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Podcast Episode #50 – David Blight

This week we feature an archival interview from the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Leon Levy Center for Biography. Distinguished author and Yale University professor David Blight was interviewed by author and CUNY history professor James Oakes. Blight’s Pultizer Prize-winning book, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, was published by Simon and Schuster in 2018. This interview was recorded in front of a Levy Center audience on April 15, 2019. 

Podcast Episode #48 – Peniel E. Joseph

In this week’s episode, we interview Peniel E. Joseph, distinguished University of Texas at Austin history professor and of author of The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. (Basic Books, 2020) – a biography that explores the lives and philosophies of two iconic African American leadersThis interview was recorded via an online Zoom session in July 2020.

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Podcast Episode #47 – David O. Stewart

In this week’s episode, we interview David O. Stewart, a versatile novelist and biographer who has examined the political lives of President Andrew Johnson, Aaron Burr, and James Madison. He is currently working on a biography of President George Washington. This interview was recorded in December 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Podcast Episode #46 – Kitty Kelley, Part II

In this week’s episode, listen to the second part of our interview with veteran biographer Kitty Kelley. She has written biographies of Oprah Winfrey, the British Royal Family, and Nancy Reagan—just to name a few. Kelley spoke with BIO member John A. Farrell in February 2020 in Washington, D.C.

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Podcast Episode #45 – Kitty Kelley, Part I

In this week’s episode, we present the first of a two-part interview with veteran biographer, Kitty Kelley. She has written bestselling biographies of Frank Sinatra, the George Herbert Walker Bush family, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Elizabeth Taylor—just to name a few. Kelley spoke with BIO member John A. Farrell in February 2020 in Washington, D.C.

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Podcast Episode #44 – James H. Johnston

In this week’s episode, we interview James H. Johnston, author of From Slave Ship to Harvard: Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family (Fordham University Press, 2015). This interview was recorded in December 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Podcast Episode #43 – Lisa Napoli

In this week’s episode, we interview Lisa Napoli, author of her third book, Up All Night: Ted Turner, CNN and the Birth of 24 Hour News (Abrams Press, 2020). This interview was recorded via an online Zoom session in May 2020.

Podcast Episode #42 – Eric K. Washington

In this week’s episode, we interview Eric K. Washington, first-time biographer and author of Boss of the Grips: The Life of James H. Williams and the Red Caps of Grand Central Terminal (Liveright, 2019). This interview was recorded via an online Zoom session in June 2020.