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Professor Buzzkill is an exciting podcast that explores history myths in an illuminating, entertaining, and humorous way.

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    • 4.6 • 140 Ratings

Professor Buzzkill is an exciting podcast that explores history myths in an illuminating, entertaining, and humorous way.

    Ronald Reagan “Terrifying Words - ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” Quote or No Quote?

    Ronald Reagan “Terrifying Words - ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” Quote or No Quote?

    We scrutinize Reagan's famous quote "the nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help’” in today's episode. Where and when was it coined? What is its broader meaning, and why does Professor Buzzkill call it "moronic and childish"? Episode 416

    • 11 min
    Truman "Socialism is a Republican Scare Word" Quote or No Quote Encore!

    Truman "Socialism is a Republican Scare Word" Quote or No Quote Encore!

    In the early days of the Biden administration, the Harry Truman “quote” about socialism being a Republican scare word is flying around the internet. Rhetoric is so over-heated in American politics these days. But did “Buck Stops Here” Harry really say it? If so, when, where, and in what context? Time for an encore of this popular episode!

    • 7 min
    Otto and Elise Hampel: "Ordinary" Resisters to Hitler's Regime

    Otto and Elise Hampel: "Ordinary" Resisters to Hitler's Regime

    Otto and Elise Hampel were a working-class German couple who wrote postcards denouncing Hitler's government and left them in public places around Berlin during World War II. Professor Philip Nash explains their significance in a combined Man Crush Monday/Woman Crush Wednesday! Episode 415

    • 17 min
    The Novels of Anna Lee Huber - Fiction Friday!

    The Novels of Anna Lee Huber - Fiction Friday!

    Historical novelist Anna Lee Huber gives us a glimpse of what it's like to be a historical novelist. She discusses her famous Verity Kent series (set in Britain during the WWI period) and her Lady Derby series (set in 1830s Britain). It's a Fiction Friday and let's have fun!! Episode 414

    • 28 min
    Mary Ware Dennett - Woman Crush Wednesday!

    Mary Ware Dennett - Woman Crush Wednesday!

    Mary Ware Dennett was an American women's rights activist, pacifist, and pioneer in the areas of birth control, sex education, and women's suffrage. Yet, she is largely unknown to the general public. So, she’s our Woman Crush Wednesday this week! Listen as historian Sharon Spaulding explains Mary’s important life and work! Episode 413.

    • 28 min
    Mother's Day

    Mother's Day

    Major social and political forces led to the establishment of Mother's Day as a major and official holiday. This episode explains those forces, and also tells us who founded Mother's Day. Was it Julia Ward Howe with her famous "Appeal to Womanhood" Peace Proclamation in 1870? Or did Anna Marie Jarvis found it, honoring her own mother in 1908? And what did war and campaigns for international disarmament have to do with the history of Mother's Day? Episode 412

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
140 Ratings

140 Ratings

Troy.T.McClure ,

Nice cleanup of prior history lessons

I highly recommend their three part series about the Nazis as probably their best work of sawing through the myths we were all taught in history classes.

I wish I could take one of Professor Nash’s classes. Even online would be great.

Shayne44 ,

Spanish civil war

As an anarchist I really appreciated these episodes and the difference he pointed out between stalinists and anarchists .

JBoomBoom21 ,

Heard one ep, and already subscribed!

After a trip down a historical movies and Civil War portrayels in film (Gods and Generals is garbage btw), I discovered the term “The Lost Cause” myth, and I was gob smacked that there was a term that encompasses so much about the US Reconstruction and Reconciliation period, especially with the Confederate statues and monuments being torn down. #227 The Lost Cause Myth was a GREAT introduction!

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