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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.

    Witches (1693) w/ Josh Gondelman

    Witches (1693) w/ Josh Gondelman

    It’s October 29th. On this day in 1693, the Salem witch trials came to an end when a superior court decided it would no longer hear “spectral evidence.”

    Jody and Niki are joined by comedian Josh Gondelman to discuss what the witch trials were really about, and what they teach us about conspiracy theories.

    Josh’s podcast is “Make My Day.”

    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

    • 18 min
    Reagan's "Time for Choosing" (1964)

    Reagan's "Time for Choosing" (1964)

    It’s October 27th. On this day in 1964, Ronald Reagan gave a televised speech that marked him as the leading voice of American conservatives.

    Jody and Niki discuss the “Time for Choosing” speech, Reagan’s long political evolution, and how the remarks set the stage for his eventual presidency.

    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

    • 14 min
    Election Sunday: Wellstone Plane Crash (2002)

    Election Sunday: Wellstone Plane Crash (2002)

    It’s October 25th. On this day in 2002, Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash, eleven days before the midterm election.

    Jody and Niki discuss the impact of his death on the midterm election that year, and the political legacy Wellstone left behind.

    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
    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

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