Baseball and the American City (originally aired July 16, 2019)
Guest: Paul Goldberger, architecture critic, and author, "Ballpark: Baseball in the American City"
Baseball parks and the structures that surround them offer us a window to understand the evolution of American cities and our attitudes towards them.
Roosevelt’s “Cold War" on Baseball
Guest: Ryan Swanson, Associate Professor of History, University of New Mexico, and author, "The Strenuous Life: Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of the American Athlete"
Teddy Roosevelt had no fondness for the American pastime.
American Legend John Henry Was Probably a Convict Forced into Railroad Labor
Guest: Scott Nelson, Professor, History, University of Georgia, and author "Steel Drivin’ Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend"
The impossibly strong John Henry, the one who died to prove man could beat machine, likely was actually an ordinary convict forced into railroad labor.
Explorer Uses Satellites to Discover Ancient Cities
Guest: Sarah Parcak, Professor, Anthropology, University of Alabama, and President and founder, GlobalXplorer, and author "Archaeology from Space: How the Future Shapes Our Past"
Using satellites, explorer Sarah Parcak is fighting looting in Peru, discovering mythical cities in Egypt and revolutionizing the field of archaeology for tomorrow’s explorers.