The 1890’s Part III: No, Not That Winston Churchill

A look at the cultural 1890’s decade. Science fiction, A new form of voiced patriotism, Exploding growth in cities. And an American Winston Churchill (not the future prime minister). Horatio Alger and some unknown authors, including George Abe and an American Winston Churchill are all the reading rage. It is a country with issues when…

The 1890’s Part II: Tin Man

In this second look at the decade of the 1890’s. Economic disaster and marching citizens. Pitchfork and tin making rebellion. Competing metals and ideas. An election only makes clearer the divisions in socie In this second look at the decade of the 1890’s. Economic disaster and marching citizens. Pitchfork prairie populists and industrial workers revolt…..

The 1890’s – Part I: Mauve Decade

A look at the 1890’s, a decade where America developed in many ways. This is part of a FOUR PART series of podcasts on My History Can Beat Up Your Politics. X-rays, flying machines, oyster pirates and basketball. Also strikes, war, populism and long-forgotten literature. How did things get modern in America? The popularity of…

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…

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…

Friendly Skies? – The Story of Airline Deregulation

A Democratic President and a liberal Senator push a free-market reform in the late 1970s that affects us all today. We look at the story of the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978. Among the topics – legroom politics, cold fried chicken, consumer rights, cargo politics, Carter’s legislative ability or lack of it, champagne denial, mistreated…