I Read The News Today, Oh Boy: The Short and Gilded Life of Tara Browne, the man who inspired the Beatles’ Greatest Song- Episode 35 of The Biography Podcast

In June of 2017, my wife and I made our first trip to Ireland. While walking around Trinity College in Dublin, I discovered Hodges/Figgis, the grande dame of Dublin bookstores. When abroad, I always like to take a peek at the biography section, since it is a genre in which you can occassionally find gems that haven't gotten published in North America. Such is the case with I Read The News Today, Oh Boy. I don't mind saying that it is one of my favortie biographies I have done on the show...

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The General’s Niece: The Little-Known DeGaulle Who Fought to Free Occupied France- Episode 34 of The Biography Podcast

When I first learned about The General's Niece, I was excited to learn that someone had taken time to tell the story of another member of the DeGaulle family. I tried to point out during the interview that material on female members of the French Resisttance is slim in English and the opening story of the book, in whcih the author takes tea with some 90- something resistance fighters as they talk about Genevieve DeGaulle, was a delight. And so, from July 1, 2017, Paige Bowers talking about...

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Last Man Standing: Mort Sahl and the Birth of Modern Comedy- Episode 33 of The Biography Podcast

Five years have passed between Episodes 32 and 33. So, why did I bring back the show?

Well, from a question of time, a lot of the projects I was juggling back during the first run of the show had come to an end. Second, the show I was producing that was the main competition for my time, The Invisible Hand, was essentially winding down, as it became harder and harder for me to get excited about new topics. But the most important element for me was that I still found the topic interesting....

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Cracking The Egyptian Code: The Revolutionary Life of Jean-Francois Champollion- Episode 32 of The Biography Podcast

There was almost a six month break between Episodes 31 and 32. I was really struggling with whether to end the show. The listeners had always been loyal, but the business show had always taken a more important position because of listener numbers. To be frank, I am not sure why I chose this biography of the revloutionary Egyptologist Jean-Francois Champollion, but I am glad I did. He had a tremendously interesting life and Andrew Robinson did a wonderful job as his biographer. And so, from...

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The Perfect Man: The Muscular Life and Times of Eugen Sandow, Victorian Strongman- Episode 31 of The Biography Podcast

Two years after his debut on the show, David Waller returned to discuss his biography of the Victorian strongman and health entrepreneur Eugen Sandow. Sandow sought to be the living embodiment of a Greek ideal of the human body and he more or less succeeded, in the process inventing the idea of "physical culture", a cultural idea we still live with today. So from December 15, 2011, David Tennant talking about his book, The Perfect Man: The Muscular Life and Times of Eugen Sandow,...

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Myrna Loy: The Only Good Girl in Hollywood- Episode 30 of The Biography Podcast

Myrna Loy. Like many others before me, I discovered Miss Loy through her work with William Powell in The thin Man series of films. As I got older and Turner Classic Moveis became more popular, I learned more about her range as an actress. But again, Myrna Loy was someone who did an admirable job staying out of gossip columsn, so it was a treat to learn about her life. So, fromSeptember 15, 2011, Emily Leider talks about her book, Myrna Loy: The Only Good Girl in Hollywood.

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Wonder Girl: The Magnificent Sporting life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias- Episode 29 of The Biography Podcast

When I was growing up, there was a brief public infatuation with the life of the athlete Babe Didrikson Zaharias, who, for some, may have been the greatest natural athlete this country has ever produced- I would put her in the same league with Jim Thorpe and Bo Jackson. Don Van Natta Jr. takes on a tour of Babe's remarkable and tragic life. It is quite a book. So from May 15, 2011, Wonder Girl: The Magnificent Sporting life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias.

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An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of MFK Fisher- Episode 28 of The Biography Podcast

MFK Fisher was one of the best known food writers in history, but she wrote almost excusively about food and not about herself. In her biography of Fisher, Anne Zimmerman takes us behind the scenes to introduce us to a woman with a real zest for life. So, from April 15, 2011, Anne Zimmerman talking about her book, An Extravagant Hunger: The Passionate Years of MFK Fisher.

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Joe DiMaggio: The Long Vigil- Episode 27 of The Biography Podcast

Earlier, I mentioned that doing a biography of Willie Mays would have to be a challenge, given his reticence in speaking to writers. That goes double for Joe DiMaggio, the Garbo of baseball icons. So famous, so star-crossed for his marriage to Mariyln Monroe. Jerome Charyn looks at how DiMaggio's relationship with Monroe not only affected his life, but his legacy. So, from March 15, 2011, Joe DiMaggio: The Long Vigil.

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Reinventing Richard Nixon: A Cultural History of an American Obsession- Episode 26 of The Biography Podcast

Richard Nixon was the first President that I remember and I still have fairly vivid memories of being the living room of my grandparent's living room in the summer of 1974, as the Watergate hearings were at their zenith. I didn't understand what was going on exactly, but it was obviously something important. Nixon, to me anyway, may be the most interesting man to ever hold the office of President, but I always felt that I had an insufficient background to his story. Which is why I was...

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