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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






Washington and The Bill of Rights: A Mystery

George Washington was highly influential in constructing a Constitution, but less so when it comes to the Bill of Rights. A few of them he even found unnecessary. We just don't know which ones. We talk about Washington's role in the convention, his influence on government and what clues he gave in his politics of silence.


Iowa, Impeachment and the Universe

A stubborn impeached governor, odd caucus locations, real estate and politics. Bruce talks about the Iowa Caucus, how it works, changes in 2020, its history and influence and what things look like this year. Impeachment and the current universe of politics in the United States. He finds a silver lining in the whole impeachment discussion, and discuss impeachment and political fallout, and Trump's chances.


The 25th Amendment, Section Four Explained, w/ Brian C. Kalt

The Constitution contains two possible forms of presidential removal outside of election, one is the much-discussed impeachment process. The other is the 25th Amendment's fourth section. We discuss 25 Section 4 with Professor Brian C. Kalt, Professor of Law & Harold Norris Faculty Scholar at Michigan State University, including how the amendment works, its uses and its common misunderstanding by the public and Hollywood writers.


Eyewitness to Kent State Shootings: Paula Stone Tucker

The May 4, 1970 shootings at Kent State killed 4 students and wounded 9. Paula Stone Tucker was a student going through her work and studies on campus when she witnessed a historic event. We talk about Kent State, how the 4 days unfolded, and get Paula Stone Tucker's take on events. She is the author of the book Surviving a Kent State Memoir. We are grateful to Ohio vs. the World Podcast for lending the story of another Kent State shooting survivor Dean Kahler. Sign up for Alex's podcast.


Impeachment - Conversation with David Priess and Bruce Carlson

It's all of those things. Conversation with David Priess, MHCBUYP listener, COO of Lawfare, Author of several books - about impeachment and the decision to impeach, and the many sides to this question from Tyler to Clinton to Trump.


A World Disrupted - Interview w/ Charles Emmerson, Author of "Crucible - The Long End of the Great War and the Birth of a New World, 1917-1924"

The years from 1917 to 1924 are fractured yet formative for the world. After a terrible war, Germany, Russia and Ukraine are forever changed. New movements and scientific developments occur. We speak with Charles Emmerson, author of "Crucibe The Long End to the Great War and the Birth of a New World" about the period between 1917 and 1924 and what it says about today.


You Break Everybody's Back Part II: The 1988 Election

Attack videos, apology tours, inoculation ads, presidential circles and glib phrases make up the scuttle for the Presidential race in 1988. Part II of our series. Biden's all, Dole's rise, Hart's second coming and the 3x5 card that won the race.


You Break Everybody's Back: The 1988 Election - Part One

The quote from Atwater sums up the race 31 years ago nicely. Gephardt eyes a rusty belt. Dole proto-snarks, Jackson thunders, Biden runs a post route, Bush looks for his soul. Dukakis tries error free ball. Simon finds his inner bow tie and Bruce Babbit also runs. Find leadership where you can. What could it possibly say about today's times?


A Deep Dive into The Emancipation Proclamation

What was the true function of the Proclamation and the context surrounding it? How did people react at this time? Music from Chris Zabriskie, Chris Novembrino and Lee Rosevere on this episode.


Switching VIces

We look at vice presidential and vice presidential candidate switches throughout history. And we speculate if a tactic last used in 1976 might find its way into the 2020 Election. We also get into the McGovern-Eagleton 1972 events and talk about Nixon and Hunter Thompson's car ride.


Stop Talking About Momentum: The Race for President 1984

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 general.


The Mystery of Impeachment - How it Works, What Happened in 1868 and More

Savior or scoundrel? We look at the case of one of the most celebrated heroes of Presidential impeachment. And in the course of that - 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. That the President would be subject to impeachment was almost never questioned. And the language in the Constitution is clear. But that doesn't mean all...


Beam Me Up: The James Traficant Story w/ Alex Hastie of The Ohio v. The World Podcast

We discuss the life and career of Youngstown, Ohio congressman James Traficant with Alex Hastie of Ohio v. The World Podcast. We rerun part of the episode from his podcast. We hear from Eric Murphy, director of the documentary "The Congressman from Crimetown" The frumpled congressman was a fixture of Ohio politics and a national controversial figure until his death in 2014. We discuss do as you please politics and if there is similarity between Traficant...


Small Money and Big Hope / Dasher's Run

A bit about small money donors in history, and about Jimmy Carter's (Code name Dasher) 1976 run. A rebroadcast of an episode that seems apt as another campaign begins.


Brexit, Boris and UK and Irish Politics w/ Steven Byrne from What am Politics

We talk about the new UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Brexit, and Irish politics with Steven Byrne of What Am Politics Podcast.


Bruce Talks About Everything, Dem Debates Trump 2020 and Clinton 1996, Supreme Court

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.


How to Rank The Presidents, with Susan Swain and Brian Lamb of C-SPAN

With C-SPAN's Susan Swain and Brian 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.


The Ark of Commerce Part IV: Make It Stop

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 - from an offensive war effort, to a bid for peace, to a management of peacetime. And we look at the effects of those interventions. The embargo of 1807 is an important part of the Presidency of Thomas Jefferson, not often examined in detailed compared to other events. It brought serious economic problems, but was held up by Jefferson as an experiment by a...





Third Parties: The Moped and the Maserati - Why Third Parties Haven't Won in American Politics

About 3rd parties, with a focus on John Anderson's campaign and many others.