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

April 25, 2015
"The Historians" podcast Sunday (04-26) features David Fiske with the story of the “Old Chocolate Factory” in Ballston Spa. David also has the latest on his research on the life of Solomon Northrup, who was author of “Twelve Years a Slave. Listen or download at www.bobcudmore.com/thehistorians or https://soundcloud.com/obudmore The Historians Podcast is heard on RISE, WMHT’s radio service for the blind and print disabled Wednesdays at 11 a.m. http://www.wmht.org/radio/rise/ The program is produced at Dave Greene’s Eastline Studio in southern Saratoga County.
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April 23, 2015
Historian David Fiske tells the story of the “Old Chocolate Factory” in his home base of Ballston Spa. He also has the latest on his research on the life of Solomon Northrup, who was author of “Twelve Years a Slave.” The podcast airs this Sunday April 26.
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April 22, 2015
Dave and Bob chitchat. Bob has started a detective agency to search the local cemeteries.
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April 21, 2015
Go Fund Me update. Bob Cudmore 125 Horstman Dr. Scotia, NY 12302 Thank You for your help.
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April 19, 2015
On The Historians Podcast Victoria Tokarowski of the National Racing Museum in Saratoga Springs describes it's new exhibit on the horse breeding Sanford family of Amsterdam. Sam Hildebrandt, son of Sanford jockey Lou Hildebrandt, has more on efforts by the Friends of the Sanford Stud Farm to restore remaining buildings at the historic farm.
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April 13, 2015
Bob Cudmore was the guest on Dan Weaver’s Valley Vox on 1490 AM WCSS in Amsterdam, online at http://www.wcss1490.com/
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April 12, 2015
"The Historians" podcast features author and Albany Times Union Reporter Paul Grondahl. Grondahl has an update on his biography-in-progress on CBS news commentator Andy Rooney. Plus Grondahl discusses the career of long time Albany promoter Ed Lewi. Grondahl collaborated with Lewi on the book “A Wild Ride: Bears, Babes and Marketing to the Max.” Grondahl has also written books on longtime Albany Mayor Erastus Corning and Theodore Roosevelt. The Historians podcast can be downloaded at www.bobcudmore.com/thehistorians and at www.soundcloud.com , search for Eastline. And The Historians podcast is heard every Wednesday at 11 a.m. on RISE, WMHT’s radio service for the blind and print disabled in the Albany area.
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April 05, 2015
A Gloversville connection to the man who killed Lee Harvey Oswald and a look at the lives of people who worked in Amsterdam’s carpet mills are two of the stories on the latest edition of The Historians Podcast. Bob Cudmore shares tales from his book in progress, “Lost Mohawk Valley.”
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March 29, 2015
On The Historians podcast Heidi Hill of Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site and Albany attorney and educator Richard Bader tell the story of how founding father Alexander Hamilton married Elizabeth Schuyler from Albany. Hamilton wrote some of the Federalist Papers at Schuyler Mansion.
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March 22, 2015
Ann Peconie of the Walter Elwood Museum of the Mohawk Valley talks about the lives of women factory workers years ago in Amsterdam’s carpet making industry. Ann also discusses the elephant’s foot and other objects at the museum, donated by the family of big game hunter Robert Frothingham.
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March 19, 2015
The Historians Podcast guest is Don Papson of Plattsburgh, one of the founders of the North Star Underground Railroad Museum. Papson and Tom Colarco are co-authors of "Secret Lives of the Underground Railroad in New York City: Sydney Howard Gay, Louis Napoleon and the Record of Fugitives."
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March 12, 2015
Peter Betz writes a history column for the Leader Herald and has stories in this episode about the Civil War and also a tale from the former Sacandaga Park in the Adirondacks.
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March 05, 2015
David Brooks has excerpts from an 1869 journal written by a Fort Hunter man. David is education coordinator at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in Fort Hunter.
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March 02, 2015
Lawrence Gooley, author of "Terror in the Adirondacks," the story of serial killer Robert Garrow
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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 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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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 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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