A History of a History – Ken Burns “The Civil War”

In 1990, a significant TV event happened as PBS stole ratings from major networks. The event was a ground-breaking documentary of what is possibly the most important event in American history, one that cut through the Gone-with-the-Wind and glorified type images that had been in movies up to that date. Still the documentary used new…

Like the Visions of a Fever: America in Pre-War 1941

A look at pre-war America, 1941, the passage of Lend-Lease, and the sinking of four ships in the Atlantic. Robin Moor, Greer, Kearny and Ruben James, each inflicting a body blow but not yet producing war. As Americans waited for war in one ocean, war came in another. We are part of Airwave Media Network…

Inflation Gardens and Other Stories

Some economic stats are the concern of governments. Inflation is personal. In a sense, it’s all on us. Inflation has turned Presidents into crusaders. And sometimes turned the American people into the critical actors, volunteers or even “the problem.” We may or may not be there yet, but it’s worth a walk through the inflation…

Smiling Like He Meant It: Vice President Schuyler Colfax

Hero, smiler, progressive-minded politician, crook, orator, storyteller, friend to Lincoln. These are the labels that have been put on this forgotten Vice President of the United States.he bended ear the Lincoln, but a scandal ended his political career. Still he warrants mention. Last week we looked at Thomas Hendricks as part of our summer look at…

George B. McClellan, Jr. Would Like a Word

George B. McClellan Junior, son of the Union general and Mayor of New York City for two turn-of-the century terms is not history’s usual voice, his takes are different. He saw Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson at their most base and political. He became mayor of the nation’s largest city and talked about for its…

The Underrated Patrick Henry

“Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” When Henry said it, he might have been committing treason. Yet the words also made him famous and indicated his superior bravery and patriotism to his country. The trouble is, this phrase is often all he’s remembered for. Those words were spoken before the Revolution, and tend to downplay Henry’s…

Infringe: History of a Word and the Debate Over Guns

What’s in a word? Lots, maybe, when its a key word in the most contentious debate in America. The word “infringe” determines the threshold of how the Constitution should be enforced. But do we understand the word, and if we do, are we applying it correctly in our political debates over guns and politics? In…

What’s Going on Across the Pond w/ Steve Byrne of What Am Politics Podcast

Lockdown drinks, Partygates, Boris, Brexit, Ukraine, Keir Starmer’s wanting and Eurovision: An update on UK, Irish and Northern Ireland politics with Steve Byrne, formerly of What Am Politics Podcast (recently stopped but still with a huge archive –https://podcasts.apple.com/ie/podcast/what-am-politics/id1200345868?mt=2) We talk about where things stand in British politics and Bruce and Steve agree with what’s likely…

Free Speech is Easy, and Hard

Freedom of speech is boundless and yet has boundaries, according to our guest, Lynn Greenky of Syracuse University School of Law. She is the author of ‘When Freedom Speaks’ There are areas where the First Amendment of The U.S. Constitution protects, and areas where it does not. And this is no normal time. Social media,…

Stare Decisis and Spider Man, and Other Stories

We discuss the recent leaked SCOTUS interim decision, we discuss Casey, Roe cases, as well as abortion and anti-abortion politics of the 70s through the 90s. We also answer listener questions on – U.S. Grant and his image, favorite podcasts, which President to go on a bus ride with, why John Kerry lost and George…