An Ohio History podcast, hosted by Alex Hastie.


  • Episode 5: William Henry Harrison v. the World

    Episode 5: William Henry Harrison v. the World

    05/07/2020 Duração: 01h10min

    Episode 5: William Henry Harrison v. The World. Alex jumps in the way, way back machine to the Campaign of 1840 to tell the story of the election of Ohio’s 1st President, William Henry Harrison. We learn why 1840 is truly the first modern presidential campaign from journalist and historian, Ron Shafer, as he walks us through the exciting campaign of “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too.” Go buy Ron’s great book, The Carnival Campaign, click here. The 1840 Campaign between North Bend, Ohio’s General Harrison and incumbent President Martin Van Buren was the source of numerous “firsts” in presidential campaign history. From popularizing the word Buckeye to the first presidential campaign speech and almost all of this incredible history happened here in Ohio. Mud throwing, huge campaign rallies and even the first President to die in office, this election had it all. Historian, podcast host and Harrison enthusiast, Jerry Landry, join

  • Episode 4: Ohio v. the Campaign

    Episode 4: Ohio v. the Campaign

    21/06/2020 Duração: 01h32min

    EPISODE 4: “OHIO v. THE CAMPAIGN”. Alex takes a break from Ohio’s presidents to go on the campaign trail through the history of presidential elections in the Buckeye State. We focus on the Ohio campaigns of four famous chief executives: Abraham Lincoln, Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt and Barack Obama. We visit the Ohio Statehouse to talk with Chris Matheney, the historic site manager of the Ohio Statehouse, about Abraham Lincoln’s three visits to “The People’s House” in downtown Columbus from 1859-1865. Alex also sits down with author and historian Jim Robenalt to discuss Teddy Roosevelt’s famous visit to Ohio in 1912 to declare his candidacy for the Republican nomination against incumbent Republican President, William Howard Taft. Robenalt takes us to both Cleveland and Columbus to lay out when Roosevelt “threw his hat in the ring” for another bid for the White House. Kyle Kondik, author of The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the President, joins us from his home at the Univ. of Virginia Center for Politics

  • Episode 3: James Garfield v. the World

    Episode 3: James Garfield v. the World

    07/06/2020 Duração: 01h28min

    Episode 3: James Garfield v. the World. Alex tells a story he’s waited years to share, the improbable rise and tragic death of our 20th President, Cleveland’s own James Garfield. We’re joined by one of Alex’s favorite authors and historians, the incomparable Candice Millard. Millard, the Ohio native, is the author of the award-winning book Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President (2012). BUY THIS BOOK here, you won’t be sorry. Alex goes to Garfield’s home in Mentor, OH and meets with Todd Arrington, site manager of the James A. Garfield National Historic Site. Todd and Alex discuss Garfield’s humble beginnings in NE Ohio, his brilliance in all disciplines, rise to General in the Union Army and his career in the US Congress. We also discuss his dark horse nomination and narrow election to the Presidency in 1880. We encourage you to visit the National Park Service’s site that To

  • Ep. 2: Ulysses S. Grant v. the World

    Ep. 2: Ulysses S. Grant v. the World

    24/05/2020 Duração: 01h20min

    Episode 2: Ulysses S. Grant v. the World. Alex is back with the story of one of the most famous Ohioans of all time, our 18th President Ulysses S. Grant of Georgetown, Ohio. We explain why Grant, the hero of the Civil War, is one of America’s most underrated Presidents. In fact no President is rising faster in 21st Century presidential rankings than US Grant. Our episode will focus on Grant’s youth near the Ohio River in Georgetown, OH and his presidency from 1869-77. We’ll leave his Civil War heroics for a different show. Or just go watch the new mini-series, GRANT, out Memorial Day 2020 on the History Channel. Alex is joined by biographer and historian, Dr. Ronald C. White, Jr., to discuss his New York Times bestseller, American Ulysses (2016). This incredible biography of General Grant helped to spark a new analysis among historians of President Grant’s administration and his standing in presidential rankings. Buy Ron’s book here:

