Small Money, Big Hope

Back and forth on the significance of small money in politics. Plus – Can Bush pick Rubio? How did James Earl Carter, or JEC as we like to call him…go from peanut farmer to President.

LBJ and The Creation of Medicare 50 Years Ago

50 years ago, Medicare was created and some of it was recorded.  We’ll look at the original conversations that demonstrate LBJ’s work on the bill, and compare the enactment of Medicare to the Affordable Care Act.   And we’ll contrast the two bill’s passages and implementation, effect and popularity. Based on a previous cast called…

Wave Your Grand Army of the Republic Banner High?

History can help a bit with the issue around the Confederate flag (truly the Battle Flag), though it can’t solve everything.  In this cast part repeat and current commentary we reexamine some questions.  Were confederates traitors, thus the flag a flag of illegality?  What flag would have flown over Charleston when the Civil War began?…

The Slaughter Could Not Be Ignored

Rerun from 2013, but obviously seems very relevant now.  A look at this attempt at a fix it amendment to get over a reluctant President, which didn’t work but has impacts on today’s politics.

Daniel Shays Is Still With Us

What is the proper federal and state relationship?  Is there a right of rebellion?  How should protests be handled in a democracy on both sides?  Who should own what weapons?  How do we treat our veterans?  These are among the questions where    Shays Rebellion of 1786-7 helps clarify, or at least adds depth.   Along the…

Common Sense

A look at one of America’s earliest blockbusters, the little book that changed American minds Common Sense, its author Thomas Paine, the impact it had at the time and what it might mean today. We also examine the creative differences Paine had with his printers, and how much it might have cost to advertise for…

The Silent "Ulster Vote"

Is the cultural influence of the Scots-Irish, one of America’s oldest immigrant groups, on the ballot in 2012? Partially, perhaps. We discuss this sometimes misunderstood nationality that is essential to understanding American history, a group that I suggest may be essential to understanding today’s politics.

Historic (2008)

This election is clearly historic. In this podcast we talk of course about the most obvious way: the first African American President. And how that achievement might have happened a long time ago but not for a turning point in history. But we also talk about the myriad ways this election is historic: the major…