415 episodes

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

My History Can Beat Up Your Politics The Progressive Podcast Network

    • History
    • 4.6 • 910 Ratings

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

    Grover Cleveland Cake and Other Stories

    Grover Cleveland Cake and Other Stories

    Of the many things Grover Cleveland is remembered for, his still extant wedding cake stands out for the few visitors to his birthplace home in Caldwell, N.J. He's not a President much remembered though podcasts have revived knowledge about him a bit. We discuss Cleveland, his legacy, and a great fight of the 1880's that determined executive power. We also look at another President's argument for why Cleveland should be remembered. We also look at Lincoln's coat, Hayes's oysters and dominos, Washington's teeth and the short military career of William Jennings Bryan.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 58 min
    Andrew Carnegie Questions

    Andrew Carnegie Questions

    Andrew Carnegie went from a bobbin-boy child worker to becoming the richest man in America. He also inspired generations of philanthropists, and his money is still at work today educating minds, funding books and pushing for world peace. But his story raises questions. His attitude towards unions was friendlier than most business people of his day on paper, but his actions differed from his words. And even in his philanthropy, is the model of giving after successful business a good one? We look at these questions, and tell his story.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 36 min
    Introducing "9/12" from Wondery

    Introducing "9/12" from Wondery

    How did 9/11 the day become 9/11 the idea? That question drives award-winning host Dan Taberski (Missing Richard Simmons, Running From COPS, The Line) to shift his focus to what happened on 9/12, and every day after that. 9/12 is a poignant, surprising, and surprisingly funny seven episode series about people who wake up on 9/12 having to navigate a new, radically altered world. A teenager gets caught up in an out-of-control conspiracy theory that he helped start. A Pakistani business owner finds hundreds of his Brooklyn neighbors are disappearing. Joke-writers at The Onion must figure out just how soon is “too soon”? 9/12 asks what it all means. We know what happened on 9/11. But what happened on 9/12 to alter our memory and our perspective forever?
    Listen to 9/12: http://wondery.fm/9_12_MyHistoryBeatUp
    All seven episodes of 9/12 are available to stream now on Amazon Music or Wondery+. Episodes will release weekly everywhere starting September 8th.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 6 min
    Snack, Dessert, Dinner, Supper: The Paris Peace Accords

    Snack, Dessert, Dinner, Supper: The Paris Peace Accords

    Nixon's first bombing campaigns had the names of mealtimes which seem to also correspond with the years of his first term: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972. In this episode we look at Nixon, Kissinger and the Paris Peace Accords that ended the Vietnam War. In addition to providing some additional context for the Saigon 1975 situation so much in the news today, we revisit whether the accord was a sham peace or a true deal. The deal left hundreds of thousands of enemy troops in South Vietnam as U.S. troops exited. Could a better deal have been etched? Or could the same deal have been made sooner. And what about those leopard spots? The great debate over the negotiating table? and the dingy carpet? All this and more.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Mike Duncan on The Marquis de Lafayette and His Two Worlds

    Mike Duncan on The Marquis de Lafayette and His Two Worlds

    With podcast host of Revolutions and History of Rome Mike Duncan, we talk about the Marquis de Lafayette. He left an aristocratic life in France to fight in the American Revolution, and did so with bravery and zeal. He remains the central figure of American-French cooperation. Mike talks about Lafayette's role not just in American history but in French history. He also talks about his book, Hero of Two Worlds. We also chat about Napoleon and Lafayette, French generals and other stories. Music by Kevin MacLeod and Chris Novembrino.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 53 min
    Saigon Comparisons: The Events of April 29th and 30th 1975 and Today

    Saigon Comparisons: The Events of April 29th and 30th 1975 and Today

    We look at the 1975 Operation Frequent Wind - the evacuation of Saigon and the comparisons to today's events, the politics at the time and now and more.  Also - FOR UNBIASED NEWS (or to have a fair chance at seeing the bias), download the app at Ground.News/myhistory. Support our sponsor.
    The first thing to know is, despite the image of failure, those days were an operational success in a sea of bad policy decisions. In this episode we look at that and: the original plan that was ditched, what Marines on the ground that day said, how it felt for a journalist, effects on the '76 election if any, the reluctant ambassador, 2022 midterms and burning US dollars.
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
910 Ratings

910 Ratings

CJD 38912 ,

Best podcast on history

I love this podcast!

dmf from nj ,

Subscribe Now!

Been a listener for years. Bruce puts together a thought provoking and comprehensive podcast every time. Subscribe and tell your friends to subscribe.

DR Murphy ,

Required Listening :)

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.

Top Podcasts In History

Listeners Also Subscribed To

More by The Progressive Podcast Network