  • Ep. 1, Part 1: William McKinley v. the World

    Ep. 1, Part 1: William McKinley v. the World

    10/05/2020 Duração: 01h14min

    EP. 1: William McKinley v. the World (Part 1). We’re back and ready to get presidential in 2020. We kickoff Season 5 with a two-part episode on our 25th President, William McKinley from Canton, OH. Part One examines McKinley’s childhood in NE Ohio, Civil War service (he was the final Civil War vet to be POTUS), rise in Ohio and national politics and his election to the White House in 1896 against the Democrat challenger, William Jennings Bryan. We are joined in Part One by Robert Merry, author of the book President McKinley: Architect of the American Century (Simon&Schuster, 2017). Buy that book! It’s fantastic. Here’s a link: Robert will let us know just how President McKinley became the architect of the American Century with his understated style of leadership and why that has lead to his distinguished career to be too often forgotten in American history. Alex also speaks with University of Akron history professor Kevin

  • Ep. 1, Part 2: William McKinley v. the World

    Ep. 1, Part 2: William McKinley v. the World

    10/05/2020 Duração: 01h18min

    EP. 1: William McKinley v. the World (Part 2). Thanks for listening to the exciting conclusion of our Season 5 premiere. We discuss with our guests McKinley’s relationship with Theodore Roosevelt, the “Splendid Little War” known as the Spanish American War, the economic boom of the McKinley years and his tragic assassination in Buffalo, NY in 1901. We are joined in Part One by Robert Merry, author of the book President McKinley: Architect of the American Century (Simon&Schuster, 2017). Buy that book! It’s fantastic. Here’s a link: Robert helps us breakdown how the United States became a world power and an empire in McKinley’s 4.5 years as Commander in Chief. We look at the success of the Spanish American War and McKinley’s complicated legacy following his death. Alex also speaks again with University of Akron history professor Kevin Kern about McKinley’s foreign policy successes, the humanitarian crisis in Cuba that lead t

  • Season 5 Preview (Ohio v. the Presidency)

    Season 5 Preview (Ohio v. the Presidency)

    01/05/2020 Duração: 33min

    Season 5 Preview: We’ll preview Season 5 of Ohio v. the World with clips and sneak peaks of all 13 episodes for our election year season. We’re calling Season 5: “Ohio v. the Presidency.” From President Monroe to President Trump we’ll relive all the famous presidents and presidential moments from the history of the Buckeye State. Episode 1: William McKinley v. the World will premiere on Sunday May 10th. It’a two-part episode on our 25th President from Canton, Ohio. New episodes come out every other Sunday all the way up until Election Day 2020. 
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  • Ep. 12: Ohio v. Desegregation (Tuskegee Airmen)

    Ep. 12: Ohio v. Desegregation (Tuskegee Airmen)

    02/02/2020 Duração: 01h03min

    Episode 12: Ohio v. Segregation (Tuskegee Airmen). Our Season 4 finale celebrates Black History Month 2020 by studying the trailblazing Tuskegee Airmen of World War II. Alex meets with Dr. Anthony Milburn and Warren Mott to discuss the segregation of the US military and the courage of the “Red Tails” as well as their years in the Buckeye State following the war. We learn how the Tuskegee Airmen’s service helped accelerate the long-stagnant civil rights movement. Dr. Milburn, a professor of history and the chairman of the Humanities Dept. at Ohio’s Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio shares the proud history of African American service in the military and the racism and discrimination faced by the pilots at Tuskegee. Alex and Dr. Milburn discuss the journey to full desegregation of the armed forces and the impact of the Harlem Hellfighters, Eleanor Roosevelt, William Hastie and the complicated roles of FDR and President Truman.  Warren Mott, Director of Mott’s Military Museum in Groveport, Ohio, sh

  • Episode 11: Ohio v. Water (Mark Hanna)

    Episode 11: Ohio v. Water (Mark Hanna)

