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The Immortal Irishman


Friday, journalist Timothy Egan joins us to tell the story of Irish revolutionary Thomas Francis Meagher. Egan first encountered Meagher as a statue on the Montana Capitol grounds, but tracing his life took Egan from the brutal occupation of Ireland and the famine which killed a million people, to the fields of America’s civil war and to the American frontier. We’ll talk about Meagher’s transformation from romantic to rebel to leader, and what it reveals about the journey. (Rebroadcast)

Timothy Egan is a journalist and author of seven books. He won the 2006 National Book Award for The Worst Hard Time [Independent Booksellers|Amazon|Audible] about the Dust Bowl. His book about Meagher is called The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero [Independent Booksellers|Amazon|Audible]