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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

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
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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






Take Trump. Add Historical Context. Rinse and Repeat.

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? Bruce is joined by Ian Skotte, who will be helping with producing the My History Can Beat Up Your Politics podcast to discuss POTUS 45 so far. Music by Lee Rosevere on this episode.


Taft Walks Away - The Payne-Aldrich Tariff of 1909

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 1909 tariff bill that was as least as important as Smoot Hawley.


Woodrow Wilson Has No Friends: Wilson, His Politics and His Image Today with Patricia O'Toole

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 and the World He Made."We look at the politics of tariffs, foreign policy, intervention, immigration, war and race through the lens of Woodrow Wilson. Remember to subscribe to My History Can Beat Up Your Politics on iTunes/Apple Podcasts,...


Lincoln Faces a Blue Tsunami: The 1862 Midterm

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.



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 keep his own seat from religious intolerance. Plus a discussion on tariffs in history and the variety of different historical figures who have positive and negative views of tariffs.


Hungover at the Gettysburg Address, Fun with Counties, a 13th Reagan? And More..

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 healthcare was in the Constitution? And we open the mailbag for some listener comments and questions.


The Bad Side and Good Side of Infrastructure - Robert Moses and Other Tales with Greg Young of the Bowery Boys NYC Podcast

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 about Trump's career in NYC, and whether Mark Zuckerberg is the new Vanderbilt. Music from Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band in this episode.


Archie and Meathead, Nixon, Trump Time, Tariffs and More with Chris Novembrino of DWATG

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 Just about everything.


Where are Our Manners? American Advice and Social Etiquette from Ben Franklin to Dale Carnegie to Today, w Jessica Weisberg

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 are so obsessed with advice. We speak with Jessica about her book "Asking For a Friend" and discuss whether we've gotten far away from Dale Carnegie or Chesterfield, the selfless advice of our early American ancestors and gone into another...


Where's Reagan? A Dozen Ronald Reagans - Episode Twelve

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 learn from his example? We review the dozen episodes of our series on President Reagan and attempt to answer a few questions.


Searching for Eisenhower (with William Hitchcock)

We discuss all things Ike with William Hitchcock - author of "The Age of Eisenhower." We talk how about President Eisenhower was a surprisingly good politician, how he navigated Civil Rights, Social Security and other domestic programs, how he dealt with LBJ. We discuss the failure that upset him the most, and what he may have gotten wrong. We also get to the bottom of that Military Industrial Complex. Premium Podcast subscribers - Special episode where we go more into Eisenhower and the...


That "Other Part" of The Declaration of Independence: The Grievances and What They Say About Executive Power, Immigration, and Other Issues

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 and the need for Revolution. The Grievances are the second half of the Declaration of Independence We discuss with Tim Patrick, listener and author of "Self-Evident: Discovering the Ideas and Events That Made the Declaration of Independence Possible"


Did Reagan Win the Cold War? A Dozen Ronald Reagans - Episode Eleven

Did Gorbachev? Did anyone? Starting with the Rejkjavik 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 is part eleven of A Dozen Ronald Reagans. Remember to support the podcast by subscribing to the premium podcast, as little as $2 a month:


Democracy's Diet? The Two-Term Presidential Limit of the 22nd Amendment

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 more sense - Hilmar Moore died in 2012 and thus is no longer mayor of Richmond Texas, his wife is currently mayor. Probably makes the case in a way.


U.S.-Mexico Relations w/ Bob Crawford and Ben Sawyer of "The Road to Now " Podcast Live in Mexico

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 relations in front of a live audience. But first a little commentary about Benito Juarez. Thanks to the Road to Now for hosting us at the Avett Brothers at the Beach Festival Working on the last two Reagans - (yes very close). Photo by Josh...


Debunking "The Good Old Days" Argument with Gregg Easterbrook

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. That will surprise a lot of people who did not feel 2017 was a great year. But on economics, environment, culture and crime, Easterbrooks thesis is that on average, stats have improved and "Good Old Days" Arguments are no more than opportunist...


The Spanish Flu of 1918 and Its Aftermath - Conversation with Laura Spinney

The flu season is severe this year, but it's nowhere near as bad as 100 years ago. A replay of the interview 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 'Spanish Flu' (it did not originate in Spain) caused global damage but also caused scientists to reflect and develop better science and...


A Bit About Government Shutdowns and Show Update

In 1981, the government was shut off - that's what they called it then. But just for a day. We discuss how new the concept of sending federal workers home is, and when and how it started. Plus a show update and some of the other podcasts I've appeared on.


Year of the Missile: Reagan's First Term Cold War Steps - A Dozen Ronald Reagans, Part 10

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 the Special Offer from our Sponsor Bombfell internet Styling Service for Men Use the URL for 25% off your first order.


Presidential Final Years: Interview with Greg Barker, Director of The Final Year

We speak with Greg Barker, the director of THE FINAL YEAR, a documentary about the final year of Barack Obama's Presidency that featured inside access to officials. And look at the final years of other Presidents. Next week, Episode 10 of A Dozen Ronald Reagans - a new episode.