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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






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.


Shockwave 1981 - A Dozen Ronald Reagans Part Nine

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 media and speaking new political language, with a willingness to bend the rules. The upending culminates in a radical foreign policy no one expected and few, at that time, understood, so different it was literally thought to be from...


White House on Fire: Iran Contra - A Dozen Ronald Reagans Part 8 -REPLAY

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 investigation and the critical Senate investigation.


Reformation - Tax Reform , Immigration A Dozen Ronald Reagans - Part Seven

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 something that hasn't been done since. Also an incredible failure that could paint the economic picture of the Reagan years.


Hands Across America:: A Dozen Ronald Reagans Part Six - REPLAY

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 first term and second term policy differences on homelessness, and the contention by supporters that homelessness was focused on by media in the 80's but not during other Presidencies. Finally, we look at Reagan's response to AIDS.


1976 Convention: A Dozen Ronald Reagans - Part Five

Reagan Battles Ford for the GOP Nomination


Witches' Brew: Central America, Lebanon, Poland - A Dozen Ronald Reagans: Part Four

James Baker called Reagan's foreign policy "a witches' brew." In one country, a longshot try for peace. In others, alliances with warmakers. In one country, an invasion, others aversion to invade. In one country, an odd combo of labor unions, the Catholic church and the CIA led to a successful result, in others people suffered. And finally the GOP's staunchest anti-communists completes the approval of trade with Red China. Reagan's policy towards seven nations - El Salvador, Lebanon,...


Rubik's Cube: Two Reagan Mysteries Solved - A Dozen Ronald Reagans: Part Three -

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? Plus the KAL007 Airliner Incident, and President Reagan's Reaction to it. And Reagan and the Ranch. Over 30 Bonus Episodes for those who are subscribed to the My History Can Beat Up Your Politics Premium EXTRA Podcast, you'll get more content and help the support the podcast...


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