My History Can Beat Up Your Politics

My History Can Beat Up Your Politics
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

Bruce Talks About Everything, Dem Debates Trump 2020 and Clinton 1996, Supreme Court
Aug 3 • 66 min
Trump Reelection, Democratic Debates and Recent Court decisions discussed on the episode. It’s a bit more lose than the norm, bear with Bruce as he tackles a lot in a short time and provides some sketches of things to come.
The Ark of Commerce Part IV: Make It Stop
Jul 7 • 72 min
In our fourth of a series on American commerce, a look at three instances of when U.S. commerce was stopped, for a variety of reasons. The embargo of 1807 is an important part of the Presidency of Thomas Jefferson, not often examined in detailed compared…
Stop Talking About Momentum: The Race for President 1984
Jun 9 • 75 min
It wasn’t supposed to be a race. Gary Hart, Walter Mondale, Jesse Jackson, John Glenn battle to take on Ronald Reagan in 1984. As do some other candidates. We look at the race that year and mine it for any insights into 2020 and American politics in…
How to Rank The Presidents, with Susan Swain and Brian Lamb of C-SPAN
May 24 • 34 min
With C-SPAN’s Susan Swain and Brain Lamb we talk Theodore Roosevelt and LBJ. And we discuss their book The Presidents, and the unique ranking system they use to assess and order America’s POTUSes. e also talk abut some of the historians who helped them.
Why is There an Electoral College?
May 16 • 40 min
The Battle in 1787, 1969 and Today
Sedition, Presidents and the Press
May 1 • 96 min
From John Adams and the Alien Sedition Act, Lincoln’s rage and FDR’s giggling sidekicks, from JFK’s light warnings to Trump and the press as the people’s enemy, we look at the relationship between President and the Press. Plus we are joined by Chris…
LBJ and The Creation of Medicare - 50 Years Ago
Apr 1 • 35 min
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…
Third Parties: The Moped and the Maserati - Why Third Parties Haven’t Won in American Politics
Mar 20 • 24 min
About 3rd parties, with a focus on John Anderson’s campaign and many others.
The Myth of “The Founding Fathers Said..This or That!”
Mar 19 • 31 min
In this episode we look at the concept of “Founding Fathers.” It’s not a term common to use on this podcast, but it’s not without any meaning either. We look at the early Americans that helped to ‘found’ the nation. One thing is…
Woodrow Wilson Has No Friends: Wilson, His Politics and His Image Today with Patricia O’Toole
Mar 18 • 49 min
Or so it seems these days. Liberals, conservatives, anti-globalists, Fed haters, socialists, libertarians all have a bone to pick with him. how much criticism does he deserve? We speak with Patricia O’Toole, the author of ‘The Moralist - Woodrow Wilson…
You Don’t Know About Franklin Pierce
Feb 28 • 56 min
The 14th President is among the most unknown, as he was when he won in a surprising election. Yet he started with great promise. Youthful, regal in manner and style, with celebrity friends, many thought his Presidency was a renewal for the country.…
Nixon in Full
Feb 20 • 89 min
A look at the life and career of Richard Nixon, from childhood to Presidency, originally aired in 2014 as ‘Get Your Nixon On’ This title feels more descriptive. I don’t know whether time has changed this cast, or if this cast has more meaning now, or…
LBJ ‘s Cell Phone and His Decision to Jump on the Ticket in 1960
Feb 20 • 27 min
In answering a question about JFK’s health and its role in Lyndon Johnson’s decision to accept the Vice Presidency, Bruce takes a look at the people and factors surrounding Johnson’s decision, Kennedy’s motivations, Eisenhower’s indirect role, and the…
Surprising Facts About Accidental Presidents - Interview w Jared Cohen
Feb 12 • 51 min
Surprising facts about the presidencies of John Tyler, JFK, LBJ, Chester Arthur and Millard Fillmore from Jared Cohen, author of Accidental Presidents, Eight Men Who Changed America. From Tyler’s Grandkids, Arthur’s Secret Correspondent and Adviser, and a…
Interview with Sidney Blumenthal - Putting Lincoln in a Political Context, Stephen Douglas, Jefferson Davis, The Whigs and More
Feb 12 • 50 min
We are joined by the author of Wrestling With His Angel: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Vol II, Sidney Blumenthal. In this cast, he talks about Lincoln in the 1850’s, as he emerges as a small-time lawyer to being ‘woke’ by the passage of the Kansas…
28 Minutes
Feb 1 • 11 min
Carter Ford ‘76, and the Presidential debate snafu that lead to an unplanned moment of silence.
