wildly curious
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Stacy Schiff on ‘The Revolutionary Samuel Adams’

Little, Brown & Co.
Little, Brown & Co.

The role that Samuel Adams played in fomenting the American Revolution once made him the most wanted man in the country.

Indeed, it was to see Adams for which Paul Revere once made a famous midnight ride — not to warn him that the British were coming in general, but that the authorities were going to arrest him. In a new biography from Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Stacy Schiff, Samuel Adams is returned to the place of importance he held leading to the rebellion. Thomas Jefferson once said of him that, if the Revolution had any leader, “Samuel Adams was the man.” This Friday at 11 a.m., Stacy Schiff joins us to talk about how Adams became the moral backbone of the American Revolution.


  • Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Cleopatra: A Life.”  Her most recent book is “The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams”. [Amazon|Indiebound|Bookshop].
  • A special thanks toApril Fossen for her voice talent. 

Airdate: Friday, Feb. 24, 2023 at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.