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Eyewitness History by Joshua Cohen

What was it like to hear about the JFK assassination? Or America’s triumph over Hitler? Or seeing Queen at Live-Aid? Our past is a collection of stories that bring us to now. Welcome to the Eyewitness History podcast, where we view history through the eyes of the people that watched the events that shaped our world. I'm your host, Josh Cohen, and these are their stories.

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"Boardwalk Empire" Author Discusses HBO Show and Clarence Darrow Making A Judge Cry
April 18, 2023 - 33 min
Nelson Johnson is an author and former judge, lawyer and historian, best known for his 2002 New York Times bestseller, Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City. His book served as the basis for the popular and Emmy Award-winning HBO TV series Boardwalk Empire. In the early 1980s Nelson represented the Atlantic City Planning Board during the approval of many of the casino properties which exist today. That experience captured Nelson’s interest in Atlantic City’s past and motivated him to write his best-selling book, Boardwalk Empire which inspired the HBO series of the same name. The sequel The Northside: African Americans and the Creation of Atlantic City was published in 2010. His third book Battleground New Jersey: Vanderbilt, Hague and Their Fight for Justice was released by Rutgers University Press in November of 2014. During the past 15 years, Nelson has made 200(+) presentations on his books before a wide range of audiences. He has recently completed his fourth book Darrow’s Nightmare which vividly brings to life the worst two years in the life of the legendary lawyer, Clarence Darrow. Nelson believes that Darrow’s Nightmare will warrant treatment on either the “big or little screen.” Nelson’s writings as a historian are products of his insatiable curiosity and passion for the written word. Find out more about him here: show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at
Author Tells The Little Known Story Of The Liberty Ship SS Nathanael Greene and The Biggest Convoy Battle of World War II
April 11, 2023 - 28 min
Paul G. Gill, Jr., M.D. is a fifth-generation South Bostonian. He grew up in Stony Brook, New York, and attended the University of Notre Dame and the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He practiced emergency medicine for thirty-five years and was a freelance medical writer for many of those years. His articles appeared in many outdoor magazines, and his books, The Ragged Mountain Press Guide to Wilderness Medicine & First Aid and The Onboard Medical Handbook were published by McGraw-Hill. He retired from medical practice in 2013, and now spends his time building boats and furniture, sailing, and hiking in the United States and Europe with his wife, Mary.This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at
Emmy Nominated Screenwriter and Producer Talks About The X-Files and The Craft of Screenwriting
April 4, 2023 - 32 min
Frank Spotnitz is an television screenwriter and executive producer, best known for his work on The X-Files and The Man in the High Castle. Spotnitz is also the chief executive officer and founder of Big Light Productions, a London- and Paris-based production company, which specializes in international television series, including drama, comedy and documentaries. Spotnitz's career includes creating, writing and producing series with networks, cable, streaming and other broadcast platforms around the world. Under the Big Light banner, Spotnitz has produced: Amazon's Emmy-winning The Man in the High Castle; Medici: Masters of Florence, and two seasons of Medici: The Magnificent (RAI, Netflix, SFR Play); The Indian Detective (Netflix, CTV); Ransom (CBS, Global, TF1, RTL); season three of Crossing Lines (Tandem Productions / StudioCanal); and season two of Transporter: The Series (TNT, M6, HBO Canada). Most recently, Spotnitz co-created and executive-produced Leonardo, which is currently in production in Italy. More can be found out about Frank at: show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at
Podcasting Inventor Adam Curry Discusses MTV, Steve Jobs, And Spilling Tea On Paul McCartney's Carpet
March 28, 2023 - 70 min
Adam Curry is an podcaster, announcer, Internet entrepreneur and media personality, known for his stint as a VJ on MTV and being one of the first celebrities to personally create and administer Web sites. Also known for co-hosting the No Agenda show, in the 2000s, he first became involved in podcasting, and has been called the 'Podfather' because of his efforts.Check him out here: show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at
Saturday Night Live's Cue Card Mastermind Discusses Lorne Michaels, How It Gets Done, Working Through COVID And Much More!
March 21, 2023 - 67 min
Chris "Wally" Feresten is a cue card handler and supervisor known for his work on Saturday Night Live. He also does cue cards for Late Night with Seth Meyers and his private business, Cue Cards by Wally. Feresten began working at Saturday Night Live after his brother, who worked at SNL as a receptionist at the time, informed him there was a vacancy in the cue card department. His first appearance on camera was in 1991 during a monologue featuring Steve Martin. Feresten had his first spoken lines on the show in 1993 during an Alec Baldwin monologue. Since 2014, Feresten has also been a cue card handler for Late Night with Seth Meyers. His increasing frequency of spoken lines and his popularity with the audience has caused guest John Oliver to joke that Feresten is staging "a slow-motion coup". In 2020, Feresten began Cue Cards by Wally, a private business wherein he creates personalized cue cards, mostly for SNL fans. He started the business while SNL was doing remote-recorded episodes and, thus, his cue cards were not needed.Click here for the highlight of Wally presenting his cue cards to Josh: show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at
