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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

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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

    Truman, the Marshall Plan and the 1948 Election w/ A.J. Baime

    Truman, the Marshall Plan and the 1948 Election w/ A.J. Baime

    A look at Truman,, the Marshall Plan and the 1948 Election.  Why Truman thought he won, and why his opponent Dewey thought he ended up losing.  How he pulled it off.  With A.J. Baime, author of Dewey Beats Truman.  This is A.J. Baime's second appearance on the podcast. Big national projects, big sacrifice and an incumbent President up for election all figure in.  

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Stop Carter: A Story of 1976 Politics

    Stop Carter: A Story of 1976 Politics

    The last-minute bid of California Governor Jerry Brown to unseat Jimmy Carter's nomination raised a lot of questions about politics that are still present today.  Should electability be a factor among primary voters?  Can you out-new the new candidate?  What time is the right time for candidates to 'get out' Should critics shut up to help a nominee in the general or speak their mind?  This, and the surprising figure still very much in politics today who tried to Stop Carter.  

    • 35 min
    Swan Events: Democratic Debates, COVID19 and Other Topics w/ Chris Novembrino of Don't Worry About the Government Podcast

    Swan Events: Democratic Debates, COVID19 and Other Topics w/ Chris Novembrino of Don't Worry About the Government Podcast

    Big discussion with Chris Novembrino of Don't Worry About the Government Podcast.  The Democratic campaign started with over 20 people but ended up in a retro pattern of two candidates by March, a virus has entered politics, an incumbent is up for re-election.  What does it all mean?  

    • 1 hr 36 min
    American Epidemic: Philadelphia's Yellow Fever of 1793

    American Epidemic: Philadelphia's Yellow Fever of 1793

    5,000 or more people died in Philadelphia between August and November of 1793.  Thousands of others, including the President, fled the capital of the country.   In this recast of a 2014 episode, we look at this epidemic and the reaction to it at the time, what healthcare looked like in the 1790's, and other topics.

    • 37 min
    The Spanish Flu of 1918 and Its Aftermath - Conversation with Laura Spinney

    The Spanish Flu of 1918 and Its Aftermath - Conversation with Laura Spinney

    We speak with Laura Spinney, science journalist and author of "Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World" and discuss the dreadful disease that claimed 50-100 million lives, more than the Great War that preceded it.  The so-called 'Spanish Flu' caused global damage but also caused scientists to reflect and develop bettter science and public health strategies.  But how much have we learned those lessons?  We discuss these topics.  

    • 35 min
    Disco Demolition and The First South Carolina Primary

    Disco Demolition and The First South Carolina Primary

    A look at 1980's first South Carolina primary and its intended role at the time as a firewall for conservative politics. We also look at how disco sucked, Dylan went Christian and some events that happened at the same time, all unrelated but in their own way meaningful. Lee Rosevere's excellent Music for Podcasts featured on the episode; 

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

J3wing ,

March 14 Swan Event

We’ve looked forward to each pod for your immersive storytelling of political history. BUT, this week’s podcast, which included a dismissive snippet on the current global health and economic crisis was incredibly insensitive, unexpected and disgusting. Taking lightly the death of American citizens is inexcusable. In addition, this week’s guest provided less intellectual contribution than a 3rd grader and sounded like an audition for Fox News. Your pods have offered a much higher quality than this. With thousands more dead, I hope you’ll address this transgression on your next pod.

dieing for the daily show fix! ,

5 star podcast, 3 star guest

Downgraded the star rating on this podcast due to the increased frequency with which Chris Novembrino appears. Chris is smart and knows what he is talking about, but he is the Steven crowder of the left. His podcast took a major left turn when he lost his co-host which is ok. But, like crowder, he is loud, obnoxious, and fairly impolite. Once he stopped playing moderately, his negative qualities took center stage and it is extremely off putting.

He has an insatiable need to be heard. Like people won’t know he’s smart if he isn’t talking every 10 seconds. In the ‘black swans’ episode of my history, Chris constantly interrupts and talks over Bruce, just like he does with all the guests on his podcast. I came here to listen some something intelligent with historical backgrounds, and instead get an insecure adolescent constantly pulling on daddy’s pant leg for attention.

Bruce is great. Very smart, very well informed. His stuff his well researched with lots of historical background. I will keep coming back for him, and will increase my rating when more mature guests start to appear.

RLP363 ,

Carter Must Go

Every episode is sharp, informative and entertaining. So much reflective and insightful views and solid historical information. A great find in today’s Podcast Libraries.

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