    19/01/2020 Duração: 01h01min

    Episode 11: “Ohio v. Water” (Mark Hanna). Alex discovers the important life and even more important death of Cleveland’s Mark Hanna. The political kingmaker’s rise to the top of American politics is analyzed with Case Western Reserve Univ. professor, John Grabowski. We also discuss the dangerous history of drinking water in the United States and how Hanna’s death in 1904 led to a comprehensive change and improvement in water treatment known as the “Great Columbus Experiment.” We talk about water with author and former Columbus Dept. of Water manager, Conrade Hinds and his excellent book, “The Great Columbus Experiment of 1908: Waterworks That Changed the World.” Click link to purchase. Alex travels to Case Western to learn about Mark Hanna’s meteoric rise from middle class everyman to Gilded Age robber baron and his ultimate ascension to the top of the political world through his support

  • Ep. 10: Ohio v. the Copperheads (Clement Vallandigham)

    Ep. 10: Ohio v. the Copperheads (Clement Vallandigham)

    05/01/2020 Duração: 01h20min

    Episode 10: “Ohio v. the Copperheads” (Clement Vallandigham). Alex talks with US Air Force Academy Professor of History, Jennifer Weber, about the copperhead political movement in the North during the Civil War. We travel back to the homefront in Ohio and the Midwest during the war and find out millions of Americans were against the war effort and President Lincoln. We discuss the life of leading Copperhead politician, Clement Vallandigham, from Dayton, Ohio and Jennifer Weber’s great book: Copperheads: the Rise and Fall of Lincoln’s Opponents in the North. Alex and Jennifer analyze the rise of the Peace Democrats in American Civil War politics and their ultimate collapse after the fall of Atlanta and the 1864 re-election of Lincoln. Events such as the Emancipation Proclamation, the suspension of Habeas Corpus and the New York City Draft Riots are discussed as the Copperheads

  • Episode 9: Ohio v. Annexation (Hawaii)

    Episode 9: Ohio v. Annexation (Hawaii)

    22/12/2019 Duração: 01h10min

    Episode 9: “Ohio v. Annexation” (Hawaii). Mele kalikimaka and happy holidays! Alex journeys to the Aloha State to discover the story of the overthrow of the Hawaii Kingdom in the 1890s by a group of mostly American businessmen. We sit down with Australian author and historian, Stephen Dando-Collins, to discuss his book Taking Hawaii: How 13 Honolulu Businessmen Overthrew the Queen of Hawaii in 1893, With A Bluff. Purchase this awesome book here:\ Alex follows the life of one of those 13 businessmen from the “Committee of Safety” that led the coup of the Hawaiian kingdom, Cincinnati, Ohio’s own, John Emmuluth. Our story tracks the history from the arrival of American missionaries in 1820 to the eventual annexation of Hawaii in 1898 and its later addition to become the 50th state in 1959. Stephen Dando-Collins leads us through the “bluff” pulled off by Emmuluth and his co-conspirators to dethrone Queen Liliuokalani on January 17

  • Episode 8: Ohio v. Organized Crime (Black Hand Society)

    Episode 8: Ohio v. Organized Crime (Black Hand Society)

    08/12/2019 Duração: 01h07min

    Episode 8: “Ohio v. Organized Crime” (Black Hand Society). Alex meets up with co-authors William Oldfield and Victoria Bruce to discuss the first major Italian organized crime ring and their subsequent trial. This little-known piece of Ohio and American history is the story behind Bill and Vicki’s hit book Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society (Simon & Schuster, 2018). Buy your copy of this best seller here. This episode focuses on the life of Inspector Frank Oldfield, the great grandfather of our guest, William Oldfield. Oldfield reveals this 100 year old family story of his great grandpa’s investigation and the first conviction of a Sicilian/Italian organized crime family, known as the "Society of the Banana.” We discuss the massive influx of Italian immigrants to America at the turn of the 20th century and the impact of the criminal element of those immigrants to the difficult assimilation of Italian Americans. This story

