Welcome to Impressions of America, a podcast on modern American history, presented by Simon, Tobi and Vaughn. We cover the changing political discourse since the 1950s. From the Cronkite years to Trump. You can also follow us on Twitter @USAimpressions
George W. Bush - Second Term Troubles
Simon, Tobi, and Vaughn conclude their series of shows on George W. Bush by looking at his second term as president. We cover a range of topics, including the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the NSA's domestic spying program, Hurricane Katrina, the 2006 mid-term elections, and the 2008 great recession. And at the end of the show we discuss Bush’s legacy.
The Cold Civil War
Simon and Vaughn discuss the ongoing troubles in America and look at the ‘Cold Civil War’ that is taking place right now.
The Multiverse of Impressions Podcasts
Simon, Tobi, and Vaughn take a break from usual business to talk about the other podcasts that we work on, including The Joy of Star Wars and The Golden Age of Murder. We also let Vaughn rant about Dr. Oz running for Senator in her home state of Pennsylvania.
The Big Short – with Felix Salmon
Simon, Tobi, and Vaughn are joined by Felix Salmon from the Slate Money podcast to discuss the 2015 film The Big Short. We look at how the film depicts the events of the housing market crash of 2008 and discuss what the films gets right and what it gets wrong. And stay tuned to the end of the episode to find out what Vaughn thinks about trading water as a commodity.
George W. Bush – September 11th, Afghanistan, and Iraq
Simon, Tobi, and Vaughn continue their series of episodes on President George W. Bush by looking at the events and immediate fallout of the September 11th terrorist attacks, as well as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Will Smith, The Oscars, and Don't Say Gay Bill
Simon, Tobi, and Vaughn discuss Will Smith slapping Chris Rock and dive into a brief history of the Oscars. They then discuss some other recent news stories, including Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, and Donald Trump hitting a hole in one. Also, Simon says nice things about Tobi and Vaughn, much to the shock of Tobi and Vaughn.
Informative and entertaining, hosts have great chemistry. A must listen for anyone with an interest in more recent American history and its media.
If it weren’t for the weepy zillenial who calls everything “violence”, this would be a quality show.
Great topics; editing needs work
I have a monetized podcast myself, and I know what a gut punch it can be, hearing that your editing needs work, but I feel like it's SO important to work on editing here, because these topic are extremely interesting and the discussions you are having are also important. I would suggest removal of "you know's," "ums," "ah's," redundancy and tangents. Leaving all of that in pulls the listener out of the experience, and can make this totally not tedious podcast sound tedious. I would also suggest speaking with more inflection and more enunciation, and reintroducing hosts a few times throughout the show, so listeners can tell who's talking. I'm not saying any of this as an "f you," but instead, because I think you could really make this podcast great. The number of ahhs, umms, slips and stumbling I'm noticing throughout each episode, and the obvious lack of streamlined editing on interviews does make for an irritating listen, despite the hosts being well informed on the topics about which they are speaking, and despite the fact that clearly a lot of research goes into the making of each episode. I'd also really like to hear some post production polish. Using programs like ProTools or Adobe for editing, and mixpad or another multitrack editing tool would go a long way in terms of adding some polish. I'll be tuning back in later to see how things proceed. Wishing you three the best of luck!