Scott Rank is the web media and production manager for Regnery History and editor of History on the Net . He also has a PhD in Middle East History and is the author of several books ( Lost Civilizations and Off the Edge of the Map: Marco Polo, Captain Cook, and 9 other Travelers and Explorers that Pushed the Boundaries of the Known World , to name a few).
He lived for nearly 10 years in Turkey, where he did research on Christian-Muslim Relations. But he always had more fun with podcasting and the blogging aspect of history, which is why he started his first podcast History in Five Minutes in 2012. To date it has 1.5 million downloads. In May 2017 he launched the History Unplugged Podcast , which is the only show of its kind that dedicates episodes to both interviewing experts and answering questions from its audience.
It features a call-in show where you can ask our resident historian (Scott Rank, PhD) absolutely anything (What was it like to be a Turkish sultan with 4 wives and 12 concubines? If you were sent back in time, how would you kill Hitler?). Second, it features long-form interviews with best-selling authors who have written about everything. Topics include gruff World War II generals who flew with airmen on bombing raids, a war horse who gained the rank of sergeant, and presidents who gave their best speeches while drunk.
He also likes to brew beer, but didn't have the chance to do it for years due to the trickiness of getting the ingredients for it in the Middle East.