The curious man Matt Crawford interviews authors and interesting people about topics ranging from history to politics to everyday stimulating topics. If you like to learn and are as curious as I am please join in!


  • Daniel Lee Interview Episode 16

    19/05/2020 Duración: 01h04min

    In this episode Matt Crawford speaks with historian and author Daniel Lee about his book The S.S Officer's Armchair. This is an unbelievable story about hidden S.S documents found in a chair sent for reupholstering. Lee tracks down who these documents belonged to and finds his living relatives. This is a story not of the monsters of the Nazi party but of the everyday workers that kept that machine moving that most of us have given little thought to. A true detective story with twists and turns, this is a hard book to put down.

  • Peter Maquire and Al Bailey Interview Episode 15

    15/05/2020 Duración: 01h58min

    In this interview Matt Crawford speaks to Author, Professor and Founder of The Fainting Robin Foundation Peter Maquire about the Mayaquez incident as well as a survivor from that battle Ret. Corporal AL Bailey. The last official battle of the Vietnam War the Mayaquez incident was a rescue mission for a ships crew that had already been released. This led to 41 American servicemen's death and 3 soldiers left behind to die at the hands of the Khmer Rouge. Many heroic acts were performed that day but one in particular stood out, those were the actions of SSGT. Fofo Tuitele. There is an effort to get Tuitele the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions and these men describe what happened that day and why he should receive it.

  • Stephen F. Knott Interview Episode 14

    05/05/2020 Duración: 01h06min

    In this episode Matt Crawford speaks with professor and author Stephen F. Knott about his book The Lost Soul of the American Presidency: The Decline Into Demagoguery and the Prospects for Renewal. This book sheds a lot of light on why we are a country so divided. Knott tracks back through history and exposes the Presidents and the actions they took that have driven wedges through the voting populace. A necessary, illuminating and thought provoking read to understand our current political climate.

  • Lindsay Chervinsky Interview Episode 13

    30/04/2020 Duración: 01h08min

    In this episode Matt Crawford speaks with historian and author Lindsay Chervinsky about her book The Cabinet. When most of us think about The Cabinet it is as a part of our government that we take for granted. Chervinsky's book points out this was not always the case and if not for Washington creating the cabinet our government could look quite different.  A truly informative and enjoyable book about history this is also a book about leadership. For anyone interested in politics, government, biographies or leadership this is a book that needs to be read. 

  • Neil Bascomb Interview Episode 12

    28/04/2020 Duración: 01h04min

    In this episode Matt Crawford speaks with author Neil Bascomb about his book Faster. A former top driver, a down on its luck automaker and an American heiress who team up to take on Hitler's best drivers and fastest cars. WWII has a lot of incredible stories and Bascomb sure has a way of finding them. This is a fast paced fun and enjoyable read that I can't recommend enough, a true David and Goliath tale.

  • Dane Huckelbridge Interview Episode 11

    23/04/2020 Duración: 54min

    In this episode Matt Crawford speaks with author Dane Huckelbridge about his book, No Beast S Fierce. This is the insane story about a tiger that killed and ate 436 people in Nepal and India in the early 20th century. The legendary hunter Jim Corbett is sent to hunt this man-eater down and the chase begins. While this is truly a story about a tiger it also has so many other facets that I did not expect, socio-economic, racial, deforestation just to name a few. You will come for the tiger but you will stay for the rich layers of this story. Get cozy and read away!

  • Jon Gertner Interview Episode 10

    21/04/2020 Duración: 53min

    In this episode Matt Crawford speaks with best selling author and historian Jon Gertner about his book The Ice At The End Of The World. This is the story of the early exploration of Greenland's ice sheet and the scientific investigations that followed. Earth's largest laboratory might just hold the key to our future if we can only listen. As Gertner writes in the book, 'Ice is time solidified.' This book should be required reading for all, informative and very enjoyable, I highly recommend it.

  • Dr. Jamie Goodall Interview Episode 9

    14/04/2020 Duración: 41min

    In this episode Matt Crawford speak with author Dr. Jamie Goodall about her book Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay. This is a compendium of fantastic pirate stories linked together through the different eras it covers. A span of over three centuries and over thirty pirates discussed these pages turn themselves folks. A fun and positively distracting read. Enjoy!

  • Anna Clark Interview Episode 8

    07/04/2020 Duración: 01h06min

    In this episode Matt Crawford speaks with author and journalist Anna Clark about her book, The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy. This is the infuriating story of how bad decisions and rampant indifference by city and state officials caused the residence of Flint to be poisoned by their own water. This is a masterful account of what went wrong, who caused it, why suffered from it and who exposed it. This book should be required reading. 

  • Dr. Megan Kate Nelson Interview Episode 7

    30/03/2020 Duración: 01h06min

    In this episode Matt Crawford speaks with author Dr. Megan Kate Nelson about her book The Three-Cornered War. An amazing story that tells the tale of how the Civil War spread to the west and the people it affected. Nelson introduces us to nine larger than life individuals and brings us along on their journey. A fresh and exciting look into the Civil War and America as a whole. Enjoy!