Etiquette and Social Media: Where are Our Manners? Social Etiquette from Ben Franklin to Dale Carnegie to Today, w Jessica Weisberg
Feb 1 • 46 min
Jessica Weisberg has traced Ben Franklin’s early advice-writing, read the “Lord Chesterfield” letters that early Americans read to learn how to act, attended Dale Carnegie workshops and spoke with Miss Manners all in a quest to track down why Americans…
Skokie, Neo-Nazis and Free Speech
Jan 16 • 33 min
In the wake of the events of Charlottesville, a look at the Neo Nazi rally in Skokie, IL in 1977 and the resulting Supreme Court Case and the ACLU’s role. In recent days Skokie has been brought up; and a look at the history of events is useful. We look at…
Dueling -The Bad Side and The Secret Good Side to a Tragic American Practice - PLUS a Call to Fill Out the MHCBUYP Survey
Jan 9 • 23 min
The Two Hamiltons, and other Americans lost to the practice of dueling. We explain what dueling is and what dueling is not and explore the issues around a practice that was common, if somewhat illicit in the time of the founding of America.
Elvis Meets Nixon - The Insider Story
Jan 7 • 27 min
It was a strange series of event that lead to the King of Rock and Roll and President Nixon to meet at the White House. A look at a frenetic day at the Nixon White House and the reasons behind the meeting.
The Shays Rebellion and Its Implications
Jan 5 • 76 min
The history behind a rebellion against a state of the new United States, why it happened, its impact on our Constitution, and what it means today. From a 2014 cast, but it’s been a while. Our sponsor is Warby Parker - excellent glasses (wearing them now…
Investigating the Executive Branch: The Trial of Thomas Jefferson, Governor
Jan 2 • 32 min
“Public offices are, what they should be, burdens to those appointed to them which it would be wrong to decline, though foreseen to bring with them intense labor and great private loss.” So wrote a newly elected governor Jefferson to a friend. We take a…
Rules of Political Debate: Godwin’s Law is Not a Law
Jan 2 • 25 min
Godwin’s Law is Not a Law. And yet, it probably should be followed in most cases. (re-do of past episode that contained an error). The surprising history of the rule that one should not discuss Nazis in debates, and the person who is not a scientist nor a…
Searching for Eisenhower: Ike on War, Civil Rights, Big Government and Political Moderation (with William Hitchcock)
Jan 1 • 48 min
We discuss all things Ike with William Hitchcock - author of “The Age of Eisenhower.” We talk about how President Eisenhower was a surprisingly good politician, how he navigated Civil Rights, Social Security and other domestic programs, how he dealt with…
Economy and Jobs: Debunking “The Good Old Days” Argument with Gregg Easterbrook
Jan 1 • 31 min
Was the past better? Were the “Good Old Days” really all they are chalked up to be? Gregg Easterbrook, author of It’s Better Than it Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear, has a bold argument. Things are better now then they have ever been. A…
The Ark of Commerce, Part III: Loco
Dec 29, 2018 • 101 min
A mysterious crash. A strange contraption. A fateful race, an outbreak of violent activity and a crafty watch-seller. A look at the railroad history of America and the changes the railroad brought.
