We Need to Talk. About the 72nd Congress

The 72nd Congress of 1931 was, as elected, a very narrow Republican House 218 R – 216 D. Close, but for President Hoover, good enough. That is until, 14 Congressmen-elect died. Not all at once – that would be weird – over 13 months, for all kinds of reasons but heart attacks and pneumonias leading…

Inflation vs. Space

When President Kennedy inspired the nation to put a man on the Moon, he did so at a time when the inflation rate was 1.1%. the word “inflation” was not on the mind of most Americans, and previous spats had been short or during wars. Most importantly, after a Soviet space walk, the US needed…

Drinking with FDR

From his bamboo shaker to his views on prohibition, all about Franklin Roosevelt and drinking. Suffice it to say with this President, it is not an unimportant part of his Presidency.

The Mystery of the Black Bands on the Goalposts? And Other Stories

We leave a lot out of any episodes and our episode on the Argentine junta in the 1970’s is no exception. One story, now challenged in authenticity, had to be included: During the World Cup Championship game in 1978 the soccer goals were wrapped with black bands. It happened without the dictators knowing what the…