Episode 8: Ohio v. Organized Crime is OUT NOW!!

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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. https://www.amazon.com/Inspector-Oldfield-Black-Hand-Society/dp/1501171208

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 takes place in cities all over Ohio, big and small, such as: Columbus, Toledo, Marion, Bellefontaine, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Athens and Dennison, Ohio. We follow the investigation and trial of the Black Hand Society members and its leader Sam Lima of Marion, Ohio. We dive into the investigation of US Postal Inspector Frank Oldfield and his effort to take down this secretive criminal society in Ohio. This interesting story and great research is thanks to our guests’ amazing book, Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society (Simon and Schuster, 2018).  

Buy the book here!

https://www.amazon.com/Inspector-Oldfield-Black-Hand-Society/dp/1501171208

Ohio v. the World is the world’s ONLY Ohio history podcast. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram (@ohiovtheworldpodcast) and Twitter @ohiovtheworld. Email us with episode ideas at ohiovtheworld@gmail.com. Go Bucks!  

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Episode 2: “John Glenn v. the World” is ready to download! Click to listen…

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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 Kyle Eberly, professor and former Exec. Director of the John and Annie Glenn Museum (http://johnglennhome.org), historian and podcast host Bruce Carlson from “My History Can Beat Up Your Politics” to discuss Glenn’s failed 1984 presidential run (https://myhistorycanbeatupyourpolitics.wordpress.com), 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 John and Annie Glenn. 

Be sure to listen Bruce Carlson’s podcast My History Can Beat Up Your Politics and his recent episode about the 1984 Democratic Presidential Primary and its similarities to the 2020 Democratic Presidential field and John Glenn’s failed candidacy. (https://myhistorycanbeatupyourpolitics.wordpress.com/2019/06/09/stop-talking-about-momentum-the-race-for-president-1984/). 

Rate and review the show on iTunes. Email us at ohiovtheworld@gmail.com and follow us on Twitter @ohiovtheworld. 

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SEASON 4 PREMIERE IS FINALLY HERE! CLICK TO LISTEN TO Ep. 1: “Ohio v. Watergate” (John Dean)

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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.  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. We also recommend his first book about his experience at the center of the Watergate scandal, Blind Ambition (1976). Blind Ambition is a must read.

Rate and review the podcast (PLEASE!!!!)  and share this episode with your friends. Follow us on twitter @ohiovtheworld and more importantly follow John Dean on Twitter, he’s a blast to follow. 

John Dean on Twitter: @JohnWDean

Jim Robenalt: @jimrobenalt

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Season 4 PREMIERE DATE ANNOUNCED: 9.1.19!

Big News! Season 4 of “Ohio v. the World”, the ONLY Ohio history podcast is back on the air September 1, 2019. The show will continue its release schedule of every other Sunday. Season 4 will run until February 2020. Episodes on tap for Season 4 include: “Ohio v. Water”, “Ohio v. Opioids” and “John Glenn v. the World”, among others. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  See you in September!

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