Curtis LeMay, Warrior, Candidate - with Alex Hastie of Ohio v. The World Podcast
Dec 28, 2018 • 69 min
Bruce is interviewed on Ohio v. The World Podcast, which is the creation of MHCBUYP fan Alex Hastie. The subject is Curtis LeMay. Politically we know him as George Wallace’s reluctant running mate in 1968. But there was much more to him, as Bruce and Alex…
The Ark of Commerce, Part II: Two If By Sea
Dec 28, 2018 • 95 min
A unique boat is built to overcome a powerful challenge in interstate water commerce. a revolution is fed by fish. A writer turns commerce into words. A well known Revolutionary figure finds an agreeable industry, while young workers take a stand. A new…
The Ark of Commerce - Part I: Crash Party
Dec 27, 2018 • 92 min
In this look at American commercial history we discuss the Black Thursday Stock market crash, the early career of Thomas Edison, how a popular game evolved from a anticorporate activist, and how Wall Street was once in Philadelphia, so to speak.
The Craziest Speaker of The House Election, Indian Removal Petitions and Other Thoughts
Dec 25, 2018 • 33 min
A few questions, some from an older cast that now bears repeating in the wake of a new speaker election, and others from the premium channel now elevated. Was Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal allowed to happen by a quiet public, or was thee resistance? And…
Saturday Night Nixon: The Firing That Sealed Watergate
Dec 17, 2018 • 28 min
The Saturday Night Massacre was the name given to the triple firing of a special prosecutor investigating President Nixon, the AG and the deputy AG on the same night in 1973. After the firing of the FBI Director by President Trump, all eyes are looking…
Twenty-Fifth Amendment: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the 25th Amendment, But Were Afraid to Ask.
Dec 11, 2018 • 54 min
Chester Arthur’s dilemma. Woodrow Wilson’s secret. Robert Kennedy’s concern. The Framers of the Constitution and the unnerving though of a disabled President. A look at the history of Presidential Succession, from the Constitutional Convention to the…
George H.W. Bush, 03 30 81
Dec 2, 2018 • 28 min
Bruce takes a look at one day in the life and career of President George H.W. Bush - not in his presidency but in his vice-presidency. That day revealed his leadership style and set future precedents, perhaps. March 30, 1981 the day of the attempted…
I Am James Buchanan
Nov 21, 2018 • 79 min
He’s the President that is on the bottom of most lists. But why? And is it fair? What did he think about his place in history? We talk about POTUS 15 and look at the events of the run-up to the American Civil War, and we hear from Buchanan, and get his…
Presidents After Midterms with Matt K. Lewis
Nov 19, 2018 • 34 min
Bruce and Daily Beast/CNN correspondent Matt K. Lewis talk about midterms, and Presidents post midterms. Bruce tells a story about Lincoln that he told 11 years ago. (more information on that story in the premium podcast).
David Priess on the Realities of Impeachment and the History of Presidential Removal
Nov 14, 2018 • 53 min
We are joined today by David Priess, former CIA intelligence officer and author about his new book on the history and the realities of impeachment, what people think it is, and what has really happened in history. He is the author of How To Get Rid of a…
Introducing: The City
Nov 4, 2018 • 5 min
The City tells true stories of how power works in urban America. Season 1 begins in Chicago, 1990. After years of disinvestment, highways are rebuilt, old buildings demolished, and new skyscrapers erected. All that rubble has to go somewhere, and its…
Posse Comitatus and Billy The Kid
Nov 4, 2018 • 36 min
A law that may have given Billy The Kid a few more months of life, long enough to build a legend is still a part of today’s politics. The rich history of the Posse Comitatus law that separated military from law enforcement and forbids, in some cases, the…
Valley Forge Myth and Reality - Interview with Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, Authors of Valley Forge
Oct 21, 2018 • 56 min
Separating truth from lore about what is perhaps the most important moment of American Independence, along with authors Bob Drury and Tom Clavin. A very different Valley Forge emerges than the one in the textbooks. Politics, not the British nor the snow…
Thomas Paine, Common Sense and The American Mind
Oct 16, 2018 • 36 min
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…
About That Court-Packing Idea. SCOTUS Discussion Part II w/ Chris Novembrino
Oct 15, 2018 • 44 min
With some fringe talk about adding members to the court, a look FDR’s court-packing scheme of 1937, why it failed and why it is a cautionary tale of a defeat of a powerful political figure. However, the story also has unique qualities and may not be the…
SCOTUS Discussion Kavanaugh, Abe Fortas, Nixon and LBJ - w Chris Novembrino Part I
Oct 11, 2018 • 45 min
The Kavanaugh nomination and a bit of Supreme Court nomination history. A discussion and at times debate with Chris Novembrino of Don’t Worry About the Government podcast. This one does get a bit opinionated.
