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Since 2006, bringing historical context to the politics of today. TV pundits discuss politics in a vacuum. Cable news tells you everything is 'breaking news' but in most cases, events have long roots in history. In this podcast, we smash and bash the politics of today with a healthy dose of history

Bruce Carlson


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    A Sense of Humor as a Weapon - Vice President Thomas Marshall

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2023 33:58


    We look at Woodrow Wilson's Vice President Thomas Riley Marshall and his unique wit and approach to government. Some felt he should have become President given Wilson's condition. Outward indications are, he didn't want the place. The Hoosier lawyer turned national player's story, and about the relationship between VP and POTUS in the past compared to now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    "Wrong Forever on the Throne!" - William Jennings Bryan and the Democratic Party in His Later Years

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2023 55:17


    The Democratic Party had a problem in the nineteen teens and twenties. What to do with a candidate that could stir up crowds but not enough electoral votes? Though pleased to nominate him in 1896 and introduce a new kind of politics to their party, some Democrats grew tired of William Jennings Bryan especially in his later years as his fundamentalism turned to alcohol, evolution and an arguable Southern favoritism.   Also a brief look at his daughter, Ruth Bryan Owen Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Speaker Election of 1855, 20th Amendment and a Show Update

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2023 51:45


    We talk a bit about Nathaniel Banks, the Speaker of The House of Representatives that (still) took the most ballots to be elected. Kevin McCarthy joins the ranks of Speakers that needed multiple ballots - we discuss the implications. A brief look at Frederick Gillett, the last Speaker to even need two ballots in 1923, and then a look at why Congress starts on January 3rd.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    We Need to Talk. About the 72nd Congress.

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2022 44:54


    The 72nd Congress of 1931 was, as elected, a very narrow Republican House 218 R - 217 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 the list. When special elections were held, it went 218 D and 216 R. 1 Farm Laborer supported the Democrats so 219-216. We talk about this curious case. We also talk about the 14 Congressmen-elect who had some interesting biographies. And we talk Herbert Hoover and the spin he (tried to) put on The Great Depression. We are part of Airwave Media Podcast Network. www.airwavemedia.com Advertise? sales@advertisecast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Valley Forge Myth and Reality - Interview with Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, Authors of Valley Forge

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2022 60:54


    Valley Forge Myth and Reality - Interview with Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, Authors of Valley Forge Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Inflation vs. Space: How The Cost of Things Limited the Space Program

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2022 47:17


    When President Kennedy inspired the nation to put a man on the Moon, he did so at a time when the word "inflation" was not on the mind of most Americans. Why should it have been, the rate was a paltry 1.1%. And we needed to beat the Soviets to the Moon. Once we did, and as the cost of goods, materials and rocket fuel rose over time, The United State's space dreams were limited. Inflation didn't kill space, but it sure changed what the goals of going to space became. We look at the trends of inflation and space exploration on this episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Leap to Freedom: Hans Konrad Schumann's Story

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2022 56:19


    One three-second period changed the life of an East German soldier. Stories of freedom and oppression feature heavily on this hodge-podcast episode, the Berlin Wall, the Uruguay dictatorship of the 70's and 80's, a bit about Grover Cleveland and a bit about Charles III. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Drinking With FDR

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2022 22:10


    From his bamboo shaker to his views on prohibition, all about Franklin Roosevelt and drinking. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Mystery of the Black Bands on the Goalposts

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2022 48:03


    A few 'leftover' stories from the previous episode on the World Cup in Argentina, 1978 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Soccer and Repression: The 1978 World Cup in Argentina

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2022 50:09


    As the world attention focuses on a soccer game, behind the surface is a disturbingly hidden suppression of a previously strong democracy.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Close Encounters of the Congress Kind: Times When the House Membership was Close Between the Parties