"The Dictator's Handbook" Author and Josh Discuss How Dictatorial Regimes Are Formed
March 16, 2023 - 55 min
Bruce Bueno de Mesquita is a political scientist, professor at New York University, and senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.He specializes in international relations, foreign policy, and nation building. He is one of the originators of selectorate theory, and was also the director of New York University's Alexander Hamilton Center for Political Economy from 2006 to 2016.Bueno de Mesquita is discussed in an August 16, 2009 Sunday New York Times Magazine article entitled "Can Game Theory Predict When Iran Will Get the Bomb?" In December 2008 he was also the subject of a History Channel two-hour special entitled "The Next Nostradamus" and has been featured on the 2021 Netflix series How to Become a Tyrant.He is the author of many books, including The Dictator's Handbook, co-authored with Alastair Smith, and the book The Invention of Power.This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at
Neil Armstrong's Frogman Talks NASA Training, Apollo 11, and Being A Part Of The First Moon Landing Mission
March 14, 2023 - 42 min
John Wolfram joined the US Navy in 1967 and graduated from Underwater Demolition Training in Coronado, California in May 1968. As a Navy frogman, he was twice deployed to the war in Vietnam, where he received a Purple Heart from a leg wound inflicted during battle with the Viet Cong. John assisted in the Apollo 10 astronaut and space recovery and was the first frogman in the water to rescue Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins after their historical moon landing. John is the author of Splashdown, The Rescue of a Navy Frogman first published in 2008. He is now involved in missions work around the world, with special interest in the country of Vietnam. In 2018 he raised funds to build a Memorial Bible College in central Vietnam to honor five fallen SEAL teammates and three home town friends. Find out more about John here: show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at
Pizza, Pinocchio and the Papacy Finding the Very Best and Very Worst of Italy
March 9, 2023 - 19 min
What do Italian unification, Pinocchio and pizza have in common? In this episode preview from History of the Papacy, host Steve Guerra dives in!The Risorgimento was a period of political and social upheaval in Italy that lasted from the early 19th century to the mid-20th century. The movement aimed to unite the various states and regions of Italy into one unified nation. Pinocchio, the beloved children's story written by Carlo Collodi, can be seen as a metaphor for Italian unification through the character's journey from a wooden puppet to a real boy. And last but not least, let's talk about pizza. Italy's most famous export, pizza, is a symbol of the country's rich cultural heritage and culinary traditions. Whether you're a fan of traditional Margherita or a more unconventional topping, there's a pizza for everyone. To continue listening to History of the Papacy, check out:Apple Podcasts: Spotify: Parthenon: more episodes of History of the Papacy:How a New Generation of Leaders Tried to Modernize Italy Despite Crushing Poverty and Stone Age Level Development: / Marx vs The Papacy: / The Risorgimento: Italy Tries to Create an Empire and Fails: / show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at
Visual Effects Artist Talks About Drop Dead Fred, Nightmare on Elm Street, and What It's Like Being An Imagineer
March 7, 2023 - 57 min
CHRISTOPHER JOHNSON is film writer-director and producer, whose career began in the visual effects arena. Johnson designed and created the special make-up effects for the cult favorite DROP DEAD FRED and created special make-up effects for Michael Mann's iconic THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS. Johnson made his directorial debut with the feature film OUTSIDE OF WINTERS BEND. This was followed by the supernatural thriller SHADES OF DARKNESS and SUMMER OF TOMORROWS which was re-edited for a special international release in 2010. Johnson's latest film, the documentary/feature hybrid JOURNEY TO ROYAL: A WWII RESCUE MISSION, produced through his own Misty Falls Motion Picture Company, was recently released. The story recounts the last rescue mission of his great uncle, WWII rescue pilot and hero, Lt. Royal A. Stratton. Johnson is a former Walt Disney Imagineer and a member of the Visual Effects Society. show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at
"The Voice" Winner Talks Blake Shelton, Overcoming Nerves, and Newfound Fame
March 2, 2023 - 37 min
Blending the sounds of Country, Gospel, Worship and Classic Rock, Todd Tilghman's raspy, soulful voice, contagious enthusiasm, and tangible authenticity all definitely stand out in a crowd. Todd has been married to his high school sweetheart, Brooke, since 1998. The couple have eight children. Todd is most well known as the winner of the 18th Season of NBC's "The Voice". Todd describes his music as "slice of life". He shares real lyrics about real life and faith, often finding it challenging to squeeze inside a particular genre. "I just want people to hear the music and immediately remember experiences in their own lives. I want it to have meat, you know? I want to do what I can with my music to share with the world those things that are universally important to us all: love, and family, and faith, and the passing of time, and I'll throw in a little soul and some fun too." Find out more about him at show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at
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Meet Your Host
Meet Your Host
Josh Cohen is a journalist and commentator living out of the Midwest.

He has written for a number of reputable publications.

His fascination with history is in the story of our existence and how it is told. Keeping the tradition of storytelling alive in Eyewitness History is what drives him.
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