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My History Can Beat Up Your Politics

Since 2006, bringing historical context to the politics of today. TV pundits discuss politics in a vacuum. Cable news tells you everything is 'breaking news' but in most cases, events have long roots in history. In this podcast, we smash and bash the politics of today with a healthy dose of history

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The Spanish Flu of 1918 and Its Aftermath - Conversation with Laura Spinney

We speak with Laura Spinney, science journalist and author of "Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World" and discuss the dreadful disease that claimed 50-100 million lives, more than the Great War that preceded it. The so-called 'Spanish Flu' caused global damage but also caused scientists to reflect and develop bettter science and public health strategies. But how much have we learned those lessons? We discuss these topics.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

37mins

2 Mar 2020

Rank #1

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The History of the Federal Reserve

A Brief history of the Federal Reserve.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

29mins

20 Jan 2007

Rank #2

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The Real Story of the 1948 Election

Was it a comeback, really, or did the polls just get what was going on wrong. Days before the 2016 election, we looked at this question. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

56mins

1 Nov 2016

Rank #3

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Saturday Night Nixon: The Firing That Sealed Watergate

The Saturday Night Massacre was the name given to the triple firing of a special prosecutor investigating President Nixon, the AG and the deputy AG on the same night in 1973. After the firing of the FBI Director by President Trump, all eyes are looking back on this historical event. Are they right to do Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

31mins

17 Dec 2018

Rank #4

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An Historic Election, for Many Reasons, Episode from 2008

About the 2008 Election Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

34mins

2 Dec 2008

Rank #5

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Why is There an Electoral College?

A look at the Senator who tried to end the Electoral College and the original reasons for it. It has as much to do with 1969 as it does with 1787 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

43mins

13 Jan 2021

Rank #6

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Russia: Everything You Know About The Russian Revolution is Wrong - Russian Journalist Mikhail Zygar on 1917, History, Putin, Democracy and More

Everything you know about the Russian Revolution is wrong, and understanding that is the key to understanding today's Russia as well. A very interesting conversation with Mikhail Zygar, Editor in Chief of the TV Dozhd and the Author of All the Kremlin's Men. He joins us to speak about his book The Empire Must Die - Russia's Revolutionary Collapse. We talk Russia 1917 and the revolution before the Bolsheviks. We also talk Russia 2017 and Putin, America, democracy, struggle and more.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

44mins

18 Jul 2018

Rank #7

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Alcatraz: The American Indian Movement

The 1969 occupation of the former federal prison by Native American activists was the beginning of a movement and a shift in perception that lives on today. http://www.myhistorycanbeatupyourpolitics.com/alcatraz.mp3 We discuss: Why Alcatraz? The 1973 Standoff at Wounded Knee, South Dakota Vine Deloria and “Custer Died for Your Sins” NoDAPL as Part of an Arc of […] Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

50mins

14 Jan 2021

Rank #8

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Rules of Political Debate: Godwin's Law is Not a Law

Godwin's Law is Not a Law. And yet, it probably should be followed in most cases. (re-do of past episode that contained an error). The surprising history of the rule that one should not discuss Nazis in debates, and the person who is not a scientist nor a lawmaker who came up with it. Also, when you can violate the rule and what the rule says about meme-driven discussions in 2017. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

27mins

1 May 2020

Rank #9

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Schedule of Conventions: Why is the GOP Convention First, Democrats Second, Brexit Other Topics.

Convention scheduling, and the reasons for it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

30mins

16 Jun 2016

Rank #10

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The Mystery of Impeachment - How it Works, What Happened in 1868 and More

We look at the Chase, Clinton and Johnson precedents for attempted impeachment, we attempt to answer questions about this oft-discussed, rarely used, and perhaps, poorly understood Constitutional function. Why is impeachment so rarely used? Why does the Senate try the President? Does the Senate become a Court when it does, or stay the Senate? What is a High "Misdemeanor?" And what does Aaron Burr have to do with all of this? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 21mins

20 Oct 2019

Rank #11

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I Am James Buchanan

He's the President that is on the bottom of most lists. But why? And is it fair? What did he think about his place in history? We talk about POTUS 15 and look at the events of the run-up to the American Civil War, and we hear from Buchanan, and get his take on his Presidency, through his memoirs.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 22mins

26 Nov 2020

Rank #12

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Rigged Elections: That Time the DNC Rigged a Nomination

A look at 1944 and how intrigue, manipulation, misrepresentation, a few martinis, a song, an axe and a finger in the page of a book changed the history of the Presidency. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

43mins

26 Apr 2018

Rank #13

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You Break Everybody's Back: The 1988 Election - Part One

The quote from Atwater sums up the race 31 years ago nicely. Gephardt eyes a rusty belt. Dole proto-snarks, Jackson thunders, Biden runs a post route, Bush looks for his soul. Dukakis tries error free ball. Simon finds his inner bow tie and Bruce Babbit also runs. Find leadership where you can. What could it possibly say about today's times? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 40mins

4 Mar 2021

Rank #14

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America and Rome: w/ Mike Duncan

Populism, Corruption, Citizenship and Immigration. Rome struggled with these issues in its Republic phase. Bruce is joined by Mike Duncan, host of The History of Rome Podcast, to talk about the pre-fall of the Roman Republic, period of 146 to 78 BC and the cast of characters that struggled for power at the time. Mike has come out with a recent book called "The Storm Before the Storm," which delves into this topic.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

48mins

1 Apr 2018

Rank #15

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Statue Removal: National Valhalla: Statues, Confederates, Slaveowners, Washington, Trump, Memory and Time

From the early attempts to depict Washington, to the first Congressional attempts to block Confederate statues, to today's debate. In this episode Bruce examines the history behind statues in America, and Bruce looks at every debating point and angle he can think of regarding Confederate statues, the dates of their construction and their removal. Please remember our sponsor Mack Weldon and their great clothes - www.mackweldon.com  Use promo code "history" for 20% off.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 1min

10 Mar 2021

Rank #16

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Walter Jenkins and the 1964 Election

The October Surprise scandal that could have been, but almost brought down LBJ. What it says about history and today.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

32mins

29 Sep 2016

Rank #17

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Infrastructure: The Bad Side and Good Side of Infrastructure - Robert Moses and Other Tales with Greg Young of the Bowery Boys NYC Podcast

Is infrastructure always good? We talk with Greg Young of the Very Popular "Bowery Boys NYC" podcast, about infrastructure. In particular the story of Robert Moses and his career reforming New York's infrastructure. Until he met his match. We also talk about Trump's career in NYC, and whether Mark Zuckerberg is the new Vanderbilt.  Music from Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band in this episode.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

49mins

31 May 2018

Rank #18