In the first half, George Knapp welcomes author Bill Friedman, who shared inside stories of the Prohibition Era’s most powerful leaders and how they later ran elegant, illegal casinos across America before moving on to build the glamorous Las Vegas Strip gambling resorts.
In the latter half, investigative journalist Toby Rogers (book link) revealed the untold story of mafia legend Silvio Eboli, a Genovese mob scion who developed an organized crime operation which involved violence, drugs, celebrities, girls, construction hustles, and crime-family business meetings.
While exploration of space has led to a myriad of advancements for Earth's denizens, there has been one major side effect: space junk.
A new type of alien world some 40 light-years away has been detected by Hubble. Pictured in this artist's conception, the watery super-Earth orbits a red dwarf star, and is believed to have a thick atmosphere.
Today is the 50th anniversary of John Glenn's 1962 space flight, when he became the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth.
George Knapp highlights a number of news items including his report on who tried to kill casino owner Lefty Rosenthal (his burned Cadillac pictured), and an article about what's under Lake Vostok in Antarctica.
Using hundreds of images taken from the International Space Station as it orbited Earth, a new series of videos provides a breathtaking view of Earth from space. Beyond merely cities illuminating the night sky, the films contain also rare overhead glimpses of the Northern Lights in motion as well as thunderstorms peppering the landscape with bright bursts as they travel. The complete series of videos can be found at Wired.
An intriguing image of what appears to be a black hole inside a star cluster is actually Barnard 68, a dark molecular cloud some 500 light years away.
Two Canadian students, Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad, used a weather balloon and a Styrofoam 'spacecraft' to send a Lego toy 15 miles into the stratosphere.
A huge eruption on the sun is expected to blast Earth with a stream of charged particles on January 24th. The NOAA reports that this is the strongest solar radiation storm since 2005.
Check out some of the items that have recently caught George Knapp's attention, including HD images of Mars (pictured) and two vintage newspaper articles-- one postulating what life will be like in 100 years, the other declaring that Mars has an intelligent civilization.
Rocks that landed in Morocco during a meteor shower originated from Mars, scientists have confirmed.
Scientists have constructed the world's smallest hard drive using just 96 atoms. The miniscule atomic drive can hold one byte of data; conventional hard drives use 500,000,000 atoms for each byte.
A NASA photographer snapped an amazing image of the International Space Station next to the Moon.
Check out some of the items that have recently caught George Knapp's attention, including a breathtaking image of the Omega Nebula, a piece by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin on space exploration, an article on the possibility of masking events by distorting light, and a listing of the top UFO stories from last year.
The yo-yo, a classic toy enjoyed by generations, is seeing a renaissance of interest in the form of competitive yo-yoing.
Check out some of the items that have caught George Knapp's attention, including articles about a Russian satellite crash, and a Grand Canyon mystery.
Check out some of the items that have recently caught George Knapp's attention, including his I-Team report on underwater mortgages in Las Vegas.
Images of two lunar anomalies discussed on the 12/25/11 show.
The Telegraph has created an interactive graphic explaining what it would really take for Santa Claus to deliver his 850,000 tons of toys to approximately 2.5 billion children in less than 32 hours.
A spectacular image of Comet Lovejoy, which recently survived a close encounter with the Sun, was captured by International Space Station Commander Dan Burbank as the object appeared over Earth's eastern horizon.
Geologists have located the source of some of the rocks used to create Stonehenge, some 5,000 years ago.
An Australian bearded dragon has become an online celebrity after its owner captured the creature on video playing the smartphone game Ant Smasher
Using a technique called 'light painting,' photographer Marc Bower-Briggs recently transformed Stonehenge into a luminous wonderland
NASA footage of a CME hitting Mercury appears to show the blast of plasma hitting an additional planet-sized object nearby.
A new Earth-like planet, the first to be observed residing in the habitable zone from its star, has been found by the Kepler telescope. Seen here in an artist conception, the world dubbed Kepler-22b is 600 light-years away, and orbits its sun every 290 days.
Scientists from Russia and Japan believe it may be possible to recreate a woolly mammoth within five years.
A newly discovered nest of dinosaur fossils, which boasts a whopping 15 baby protoceratops, appears to shed new light on how the creatures raised their young.
Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been employed by the US military for decades. But now, more than 50 other countries have or are developing the technology.