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 51:21


    The average difference between the two major parties in the House of Representatives at any time in American history is sixty. That being said, there are a few times where one, two or nine seats separated the two major parties in Congress. Sometimes it was Democrats and Republicans. Sometimes it was Whigs and Democrats. You want to be speaker, you scramble. You make a deal with a Socialist, or a Know-Nothing. You find a guy who nobody hates and make him Speaker, hoping that person will listen to. Or you hold out for as long as you can ballot after ballot until people get tired. The record is the 65th Congress in 1917, where one seat separated the two. With a close house arriving in 2023, We look at American history for these times. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Youth Vote: John Lennon's Dream, Nixon's Nightmare

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 43:08


    A discussion of the 26th Amendment, the story behind it. John Lennon and his attempt to mobilize youth voting, and how Nixon countered it. And a look at the 18-29 year-old vote in recent elections including the recent midterm. Parts from 2013 and parts recorded this year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    You Can't Always Get What You Want? The 2022 Midterm Result, and Listener Questions

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2022 66:00


    Call 2022 the Mick Jagger midterm - neither party got fully what they wanted. Both parties experienced win and losses. It is, so far, largely a "stave midterm" where the President's party lost less seats than expected - we've discussed a few of these on this podcast, and thus for the party expected to have lost seats a kind of win. Yet in this case as opposed to other 'stave' midterms, the President's Party looks like they will lose the house. So when is a win a win and a loss a loss? Is this like the 1970, 1990 or 1994 or 1974 elections? We discuss all this and talk about a midterm in the past. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Once Upon a Time in Westminster

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2022 65:09


     a story of 1970's British politics. A change in country is behind every corner of the smoking room, every staircase, and every pint of ale. On benches red and green, members make moves. A pipe-smoker, a yacht champion, a grocer's daughter a former (maybe current?) spy. We are part of Airwave Media Podcast Network To advertise: sales@advertisecast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Introducing: They Did That

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2022 9:15


    Who built the modern world? The answer to that question might surprise you. (Or maybe not...) There's a long list of global innovators and trailblazers who've been erased from history books because of who they were; women, people of color LBGTQ and more. Each week They Did That tells one of these people's stories and how their life's work has changed our lives for the better. Hosted by Takara Small. A Somethin' Else & Sony Music Entertainment production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Lonely Midterm, 1970

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2022 45:11


    Nixon's first presidential midterm election (the election in which the House and Senate would be up for election) would turn out to be his last, but no one knew it at the time. Nixon tried something Presidents hadn't tried and took off in Air Force One to boost GOP candidates and attack hippie "thugs" across the country. He hoped to reverse the midterm trend. He did not, and he blamed bad audio and unhelpful political science. He may have done better than he thought. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    George Washington's English Ancestors, Coolidge's Electric Horse and Other Stories

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 33:37


    A hodge-podcast of bits of things. A bit about the Washington family, and ancestors he didn't know that he had. And some follow ups from other casts. About that 'Electric Horse' that Coolidge used for exercise. And Lincoln deals with fake news like a pro. We are part of Airwave Media Network Interested in Advertising? sales@advertisecast.net Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Nineteen Seventies Ephemera

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 79:51


    PROGRAM ONE: Ford's Bad Day - Dylan's Troll - Howard Cosell's Politics PROGRAM TWO: Skylab's Fall Nixon Shako Warriors - One Hit Wonder PROGRAM THREE: High School Riot - Global Cooling and Warming PROGRAM FOUR: Austin Gets Weird We are part of Airwave Media Network Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Midterms: They Don't Always Work Out Badly for Presidents (But Mostly They Do)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 84:12


    In the past 100 years, over 80% of the first term midterms went badly for Presidents, and their party lost seats.  But in a few cases they did not. And a few times when they did, the result was very little real change or even a kind of win. A look at first term midterms during the Presidencies of Chester Arthur, Harding, FDR, GW Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.  A combo of new and previously recorded MHCBUYP episodes reveals that while many first term midterms have devastated the President's plans, Presidents don't always do badly, there are 'stave' elections where Presidents have lost so little it's almost a win.  And sometimes, a defeat has positive effects.   Music by Josh Woodward and Lee Rosevere in this episode. Find them on the Free Music Archive website Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Whiskey, Ice and Federal-State Powers