Introducing: Legal Wars
Oct 9, 2018 • 3 min
The courtroom can be a battlefield over money, people’s rights, and even their lives. For some cases, the consequences can affect us long after the verdict is read. Based on extensive interviews and court transcripts, Wondery’s new podcast LEGAL WARS puts…
A Deep Dive into The Emancipation Proclamation and The Causes Behind the Civil War - Listener Questions
Oct 7, 2018 • 63 min
What was the true function of the Proclamation and the context surrounding it? How did people react at this time? Was slavery the true cause of the Civil War, and should North and South fit into liberal and conservative boxes. Could Congress pick the…
Healthcare: Doctor Nixon, President Nixon on Healthcare
Sep 18, 2018 • 15 min
The views of the 37th President on healthcare, his reaction to Clinton’s healthcare plan and his own 1974 healthcare plan. Also: Nixon on Ike and Reagan.
Republic vs. Democracy: Radical Revolution - The Pennsylvania Radicals and the State Constitution of 1776
Sep 8, 2018 • 56 min
The Pennsylvania State Constitution of 1776, born in the fever of the signing of the Declaration and the radicalization of the city of Philadelphia expanded the rights of many but turned off a great many of those who had fought for independence. We also…
Presidential Scandals: Watergate, Whiskey Ring and Others
Sep 3, 2018 • 56 min
All about Presidential Scandals. From how Watergate may have seemed like in 1972 on Election night, to Grant and Carter’s troublesome friends, to the Iran Contra story, we look at White House mess-ups and election impact. Though recorded in 2012, and…
Midterms: They Don’t Always Work Out Badly for Presidents (But Mostly They Do)
Aug 5, 2018 • 79 min
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…
Statue Removal: National Valhalla: Statues, Confederates, Slaveowners, Washington, Trump, Memory and Time
Aug 3, 2018 • 58 min
From the early attempts to depict Washington, to the first Congressional attempts to block Confederate statues, to today’s debate. In this episode Bruce examines the history behind statues in America, and Bruce looks at every debating point and angle he…
Impeachment: The Mystery of Impeachment - How it Works, What Happened in 1868 and More
Aug 2, 2018 • 78 min
We look at the Chase, Clinton and Johnson precedents for attempted impeachment, we attempt to answer questions about this oft-discussed, rarely used, and perhaps, poorly understood Constitutional function. Why is impeachment so rarely used? Why does the…
Presidential Scandal: Watergate, Whitewater, and The Rich Texture of Presidential Scandal w/ Leon Neyfakh of The ‘Slow Burn’ Podcast
Aug 1, 2018 • 40 min
With Leon Neyfakh of The ‘Slow Burn’ Podcast, now in its Season 2, (make sure to subscribe) we take a look at Presidential scandals and investigations including Watergate, Whitewater, the Travel Office snafu during the Clinton administration and others.…
War: 1983 and How Close We Came to Nuclear War w/ Marc Ambinder
Jul 29, 2018 • 65 min
Examining the moment in 1983 when nuclear war was possible with new research and stories from the Soviet side. How close did we come to war? And could that war have been accidental? w/ White House Correspondent for National Journal and Political Editor of…
Tariffs: Smoot - The Man Behind the Tariff
Jul 28, 2018 • 50 min
You may know his tariff, but not him. A look at the man behind the Smoot-Hawley Tariff. Reed Smoot, Senator from Utah. His history, his politics, his views on tariffs. His battles for a mix of conservative issues and progressive stands. And his battle to…
RFK Anniversary: Chris Matthews on Bobby Kennedy and the Missing Element in Today’s Politics
Jul 28, 2018 • 30 min
Chris Matthews of Hardball joins the program!! He has just finished his book Bobby Kennedy - A Raging Spirit. Chris talks about RFK and how his history and childhood, and his relationship with Joe Kennedy Senior that informed his own politics. Those…
Economy and Jobs: Dark Side of Booms Part 2: Wild Times in the North Dakota Bakken Fields w/ Maya Rao