  • Boaz Dvir Interview Episode 6

    24/03/2020 Duración: 01h15min

    In this episode, Matt Crawford speaks with author Boaz Dvir about his book Saving Israel. This is an unbelievable story about the effort to arm the newborn state of Israel in 1948. Surrounded by 5 well equipped and hostile neighbors Israel had no rifles, no ammunition, and no planes. Faced with an international arms embargo Israel had to turn to a communist Czechoslovakia for surplus Nazi weapons to defend itself. This is truly almost impossible to believe and will leave you turning the pages. I can't recommend this book enough!

  • William Hazelgrove Interview Episode 5

    17/03/2020 Duración: 01h11min

    In this episode, Matt Crawford speaks with author William Hazelgrove about his new book Henry Knox's Noble Train. Hazelgrove traces Knox's unbelievable journey from a Boston bookseller to an indispensable man of the American Revolution. To fight the British in Boston Washington needed artillery that was over 300 miles away in Fort Ticonderoga and he needed it fast. Who could move over 60 tons of canon in winter through some of the harshest terrains? Of course! A Boston bookseller with no military experience. This is an unbelievable tale and it is riveting. I hope you will all listen, buy and read the book, it is one of the best I've read in a long time. 

  • Stephen Brumwell Interview Episode 4

    10/03/2020 Duración: 01h04min

    In this episode, Matt Crawford speaks with author Stephen Brumwell about his book Turncoat: Benedict Arnold and the Crisis of American Liberty. A truly enjoyable and informative read that casts a new light on the man we think we all know, Benedict Arnold. This is one of those books that truly test your assumptions and pushes you to think. I thought I knew all I needed to about Arnold and I think I can safely assume that most people who will read this book do as well. Brumwell has proven me wrong and will for you as well. Great read!

  • Gareth Russell Interview Episode 3

    21/01/2020 Duración: 01h09min

    In this episode, Matt Crawford speaks to author Gareth Russell about his book Ship of Dreams: The Sinking of the Titanic and the End of the Edwardian Era. We all think we know the story of the Titanic but Russell finds a way to evade the immense shadow cast by the Titanic and focus on what matters most, the people aboard. An in-depth tale about the climate of the era, the culture and the hopes and dreams of those aboard. Painstakingly researched and eloquently written, this is simply a must-read. Well done.

  • David Head Interview Episode 2

    14/01/2020 Duración: 01h02min

    In this episode, Matt Crawford speaks to educator and author David Head about his book A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution. This book focuses in on the time between the British surrender at Yorktown and the signing of the Treaty of Paris. What happened between those two dates could have torn this fledgling country asunder. An army bored and unpaid sat disgruntled wondering what their next step should be, this is what led to the Newburgh Conspiracy, a possible military uprising in the making. A phenomenal tale that somehow has not been told before. A great read and quite funny at times thanks to David Head's ease of prose and humor. Enjoy!

  • Barry Strauss Interview Episode1

    07/01/2020 Duración: 56min

    In this episode, Matt Crawford speaks with Professor and bestselling author Barry Strauss about his book Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine. For those who are obsessed with the Roman Empire or those who know nothing about it, this is the book to read. Strauss's choice of Emperor's from different eras really paints a broad and interesting picture of the empire and gives us an interesting perspective. I really found it hard to put this book down and now am even more interested in this topic than before. You could not make the stories in this book up, sex, murder, incest, intrigue, and love. A great, easy and enjoyable read!

  • Julie Satow Interview Episode 21

    26/11/2019 Duración: 47min

    In this episode Matt Crawford speaks to journalist and author Julie Satow about her book The Plaza: The Secret Life of America's Most Famous Hotel. In this thoroughly enjoying read Satow brings The Plaza leaping of the page and into your heart. This book reads like a fiction at times with some unbelievable tales. Murder, suicide, dyed dogs, a live in celebrity, a princess with a private zoo and even our future President are just some of the juicy stories told in this book. A highly enjoyable read.

  • Kevin Levin Interview Episode 20

    12/11/2019 Duración: 59min

    In this episode Matt Crawford speaks to author and educator Kevin Levin about his book Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War's Most Persistent Myth. I don't think this book could have come at a more opportune time. This book debunks the myth that African Americans slaves served in the Confederate Army and also delves into the underlying issues that make that a point of contention in the first place. Levin does this in a historical and non vitriolic way and more importantly in an enjoyable and captivating read. I highly recommend this book for anyone searching for answers to the current racial climate. This book is a very good place to start. 

  • Claudia Rowe Interview Episode 19

    05/11/2019 Duración: 01h05min

    In this episode Matt Crawford speaks to Author Claudia Rowe about her book The Spider and the Fly. This is an amazing book about a reporters relationship with a serial killer that sparks her own introspection. Rowe is painfully open and honest in this book and while I came for the story of a serial killer I stayed for her honesty about her own journey in life. A very moving read that I highly recommend. 

  • Sam Kean Interview Episode 18

    29/10/2019 Duración: 40min

    In this episode Matt Crawford speak with New York Times best selling author Sam Kean about his book The Bastard Brigade. This is the unbelievable true story of efforts  the U.S went to in trying to prevent the Nazi's from acquiring an atomic bomb. Kean uses his background in science and his prose as a writer to explain the Nazi and Allied atomic program in a way that is educational, horrifying and down right riveting. This is a hard one to put down folks, I highly recommend it.

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