  • Ep. 7: Ohio v. Abolitionists (John Brown/Harriet Beecher Stowe)

    Ep. 7: Ohio v. Abolitionists (John Brown/Harriet Beecher Stowe)

    24/11/2019 Duração: 01h18min

    Episode 7: “Ohio v. Abolitionists” (John Brown/Harriet Beecher Stowe): Alex travels to Hudson, OH, Cincinnati and Harpers Ferry, WV in this in depth investigation of two of U.S.’s most most famous abolitionists, John Brown and Harriet Beecher Stowe. The abolition movement to end slavery in the mid-19th Century was the most important political and social movement of its time. We travel back to the turbulent decade of the 1850s to explore how Brown and Stowe changed millions of minds on the subject of slavery, one by the sword and one by the pen, respectively to help spark the Civil War. Alex journeys to Hudson, Ohio the hometown of John Brown to meet with Gwendolyn Mayer of the Hudson Library and Historical Society. Alex and Gwen discuss Hudson’s long abolitionist history and the early years of John Brown. Gwen oversees one of the country’s largest collections of John Brown writings and artifacts. We then travel to the Queen City of Cincinnati, Ohio to the Stowe House to meet with Christina Hartlieb, the E

  • Ep. 6: Ohio v. War Crimes (John Demjanjuk)

    Ep. 6: "Ohio v. War Crimes" (John Demjanjuk)

    10/11/2019 Duração: 01h13min

    EPISODE 6: "Ohio v. War Crimes” (John Demjanjuk). Alex delves into the mystery of who is John Demjanjuk? Is he the kindly Cleveland grandpa that’s a victim of mistaken identity? Or is he the infamous and sadistic Nazi death camp guard, Ivan the Terrible? Or something else entirely... Our guest is author and professor Lawrence Douglas who helps us understand this convoluted and disturbing story. Douglas the author of the incredible 2016 book, The Right Wrong Man breaks down the nearly 40 year legal odyssey to determine one simple question: who was John Demjanjuk during World War II? Buy Lawrence’s book The Right Wrong Man. This episode examines Demjanjuk’s legal battles in the US, Israel and Germany. Demjanjuk is the only person to twice lose his American citizenship. We also look back at previous Nazi war crime trials, Nuremberg and the trial of Adolf Eichmann. We relive the Holocaust and the people who perpatrated the most heinous

  • Ep. 5: Ohio v. Invention (Garrett Morgan)

    Ep. 5: Ohio v. Invention (Garrett Morgan)

    27/10/2019 Duração: 01h03min

    Episode 5: “Ohio v. Invention” (Garrett Morgan). Alex travels to Cleveland to meet with Sandra Morgan, the granddaughter of one of most important inventors in U.S. history, Garrett A. Morgan. We discuss his prolific ability to invent things like: the modern traffic light, hair relaxer and the gas mask. Sandra talks about her grandpa, the son of Kentucky slaves, and his journey to overcome racism and discrimination to be known as the “Black Edison” in Cleveland, Ohio. Alex and Sandra discuss famous events like the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911, the first use of chemical weapons in World War I and the Lake Erie Crib Disaster in 1916 and Garrett Morgan’s role in all those transformative and tragic events.  Don’t forget to rate/review the show and email us at [email protected] with your thoughts and future show ideas.

  • Ep. 4: Jerrie Mock v. the World

    Ep. 4: Jerrie Mock v. the World

    13/10/2019 Duração: 59min

    Ep. 4: “Jerrie Mock v. the World”. Alex travels to Newark, Ohio to discover the little known story of hometown girl and record-setting pilot, Jerrie Mock. Mock was the first female to ever fly solo around the world in 1964. We sit down with Mock’s sister, Susan Reid, and publisher Wendy Hollinger and pilot Dale Ratcliff to discuss Jerrie’s life and her epic journey,  Known as “the Flying Housewife”, Alex and his guests follow Jerrie’s close calls, the competition with another female aviatrix and Jerrie’s triumph as the first woman to circumnavigate the Earth.  We follow her flight from Columbus, Ohio to all points around the world.  We also analyze the famous disappearance of Amelia Earhart during her attempt to be the first to fly around the Globe in 1937.  Susan Reid, Mock’s sister, shares her 1st hand experience of Mock’s trip. Wendy Hollinger and Dale Ratcliff discuss their re-issuance of Mock’s autobiography, Three Eight Charlie and getting to know Jerrie in her later years. Buy Three Eight Charlie her