Jul 22, 2018 • 48 min
All about the Bakken oil region of North Dakota and the recent boom. Fast money and fast growth in a state that had peaked in the 1930’s High volume trucking on unsuited roads, High wages matched by high rents and local price inflation, hungry outsiders…
Russia: Everything You Know About The Russian Revolution is Wrong - Russian Journalist Mikhail Zygar on 1917, History, Putin, Democracy and More
Jul 18, 2018 • 42 min
Everything you know about the Russian Revolution is wrong, and understanding that is the key to understanding today’s Russia as well. A very interesting conversation with Mikhail Zygar, Editor in Chief of the TV Dozhd and the Author of All the Kremlin’s…
Gerrymandering: Gerry and His “Mander” (from 2013, with an Update on Gerrymandering Supreme Court case)
Jul 18, 2018 • 57 min
Elbridge Gerry lent his name to a tricky political maneuver. Not that he wanted to, or perhaps, deserved it. With gerrymandering of congressional districts and state legislative districts on the agenda of the Supreme Court, Bruce discusses the court case…
Good Economic Times: The Dark Side of Booms: The 1920s
Jul 17, 2018 • 43 min
Are economic good times always good? A look at the 1920’s and the other side of booming economic times. This episode was recorded in 2014.
Soccer and Repression: 1978 and the World Cup in Argentina
Jul 8, 2018 • 45 min
The story of the 1978 World Cup, a cautionary tale about democracy. The world spotlight on the junta that controlled Argentina that year helped focus some attention on the plight of the victims of a vicious dictatorship, but locally, may have enhanced…
Democracy: The Life, and Hopefully Not Death, of Democracy - A Conversation w/ Dr. Paul Cartledge
Jun 24, 2018 • 67 min
We speak often of Democracy, but do we really know what it is? We point to Athens as an example. But what was Greek Democracy really like? A conversation with Dr. Paul Cartledge, A.G. Leventis Senior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, author…
Trump and History: Take Trump. Add Historical Context. Rinse and Repeat.
Jun 17, 2018 • 37 min
What can history add to understanding the unconventional Presidency of Donald Trump? What about his tweeting, that portrait of Andrew Jackson in the White House and the comparisons? What are his reelection chances as of now, and how does the midterm look?…
Tariffs: Taft Walks Away - The Payne-Aldrich Tariff of 1909
Jun 10, 2018 • 29 min
Taft fails in trying to lower tariffs, setting up his successor to do it. In frustration, he walks away from the White House. Meanwhile, his opponent, William Jennings Bryan, destroys the tariff in several populist arguments. A look at Payne-Aldrich, the…
Generations and Politics: I Was Born in 1869: A Look at a Generation
Jun 6, 2018 • 39 min
A generation defined by a technology that shook off the yoke of their parent’s Civil War and took on the world, and took over the country by the turn of the century. This cast, which was previously recorded. It is as he reveals, Bruce’s own favorite cast…
Infrastructure: The Bad Side and Good Side of Infrastructure - Robert Moses and Other Tales with Greg Young of the Bowery Boys NYC Podcast
May 31, 2018 • 46 min
Is infrastructure always good? We talk with Greg Young of the Very Popular “Bowery Boys NYC” podcast, about infrastructure. In particular the story of Robert Moses and his career reforming New York’s infrastructure. Until he met his match. We also talk…
US Intelligence Services: The Secret Intelligence of All The President’s Men: Interview with David Priess on CIA Briefings, History, Trump, Mueller and More
May 14, 2018 • 49 min
We speak once again to David Priess, former CIA Briefer and the author of The President’s Book of Secrets. While last time we spoke mostly about Presidents and intelligence, this time we get into the other people who use intelligence and how they support…
Hungover at the Gettysburg Address, Fun with County Election Results, a 13th Reagan We Didn’t Discuss? And More..