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2022 52:39


    The American system is one of divided and concurrent power. Where state starts and federal ends has not always been easy to clarify. A heat wave and a rebellion are among the many incidents that filled in the gaps. Most importantly, The Whiskey Rebellion went a long way to define federal and state powers. The actions taken by President Washington to enforce Federal tax authority, his behavior in regards to contentions of the Pennsylvania governor asserting state power, as well as the large size of the operation, all set important standards that help to define politics today.   We are part of Airwave Media Podcast Network  Advertise on this podcast: sales@advertisecast.com  Support us on Patrion - patreon.com/mhcbuyp Make a one=time donation - https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=KCK98X972XWWU Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Force that Could Not Be Stopped

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 44:50


    The way Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. approached civil rights was not passive - it was in your face, give no "Fs" style as might be said today. He made some enemies but also got a lot done. In telling the story of Congress's seating powers we tell two stories. One of Emerson Etheridge, the Clerk of the House who during the Civil War attempted to use his powers to take over the House for him and his more conservative Unionist party and to steer policy away from Lincoln administration policy. It almost worked, was it not for a timely tip-off and quick thinking from Lincoln himself. Also the story of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. African-American Congressman whose flamboyant style as well as lingering scandals saw him not seated for Congress - until he took his case to the Supreme Court. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    And to the Republic: Thoughts about Everything Going on in Politics

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2022 75:58


    A trip to DC inspires me. I try to talk about just about everything going on in this episode from midterms to J6 to Mara Lago to the Republic as it stands, to third parties in US politics, to former Presidents running to a town name in New York that I butchered. And in case we think things are crazy today, we look a bit at how a poet and a writer viewed Washington in 1963 and 1964. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Now That's The Right Way to Lose an Election

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 30:16


    Samuel Tilden is visited by throngs of supporters who want him to proclaim from his balcony that he is President. His answer takes place in a closed meeting, but we are privy to the moment thanks to a political reporter's account. 1876 is the key historical example of an election in American history so bitterly contested, with wrong committed on both sides: Democrats intimidated voters, Republicans responded by ignoring vote returns and merely claiming they won the states. It might have meant a return to rifles, at least in some areas of the country. It definitely was getting hot in D.C. William C. Hudson was able to witness the actions of that candidate when urged by partisans to start an extra-constitutional movement. Also a meeting between Grover Cleveland and Theodore Roosevelt witnessed by the same reporter. It finds T.R. not so happy with the result. From political reporter of the 19th century William C Hudson comes too stories with resonant power today. We are part of Airwave Media Network Want to advertise? sales@advertisecast.com OUR SPONSOR IS SHORTFORM - To get a 5 days of unlimited access and an additional 20% discount on the annual subscription, join Shortform through my special link, shortform.com/myhistory or click the link in the description. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Benevolent Policeman? The History of Congressional Committees

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 102:23


    Harry S. Truman thought a congressional committee ideally should be like a 'benevolent policeman' Not changing the facts but investigating them. He should know as he headed up one. Yet he was also critical of committees during his time that he felt did not meet the criteria. Since an investigation of a U.S. army defeat by a Native American tribe in the 1790's, to a look at an attack on the Capitol today, there is a voluminous history of Congressional committees. That makes even this hour and one half plus episode an incomplete history. We take a look at some of the committees, including HUAC the House Un-American Activities Committee, not only in the 1940's but it in it's earlies form under Martin Dies in the 1930, we take a look at Kefauver's crime commission that became a TV sensation and a Civil War era committee that is viewed by historians to have hurt the Union effort in that war. We are part of Airwave Media Network. OUR SPONSOR IS SHORTFORM - To get a 5 days of unlimited access and an additional 20% discount on the annual subscription, join Shortform through my special link, shortform.com/myhistory or click the link in the description. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    "We Gotta Go and Never Stop Going!" The Modern American Year of 1948

