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Professor Buzzkill is an exciting podcast that explores history myths in an illuminating, entertaining, and humorous way.

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    • 4.3 • 12 Ratings

Professor Buzzkill is an exciting podcast that explores history myths in an illuminating, entertaining, and humorous way.

    October Surprises in US Presidential Elections

    October Surprises in US Presidential Elections

    There seem to have been a lot of October Surprises in American Presidential elections since the 1940s. And there have been different types of October Surprises, for different reasons, and with different motivations. But have they ever seriously affected the election results? Our political history genius, Professor Philip Nash, explains all! Episode #386

    • 42 min
    How Americans Became Political Junkies

    How Americans Became Political Junkies

    Dr. Claire Bond Potter explains how Americans became political junkies in the 20th and 21st centuries. From talk radio to Twitter, she shows us how alternative media hooked us on politics and broke our democracy. Listen right away! Episode #385

    • 44 min
    PB and Axelbank Reports History Today Interview Each Other!

    PB and Axelbank Reports History Today Interview Each Other!

    Evan Axelbank from the new podcast "Axelbank Reports History and Today" interviews Professor Buzzkill, and vice versa! We talk about books, history, and podcasting. Fun, fun, fun!! Episode #384

    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Electoral College in US History

    The Electoral College in US History

    What is the "electoral college" and how does it work? Why was it created? Was it created to protect slavery and slave states in the 18th century? Is the current electoral college what the Founders intended? And what can Americans do about this broken and abused relic? Prof Philip Nash explains all! Episode #383.

    • 56 min
    Fake News in American History

    Fake News in American History

    Professor Michelle Nickerson explains the complicated and compelling history of the news media in US history, and the changing development of "fake news." She also helps us understand what to do about it! Episode #382.
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    • 44 min
    The "Image" Myth from the Kennedy-Nixon 1960 Debates

    The "Image" Myth from the Kennedy-Nixon 1960 Debates

    The first Biden-Trump debate was called "a sh*t show" immediately when it was over. And the "Kennedy image" myth from the first 1960 Presidential debate was brought up over and over in the pre-debate, during-debate, and post-debate analysis. Here's our original episode about it.
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    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

jimmyjaycko ,

Great little podcast

Realllly enjoy the ww2 chat episodes, very interesting content and topics covered. I don’t bother listening to any of the short episodes though because too much of that intro/outro song drives me nuts

(Gibberer) ,

Rein in the reign

• Episode: Ante Pavelic. The blurb should read “rein in” not “reign in”. Or how about “rein in the reign ...”?

• Episode: Fake News In American History, in which the Professor invents a word, “nother”, as in “... a whole nother ball game”.

KittyMaehem ,

Critical thinking history!

A fantastically-well researched little bite-sized pods of truly interesting (and, like the study of all history, relevant to today) nuggets of history. All presented through lens of the highly knowledgeable Professor Buzzkill
Whose use of skepticism and critical thinking brings truth to the issues of yesterday and, more importantly, today.

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