May 13, 2018 • 53 min
Counties and the role they play in the election. How they are over hyped in some memes but yet can provide some purpose as well. Also in this hodge-podcast we look at John Hay, Lincoln’s Secretary and later McKinley’s Secretary of State. What if…
Rigged Elections: That Time the DNC Rigged a Nomination
Apr 26, 2018 • 41 min
A look at 1944 and how intrigue, manipulation, misrepresentation, a few martinis, a song, an axe and a finger in the page of a book changed the history of the Presidency.
America and Rome: w/ Mike Duncan
Apr 1, 2018 • 45 min
Populism, Corruption, Citizenship and Immigration. Rome struggled with these issues in its Republic phase. Bruce is joined by Mike Duncan, host of The History of Rome Podcast, to talk about the pre-fall of the Roman Republic, period of 146 to 78 BC and…
Movies and Politics: Writing History With Lightning: The Controversial Mix of Movies and Politics and History
Apr 1, 2018 • 46 min
from D.W. Griffith to today, we look at the controversial use of movies and film in politics. And how using video instead of argument may be popular, but it has its flaws. We also look at some recent projects, Lincoln, Boardwalk Empire, Game Change to see…
Political Alignments: Archie and Meathead America - w/ Chris Novembrino
Mar 21, 2018 • 70 min
We are joined by Chris Novembrino of The All in the Family Podcast and also Don’t Worry About the Government Podcast. We discuss All in the Family and Roseanne Barr, the political situation in 2018, the Mueller investigation, Congress, Tariffs, Debt, and…
Presidential Power: Democracy’s Diet? The Two-Term Presidential Limit of the 22nd Amendment
Feb 27, 2018 • 40 min
With the leader of China erasing that country’s 2 term limit, we are taking a look back at the 2 term presidential limit in the United States, how recent it is and whether it’s a good thing. This episode is from 2012. BTW - As you listen this will make…
U.S.-Mexico Relations w/ Bob Crawford and Ben Sawyer of “The Road to Now ” Podcast Live in Mexico
Feb 24, 2018 • 60 min
The Mexican War, current U.S. politics, Mexican history are all topics Bruce joins Bob Crawford of the Avett Brothers and Dr. Benjamin Sawyer of Middle Tennessee State University, hosts of the Road to Now Podcast in Mexico where they discuss Mexico…
Where’s Reagan? Reagan in Our Politics Today - The Final of the Dozen Ronald Reagans Series - Episode Twelve
Jan 22, 2018 • 69 min
Where does Reagan fit into politics today? Would he fit in the modern GOP? Or somewhere else. Can you compare and contrast Reagan and Trump in any meaningful way? How was his Presidency? How do his accomplishment stack up and what can future politicians…
Did Reagan Win the Cold War? A Dozen Ronald Reagans - Episode Eleven
Jan 21, 2018 • 107 min
Did Gorbachev? Did anyone? Starting with the Reykjavik Summit of 1986 and a fly on the wall view of the events there, we look at the pro-Reagan and anti-Reagan arguments regarding his role in the ending of the Cold War, and try to capture everything. This…
Year of the Missile: Reagan’s First Term Cold War Steps - A Dozen Ronald Reagans, Part 10
Jan 20, 2018 • 60 min
It’s 1983 and the world is scared. In answering the question of Reagan’s credit for “winning the Cold War.” it’s necessary to break up the first-term pre-Gorbachev moves from the second-term moves. We do that in this episode. Remember to take advantage of…
Shockwave 1981 - A Dozen Ronald Reagans Part Nine
Jan 10, 2018 • 41 min
An Election Changes Everything…A Secretary of State Loses Favor with the White House…A President Defies Norms…Secretaries Make Shocking Statements…Springsteen is Angry -A tremendous upheaval in politics occurred with a new President influenced by new…
