Did my rite of passage as Gerry’s guest last night on Civil War Talk Radio. This podcast has been running for about 12 years now, and I do think it is best-in-class. I have done other interviews and podcasts but here are the differences that I believe make this show worth your time:
First, the host, Gerry Prokopowicz, with both a PhD and a J.D, is an expert in the field and a skilled interviewer. He reads the books carefully (not all hosts or reviewers do that, believe it or not) and asks intelligent, thought-provoking questions. He challenges his guests and uses his skills as a former attorney to follow up when the conversation flows in an interesting direction.These questions are entirely unscripted, as the guests are not asked to give Gerry pre-planned or stock questions. This gives the show added credibility, in my view.
Second, the programming, covering not only fiction and non-fiction books published by trade, university, and indie presses, but gaming, publishing and other aspects of the contemporary Civil War enthusiast landscape, offers listeners variety.
I find it best to skip through the first 10 minutes or so of updates on the East Carolina sports teams or his senior soccer league ( a technique he uses to establish a relationship with his audience) and get to the start of the interviews. This is very easy to navigate to when on the computer, not as easy in the car.
If you have not checked out Gerry’s show, I recommend that you give it a shot. You can scroll through the archives and pick out the topics and guests that most interest you. load them on your device and listen to them as you drive to your favorite battlefield.