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 40:29


    The Elvis before Elvis. Making stores out of jukebox technology. World human rights. What a concept? From sending simian astronauts (read monkeys) into space, to the writing of Jack Kerouac - his roadtrip to Cassidy which will beget On the Road begins this year. And of course, there's Truman's election surprise.. We scour the My History Can Beat Up Your Politics archives to look at post war America in the year 1948. Knowing the atmosphere around 1948 in culture and in economics can shed light on Truman's surprise win. We are part of Airwave Media Network Want to advertise - sales@advertisecast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Smiling Like He Meant It: Vice President Schuyler Colfax

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 55:26


    Last week we looked at Thomas Hendricks as part of our summer look at Vice Presidents. Today we look at his Indiana political opposite, Schuyler Colfax, GOP Vice President under Grant for his first term and [notably] not for Grant's second. Hero, smiler, progressive-minded politician, crook, orator, storyteller, friend to Lincoln. These are the labels that have been put on this forgotten Vice President of the United States. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Martyr or Villain?: Thomas A. Hendricks

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 56:29


    As part of our summer series on obscure Vice Presidents, About Grover Cleveland's first vice President, Thomas A. Hendricks. The Indiana Democratic partisan, stumper, soft money ticket balancer and sometimes issue-straddler is the only Vice President who didn't become President who had his image on the currency.   His views were moderate at his time and disturbing in modern times. He opposed the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments but also opposed the Confederacy in the Civil War. And he was the highest American official to speak for independence for Ireland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    My History Can Beat Up Your Politics on C-SPAN - July 30th, 9:15AM - also midterms and inflation.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 6:43


    We will be on C-SPAN - check out Bruce Carlson live on C-SPAN on Saturday, July 30th at 9:15 AM. Bruce Carlson will be interviewed about his podcast and of course history and politics. Thanks to CSPAN for featuring us. We talk a bit on this quick update episode about midterms and inflation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Wills On Duty: The Story of Watergate Security Guard Frank Wills

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2022 30:47


    We are a month beyond of the 50th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, but it does seem appropriate to note an obscure player in the story. Frank Wills discovered a door had been deliberately held unlocked in the basement of The Watergate Office Complex. The rest became history. But for Wills it was bittersweet. His intersection with history also became a story of race and the choppy waters of a "proto-reality TV" 1970's America. We also tell the story of an intern in the wrong place at the wrong time, though it was perhaps the right time who played a completely accidental role in thwarting a burglary. We are part of Airwave Media Network www.airwavemedia.com Interesting in advertising? sales@airwavemedia.com Music by Lee Rosevere - he's on bandcamp - https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A History of Student Loans and Higher Ed Financing in the U.S.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2022 92:47


    College costs have been an issue since the founding of the Republic, as we discuss in this issue, And equally, the desire to provide education to young minds has been strong. What's different about the era we live in is that college is closely associated with debt. Debt that cannot be removed by bankruptcy, and debt that is now considered a national problem. We look at student loans, their history, and on the way a bit of a history of American education. How Harvard isn't Harvard, in a manner of speaking. How Jefferson and Wilson got seriously involved in dorms. How Nixon created a monster, though we can say on purpose. How even education for GIs has been controversial, and how Senator Joe Biden played a role in the problem that President Joe Biden seeks to solve (or ameliorate). Thankful to Brian Stolk and Chris Novembrino who made contributions to research for this episode. We are part of Airwave Media Podcast Network www.airwavemedia.com Interested in advertising - sales@advertisecast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A Midterm Election About Nothing, and Other Stories

