Terrible Tuesday 1987 (The Ark of Commerce, Part 6b)

For Wall Street Insiders, Black Monday was not the worst day. The next day, Terrible Tuesday was an agonizing test of the financial system. As part of our series on the commercial history of the United States, we examine the events of Tuesday the 20th. And we look at the history of insurance in America,…

We Are Part of Airwave Media Podcast Network

LOS ANGELES, Cali – Airwave Media, the award-winning production company behind the popular podcast Kickass News announced plans to form a brand new podcast network called Airwave. Airwave will officially launch this May 24, and it will be a curated collection of shows featuring some of the leading storytellers and thought leaders in audio entertainment….

Black Monday 1987 and The Shock of Risk (Ark of Commerce, Part 6a)

Worried hands gripping phones. Black screens with green digits, going downward. Faces pressed against fancy brokerage office glass. Busy signals. The history of Black Monday 1987 crash and the history of what came before it, from stock commodities and even butter and eggs. This is the first of what will be a two-parter on commerce,…

1995: A Story of Politics On The Information Superhighway

Stealth ads. Secret advice. Kids in uniforms. Soft money and hard choices in the information age.  As we discuss in this cast, a Presidential election was almost completely settled a year before it happened.  Some knew an election was going on and some didn’t.  In a time when money was soft and people said things…

Young Dick Cheney

We know the globe-running, terror-fighting, meeting master Vice President Cheney, but did you know his parents were hardcore Democrats?  or that he thought his father turned into a bird (albeit at a pretty young age), or that he was first refused a job when he came to DC?   As we discuss with Tim Pearson, author…

Vaccines Then and Now

A history of vaccines and the politics of vaccines. Vaccine history, acceptance and denial.  The leap of faith required for vaccines in past times. Vaccines and The Revolutionary War. The man who saved Boston and never got credit.   Law and the citizen when it comes to medicine.   FDR’s polio – if it was polio –…

Golden Beauty Boss: Madame Sara Spencer Washington w/ Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks

With Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks, author of Golden Beauty Boss we talk about Madame Sara Spencer Washington, an African American woman whose beauty empire made her a millionaire in the 1920’s Washington was a cosmetic entrepreneur whose company turned her into one of of America’s first black millionaires. She was founder and president of Apex Enterprises consisting…

This is William Rufus King w/ Thomas Balcerski – The Forgotten VP, His Role in The Compromise of 1850, His Relationship with James Buchanan and More

The 13th Vice President of the United States remains obscure. Where King’s name does come up, it’s often with the wrong picture. Or he’s confused with Rufus King.  According to our guest, Thomas Balcerski, Associate Professor of History at Eastern Connecticut State University, he should be in the discussion with Clay and Calhoun and Webster…