Eric Burns

Eric Burns will be my guest on the Born To Talk Radio Show Podcast on November 6th from 1-2 PT.


As a correspondent for NBC News, Eric appeared regularly on NBC Nightly News and the Today Show, with Jane Pauley. Eric was named one of the best writers in the history of broadcast journalism, joining such luminaries as Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Charles Kuralt, and David Brinkley.

Eric is also the winner of two Emmys for television news commentary. Eric is also well-known for his impeccably researched historical books.  Now 15 of them.  We will be talking about his book When The Dead Talked.

Burns’s first play, Mid-Strut, won the Eudora Welty Emerging Playwrights Competition in 2010. But it is as a historian that he truly excels. Two of his 15 books received the highest award given by the American Library Association, being named the “Best of the Best” in 2004 (The Spirits of America: A Social History of Alcohol) and 2007 (The Smoke of the Gods: A Social History of Tobacco). A later book, 1920: The Year That Made the Decade Roar, was one of the best non-fiction books of 2015, according to Kirkus Reviews.

When The Dead Talked.


Several years ago, Eric became intrigued with spiritualism and séances. When the Dead Talked … and the Smartest Minds in the World Listened is the result of that curiosity. It’s well-researched, with the assistance of the Society for Psychical Research in London and the American Society for Psychical Research in New York, both founded in the 1870s.



In closing.

Eric has lived a fantastic life and he will be sharing his stories about his early career at NBC and his literary background as the author of 15 books.

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