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2022 35:32


    Not all midterms are bad for the President's party. It's just that, most of the midterms in history go against the party in The White House.. We'll discuss 1990's "Seinfeld Midterm," (the midterm about nothing, 1978 Carter first "not that bad" midterm, and others. We'll look at these and others where the party in the White House lost a lot less than the 31 seat average loss in the House, or gained seats and had a similar positive or not so bad result in the Senate. 1990, that gave Democratic Giants Cuomo (father) and Bradley a big scare, but also scared GOP's Newt Gingrich. 1978, Carter's first midterm which was not a gain nor a loss for Democrats and left Carter without a black eye he was expecting, and left control unchanged. A Democrat in Iowa loses his seat, while Al Gore enters Congress in Tennessee. Calvin Coolidge's 1926 loss of nine House seats which he interpreted as a victory (and why he wrote off the loss of six Senate seats). Nixon's 1970 midterm that was well less than the historic 31 seat loss in the house, with an extra plus that the GOP gained 2 seats in the Senate, and why he was still grumpy. The rare birds where the President Party gains seats in the House. It's happened 3 times from Wilson to Trump - 1934, 1998 and 2002. But hasn't happened in 20 years. We are part of Airwave Media Network www.airwavemedia.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    George B. McClellan Junior Would Like a Word

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 49:56


    George B. McClellan Junior, son of the Union general and Mayor of New York City for two turn-of-the century terms is not history's usual voice, his takes are different. He saw Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson at their most base and political. He became mayor of the nation's largest city and talked about for its highest office, only to earn the displeasure of his sponsors for acting independently (and probably, prudently). He thinks at least one story about Lincoln was overplayed, he was against the United State's entry into World War I. Let's speak to McClellan Jr [ by reviewing his memoirs! ]. About turn of the century politics, political machines, being New York City major and son of famous Civil War General and Democratic candidate for President. . He also speaks to race relations in Congress in the 1890's, being a Northern Congressman in a Southern-dominated party, what it's like to fight the 'tiger' of Tammany Hall and other things. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Presenting: History Is Us

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 4:18


    Pleased to introduce History is US. It is a 6-part documentary podcast from C13Originals Studios and Jon Meacham, the team behind the 2021 Webby Award-Winning Best Podcast Series It Was Said.  Written and narrated by Dr. Eddie Glaude, award-winning author and professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, History is US journeys back to face the truths about race at the heart of the American story. From the aftermath of the Civil War to the mid-twentieth century struggle for freedom to the election of Barack Obama to the current day racial reckoning, History is US asks questions about who we are as a nation, what race might reveal about our current crisis and where we go from here.  Through the voices of distinguished historians and scholars, this limited series gives listeners the background and education to understand how we got here … and how we can all use history to clarify the choices before us. As you enjoy this preview, please be sure to search for … History is US … available now for free wherever you listen to your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Nixon Versus Plywood, and Other Presidential Inflation Stories

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 29:26


    Stories of Presidential inflation fighting and fund-raising that seem to have a similar ring to today's events, in this episode. Nixon's plans to cut housing costs by reducing prices on the key element of housing inspires timber companies but riles environmentalist. Johnson uses his air fleet to shuttle the right people around to get the price of electrical wiring down. Eisenhower, Reagan, Hoover and Clinton raise the gas tax. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Introducing: History Daily Podcast (Story of D.B. Cooper / The Treaty of Ghent Ending the War of 1812)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2022 39:34


    Pleased to introduce History Daily podcast and feature two episodes. One on D.B. Cooper, the mysterious 1970's hijacker. And the second on the resolution of The War of 1812. Find out more about History Daily at https://www.noiser.com/history-daily: On History Daily, we do history, daily. Every weekday, host Lindsay Graham (American Scandal, American History Tellers) takes you back in time to explore a momentous event that happened ‘on this day' in history. Whether it's to remember the tragedy of December 7th, 1941, the day “that will live in infamy,” or to celebrate that 20th day in July, 1969, when mankind reached the moon, History Daily is there to tell you the true stories of the people and events that shaped our world—one day at a time. So if you're stuck in traffic, bored at work—wherever you are, listen to History Daily to remind yourself that something incredible happened to make that day historic. A co-production from award-winning podcasters Airship and Noiser. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Underrated Patrick Henry

