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.



History Happy Hour Episode 174: 1932 – The Pivotal Year


This week on History Happy Hour:

We’ll examine the most transformative year in American history — when a battered nation would emerge from the Great Depression and reinvent itself under the skilled leadership of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. But that’s only one thing that happened in a year cram-packed with fascinating characters and happenings.


Chris and Rick welcome is Scott Martelle, author of  the brand-new book 1932: FDR, Hoover and the Dawn of a New America.


1932, Sunday at 4PM ET on History Happy Hour, where history is always on tap. 












Photo credit , Margaret Mercier-Martelle

Our Guest:

Scott Martelle is a former Los Angeles Times staff writer and member of the editorial board. He also is the author of six nonfiction books on such disparate subjects as the Ludlow Massacre and 1913-14 Colorado coalfield war, the history of Detroit, and William Walker, the pre-Civil War American adventurer who for a brief time made himself president of Nicaragua. 














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Upcoming History Happy Hours


December 10, 2023 – “Never Again: Germans and Genocide After the Holocaust”

Guest: Andrew I. Port




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