Cline holds degrees in Classical Archaeology (BA, Dartmouth 1982), Near Eastern Archaeology (MA, Yale 1984), and Ancient History (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 1991). His primary fields of expertise are the interactions between the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean during the second millennium BC as well the military history of selected sites through the ages.

An active field archaeologist, he has excavated and surveyed in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, Crete, and the United States virtually every summer since 1980, for a total of 30 field seasons. He is currently Co-Director of two excavations in Israel: Megiddo (biblical Armageddon) and Tel Kabri, which operate in alternate summers.

He is perhaps best known for writing The Battles of Armageddon: Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley from the Bronze Age to the Nuclear Age (2000); Jerusalem Besieged: From Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel (2004); From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible (2007); Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction (2009) and The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction (2013), in addition to 1177 BC.

Dr. Cline’s research has been featured and reviewed in Time magazine, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, US News & World Report, USA Today, the National Republic, the Weekly Standard, the Huffington Post, National Geographic News, the Times Literary Supplement, the Times Higher Education Supplement, the Jerusalem Post, the London Daily Telegraph, the London Mirror, the Brisbane Courier-Mail, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Cincinnati Post, the Associated Press, and elsewhere, including all of the major television networks and many of the cable networks, such as ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN.

Dr. Cline has presented more than 300 scholarly and public lectures and presentations on his work to a wide variety of audiences both nationally and internationally, including at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Explorers Club in New York, and the Skirball Museum in Los Angeles.

He has also appeared in more than twenty television programs and documentaries, ranging from ABC (including Nightline and Good Morning America) to the BBC and the National Geographic, History, and Discovery Channels. He has been interviewed by syndicated national and international television and radio hosts including Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "Good Morning America," Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum on Fox New Channel's "America's Newsroom," Fergus Nicoll on the BBC World Service/The World Today, Kojo Nnamdi on NPR’s “Public Interest” show, Michael Dresser on “The Michael Dresser” show, and Richard Sheehe on WRGW.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Interview with S.C. Gwynne! (11/28/14)

TRP welcomes acclaimed author S.C. Gwynne! S.C. (Sam) Gwynne has spent most of the last fourteen years writing for Texas Monthly, where he was Executive Editor from 2000-2008. In 2008 he won the National City and Regional Magazine Award for “Writer of the Year.” He also writes for Outside magazine. Prior to joining Texas Monthly, Sam worked for Time Magazine for 12 years as Correspondent, Bureau Chief, National Correspondent and Senior Editor. He wrote some 200 stories for Time, including 6 cover stories. He won a number of awards for his work at Time, including a National Headliners Award for his work on the Columbine High School shootings. He also won the Gerald Loeb Award, the country’s most prestigious award for business writing; the Jack Anderson Award, as the best investigative reporter; and the John Hancock Award, for Distinguished Financial Writing...Prior to his career in journalism, he was a French teacher and an international banker.

He is the author of the prize winning New York Times bestseller Empire of the Summer Moon, and he's here to talk about his new book, Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jacksona thrilling account of how General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson became a great and very tragic American hero.

Stonewall Jackson has long been a figure of legend and romance. As much as any person in the Confederate pantheon, even Robert E. Lee, he embodies the romantic Southern notion of the virtuous cause lost. Jackson is also considered, without argument, one of our country’s greatest military figures. His brilliance at the art of war tied Abe Lincoln and the Union high command in knots and threatened the ultimate success of the Union armies. Until his tragic untimely death by friendly fire, Jackson’s strategic innovations shattered the conventional wisdom of how war was waged; he was so far ahead of his time that his techniques would be studied generations into the future!

The book is the result of Mr. Gwynne's lifelong interest in the "War between the States" and particularly in Jackson, whom he considers one of its most compelling characters. The book is really about transformation: how an unpopular and highly eccentric college physics professor and humanitarian, becomes, in the space of fourteen months, the most famous military figure in the western world. He has made a series of research trips to various archives and battlefields. The title comes from the fact that Jackson invented the "Rebel Yell!" Hear the Rebel Yell Here:

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