J. Edgar Hoover’s 50-Year Career of Blackmail, Entrapment, and Taking Down Communist Spies


History Unplugged celebrates unsung heroes, mythbusts historical lies, and rediscovers the forgotten stories that changed our world. You can subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, or scroll down to learn more about the latest episodes.    


There are two sorts of episodes that we feature on the History Unplugged podcast: the call-in show and author interviews.


The Call-In Show

The first sort of episode is the weekday where a listener like you can ask me anything. What did the Vikings eat? What was it like to be a Turkish sultan with 4 wives and multiple concubines? If you were sent back in time with your current knowledge, how would you conquer the Roman Empire?

If you would like to send me a question to answer on the show, you can do so one of two ways. The first is to email us at info [@] historyonthenet.com. The second is to leave a voice mail.


Please keep it to about a minute long, be polite, and an all-around cool laddie or lass. Here are the full submission guidelines.



The second sort of episode on our podcast is the long form interview (40 minutes – 1 hour) with top history book authors. These authors have written about everything—and I mean everything—including gruff World War II generals who flew with airmen on bombing raids, a war horse who gained the rank of sergeant, and presidents who gave their best speeches while drunk. I sit down with them and go in-depth on their topics. So far I’ve been blown away by the stories I’ve heard. Here are some of our guests that have been or will be featured on the show.

  • Robin Hutton, author of Sgt. Reckless, America’s War Horse
  • Mark Will-Weber, author of Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential Drinking
  • Prof. Richard Weikart, author of Hitler’s Religion: The Twisted Beliefs that Drove the Third Reich
  • Tevi Troy, author of What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted
  • Brion McClanahan, author of Nine Presidents Who Screwed Up America, and Four Who Tried to Save Her
  • Prof. Michael Foley: author of Drinking With the Saints: The Sinner’s Guide to a Holy Happy Hour


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