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Others cover the news. We uncover the history behind it.
After all, why shouldn't we expect intelligent entertainment!?!

Weekly conversations with eminent scholars who explain and analyze the history behind current events. We call this peeling the history behind news.

Hey there Newspeelers. This is Adel Aali, the host of the History Behind News podcast. I am committed to making history that is researched and written by scholars accessible and enjoyable to everyone.

We have new episodes every Friday at 6 am Eastern Time.
Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-behind-news/support

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Others cover the news. We uncover the history behind it.
After all, why shouldn't we expect intelligent entertainment!?!

Weekly conversations with eminent scholars who explain and analyze the history behind current events. We call this peeling the history behind news.

Hey there Newspeelers. This is Adel Aali, the host of the History Behind News podcast. I am committed to making history that is researched and written by scholars accessible and enjoyable to everyone.

We have new episodes every Friday at 6 am Eastern Time.
Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/history-behind-news/support

    S3E4: To Seek, Or Not Seek A 2nd Term - Biden Compared To Prior US Presidents

    S3E4: To Seek, Or Not Seek A 2nd Term - Biden Compared To Prior US Presidents

    Now that Mr. Biden is halfway through his presidential term, we want to find his place in US history. In other words, we want to weigh his presidency against prior US presidents. 

    For example, how do Mr. Biden's successes or failures stack up against his predecessors? How does his age compare to prior US presidents? I know that's a big concern for lots of people. And related to that, here is another question: have any former US presidents died of old age while in office?

    How about classified documents? Has that been an issue with other sitting presidents? 

    Also, there is the matter of the Democratic Party itself. Would Andrew Jackson, the first president of the Democratic Party, recognize President Biden's democratic party? How about FDR - a more modern Democratic President? Would he recognize President Biden's Democratic Party? Would either of them vote for a Biden second term?

    To learn more about this history, and to get some insights into what's happening now, in our present moment, I spoke to Dr. Thomas J. Balcerski. He is a visiting professor in US History at Occidental College, also known as Oxy, where he teaches courses on U.S. Presidents and First Ladies as well as the history of the Democratic Party, from Thomas Jefferson to Joe Biden.

    In addition to Oxy, Dr. Balcerski is a professor of American history at Eastern Connecticut State University.

    Dr. Balcerski is also a Long-Term Fellow at the Huntington Library, where he is conducting research for his forthcoming book The Greatest Party Ever Known, which we discuss in this episode….

    He is the author of Bosom Friends: The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King. Among his many publications and projects with the White House History Quarterly, Civil War History, Journal of Social History, and others, he recently appeared on the Discovery+ series “The Book of Queer” to discuss the sexuality of Abraham Lincoln.

    To learn more about Dr. Balcerski, you can visit his academic homepage,

    In addition, below are links to two other fascinating episodes:

    S3E1: Principles & Roots of the GOP, Prof. Joel Richard Paul 

    S2E41: A 2nd Trump Term? Prof. Michael J. Gerhardt

    I hope you enjoy these episodes.

    Adel

    Host of the History Behind News podcast


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    • 1 hr 9 min
    S3E3: How Podcasts Are Changing Journalism - History of Podcasting

    S3E3: How Podcasts Are Changing Journalism - History of Podcasting

    It's the two-year anniversary of the History Behind News podcast. Given this news, we decided to look into the history behind podcasting. For example, how did podcasting become a thing? How and when did podcasting morph out of its super geeky & techy origins, into this huge, supercool, mainstream phenomenon? And how is a podcast different than, say, a radio program that’s just uploaded onto the Internet and then called a podcast? And finally, what makes for a good podcast?

    To get answers to all these questions, I spoke with Dr. Martin Spinelli – Professor of Podcasting and Creative Media at the University of Sussex in Brighton, the United Kingdom.

    He is the lead editor of the Bloomsbury Podcast Studies book series, co-host and executive producer of the podcast For Your Ears Only, and writer and executive producer of the recently released adolescent emotional well-being sci-fi podcast drama, The Rez. His benchmark radio art series Radio Radioand LINEbreak are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Television and Radio in New York. 

