This is a podcast about US current events and how they relate to the history of the 1930s and 1940s. Elusive Films believes that the fight for the soul of America depends on understanding our history and where we've been before. Join hosts EJ Russo, Dr. Jason Weixelbaum, and special guest experts as they discuss historical topics relevant to today's political climate. We speak with bestselling authors, Pulitzer Prize winners, and up-and-coming scholars to help you make sense out of what's going on. This project came about as part of Elusive Films' larger plans to put this history on the big screen, so stay tuned! We hope you'll join us.
"Biden is a Socialist!" and the Long History of Rightwing Tropes
Continuing the theme of exploring rightwing populism, Dr. Jay Weixelbaum and EJ Russo discuss the anti-socialism and anti-communism at the heart of this ideology with Austin Clements, a PhD candidate at Stanford University. What they discover is that fascists and the far right use some of the same rhetoric today to attack everything they don't like as they did generations ago. Join Jay, EJ, and Austin as they investigate the roots of these arguments and how they interplay with what's being said in the present.
Trump in Helsinki and the disturbing legacy of American collaboration with dictators
This episode is a blast from the past. Recorded in March of 2021, Dr. Jay Weixelbaum and EJ Russo discuss the disturbing 2018 summit in Helsinki between Trump and Putin. In this meeting, Trump infamously told the world that he believed Putin when he said Russia had not attacked the US 2016 election, even though some of Trump's own campaign officials would later be convicted for such activities. Drawing parallels, Dr. Jay discusses his own research on American businessmen giving Nazi leaders the public benefit of the doubt prior to US involvement in World War II. After so many interesting conversations during the first season of A Nazi on Wall Street podcast, it's time to finally dig into some of the research behind the fascinating and dramatic story Elusive Films is developing. We hope you'll tune in!
Rightwing Populism and the Poisonous Politics of Permanent Outrage
Like Covid, populism cannot be reasoned with. It dresses itself in slogans. It's fixated on outrage. It won’t be won over by facts. It’s inherently suspicious of expertise. It wallows in conspiracy theories. And it's been with us for a long time.
Populism can present itself as both right- and leftwing varieties, but the most dangerous version is fascism, which is a key topic in the A Nazi on Wall Street story. We join Dr. Jay Weixelbaum and EJ Russo to discuss the corrosive politics of populism with expert Dr. David Walsh. Tune in!
The Fight for Civil Rights: Then and Now
The A Nazi on Wall Street Podcast is a discussion about current events, their historical context, and building the world in which the A Nazi on Wall Street story takes place. Even though the Civil Rights Movement primarily takes shape after the 1940s, the Elusive Films team made a conscious choice to include this topic in our series after the historic Black Lives Matter marches inspired in part by the death of George Floyd in 2020. We could not reflect on recent current events without talking about these historic forces. They are essential to understanding where we are and how we got here.
To our great fortune, Pulitzer Prize winning civil rights author Taylor Branch joins Jay and EJ to discuss this important topic and reflect on the differences and similarities between Black Lives Matter and the movement led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., John Lewis, SNCC and others in the 1950s and 1960s. We hope you'll tune in to this timely and salient topic with us.
Homegrown Nazism: The Proud Boys and the origins of American white nationalism with Dr. Alon Milwicki
The A Nazi on Wall Street podcast discusses current events and explores their historical context with experts. We want to help listeners understand an earlier time in the American 20th century. In this case, Jay and EJ talk about a disturbingly relevant and familiar parallel: white nationalist gangs. Just like the Proud Boys today, groups led by Nazi admirers like Gerald LK Smith espoused antisemitism and violent bigotry in the mid-20th century. Join Jay and EJ as they discuss this history with Dr. Alon Milwicki, one of the foremost experts on white nationalist groups.
This isn't an easy history. But we know that every time history repeats, the price goes up. You don't want to miss this one.
Antisemitism in the USA: George Soros, the Tree of Life massacre and the history of legal discrimination with Dr. Britt Tevis
The A Nazi on Wall Street Podcast isn’t just to promote our film project; it is also a conversation about the parallels between our current era and earlier histories of America. In order to understand the world of the 1930s and 1940s, we have to talk about antisemitism. Hate against Jews has cropped up periodically, but discrimination used to be codified in U.S. law, as well.
Dr. Jay Weixelbaum and EJ Russo join Dr. Britt Tevis, an expert in American legal history, to discuss how Jews were discriminated against in the U.S. legal system. Meanwhile, Dr. Jay and EJ connect the modern day hate of Charlottesville and the Tree of Life shooting to this history.
In a time where we hear so much about Critical Race Theory, which describes structural racism in our legal system, this is a timely conversation we hope you’ll tune in to.
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I’m loving this show for the history. The speakers are clear and concise and don’t mess around. Plus it’s very entertaining and makes you feel smart!
A Nazi on Wall Street provided timely and scholarly analysis of the parallels between Biden and FDR. Excellent hosts and an insightful guest who link the past and present. I’m looking forward to a discussion on the topic at hand of Nazis and Wall Street. Good first episode doctor and regular guy.