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 50:07


    Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!  When Henry said it, he might have been committing treason. Yet the words also made him famous and indicated his superior bravery and patriotism to his country. The trouble is, that's often all he's remembered for. But without Henry the Revolution may not have succeeded and the Constitution may not look like it does. We get into why. From a 2017 interview - a bit about Patrick Henry and his times. Why the forgotten American "founder," one who was often too busy in his home state of Virginia to get nationally famous can provide us with American Revolutionary war stories and government founding narratives more interesting than just the Franklin, Jefferson and Washington stories we are accustomed to. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Lincoln Over Easy - A Look at a President's Image

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2022 36:02


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    So, There Was No Smoke-Filled Room After All? And Other Presidential Election Stories.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 21:47


    It's the classic story of the 1920 election, but it's probably not true, not in the way it's told at least - that Warren Harding was chosen in a smoke-filled room. Sure, there was probably smoking in a Chicago hotel room in 1920, Sure, there was some Presidential -picking chatter going on. But the story of a single, smoke-filled room that picked a President appears to be more of a legend. Not only that it may be a legend on purpose, or as we now say, fake news. And that may be on purpose, as it originated from a tall tale told to a reporter to make a candidate look good. This and how another fake news story was created to bring down Martin Van Buren's Presidency and other stories of politics, leftovers from a 2020 cast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Infringe: The History of a Word and The Gun Debate

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 52:28


    What's in a word? Lots, maybe, when its a key word in the most contentious debate in America. The word "infringe" determines the threshold of how the Constitution should be enforced. But do we understand the word, and if we do, are we applying it correctly in our political debates over guns and politics? In this cast we look at how framers like Washington, Madison, Hamilton and Jefferson used the word, and how it's applied in DC v. Heller and US v. Miller. We contrast infringe to its Constitutional cousin abridge, and we look at what the NRA asserts about the 2nd amendment's words, including the word infringe. We also look at the current New York carry law Supreme Court case and where the Court is likely to go, and look at guns and politics in general. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    What's Going on Across the Pond w/ Steve Byrne of What Am Politics Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 62:23


    Lockdown drinks, Partygates, Boris, Brexit, Ukraine, Keir Starmer's wanting and Eurovision: An update on UK, Irish and Northern Ireland politics with Steve Byrne, formerly of What Am Politics Podcast (recently stopped but still with a huge archive). We talk about where things stand in British politics and Bruce and Steve agree with what's likely to happen with Boris. Steve has a favorite if something happens to Keir Starmer. Also Steve complements UK and Bruce Norway in their respective Eurovision teams, while both accept Ukraine's deserved win. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Zinger That Saved America: Daniel Webster's Reply to Hayne

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 56:56


    The Union threatened by legislative fiat, a Senator rose to reply to another. For Daniel Webster, it was a real comeback, What we might call a "zinger" today. "Not Liberty First and Union Afterwards! ...but Liberty and Union now and Forever One and Inseparable," Though since it was a 19th century zinger, it took 4 hours to deliver the line. Still it would become some of the most famous oratory in Senate history. When South Carolina's Senator Robert Hayne spoke in the Senate in 1830 to criticize Massachusetts and its Senator Daniel Webster, his comments were governmental but his intentions were personal. Haynes was an ally of John Calhoun, and he sought to reduce that Senator's reputation and the New England influence in federal government with a stunning interpretation of how the Constitution should work. A state could interpret any law the way it wished, he argued. . And although several friends told him not to, Haynes aimed his remarks purposefully at the Senate's best Speaker. Then Webster replied, He defended the patriotism of his home state, attacked the logical points Hayne and made about a state's right to veto a federal law, and called for the Union to be cherished. Although he and Andrew Jackson were not allies, Daniel Webster's speech set the stage for the Jackson administration's position in the upcoming South Carolina tariff nullification crisis. His speech, and the resulting consensus of agreement in Congress with his side, also set standards for federal and state roles in government, and that still has lots of relevance today. We are part of Airwave Media Podcast Network Advertise on this podcast: sales@advertisecast.com Support us on Patreon - patreon.com/mhcbuyp Make a one=time donation - https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=KCK98X972XWWU Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Free Speech is Easy, and Hard w/ Lynn Greenky of Syracuse University School of Law

