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We’re living in unprecedented times. Maybe. In this show, Jody Avirgan, Nicole Hemmer and Kellie Carter Jackson (and guests) take one moment, big or small, from that day in U.S. political history and explore how it might inform our present –– all in about fifteen minutes. New episodes release Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. 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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We’re living in unprecedented times. Maybe. In this show, Jody Avirgan, Nicole Hemmer and Kellie Carter Jackson (and guests) take one moment, big or small, from that day in U.S. political history and explore how it might inform our present –– all in about fifteen minutes. New episodes release Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. 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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    Huey Long Invents a Bank Holiday (1933)

    Huey Long Invents a Bank Holiday (1933)

    It’s February 4th. This day in 1933, Louisiana Senator Huey Long invents a holiday out of whole cloth in order to close banks and prevent a bank run.

    Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss why the bank needed to close, and how Long settled on commemorating the day in 1917 when the US cut off diplomatic relations with Germany.

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    Our team: Jacob Feldman, Researcher/Producer; Brittani Brown, Producer; Khawla Nakua, Transcripts; music by Teen Daze and Blue Dot Sessions; Audrey Mardavich is our Executive Producer at Radiotopia

    • 22 min
    Laddie Boy! First Celebrity Presidential Pet (1929)

    Laddie Boy! First Celebrity Presidential Pet (1929)

    It’s February 2nd. This day in 1929, Laddie Boy died and the country mourned.

    Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss Warren Harding’s dog, and why he was such a beloved celebrity.

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    Our team: Jacob Feldman, Researcher/Producer; Brittani Brown, Producer; Khawla Nakua, Transcripts; music by Teen Daze and Blue Dot Sessions; Audrey Mardavich is our Executive Producer at Radiotopia

    • 12 min
    Carter Hacks Iowa (1976)

    Carter Hacks Iowa (1976)

    It’s January 31st. This day in 1976, Jimmy Carter is coming out of Iowa having rocketed to the top of the Democratic nomination field. This is in large part because he was the first to recognize the particular way in which the Iowa caucus system favored a certain kind of politics.

    Jody, NIki, and Kellie discuss why Carter was such a great fit for the Iowa style of campaign politics.

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    Our team: Jacob Feldman, Researcher/Producer; Brittani Brown, Producer; Khawla Nakua, Transcripts; music by Teen Daze and Blue Dot Sessions; Audrey Mardavich is our Executive Producer at Radiotopia

    • 17 min
    Elian Gonzalez, Stuck in the US (2000) w/ Geraldo Cadava

    Elian Gonzalez, Stuck in the US (2000) w/ Geraldo Cadava

    It’s January 29th. This day in 2000, the Cuban relatives of Elian Gonzalez are in the United States arguing that the six-year-old child should be returned to Cuba — while his relatives in Miami and many in the Cuban-American community are fighting for him to be kept in the U.S.

    Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Northwestern history professor Geraldo Cadava to discuss why the Gonzalez story became such a flashpoint, and how it played into the political moment.

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    Our team: Jacob Feldman, Researcher/Producer; Brittani Brown, Producer; Khawla Nakua, Transcripts; music by Teen Daze and Blue Dot Sessions; Audrey Mardavich is our Executive Producer at Radiotopia

    • 27 min
    The Black Panther Breakfast Program (1969) w/ Mary Phillips

    The Black Panther Breakfast Program (1969) w/ Mary Phillips

    It’s January 26th. This day in 1969, free meals are being handed out to kids in Oakland, California as part of the Black Panther Party Free for Children Breakfast Program.

    Jody, NIki, and Kellie are joined by Mary Phillips, history professor at Lehman College, to discuss why the panthers started the program, how it reflected the community work they were doing — and how it subverted gender roles within the organization.

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    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

    Our team: Jacob Feldman, Researcher/Producer; Brittani Brown, Producer; Khawla Nakua, Transcripts; music by Teen Daze and Blue Dot Sessions; Audrey Mardavich is our Executive Producer at Radiotopia

    • 25 min
    The Billy Possum Craze (1909)

    The Billy Possum Craze (1909)

    It’s January 24th. This day in 1909, the administration of William Howard Taft has gone completely possum crazy — and is desperately trying to make “Billy Possum” a mascot along the lines of the Teddy Bear.

    Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss why Taft was so infatuated with the possum, and the key differences between the origin stories of the Teddy Bear and Billy Possum marketing campaigns.

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

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    If you want to support the show directly, you can do so on our website: ThisDayPod.com

    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

    Our team: Jacob Feldman, Researcher/Producer; Brittani Brown, Producer; Khawla Nakua, Transcripts; music by Teen Daze and Blue Dot Sessions; Audrey Mardavich is our Executive Producer at Radiotopia

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
835 Ratings

835 Ratings

cmstanford2019 ,

Don't let the word "esoteric" put you off!

This is an excellent podcast on important moments in US history. Perhaps in our "history-is-bunk" culture, some people might call the topics "esoteric" (by which they might mean oscure and unimportant), but I think there are giving us a thick description of how we have became what we are today. They help us to overcome our belief in "imaginary bridges" (see episode "Family Jewels w/ Rick Perlstein") and a false sense of our national innocence. Check out the episode "McKinley Lost-Causes: The Civil War (1898)! Many must-listen episodes!

quoth0 ,

Nice idea but annoying, slanted presentation

I really like the idea of “this day in history,” but instead of a discussion of history, all you get is the hosts trying to signal how progressive they are. I lean left too but it’s irritating. This latest episode was a great example, in which they absolutely fawned over the black panthers. Look, I completely understand / sympathize with the motivation for such an organization to be created in segregated America. But are we seriously going to pretend the black panthers are all sunshine and rainbows?? We’re talking about a group that engaged in extrajudicial torture and killing (google Alex Rackley). There’s no need to excessively demonize the panthers either, but an honest portrayal would at least give SOME indication that they are controversial.

Slimdickly ,

Mmmm…..Hmmmm….

Short, Jody and the crew are smart and clever. Great guests and topics. Love the closing song

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