Did you know that the Pilgrims’ intended destination was not Massachusetts but the mouth of the Hudson River? Just imagine how American history might have differed if the pious Pilgrims had been the first Europeans to colonize Manhattan instead of the Dutch merchants who arrived in 1624. Would New York City have ever become the…

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The October issue of The Throwback, my monthly history-themed e-newsletter, takes a look back at the last time the U.S. government fast-tracked a vaccine development during an election year, one writer’s exploration of statues in the public square, a podcast about New York City, and a PBS documentary on women’s suffrage. Click here to find…

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The July issue of The Throwback, my monthly history-themed e-newsletter, takes a look back at the secret plan to save the Declaration of Independence from destruction during World War II. It may sound like a plot line from a National Treasure movie, but it’s a true story. Plus, did you know there is a secret chamber…

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The June issue of The Throwback, my monthly history-themed e-newsletter, takes a look back at the ultimate social-distancing experiment–Biosphere II. The prototype for a planetary commune was plagued by media controversy and outsized expectations–and that’s even before Steve Bannon showed up. Also covered is the recent History Channel miniseries on Ulysses S. Grant and why…

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I had the pleasure of speaking about the strange history of the Biosphere 2 with the Late Night Live program in Australia on Tuesday morning. Well, Tuesday night there. Or maybe it was Wednesday? Who knows. Maybe it was garbage day. Can’t tell anymore. Maybe like the Biospherians who spent two years inside a glass…

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The May issue of The Throwback, my monthly history-themed e-newsletter, includes a look at how pandemics of the past created the cities of the present, a kamikaze attack on a WWII hospital ship, and perhaps the most bizarre incident in presidential history. There are also recommendations of a book on the Kent State shootings, a…

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The April issue of The Throwback, my monthly history-themed e-newsletter, includes a recommendation of a new Netflix series on Malcolm X, a book on John Adams and the Boston Massacre Trials co-authored by an ABC legal analyst, along with a podcast recommendation and a plea for indie bookstores in these difficult times. Click here to…

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It was great to take a break from our “new normal” last week and talk about more fun subjects, like say, Irish immigrants attacking Canada 150 years ago with BYU Radio’s Constant Wonder program. Kudos for the Canadian Bacon and South Park clips in the intro! Listen here: https://bit.ly/3awaa4q

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My monthly e-newsletter, The Throwback, is filled with history stories that will make you say “Wait? What?” Click here to read this month’s edition, in which I talk about George Washington’s connection to St. Patrick’s Day and how hatred of the Irish resulted in a scar on the Washington Monument that is still visible today.…

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