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2022 51:57


    Freedom of speech is boundless and yet has boundaries, according to our guest, Lynn Greenky of Syracuse University School of Law. She is the author of 'When Freedom Speaks' There are areas where the First Amendment of The U.S. Constitution protects, and areas where it does not. And this is no normal time. Social media, hate speech, violence in speech, lawsuits against media have all seemed to become more prominent in news. We discuss. Lynn Greenky's book WHEN FREEDOM SPEAKS can be found at:https://lynngreenky.com/books/when-freedom-speaks/ We are part of Airwave Media Network To advertise on the program, sales@advertisecast.com Our sponsor for this program is Athletic Greens. Got to www.athleticgreens.com/myhist for a special offer on their "nutritional insurance" AG1, a powder you drink every day to cover 75 vitamins, minerals, adaptagens and probiotics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Nine Kings, One Room: Introducing the Everything Everywhere Daily Podcast

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 12:14


    Something happened in May 29th 1910. It had never happened before. And it has never (so far) happened again. To explain, we turn things over to Airwave Media network podcast Everything Everywhere Daily. Highly recommend subscribing to this podcast if you want to learn interesting facts about a new topic every day. Check out Everything Everywhere Daily's casts on solar power, the history of Friday the 13th (it will surprise you) and other topics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Stare Decisis and Spider Man, and Other Stories

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 115:05


    We discuss the recent leaked SCOTUS interim decision, we discuss Casey, Roe cases, as well as abortion and anti-abortion politics of the 70s through the 90s. We also answer listener questions on - U.S. Grant and his image, favorite podcasts, which President to go on a bus ride with, why John Kerry lost and George W. Bush won in '04, Clinton impeachment, historical novels, First Past the Post voting systems, and conspiracy theories, oh and the signs of the end of the republic, all from MHCBUYP listeners. We are part of Airwave Media Network. Want to advertise - sales@advertisecast.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    History of a History: Ken Burn's "The Civil War"

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 36:55


    As Ken Burns moves on to Ben Franklin and Ernest Hemmingway, Vietnam and other topics. it's worthwhile to note how much of our history and historical sense on things, comes from his programs. As old VHS tapes fade, we look at the series that gave so many modern Americans their 'vision' of the Civil War. We take a look at his groundbreaking series, its impact, and how it looks amid today's controversies. In the process, Bruce sees commonality in Burns's approach and his own podcast. This was originally a premium or Patreon episode, now available to all listeners. Unlock content that is only available to Patreon supporters: Support the Podcast on Patreon: www.patreon.com/mhcbuyp Email sales@advertisecast.com to enquire about advertising on the podcast. Our advertiser is Athletic Greens and their product AG1 - nutritional insurance for you, just take a scoop of AG1 in a glass of cold water each day. Athletic Greensis going to give you a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. All you have to do is visit http://www.athleticgreens.com/MYHIST Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Like the Visions of a Fever: America in Pre-War 1941

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 80:08


    A look at pre-war America, 1941, the passage of Lend-Lease, and the sinking of four ships in the Atlantic. Robin Moor, Greer, Kearny and Ruben James, each inflicting a body blow but not yet producing war. As Americans waited for war in one ocean, it came in another. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Politics and Margarine

