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
Politics – Looking Ahead to the 2024 Presidential Election with Ian Saxine
Simon, Tobi, and Vaughn are joined by returning guest Ian Saxine to discuss what happened at the November 7th elections, and then look ahead to the 2024 presidential election and discuss what could be the key factors in the likely Biden vs Trump showdown. Also, stay tuned to the end of the episode because we turn our attention to where it’s needed most: Ross Perot.
Hollywood Monopolies, Streaming, & the WGA/SAG-AFTRA Strikes
Simon, Tobi, and Vaughn discuss the historical context from the 1940s through today for the monopolistic actions of today's streaming companies, the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, and the direct action individuals can take to help.
Christmas Film Review and End of Year Roundup
Simon, Tobi, and Vaughn celebrate Christmas by diving into a modern Christmas classic, Klaus (2019). We then take a look back at the year, both on the show and in American politics.
A big thank you to all our listeners and guests who have made 2022 such a special year for the podcast. Apologies for some slight sound quality issues with this episode that were due to some technical issues on the recording.
Politics - The 2022 Midterm Elections with Ian Saxine
Simon, Tobi, and Vaughn were joined by historian and author Ian Saxine to discuss some of the big stories from the 2022 midterm elections, including John Fetterman defeating Dr Oz in Pennsylvania, a big night for Ron DeSantis in Florida, and what might be next for Beto O'Rourke. And stay listening to the end of the episode for some Ross Perot discussion (and impressions).
Cuba and Operation Pedro Pan with John Gronbeck-Tedesco
Simon, Tobi, and Vaughn are joined by historian and author John Gronbeck-Tedesco to discuss his new book Pedro Pan: The Migration of Unaccompanied Children from Castro's Cuba. We discuss the 1959 Cuban Revolution, its impact on the Cuban parents who made the choice to have their children leave the country, and the ongoing legacy of Cuban immigration.
NASA During The Cold War with Brian Odom
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.
Informative and entertaining, hosts have great chemistry. A must listen for anyone with an interest in more recent American history and its media.
The Cuba episode was truly weak. So much back story that was never mentioned.or probed and a guest that didn’t expand.on the history and the current ongoing effects to the world and the US. A Miss.
If it weren’t for the weepy zillenial who calls everything “violence”, this would be a quality show.