History Happy Hour

One of the best parts of going on a Stephen Ambrose Historical Tour is crowding into the bar at happy hour to discuss the places you have been and kibbitz over history tidbits.

Each Sunday at 4PM EDT, host-historians Christopher Anderson in London and Rick Beyer in Chicago each grab a cocktail and go live to talk history (and maybe some smack) during History Happy Hour. They welcome fascinating and knowledgeable guests such as authors Andrew Roberts, Joe Balkoski, Lynne Olson, and Hampton Sides for entertaining history discussions. And you get to join the conversation as well with questions and comments.

The bar is open every Sunday at 4 PM ET on the History Happy Hour Facebook page and YouTube channel.

History Happy Hour, the spot where history is always on tap.


This Week on HHH – Freedom Riders


This Week on History Happy Hour: In May 1961, two buses headed out on a fateful journey into the history books. The passengers were a purposeful mix of black and white civil rights activists seeking to end segregation in southern bus terminals. In Alabama, on Mother’s Day, they were greeted with hate and mob violence that shocked the nation. Their rides ultimately proved an important milestone in the Civil Rights movement. 


The youngest of those original Freedom riders was 18-year-old Charles Person. In this encore episode, Chris and Rick talk to Charles about his book, Buses Are a Comin’, and his front-row view of the struggle to belong in America.


Gripping history from someone who lived through it. This Sunday at 4PM ET on History Happy Hour, where history is always on tap.





This Week’s Guest – Charles Person


Charles Person is one of two remaining original Freedom Riders of 1961. Later he joined the United States Marines, serving the country for 20 years, through the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. He served nine months in Vietnam.  Person and his wife Jo Etta live in Atlanta, Georgia.






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Upcoming History Happy Hours


August 21 – Encore Episode: Britain’s WWII Spymaster

Guest: Helen Fry, author, Spymaster: The Man Who Saved M16


History Happy Hour Playlist

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