News Stories From 1921 That Matter Today – with Jon Blackwell

Jon Blackwell, Wall Street Journal Production Editor and news of the past maven [follow him on Twitter at @100YearsAgoNews] comes on the program to discuss some significant news stories of one hundred years ago. Auctioning people for paid jobs, Resisting smoking and liquor bans, Actors in trouble, Fistfight in Congress, Prosperity around the corner and…

The Anti-Masonic Party and Conspiracy Theory Politics Old & New

We look at the Anti-Masonic Party of the 1820s and 1830s from backwater movement to national stage and its lasting influence on one of the two major parties today, and on political conventions. Was it truly a conspiracy theory-based movement? What can it say about today’s politics. And a candidate who didn’t want to run…

Grover Cleveland Cake, and Other Stories

Of the many things Grover Cleveland is remembered for, his still extant wedding cake stands out for the few visitors to his birthplace home in Caldwell, N.J. He’s not a President much remembered though podcasts have revived knowledge about him a bit. We discuss Cleveland, his legacy, and a great fight of the 1880’s that determined executive…

Andrew Carnegie Questions

Andrew Carnegie went from a bobbin-boy child worker to becoming the richest man in America. He also inspired generations of philanthropists, and his money is still at work today educating minds, funding books and pushing for world peace. But his story raises questions. His attitude towards unions was friendlier than most business people of his…

Snack, Dessert, Dinner, Supper: The Paris Peace Accords

Nixon’s first bombing campaigns had the names of mealtimes which seem to also correspond with the years of his first term: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972. In this episode we look at Nixon, Kissinger and the Paris Peace Accords that ended the Vietnam War. In addition to providing some additional context for the Saigon 1975 situation so much…

Mike Duncan on The Marquis de Lafayette and His Two Worlds

With podcast host of Revolutions and History of Rome Mike Duncan, we talk about the Marquis de Lafayette. He left an aristocratic life in France to fight in the American Revolution, and did so with bravery and zeal. He remains the central figure of American-French cooperation. Mike talks about Lafayette’s role not just in American…

Charles Dawes: The Anti-Filibustering Musician Vice President

Opponent of the filibuster and sometimes a royal pain for the President he served under, Dawes is probably one of the most accomplished Vice Presidents of the United States. In his life time he would win a Nobel Peace Prize, posthumously he would win a Grammy. Friend to both William McKinley and William Jennings Bryan,…