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This show features authors, artists, and commentators of all stripes dealing with the arts, sports history, American history, world history, and socio-political issues. This show tapes every Tuesday evening, usually at 10:00 PM EST.

The Packaged Tourist Show Matthew DiBiase

    • Arts

This show features authors, artists, and commentators of all stripes dealing with the arts, sports history, American history, world history, and socio-political issues. This show tapes every Tuesday evening, usually at 10:00 PM EST.

    Chris Kolakowski interview-160th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam

    Chris Kolakowski interview-160th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam

    Tonight’s guest is author Christopher Kolakowski. Chris in addition to being a five-time author is also the director of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison, Wisconsin. During his lifetime he also served brilliantly at other distinguished historical museums such as the Douglas MacArthur memorial in Norfolk, VA, and the General George Patton Museum and Center for Leadership at Fort Knox, KY.

    Last Saturday September 17th marked the 160th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, one of the bloodiest battles in the Civil War. Tonight Chris and I will discuss the highlights and key historical aspects of that battle.

    Chris Kolakowski is eminently qualified to discuss the significance of the Battle of Antietam because in 2016 he released his book “The Union’s Great Crisis: the Fall of 1862” which discusses this battle.

    • 26 min
    Terence Troup interview-the expansion of the NFL passing game from 1947 to 1952

    Terence Troup interview-the expansion of the NFL passing game from 1947 to 1952

    Tonight we have a special guest: Pro Football Historian and author Terrence “T.J.” Troup. T.J. is one of the foremost historians of professional football. He has written numerous articles for “American Football Coaches Monthly” and was the football coordinator/consultant for the 2008 George Clooney film “Leatherheads” and also the 2021 film “12 Mighty Orphans”. He wrote his first book in 2009 titled “This Day in Football” and in 2014 he wrote the “The Birth of Football’s Modern 4-3 Defense” a splendidly detailed tactical analysis of how NFL teams played defense during the 1950s and a must read for all serious pro football researchers.

    Tonight Coach Troup is going to discuss the expansion and evolution of the Pro Football passing game from 1947 to 1952.

    • 29 min
    William Connery interview-160th anniversary of the Second Battle of Manassas

    William Connery interview-160th anniversary of the Second Battle of Manassas

    Tonight’s guest making his third appearance on my show is author and Civil War historian William Connery.

    William lives in the greater Baltimore-Washington DC area and for over ten years has been a writer for the Civil War Courier monthly magazine and a guest speaker giving talks on the Civil War. William has also worked for the Washington Times newspaper and once did weekend docent work at the Mosby Museum in Warrenton, Virginia.

    In 2011 William published his first book “Civil War Northern Virginia 1861” and in 2013 he published his second book “Mosby’s raids in Civil War Northern Virginia”.

    Tonight we will be discussing the Second Battle of the Manassas which took place on August 28 to August 30, 1862 where the Union Army of Virginia (led by John Pope) and elements of the Union Army of the Potomac were routed by the Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

    • 26 min
    Sean Mitton interview-50th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series

    Sean Mitton interview-50th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series

    Tonight, our featured guest is author Sean Mitton. Sean hales from Cary, North Carolina and works as a Business Development Manager and Professional Speaker but in his free time he is also an author who published his first book “The Goal That United Canada” in 2012, a collection of stories told by 72 Canadians who describe their experiences to Sean and co-author Jim Prime of when Paul Henderson scored the game-winning goal that clinched the 1972 Summit Series between Team Canada and the Soviet National Hockey Team.

    Very soon Sean along with legendary Canadian hockey Film Archivist and author Paul Patskou will release a new book “When Canada Shut Down” where Sean and Paul tell 72 untold stories from the Canadian and Russian perspectives on the 50th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series. This book will accompany a splendid documentary that discusses one of the most transcendental moments in hockey history.

    • 26 min
    David Wilson interview-Memories of Frank Broyles

    David Wilson interview-Memories of Frank Broyles

    Tonight, our featured guest is author David Wilson. David was born and raised in Arkansas and he presently works at the University of Arkansas but he also spent nearly three decades of his life in Missouri where he worked as a journalist, teacher, and school principal while obtaining his PHD at the University of Missouri.

    David published his first book “Learning Every Day” in 2017. In 2020 he released two more books, “Growing Up with Pro Football” and “If you can deal with parking, you can deal with anything” and last month he released his fourth book “Learning More Every Day” a compendium of David Wilson’s columns where he discusses education, history, sports, and personal insights on faith and personal growth.

    But tonight we will be discussing a subject close to David’s heart: his memories and insights of the late Frank Broyles, the legendary coach of the University of Arkansas Razorbacks football team from 1958 to 1976. Last Sunday August 14 marked the 5th anniversary of Broyles’ death at the age of 92.

    • 25 min
    Bill Nowlin interview

    Bill Nowlin interview

    Tonight’s guest is baseball historian Bill Nowlin who is uniquely qualified to discuss Ted William’s career because Bill has been a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan and was one of the first fans to mob pitcher Jim Lonborg when he pitched the final out of the game that clinched the 1967 pennant for the Red Sox. Bill was elected Vice President of SABR in 2004 and served five terms in that capacity before becoming director in 2016.

    Last April Bill Nowlin released his latest book “The Kid Blasts a Winner: Ted Williams' 110 Game-Deciding Home Runs”. This book is a labor of love for Nowlin where he painstakingly chronicles every game-winning home run in the Splendid Splinter’s immortal baseball career.

    If you are a Red Sox fan and a Ted Williams fan then this book is a must-read.

    • 24 min