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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






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.

Duration: 00:23:02

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...

Duration: 00:41:47

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.

Duration: 00:44:39

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.

Duration: 00:46:06

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.

Duration: 00:42:38

1976 Convention: A Dozen Ronald Reagans - Part Five

Reagan Battles Ford for the GOP Nomination

Duration: 00:39:10

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,...

Duration: 01:25:58

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...

Duration: 01:03:59

A Taxing Second Year - A Dozen Ronald Reagans Part Two

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 others and gets frustrated. Reagan makes a defining speech. Part 2 of 12 of our series. For more My History Can Beat Up Your Politics sign up for premium at

Duration: 00:49:56

Rawhide is OK - First of Our Series on a 'Dozen Ronald Reagans' -REPLAY

Replay from 2016 as we prepare the last three eps in January. 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 Presidency but directly connected to his performance in the first year. We also go over the Dozen Ronald Reagans Concept - that there are twelve different aspects to him to examine both in reality...

Duration: 00:57:21

Charles I, Monarchy and Mobs, 1640's Fake News and War on Christmas w/ Leanda de Lisle, Author of The White King

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 King Charles I as a defender of the law and notes the mob-like and fanatical actions of the King's opponents. We also compare events of the 1640's, including Fake News and Wars on Christmas, to the politics today. (Music by Lee Rosevere was used in this cast. )

Duration: 00:44:31

The Secret Intelligence of All The President's Men: Interview with David Priess on CIA Briefings, History, Trump, Mueller and More

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 the President. Priess talks about Dan Quayle, Al Gore, Dick Cheney, and other VPs as well as other officials. In the course of the discussion, we talk about what we can know about Trump's briefings, what it's like to be a briefer, and what...

Duration: 00:49:04

Star-Spangled Banner History and Special Fundraiser Episode

A bit of history about America's national anthem, and a special offer for the Premium Extra podcast - extra archive episodes for membership levels.

Duration: 00:10:55

Everything You Know About The Russian Revolution is Wrong - Russian Journalist Mikhail Zygar on 1917, History, Putin, Democracy and More

Crushing myths about the 1917 Russian Revolution that both Russians and Americans still get from Soviet textbooks. 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 Men. He joins us to speak about his book The Empire Must Die - Russia's Revolutionary Collapse. We talk Russia 1917 and the revolution before the Bolsheviks. We also talk Russia 2017 and...

Duration: 00:42:34

The Trial of Thomas Jefferson, Governor

"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. Thomas Jefferson's experience as a wartime governor was, even as judged the most favorable biographers, not the best part of his career. We take a look at his experience and the Revolutionary War in Virginia, discover a forgotten hero and learn a bit...

Duration: 00:32:15

William McKinley Got Us Here: Interview with Robert W. Merry about POTUS 25, American Expansion, Income Taxes, Presidents and Press and More

He's more than the President that was shot in office, more than just the guy before Teddy Roosevelt. And he wasn't handled by anyone. 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 Robert W. Merry, the author of President McKinley - The Architect of the American Century about these topics. Merry previously authored a significant book that put James K. Polk back on the historical radar,...

Duration: 00:43:01

Now on the Premium Podcast: History of a History - a Look at Ken Burns's "The Civil War" (Preview.) - PLUS an Interview with Chris Novembrino of DWATG Podcast about Donna Brazile and DNC

A preview of the Premium Podcast episode on Ken Burns's Civil War, where we analyze the 1990 series amid today's events. For more, subscribe to the Premium podcast at Also, an interview with Chris Novembrino of DWATG about the Donna Brazile book and recent revelations about the DNC campaign in 2016, joint fundraising, and where it fits with history.

Duration: 00:44:02

Bruce Takes Twenty Questions on History and Politics

Pardons, Colonial taxes, Third parties. All about the Grand Old Party, Mexico contribution to WW2, the ERA, DNC primary rigging, Ford as VP alt hist...Bruce takes questions and offers his attempted answers.

Duration: 01:02:46

Chris Matthews on Bobby Kennedy and the Missing Element in Politics

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 politics, according to Matthews, were just starting to develop at the end of his life, as he sought to defend society's less fortunate, while keeping working people of all races in mind. In the interview, we discuss:

Duration: 00:30:22

Mike Duncan on America and Rome

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 the cast of characters that struggled for power at the time. Mike has come out with a recent book called "The Storm Before the Storm," which delves into this topic.

Duration: 00:46:16

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