Meet Alan Harlan

Listen to his episode: Ukraine Groundtruth Episode: Programmers By Day, Warriors By Night

Alan is a Technology Executive with progressive global operations, consulting, merger & acquisition, business management and global sales experience. His companies have provided SDLC (Software Development Lifecycle) services, Enterprise Software, and IT Outsourcing. He has extensive European, Americas and Asian Market Experience with over half of his work time devoted to physical onsite management.

Alan is based in Dallas, TX, where he owns and operates Axis Software Dynamics and is a partner with Teamlogic IT Solutions. These companies provide Custom Software Development and IT Services for the southern United States. Alan is the Chief Financial Officer for quantum-resistant encryption company Theon Technology, LLC. He also serves on Verso Logistics’ advisory board, a supply chain management platform built on blockchain.

Meet Professor Buzzkill

Listen to his episode: Gun Rights, Modern Military Mishaps, The Dog’s Bollocks, & Special Guest Professor Buzzkill

In real life, “Professor Buzzkill” is Dr. Joseph Coohill, is a “Historian for the Public.” He works tirelessly to explain complicated yet compelling historical analyses to diverse audiences. He often speaks to civic, government, non-profit, and business organizations about the nature of history and about how historical misunderstandings and mythology hurts public discourse and policy decisions. He offers clear and concise solutions to such problems, using examples from history. Among his most popular talks are “Churchill Leadership Myths vs. Churchill Leadership Reality: Lessons for Business and Organizations” and “New Sh*t Has Come to Light! The Value of Genuine Historical Revisionism.”

Check out the Professor Buzzkill History Podcast

Von Bar

The Offical Bar of Hidden History Happy Hour

This dimly-lit bar in New York City with a basement that specializes in craft beer and wines by the glass. It is the most haunted bar in New York!

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Meet Chitra Ragavan

Listen to our guest appearance on her podcast, Techtopia, about how technology is changing the telling of history including the war in Ukraine.

Over the past 15 years, Chitra has served as a strategic advisor and C-Suite consiglieri to the CEOs of technology startups including Palantir, Gem, and Elementus. And she advises, serves on Boards, and invests in startups through her boutique advisory firm, Goodstory Strategies. Chitra is a former journalist at National Public Radio (NPR) and US News & World Report magazine (USNews). She has two top-rated podcasts, When It Mattered, (on adversity and leadership) and Techtopia (on how technology is changing then world). 

Podcasts: YouTube  | LinkedIn: LinkedIn | Twitter: @chitra_ragavan

Meet Mary Beth Long

Listen to her episode: A CIA Spy Talks Ukraine, Putin, & the Legacy of the White Mouse

Read her full bio.

The Honorable Mary Beth Long has over 17 years in intelligence and defense related government service. In her last position under Secretary of Defense Robert E. Gates, she served as the first female confirmed to a four- star equivalent position by the U.S. Senate, as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. After leaving government, Ms. Long founded two multi-million dollar advisory firms from scratch, advised several Fortune 500 companies, and was key to a client closing over $2 billion in international orders.

Meet Dr. Nicole Roberts

Listen to her episode: Two, Count-Em-Two, First Female Doctors

Dr. Nicole F. Roberts is the Executive Director of Feed A Billion, an international nonprofit that feeds girls around the world to prevent exploitation and the founder of Health & Human Rights Strategies, a health care and human rights-focused advising firm in Washington, D.C. She is also the host of The Global Good Podcast. Roberts contributes to Forbes, contextualizing health, and highlighting ideas, companies and people that are changing the health landscape. Her writing has appeared in numerous journals and publications, and her talks can be found on the United Nations website and various news and sports outlets. Roberts holds a doctorate in public health from the University of North Carolina, a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri.

Meet Zak Brown

Listen to his episode: History With a Bullitt

As Chief Executive of McLaren Racing, Zak Brown has overall responsibility for the business, including strategic direction, operational performance, marketing and commercial development. In his role Zak leads McLaren’s direction and involvement in professional motorsport, spearheaded by the McLaren Formula 1 team. Operating at the pinnacle of global motorsport, McLaren uses the white heat of competition to drive innovation and develop synergies across the group.

Born and raised in California, Zak raced professionally around the world for 10 years before developing his skills in motorsport’s business and commercial worlds. In 1995, he founded JMI, which grew to become the largest and most successful motorsport marketing agency in the world. When JMI was acquired by CSM, a division of Chime Communications, in 2013, Brown became the company’s Chief Executive Officer. He then relinquished that post to embark on his journey at McLaren in the winter of 2016.

Meet Myke Cole

Listen to his episodes: Shattering Ancient Greek War Myths & the Plight of Platea with Special Guest Historian Myke Cole, Live From New York!: It’s Caesar, the CIA, Putin, Pirates, and he guest co-hosts Hark! The Three Harolds: The First Battle of Stamford Bridge.

As a secu­rity con­tractor, gov­ern­ment civilian and mil­i­tary officer, Myke Cole’s career has run the gamut from Coun­tert­er­rorism to Cyber War­fare to Fed­eral Law Enforce­ment. He’s done three tours in Iraq and was recalled to serve during the Deep­water Horizon oil spill.