  • Ep. 3: Ohio v. Opioids

    Ep. 3: "Ohio v. Opioids"

    29/09/2019 Duração: 01h03min
  • Episode 2: John Glenn v. the World

    Episode 2: John Glenn v. the World

    15/09/2019 Duração: 01h23min

    Episode 2: “John Glenn v. the World” Alex interviews 4 guests about one of the greatest Ohioans of all-time, Senator John Glenn from New Concord, Ohio. From the Great Depression, to World War II, the Korean War, the Space Race, a serious run for the presidency in 1984, nearly a quarter of a century in the U.S. Senate, and a return to space in the 1990s we follow the life of the amazing Col. John Glenn (1921-2016) during the American Century. Alex is joined by Keith Eberly, professor and former Exec. Director of the John and Annie Glenn Museum (, historian and podcast host Bruce Carlson from “My History Can Beat Up Your Politics” to discuss Glenn’s failed 1984 presidential run (, Trevor Brown, the Director of the Glenn College of Public Affairs and Herb Asher, author, professor and political commentator, both from The Ohio State University. These 4 distinguished guests help us span 95 years of American history with the life of Joh

  • Season 4, Ep. 1: Ohio v. Watergate (John Dean)

    Season 4, Ep. 1: Ohio v. Watergate (John Dean)

    01/09/2019 Duração: 01h12min

    Season 4, Episode 1: “Ohio v. Watergate” (John Dean). We’re back for a new season of Ohio history with two great guests. Alex is joined by author and former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean and author/attorney Jim Robenalt to discuss the greatest political scandal in 20th Century America: Watergate. We explain the Watergate scandal to a new generation with the man at the center of the controversy, John Dean. Jim, Alex and John look at the downfall of the Nixon presidency and the striking similarities to the RussiaGate and the Mueller Report investigations. John and Jim discuss how history is repeating itself with President Trump and what lessons we can glean from Watergate to guide us today. Our book recommendation is John Dean’s 2014 book, The Nixon Defense, an excellent book that puts to bed any remaining mystery or doubts about what President Nixon knew and when he knew it. John spent nearly 5 years pouring through and transcribing the Nixon tapes to figure out exactly how the coverup went down. https

  • Episode 15: Ohio v the Wild West (George Custer/Annie Oakley)

    Episode 15: Ohio v the Wild West (George Custer/Annie Oakley)

    18/05/2019 Duração: 01h36min

    Episode 15: “Ohio v. The Wild West” (George Custer/Annie Oakley). Alex travels back to the Wild West in the Season 3 Finale. We talk about the controversial “Boy General” George Armstrong Custer from New Rumley, Ohio and “Little Miss Sure Shot” Annie Oakley of Darke County, Ohio. Two of the biggest celebrities of the 19th Century. Attorney Jason Lucas comes on to talk about Custer’s youth in New Rumley, Ohio and his sterling Civil War record as a cavalry commander. History Professor and Podcast Host, Brady Crytzer comes on to breakdown Custer’s career in the West as an Indian fighter. We analyze what mistakes were made that led to the crushing and complete defeat of Custer and the 7th Cavalry at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876. Editor-in-Chief of Echoes Magazine, Bill Eichenberger joins the show to talk about the famous female sharpshooter and celebrity, Annie Oakley. We’re also joined by Jerry DePizzo (our only 3-time guest) of the rock band OAR to discuss their new beer, Little Mighty Lager from the

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