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From a global pandemic upending society to an especially intense U.S. presidential election cycle, we’re living in an unprecedented time. Maybe. In this show, Jody Avirgan, political historian Nicole Hemmer, and special guests rescue stories from the entirety of U.S. political history to map our journey through this era. Each episode takes one moment, big or small, from that day in the past and explores how it might inform our present –– and it does so in under ten minutes. New episodes release Tuesdays and Thursdays. Find us at ThisDayPod.com. We’re also posting about moments from the past @thisdaypod on Twitter and Instagram. If you have a suggestion for a topic, get in touch. This Day In Esoteric Political History is a proud member of the Radiotopia podcast network from PRX.

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From a global pandemic upending society to an especially intense U.S. presidential election cycle, we’re living in an unprecedented time. Maybe. In this show, Jody Avirgan, political historian Nicole Hemmer, and special guests rescue stories from the entirety of U.S. political history to map our journey through this era. Each episode takes one moment, big or small, from that day in the past and explores how it might inform our present –– and it does so in under ten minutes. New episodes release Tuesdays and Thursdays. Find us at ThisDayPod.com. We’re also posting about moments from the past @thisdaypod on Twitter and Instagram. If you have a suggestion for a topic, get in touch. This Day In Esoteric Political History is a proud member of the Radiotopia podcast network from PRX.

    Ike's Heart Attack (1955) w/ Will Hitchcock

    Ike's Heart Attack (1955) w/ Will Hitchcock

    It’s October 22nd. On this day in 1955, President Eisenhower was recovering from a serious heart attack the month before.

    Jody and Niki are joined by William Hitchcock of UVA to discuss the incident and how a president’s inner circle handles the press and questions of succession when the Commander In Chief is sick.

    Will Hitchcock’s new podcast is called “Democracy In Danger.”

    Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

    This Day In Esoteric Political History is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

    Get in touch if you have any ideas for future topics, or just want to say hello. Our website is thisdaypod.com Follow us on social @thisdaypod

    • 19 Min.
    Are You, Or Have You Ever Been... (1947) w/ Will Hitchcock

    Are You, Or Have You Ever Been... (1947) w/ Will Hitchcock

    It’s October 20th. On this day in 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) began hearings to root out communist sympathizers in Hollywood.

    Jody and Niki are joined by William Hitchcock of UVA to discuss the long history of HUAC and how Congress has tried to define “un-American.”

    Will Hitchcock’s new podcast is called “Democracy In Danger.”

    Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

    This Day In Esoteric Political History is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

    Get in touch if you have any ideas for future topics, or just want to say hello. Our website is thisdaypod.com Follow us on social @thisdaypod

    • 23 Min.
    Election Sunday: Podium Protests (1968) w/ Joel Anderson

    Election Sunday: Podium Protests (1968) w/ Joel Anderson

    It’s October 18th. On this day in 1968, US Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists in a Black power salute on the podium in Mexico City.

    Jody and Niki are joined by Joel Anderson of Slate to discuss the backstory to the protests, the symbolism in their act, and what athletes risk when they take a political stand.

    Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

    This Day In Esoteric Political History is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

    Get in touch if you have any ideas for future topics, or just want to say hello. Our website is thisdaypod.com Follow us on social @thisdaypod

    • 21 Min.
    Million Man March (1995) w/ Joel Anderson

    Million Man March (1995) w/ Joel Anderson

    It’s October 15th. On this day in 1995 hundreds of thousands of Black Americans descended on Washington DC for the Million Man March.

    Jody and Niki are joined by Joel Anderson of Slate to discuss the march, respectability politics, and the cultural moment that led to the march. Plus, why it’s so hard to estimate crowd sizes.

    Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

    This Day In Esoteric Political History is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

    Get in touch if you have any ideas for future topics, or just want to say hello. Our website is thisdaypod.com Follow us on social @thisdaypod

    • 22 Min.
    A Bull Moose Gets Shot (1912) w/ Alex Schmidt

    A Bull Moose Gets Shot (1912) w/ Alex Schmidt

    It’s October 13th. On this day in 1912 (well, technically the 14th), Teddy Roosevelt is shot as he’s on his way to a speech in Milwaukee. He still gave the speech.

    Jody and Niki are joined by Alex Schmidt to discuss the incident, the wild election of 1912, and violence in politics.

    Alex’s podcast is called “Secretly Incredibly Fascinating” and is available wherever you get your podcasts.

    Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

    This Day In Esoteric Political History is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

    Get in touch if you have any ideas for future topics, or just want to say hello. Our website is thisdaypod.com Follow us on social @thisdaypod

    • 17 Min.
    Election Sunday: Anita Hill's Testimony (1991) w/ Farai Chideya

    Election Sunday: Anita Hill's Testimony (1991) w/ Farai Chideya

    It’s October 11th. On this day in 1991, Anita Hill provided testimony during the confirmation hearings for Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. Hill alleged that Thomas sexually harassed her while they were colleagues.

    Jody and Niki are joined by Farai Chideya to discuss the hearings, the changing (and not changing) nature of the sexual harassment conversation, and Joe Biden’s role in the matter.

    Farai’s new public radio show is called “Our Body Politic” and will be running on stations around the country this month, and is also available as a podcast.

    Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

    This Day In Esoteric Political History is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

    Get in touch if you have any ideas for future topics, or just want to say hello. Our website is thisdaypod.com Follow us on social @thisdaypod

    • 19 Min.

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