White House on Fire: Iran Contra - A Dozen Ronald Reagans Part 8 -REPLAY
Jan 8, 2018 • 44 min
In the eight part of our series on the Presidency of Ronald Reagan, we look at the scandal that engulfed his administration, and management style mistakes that may have led to it. In the course of doing this we peel back a few layers, including the Walsh…
Reformation: Tax Reform , Immigration, S&Ls - A Dozen Ronald Reagans - Part Seven
Jan 6, 2018 • 46 min
Reagan is not often seen as a reformer but in many cases, there were massive shifts on domestic policy in the 1980s and not all of them were to the standard political right. Strange bedfellows Bill Bradley and Ronald Reagan work together to achieve…
Hands Across America:: A Dozen Ronald Reagans Part Six - REPLAY
Jan 4, 2018 • 42 min
Homelessness, education, healthcare and other domestic issues under constant evaluation during the time of the Reagan Presidency. We look at the personal Ronald Reagan and the contention of critics that his policies didn’t match the person. We look at…
1976 Convention: A Dozen Ronald Reagans - Part Five
Jan 2, 2018 • 38 min
Reagan Battles Ford for the GOP Nomination
That “Other Part” of The Declaration of Independence: The Grievances and What They Say About Executive Power, Immigration, and Other Issues
Jan 1, 2018 • 30 min
We know about the first half of the Declaration of Independence and life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But the Declaration also contains a listing of facts submitted to a “candid world” detailing what was wrong in the American colonies. The…
Witches’ Brew: Central America, Lebanon, Poland - A Dozen Ronald Reagans: Part Four
Dec 31, 2017 • 85 min
James Baker called Reagan’s foreign policy “a witches brew.” In one country, a longshot try for peace. In others, alliances with warmakers. Reagan’s policy towards seven nations - El Salvador, Lebanon, Poland, Nicaragua, China, Grenada and Guatemala…
Rubik’s Cube: Two Reagan Mysteries Solved - A Dozen Ronald Reagans: Part Three -
Dec 29, 2017 • 64 min
We seek to solve two puzzles: How did Reagan the Truman booster become Reagan the Goldwater acolyte? And when he entered politics, became GOP nominee and President, what were the economic results of his Presidency? Over 30 Bonus Episodes for those who are…
A Taxing Second Year - A Dozen Ronald Reagans Part Two
Dec 26, 2017 • 49 min
1982 doesn’t go as well for Ronald Reagan as 1981 did. Recession hits, a recession that challenges cuts of the previous year. Compromises, new taxes, the reality of deficits hit hard. David Stockman, the chief budget czar of Reaganomics is blocked by…
Rawhide is OK - First of Our Series on a ‘Dozen Ronald Reagans’ -REPLAY
Dec 23, 2017 • 57 min
Replay from 2016 First in our series on Ronald Reagan that will have twelve episodes. The Presidency we discuss almost didn’t happen. A look at the attempt on Reagan’s life, his first year and why the shooting was not an unimportant incident of his…
Charles I, Monarchy and Mobs, 1640’s Fake News and War on Christmas w/ Leanda de Lisle, Author of The White King
Dec 17, 2017 • 44 min
Charles I of England was executed after losing the English Civil War to Oliver Cromwell and the Parliamentary Forces. We take a look at his struggle with author Leanda de Lisle. In her book, The White King, she portrays the late king as a defender of the…
Star-Spangled Banner History and Special Fundraiser Episode
Dec 5, 2017 • 10 min
A bit of history about America’s national anthem, and a special offer for the Premium Extra podcast - extra archive episodes for membership levels.