All that con­flict can wear a guy out. Thank good­ness for fan­tasy novels, comic books, late night games of Dun­geons and Dragons and lots of angst fueled writing.


Meet John M. Barry

Listen to his episode: Remember the Pandemic? What Can We Learn From It?   

John Barry is a prize-winning and New York Times best-selling author whose books have won multiple awards. The National Academies of Sciences named his 2004 book The Great Influenza: The story of the deadliest pandemic in history, a study of the 1918 pandemic, the year’s outstanding book on science or medicine.

His books have involved him in two areas of public policy. In 2004, he began working with the National Academies and several federal government entities on influenza preparedness and response, and he was a member of the original team which developed plans for mitigating a pandemic by using “non-pharmaceutical interventions”.

After Hurricane Katrina, the Louisiana congressional delegation asked him to chair a bipartisan working group on flood protection, and he served on the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority East, overseeing levee districts in metropolitan New Orleans.


Meet Avi Liberman

Listen to his episode: St. Patrick’s Surprises

Avi Liberman’s quirky style has made him a favorite in comedy clubs from Los Angeles to New York. Born in Israel, raised in Texas, having gone to college in New York, and now living in Los Angeles, his style is a winning combination of life experiences and topical issues told through a varied blend of characters and voices with worldwide expertise.

A successful commercial actor, Avi has appeared in spots for “Mercedes,” “L.A. Cellular,” “Miller Lite” and most recently “Starbucks” and “Net Zero.” He has appeared at the prestigious Montreal Just for Laughs Festival.Since 2001, Avi has successfully arranged widely acclaimed stand-up comedy tours in Israel to help boost morale while donating all of the proceeds to a charity. The successful “Comedy For Koby” tour is now a bi-annual event, benefitting the Koby Mandell Foundation.


Twitter: @AviLiberman

Meet Willard Foxton

Listen to his episode: Planes, (Battle)Ships (by Mail), Lions & Lakes – and Kink

Willard is a journalist & documentary producer, and has made dozens of films around the world, covering everything from the Whitehouse to Wars to Welsh literary festivals.

Since 2020, he’s worked as creative director of Britain’s biggest audio firm, Novel, making hits for the world’s largest audio broadcasters.

In particular, he developed the Apple number one series HARSH REALITY for Wondery and led the development for several series of the BBC hit SIDEWAYS

Follow Willard on Twitter, he promises it’s worth it: @willardfoxton

Meet Michael Hurley

Listen to his episode: Bonus Mid-Week Ukraine Popup Episode

Michael Hurley is President of Team 3i LLC, a national security and international business strategy company. A veteran retired CIA case officer, attorney, and lecturer, Mike currently serves as a special advisor to Palantir Technologies and Affirm, Palo Alto-based innovative technology companies.

One of the nation’s renowned national security experts, Mike currently continues to advise the co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission and their Homeland Security Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center. As a Senior Counsel and Team Leader on the 9/11 Commission, Mike directed its counterterrorism policy investigation and co-authored its best-selling final report and remains deeply immersed in the national security and policy implications in the aftermath of the attacks and speaks and advises widely on those critical issues.


Meet John Grant

Listen to his episode: Gruesome Goings On Week: The Colorado Cannibal & A Self-Serve Appendectomy

John has been a Doctor Who fan since he was 5 years old, waiting patiently for 20 or so years until the show suddenly became a global hit.  Now, he enjoys smugly imparting his extensive knowledge of 1970s television production techniques to new fans.  He is grateful to Porter for suggesting this Podcast as an alternative to just yelling facts and opinions about Doctor Who to random people in the street.  He wrote a book called The Architecture of Privacy, which he wants to mention here because it doesn’t have a huge promotional budget.

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Meet Terry Franklin

Listen to his episode(s): A Special U.S. Supreme Court Pop-Up EpisodeHonoring Black History

Terrence M. Franklin is a seasoned attorney with nearly three decades of experience handling trust and estates and probate litigation, disputes and appeals. His breadth of experience underscores the firm’s long-standing reputation and the reason clients turn to the firm for complex cases involving significant dollar amounts.

An active member of the trusts and estates legal community, Mr. Franklin has served as Chair of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusivity Committee of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), where he is committed to improving the level of membership and engagement among diverse and minority lawyers. He is working with ACTEC to develop strategies to make the trusts and estates practice area more attractive to minority law students and young attorneys, and was instrumental in developing a diversity and inclusivity mission statement for ACTEC, a fellowship to support potential future fellows in the college, and a statement condemning racism on behalf of the organization. Mr. Franklin serves as the host of ACTEC’s video series Planning for a Diverse and Equitable Future which explores the role of trusts and estates in addressing issues of diversity and inequality in America. In addition, he serves on the ACTEC California Membership Committee, and previously served on the Fiduciary Litigation Committee and on the Board of Regents.

Instagram: @TerryFranklin Twitter: @TerryFranklinLA