    To learn more about Dr. Spinelli, you can visit his academic homepage. And here is an Amazon link to his book, Podcasting: The Audio Media Revolution, which we discuss in this episode.

    I hope you enjoy this episode. 

    Adel

    Host of the History Behind News podcast


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    • 1 hr 9 min
    S3E2: History of US Air Force - Pentagon Unveils B-21 Raider, A New Stealth Bomber

    S3E2: History of US Air Force - Pentagon Unveils B-21 Raider, A New Stealth Bomber

    The B-21 Raider is a new Air Force superweapon - a stealth bomber that has taken the Northrop Grumman close to a decade to develop on time and under budget. But the US Air Force has been shrinking its bomber fleet since the collapse of the USSR - the Soviet Union. So why develop the B-21 Raider now? Why embark on a huge and highly costly new bomber project now? 

    To dig deeper into this history, I spoke with Dr. Melvin Deaile. He is the Director of the School of Advanced Nuclear and Deterrence Studies, and an Associate Professor in the Department of International Studies at Air University’s Air Command and Staff College. Dr. Deaile teaches classes on nuclear deterrence, nuclear strategy, joint warfighting, and classical military thought. He is a retired Air Force Colonel, where he served two tours in the B-52 Stratofortress and a tour in the B-2 Spirit. He has flown combat operations as part of Operations DESERT STORM and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, including a record-setting 44.3-hour combat mission, and deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

    He is the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and a distinguished graduate of the USAF Weapon School.  Dr. Deailerecently published his first book, Always at War, which chronicles the development of SAC’s organizational culture under Gen Curtis LeMay. Of course, we discuss that book in this episode.

    To learn more about Dr. Deaile, you can visit his academic homepage. And here is an Amazon link to his latest book, Always at War, which we discuss in this episode. 

    In addition, below are links to two other fascinating episodes: 

    S2E8: History of Wars in Ukraine, Dr. David Stone
    S2E5: Who Are Ukrainians?, Dr. Catherine Wanner 

    I hope you enjoy these episodes.

    Adel

    Host of the History Behind News podcast


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    S3E1: Republican Party's History & Founding Principles - Chaos In The People's House!

    S3E1: Republican Party's History & Founding Principles - Chaos In The People's House!

    The 118th Congress convened this week, on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023. But the Republican-dominated U.S. House of Representatives has failed to show even a semblance of proper function. No business has been conducted for the last three days, because we have no Speaker of the House. And as of this recording, the two-year anniversary of the Jan. 6th attack on Congress, Mr. Kevin McCarthy has Failed to win the Speakership after 11 rounds of voting.

    Hopefully, by the time you listen to this podcast, our country will have a Speaker of the House so that U.S. Representatives can be sworn in, so they can legislate so that they can finally conduct the people's business.

    In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, a Republican supporter of McCarthy described the opposition to McCarthy's speakership as a "temper tantrum." The Republican opposition to McCarthy's speakership, composed of some 20 Representatives, consider themselves "conservative purists". But the New York Times explains that their agenda "is mostly to defund, disrupt and dismantle government, not to participate in it". 

    "conservative purists"… the historical question that comes to mind when I hear that term is what are the historical roots of the Republican Party, of conservatism, and what are their founding principles. 

    To get answers to these questions, I spoke with Prof Joel Richard Paul, who is a legal scholar and historian and he teaches Constitutional Law and other subjects at UC Hastings College of the Law. In this episode, he also tells us why the name of his law school has changed and also speaks about cancel culture. 

    To learn more about Prof. Paul, you can visit his academic homepage.

    Here is an Amazon link to his latest book, Indivisible - Daniel Webster And the Birth of American Nationalism, which we discuss in this episode. 

    In addition, below is a link to my conversation with Prof. Gerhardt, in which he compares Mr. Trump's attempt at a comeback in 2024 to prior US presidents. He also tells us what it's like to testify before the U.S. Congress. 

    S2E41: History of Presidential Comebacks, Prof. Michael Gerhardt

    I hope you enjoy these episodes. 

