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The Extraordinary Life of The Sergeant with Dean Calbreath

podcast Mar 06, 2023

Today on Here’s Where It Gets Interesting, Sharon welcomes journalist and author Dean Calbreath, who has spent nearly twenty years researching the life of Nicholas Said, a Civil War Sergeant whose life has become a forgotten history. Said’s adventures begin in a thousand year-old African kingdom. He was a master of language, a collector of knowledge, a friend to kings and tsars… and he arrived in America as the country warred over enslavement.

Thank you to our guest, Dean Calbreath.

Hosted by: Sharon McMahon

Guest: Dean Calbreath

Executive Producer: Heather Jackson

Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder

Researcher: Valerie Hoback


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Dean Calbreath has been a journalist his entire adult life, culminating with being on a team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for exposing the biggest individual bribery case in Congressional history. Among other things, he covered Central Europe’s transition from Communism as a Prague-based correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, wrote award-winning business columns for the San Diego Union-Tribune, and lectured on news-writing at such institutions as U.C. San Diego and Tsinghua University in Beijing.


His work on “The Sergeant” represents more than a decade’s worth of research, including travels to Detroit, Boston, Alabama and Washington D.C. as well as correspondence with archives in Russia, Latvia, the Netherlands and England, in order to retrieve documents related to Nicholas Said’s life.


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