The Historians

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"The Historians" is a weekly audio interview podcast that features authors and other guests who discuss the rich heritage of the region and the nation.

Bob Cudmore is host and producer of “The Historians.”

Cudmore is author of three books, "The Hidden History of the Mohawk Valley" and "Stories from the Mohawk Valley," both published by History Press, and the self-published satirical collection “You Can’t Go Wrong.”

He writes the weekly Focus on History column for the Daily Gazette and has narrated and co-produced historical documentaries for WMHT television. From 2004 through 2014 he hosted the morning radio show in his hometown of Amsterdam, N.Y.

The most recent episodes of "The Historians" are archived here. To suggest guests or topics for the program or to discuss advertising, contact bobcudmore@yahoo.com.

(Background picture: Amsterdam, N.Y.'s Painted Rocks by Rufus Grider)

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Audio Archives

March 01, 2015
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March 01, 2015
David Brooks from Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter will be the guest on The Historians with Bob Cudmore this Thursday March 5.
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February 28, 2015
Enjoy history, click New York History blog.org Historical News and Views from the Empire State.
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February 27, 2015
The topic on this episode: 1970s Adirondack serial killer Robert Garrrow. Our guest is Larry Gooley, author of “Terror in the Adirondacks.”
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February 20, 2015
Jewish travel writer Ben Frank discusses his novel “Klara’s Journey” set in Ukraine at the time of the Russian revolution and civil war in 1917. (Marion St. Press, $9.99)
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February 13, 2015
Norm Bollen of Fort Plain Museum on the new Mohawk Country Heritage Association. The association promotes eight American Revolution-era historic sites in western Montgomery County.
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February 06, 2015
Maria Riccio Bryce tells of her musical Hearts of Fire that tells the story of the burning of Schenectady by the French and Indians in 1690. She has re-issued the CD of the original cast recording.
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January 23, 2015
Author Richard Norton Smith discusses “On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller” (Random House, 2014). Rockefeller was New York governor for 14 years and U.S. vice president for 3 years.
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January 09, 2015
The author of the novel Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline discusses the program that transported thousands of destitute children from New York and other Eastern cities to foster homes located mainly in rural areas of the Midwest. Kline’s novel is the 2015 book selection of Amsterdam Reads, based at Amsterdam Free Library.
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January 02, 2015
Adirondack expert Philip G. Terrie is author of the book “Contested Terrain: A New History of Nature and People in the Adirondacks.” (Syracuse University Press, revised edition 2008)
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December 19, 2014
Leader Herald newspaper history columnist Peter Betz regales us with tales of crime from Northville, Gloversville and Johnstown.
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November 22, 2014
On this episode Jeff Wilkin of Daily Gazette on newspaper coverage of local history, Dan Weaver of Historic Amsterdam League and a few minutes from the final broadcast of Bob Cudmore's WVTL radio show on 11-14-14.
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November 15, 2014
Episode 35: Boston University graduate student Jamie Bologna interviews Bob Cudmore. Bob left his radio job as morning host at WVTL in Amsterdam on 11/14/14
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November 07, 2014
Julia Blackwelder, history professor, Schenectady County native and author of “Electric City: General Electric in Schenectady”
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October 17, 2014
Former Assemblyman and historian Jack McEneny of Albany on politics, the Pine Hills, the Qauackenbush House and more
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October 17, 2014
Author Don Williams, "Adirondack Tales of Tragedy and Tidings Between the Sacandaga River Bridges"
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October 10, 2014
Pulitzer Prize winning author Edward Larson, author of “The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789" (Harper Collins-William Morrow, 2014)
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