Author: Brendan Dowd

  • Cue the Sun! by Emily Nussbaum

    Cue the Sun! by Emily Nussbaum

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Cue the Sun!: Yeah, it was always kind of a mess. Quick synopsis: The history of reality TV. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: The Smoking Gun website took off when it first posted information about a lawsuit related to Fox’s Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?. Fun Fact for History…

  • Brats (Hulu)

    Brats (Hulu)

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Brats: Welcome to Andrew McCarthy’s 80s therapy session. Quick synopsis: Andrew McCarthy interviews other members of the Brat Pack about how the moniker changed their lives. Fact for Non-History People: McCarthy had to wear a wig at the end of Pretty in Pink because it was a reshoot and he shaved…

  • Author Max Marshall joins the podcast to talk about his book Among the Bros!

    Author Max Marshall joins the podcast to talk about his book Among the Bros!

    Let’s pledge! Author Max Marshall joins me to discuss his book, Among the Bros: A Fraternity Crime Story. If you hate Greek life or love it, I think you’ll love this. Come listen! Buy Among the BrosCheck out Max’s website

  • When Women Ran Fifth Avenue by Julie Satow

    When Women Ran Fifth Avenue by Julie Satow

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for When Women Ran Fifth Avenue: Turns out women know how to sell to other women. Who knew?! Quick synopsis: The story of the women who ran department stores in the mid-1900s. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Department stores used to have nurseries so the kids wouldn’t ruin a great shopping…

  • Taking London by Martin Dugard

    Taking London by Martin Dugard

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Taking London: Sometimes it takes an island. Quick synopsis: The story of the Battle of Britain through the eyes of four Allied pilots. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: The Nazi Party grew from just a small movement in 1920 to about 400,000 people by World War II. Fun Fact for…

  • Dancing for the Devil: The 7M TikTok Cult (Netflix)

    Dancing for the Devil: The 7M TikTok Cult (Netflix)

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for Dancing for the Devil: Now we really need to outlaw TikTok. Quick synopsis: The story of a cult which gained prominence as a studio for TikTok dancers. Fact for Non-History People: TikTok has over 1 billion monthly active users globally. Fact for History Nerds: There are over 915.9 million posts on…

  • Author Anna Akbari joins the podcast to talk There Is No Ethan

    Author Anna Akbari joins the podcast to talk There Is No Ethan

    Let’s catch a catfish! Author Anna Akbari joins me to discuss her book There Is No Ethan: How Three Women Caught America’s Biggest Catfish. Part 1 does not contain any spoilers. In Part 2, we unmask Ethan and talk about how Ethan’s identity was such a gut punch. Buy There Is No EthanCheck out Anna’s…

  • When the Sea Came Alive by Garrett Graff

    When the Sea Came Alive by Garrett Graff

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for When the Sea Came Alive: D-Day in their own words. Quick synopsis: On oral history of D-Day from various records of the people who lived it. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: Nearly 133,000 Allied troops landed on D-Day. Fun Fact for History Nerds: By June 30th, over 850,000 men, 148,000…

  • There Is No Ethan by Anna Akbari

    There Is No Ethan by Anna Akbari

    Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for There Is No Ethan: This is a “read in one sitting” book. Quick synopsis: The bonkers story of a catfish and the women who brought them down. Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like: There was a guy on OkCupid called the “Swiss Cheese Pervert” and he’s exactly what you think he…