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
NASA During The Cold War
Simon, Tobi, and Vaughn are joined by Dr Brian Odom, NASA's Acting Chief Historian to discuss NASA during the 1950s and 1960s, including its inception after Sputnik, the increase in public funding under President and his goal of landing a man on the Moon, and the role of Wernher von Braun in the American space program, alongside his Nazi past.
The Paramount Accords
In this bonus episode, Simon, Tobi, and Vaughn look at the Paramount Accords and discuss the ramifications for the film industry on them being repealed. And at the end of the show we re-introduce ourselves for any new listeners, and discuss some of our favourite episodes of Impressions of America from the past four years.
Taking the Family to Disneyland: Mental Escapism from Atomic Threats
Simon, Tobi, and Vaughn discuss Vaughn's research into Disneyland and its place in post-war America. We look at how Walt Disney created a theme park unlike any other and use Disney's other forms of media to promote it.
Talking History with Ian Gordon
Simon, Tobi, and Vaughn are joined by historian Ian Gordon to discuss all things history, including the books that inspired us to study the subject, finding areas of study you're passionate about, and how new technologies and platforms such as podcasts and online learning are changing how history is being taught.
The Modern Democratic Party – with Ian Saxine
Simon, Tobi, and Vaughn are joined by historian Ian Saxine to discuss how the Democratic party have fared in comparison to other centre left parties in the West in the 21st century, and look at how they have responded to challenges from the Republican party during that time. We also dive into the history of the party in modern times after the political realignments that took place in the mid-20th century, and discuss how that continues to impact the party today.
And check out Ian’s history podcast @MainelyHistory
Conservative and Liberal Halls of Fame - Round 2
Simon, Tobi, and Vaughn discuss what the terms ‘conservative’ and ‘liberal’ mean to them, and then they each give their nominations for the Conservative and Liberal Halls of Fame, which they originally created back in 2021.
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!