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 41:37


    When America's politicians were scared of a edible spread. When James Blaine and Roscoe Conkling first squared off, setting in motion a political rivalry for the ages. And ranking the Secretaries of State. When South Carolina's Senator Robert Hayne spoke in the Senate in 1830 to criticize Massachusetts and its Senator Daniel Webster, that senator replied, in a four-hour speech that defended the patriotism of his home state, attacked the logical points Hayne and made about a state's right to veto a federal law, and called for the Union to be cherished. Daniel Webster's speech set the stage for the administration's position in the tariff nullification crisis. It also set standards for federal and state roles in government, and that still has lots of relevance today. We are part of Airwave Media Podcast Network Advertise on this podcast: sales@advertisecast.com Support us on Patrion - patreon.com/mhcbuyp Make a one=time donation - https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=KCK98X972XWWU Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    In The Arena - Adlai Stevenson and Other Losing Candidates w/ Peter Shea

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 44:05


    We talk about Adlai Stevenson, a candidate with a critical flaw and operating in a tough political environment, and the other people who have sought the Presidency but lost. Our guest is Peter Shea, author of In The Arena, His book looks not only at candidates, but at the memorials that have been made to honor them. Presidents get most of the statues, but there are some for the Presidential also-rans, such as the Stevenson statue in an Illinois airport. Trope Publishing [at www.trope.com] is the publisher of Shea's book they publish large print books with beautiful photographs. We are part of Airwave Media Network www.airwavemedia.com Interesting in advertising? sales@advertisecast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Didn't Mean to Make a Country: First Congress, 1774

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 55:45


    We think about the American Revolution beginning in 1776. Our textbooks tell us that was the signing of the Declaration, thus the beginning, right? Not really. The events of 1774 are very important to understanding. Before we discuss the Congress that assigned Jefferson to write a Declaration and officially broke off relations with Britain, we should study the first congress that Jefferson was unable to get into. We do that in this episode, and look at a few decisions the Congress made and didn't make which determined the history afterwards. We also look at a seemingly minor decision of the 1774 Congress, in rejection a suggestion by Patrick Henry, which would turn out to have huge implications on our politics today. While we are a discussing a meeting that Jefferson was not at, and not yet enough of a name to be asked, perhaps, We do discuss him. Thomas Jefferson does participate, virtually. We also take a look at Jefferson's Summary View of the Rights of British North America, written in this year. -- OUR SPONSOR is EveryPlate.com - Meals Delivered to Your Door for $1.79 a meal. http://www.everyplate.com/beatup179 -- This podcast is part of the Airwave Media Network. - www.airwavemedia.com Interested in advertising on this podcast? Contact sales@advertisecast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Man Who Saved Biden, And Other Stories

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 47:51


    Maybe, just maybe, a quick scheduling decision by an overworked and now obscure VP candidate in the 1970's changed politics in 2022. The current President thinks so. This, and a Reagan Ford ticket? How would that have worked? Lincoln appoints a judge, and other stories.  We are part of Airwave Media Podcast Network Advertise on this podcast: sales@advertisecast.com Support us on Patreon - patreon.com/mhcbuyp Make a one=time donation - https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=KCK98X972XWWU Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Ukraine and History w/ Ben Sawyer of Middle Tennessee State and "The Road to Now Podcast"

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 69:29


    Where and when did Ukraine begin? What role did the Rus, the Cossacks, the post Tsarists and the Soviets play? What is Putin's motive and what his seriously questionable historical justification? Why should we not say ‘The Ukraine?' in discussions. How does nationalism play into world politics, and what place does it have in the future? These are all questions that Ben Sawyer, Professor at Middle Tennessee State University, podcaster and comedian is qualified to answer. Road to Now Podcast is at: https://www.theroadtonow.com/ We are part of Airwave Media Network Interested in Advertising? sales@advertisecast.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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