    Adel

    Host of the History Behind News podcast


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    S2E42: Iran - dichotomy of an Islamic state pretending to be a republic. And how CIA’s 1953 coup impacted the 1979 Revolution?

    S2E42: Iran - dichotomy of an Islamic state pretending to be a republic. And how CIA’s 1953 coup impacted the 1979 Revolution?

    Was Iran's 1979 Revolution an Islamic revolution? Many people say no, it was not. So if that's the case, then why did Iranians vote to transform Iran into an Islamic republic shortly after the revolution? And how can an Islamic state also operate as a republic? These are two opposing ideas - one represents the rule of the people and the other rule of the divine. 

    My guest for this episode is Dr. Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, a professor and Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, where he is also the Director of the Sharmin & Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies. He has written extensively on the topics of Iran, the Iranian revolution, social theory, and Islamist political thought in different journals and book chapters. Currently, he is working on a project on Mystical Modernity, a comparative study of the philosophy of history and political theory of Walter Benjamin and Ali Shariati.

    He is the author of three books, including slam and Dissent in Post-Revolutionary Iran, Foucault in Iran: Islamic Revolution after the Enlightenment, and Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution.

    To learn more about Dr. Ghamari-Tabrizi, you can visit his academic homepage.

    Here is a Revolutionary song by Iranian women... it's a song about happiness & not being afraid... 

    In addition, below are links to other episodes about Iran:

    S2E34: Iran's History of Hijab & Women's Rights, Dr. Janet Afary

    S2E33: Iranians of the 1979 Revolution, Dr. Naghmeh Sohrabi

    S2E25: Iran-U.S. Diplomacy, Dr. Vali Nasr

    S1E25: Iran's Leadership, Government Structure & Religion, Dr. Vali Nasr

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    S2E41: A 2nd Trump Term? How his 2024 comeback attempt compares to other US presidents. And can Trump Be Disqualified From Running In 2024?

    S2E41: A 2nd Trump Term? How his 2024 comeback attempt compares to other US presidents. And can Trump Be Disqualified From Running In 2024?

    Barely a week after this year's midterm elections, in which the much anticipated Republican Red Wave never materialized, former President Trump announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election. 

    The only president who succeeded in occupying the White House in two non-consecutive terms was Grover Cleveland. Yet, the story of his comeback is much different than Trump's. In fact, our immediate former president can learn a great deal from Cleveland in how to lose an election and in how to orchestrate his comeback. 

    In addition to Cleveland, Andrew Jackson and Richard Nixon lost their presidential bids. But they stayed in the fight, rallied their support and had their comebacks to win the White House. By the way, when he lost to Kennedy, Nixon gave a brief but beautiful speech before both houses of Congress. Click this link to listen to it: Nixon announces JFK win to Congress 1961.

    To dig deep into this history, I spoke with Professor Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is a Burton Craig Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence at the school of law there. If Professor Gerhardt's voice sounds familiar to you, it's because you've seen him on TV, many times.

     During the Clinton and first Trump impeachment proceedings, Professor Gerhardt served as an impeachment expert for CNN. In the second impeachment trial of President Trump, he was an expert commentator for CNN, Fox, and MSNBC and served as special counsel to the Presiding Officer, Senator Patrick Leahy.

    In addition to all of that, Professor Gerhardt has testified more than 20 times before Congress, including as the only joint witness in the Clinton impeachment proceedings in the House; speaking behind closed doors to the entire House of Representatives about the history of impeachment in 1998. He also testified as one of the four constitutional scholars called by the House Judiciary Committee during President Trump’s impeachment proceedings.

    He is the author of seven books, including the Forgotten Presidents, and also Lincoln's Mentors, and his forthcoming book is FDR's Mentors.

    To learn more about Professor Gerhardt, you can visit his academic homepage.

    In addition, below are links to two other interesting episodes:

    S2E39: History of America's Polarized Politics?, Dr. David Schultz

    S2E27: History of America's Election Disputes, Prof. Edwar Foley

    S2E37: U.S Classified Information - A History, Prof. Heidi Kitrosser

    I hope you enjoy these episodes.

    Adel

    Host of the History Behind News podcast


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    • 1 hr 4 min

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