Lincoln Faces a Blue Tsunami: The 1862 Midterm
Nov 21, 2017 • 35 min
A look at Lincoln’s first midterm, and the troubles he faced in trying to hold on to Congress in the midst of a war and an energized base in the opponent’s party.
William McKinley Got Us Here: Interview with Robert W. Merry about POTUS 25, American Expansion, Income Taxes, Presidents and Press and More
Nov 15, 2017 • 43 min
He’s more than the President that was shot in office, more than just the guy before Teddy Roosevelt. William McKinley set in motion the America that we have now. His views on expansion, free trade, taxes, and money set up modern America. We speak with…
Bruce Takes Twenty Questions on History and Politics
Nov 8, 2017 • 62 min
Early colonial income tax, Pardons, Third parties. Herbert Hoover. The Grand Old Democratic Party? Mexico’s contribution to WW2. The ERA, DNC primary rigging. A little alt his where Ford becomes VP under Reagan…Bruce takes questions and offers his…
President by Accident: Truman, Atomic Warfare, Russians and Trump w/ A.J. Baime
Oct 17, 2017 • 47 min
In a day everything changed and a new President inhabited the chair in the White House. The country and the world were anxious. Russia and Asia Pacific were frightening foreign policy issues. We are speaking of 1945, but as A.J. Baime, author of The…
The Spanish Flu of 1918 and Its Aftermath - Conversation with Laura Spinney
Sep 11, 2017 • 35 min
We speak with Laura Spinney, science journalist and author of ”Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World” and discuss the dreadful disease that claimed 50-100 million lives, more than the Great War that preceded it. The so-called…
Patrick Henry, Underrated Founder - Interview with Jon Kukla
Sep 5, 2017 • 45 min
He was essential to the colonial resistance to the Stamp Act. He was the bulwark of the American Revolution in Virginia. and supported Washington when others did not. Yet for many Americans, Patrick Henry is known for making one speech and uttering the…
The Split on The Left of Politics and Why it Matters, w/ Chris Novembrino
Aug 22, 2017 • 69 min
While so much attention is focused on splits in the GOP, there is a gaping split on the left that while, perhaps not large, is important to understanding both what happened in 2016 and the politics of 2017 and moving forward. Special guest Chris…
Elvis Presley and America
Aug 15, 2017 • 54 min
On the 40th Anniversary of the rock star’s death, We talk to Bob Crawford and Dr. Ben Sawyer of The Road to Now Podcast about Elvis Presley, American life, rock and roll, drugs, the ‘Shut Up and Sing’ debate and many other things. Music (theme…
Avoiding War Between the U.S. and China: Interview with Dr. Graham Allison of Harvard Kennedy School
Aug 9, 2017 • 40 min
We discuss the “Thucydides’s Trap” n this cast with Dr. Graham Allison, who has advised Defense Secretaries from the Reagan to the Obama Administrations. He is the author of Destined for War: America, China, and Thucydides’s Trap. Dating back to Athens…
Written Out of History? Robert Yates, Luther Martin, Mercy Otis Warren
Jul 31, 2017 • 44 min
James Otis, Robert Yates and Mercy Otis Warren are not names that roll off the tongue, but they did make important contributions to Constitutional debate. Senator Michael Lee’s recent book Written Out of History details Founders he says have been ‘written…
Charleston 1860 and Secession: Interview with Paul Starobin
Jul 22, 2017 • 45 min
Polarized politics, fear, a media with intent to inflame and make its owners famous, no budging on either side, confidence and even mania - that’s the combo that author Paul Starobin of the Atlantic and the New Republic describes as the factors that lead…
John Jay’s Horse , George Washington’s Mill and the Emoluments Clause
Jul 8, 2017 • 44 min
Emoluments Clause discussed, with a look at George Washington