Since 2006, bringing historical context to the politics of today. TV pundits discuss politics in a vacuum. Cable news tells you everything is 'breaking news' but in most cases, events have long roots in history. In this podcast, we smash and bash the politics of today with a healthy dose of history
Granting of Certiorari: The Hidden Process Behind the Supreme Court
A bit about an obscure procedure that can mean everything, from a 2011 episode.
The 1866 Mechanics Institute Attack
One violent event, captured in the best media technologies of its time and brought to American living parlors, completely changed American politics during the Reconstruction period. A convention at the stately Mechanics' Institute in New Orleans, determined to create a new constitution where all races could vote, was forcefully ended by police in what investigators could only describe as a massacre. We discuss the event, the reasons behind it, and how it affected political power for ten years.
A look at the Senator's father, his 1968 run, and time as HUD secretary.
16 Obscure Facts About Presidents w/ Jeremy Anderberg of The Art of Manliness and Readmorebooks.co
Who was Chester Arthur's secret pen pal? How did Herbert Hoover spend his last day in office? What was McKinley's obscure accomplishment? What was Rutherford B. Hayes passionate hobby? What event hurt Taft's Presidency from the get-go? How did Martin Van Buren contribute to today's politics? For Presidents Day, a conversation with Jeremy Anderberg of The Art of Manliness website and podcast and ReadMoreBooks.co newsletter. Music -"Swallow" by Pistol Jazz
We've Got Problems. We've Always Had Problems.
In this episode, no big deal, we just tackle about every significant problem we have in our politics today. norm-breaking, free-speech and free-speech limits, threats and violence, double impeachments, pushing envelopes and reverse virtue signaling is all part of this episode. Also, Abigail Adams, a treaty won by a forceful speech, a shadowy organization rising up to oppose a President's agenda, two Founders debate and trade charges of hypocrisy. And a bowling ball.
Lee Rosevere -music.
On The Lincoln Train: The 13-Day Journey of a President-Elect
Lincoln's turbulent period as President-elect also featured a novel twist: a thirteen-day train ride through the states that had cast their votes for him, and two that had not. He countered large cheering crowds and some security risks, while he managed to avoid opining on the fast-paced events of the day and to avoid compromising with violence. We look at some of his speeches, how he handled being President-elect, and the last-minute change and secret voyage conducted for safety reasons.
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Stumbled across this some time ago and it has become one of my favorite pods. I am amazed how each episode well researched, timely and most importantly reflective. Bruce has a wholely unique ability to detail history to connect those events, times and circumstances to today's reality. Thank you for doing great work & godspeed.
I love American history. I have rarely heard someone as well informed as Bruce, and who presents his stories in plain English. I don’t always agree with some his commentary, but that doesn’t take away from the show. He seems like a guy that you could have a beer with and discuss history. Keep it up.
I enjoy these pods. The combination of history and politics is a great concept and always results in an enjoyable and educational listen.