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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

    Washington and The Bill of Rights: A Mystery

    Washington and The Bill of Rights: A Mystery

    George Washington was highly influential in constructing a Constitution, but less so when it comes to the Bill of Rights. A few of them he said in one letter, he even found unnecessary. We just don't know which ones.

    We talk about Washington's role in the convention, his influence on government and what clues he gave in his politics of silence.

    • 29 min
    Iowa, Impeachment and the Universe

    Iowa, Impeachment and the Universe

    A stubborn impeached governor, odd caucus locations, real estate and politics. Bruce talks about the Iowa Caucus, how it works, changes in 2020, its history and influence and what things look like this year. Impeachment and the current universe of politics in the United States. He finds a silver lining in the whole impeachment discussion, and discuss impeachment and political fallout, and Trump's chances.

    • 42 min
    The 25th Amendment, Section Four Explained, w/ Brian C. Kalt

    The 25th Amendment, Section Four Explained, w/ Brian C. Kalt

    The Constitution contains two possible forms of presidential removal outside of election, one is the much-discussed impeachment process. The other is the 25th Amendment's fourth section. We discuss 25 Section 4 with Professor Brian C. Kalt, Professor of Law & Harold Norris Faculty Scholar at Michigan State University, including how the amendment works, its uses and its common misunderstanding by the public and Hollywood writers.

    • 46 min
    Eyewitness to Kent State Shootings: Paula Stone Tucker

    Eyewitness to Kent State Shootings: Paula Stone Tucker

    The May 4, 1970 shootings at Kent State killed 4 students and wounded 9. Paula Stone Tucker was a student going through her work and studies on campus when she witnessed a historic event. We talk about Kent State, how the 4 days unfolded, and get Paula Stone Tucker's take on events. She is the author of the book Surviving a Kent State Memoir.

    We are grateful to Ohio vs. the World Podcast for lending the story of another Kent State shooting survivor Dean Kahler. Sign up for Alex's podcast.

    • 54 min
    Unfriending From Jefferson and Adams, to today

    Unfriending From Jefferson and Adams, to today

    A look at the famous series of letters between Jefferson and Adams.  Friends as young diplomats, they 'unfriended' and 'refriended' from the time of their Presidencies and politics to their old age.

    • 51 min
    Impeachment - Conversation with David Priess and Bruce Carlson

    Impeachment - Conversation with David Priess and Bruce Carlson

    It's all of those things. Conversation with David Priess, MHCBUYP listener, COO of Lawfare, Author of several books - about impeachment and the decision to impeach, and the many sides to this question from Tyler to Clinton to Trump.  

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

Hblee15 ,

My History Can Beat Your Politicd

Amazing, informative and enlightening.

wayfarer313 ,

Best US history podcast

Can’t say enough about this cast. I tell everyone about it. Bruce’s research is so thorough, and he addresses historical controversies with good, confident analysis. His takes on presidents and the constitution are enjoyable and sharp.

byrnside ,

Great content almost ruined by poor production values.

The actual content of this podcast is head and shoulders above anything else in the arena. The author is well spoken, offers much context, and thoughtful, informed insight. That being said, I’ve found more than one episode unlistenable due to poor production values. Historical clips and music often have phase issues that bring my ear physical pain and activate tinnitus. If these issues could be remedied, this would easily land in my top 5 podcasts.

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