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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 • 144 Ratings

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

    1947 Radio Play - It's a Wonderful Life

    1947 Radio Play - It's a Wonderful Life

    I mentioned on the show the other day that "It's a Wonderful Life" was re-done as a radio play a couple of times. Lots of Buzzkillers have asked me to find the best version and play it. So here it is! This version is from 1947 on the Lux Radio Theater, and stars Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed (as well as supporting actors). Enjoy! Episode #430.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    “It’s‌ ‌a‌ ‌Wonderful‌ ‌Life‌” ‌Myths‌ ‌and‌ ‌Urban‌ ‌Legends: Encore 2021

    “It’s‌ ‌a‌ ‌Wonderful‌ ‌Life‌” ‌Myths‌ ‌and‌ ‌Urban‌ ‌Legends: Encore 2021

    One of the most popular movies of all time, “It’s a Wonderful Life” (starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed) is a holiday classic. It has also given us a cornucopia of history myths and urban legends. Lend an ear as the Professor analyzes these stories, talks about how the movie was received when released in 1946, and highlights many overlooked supporting actors and plot devices in the film. And you learn why the Professor thinks he also has a “wonderful life”! Episode #398.

    • 41 min
    Ben Franklin and the Turkey - Thanksgiving Myths!

    Ben Franklin and the Turkey - Thanksgiving Myths!

    One of the legendary stories that re-appear during Thanksgiving season is that no less a luminary and Founder than Ben Franklin thought that the bald eagle was an improper choice as the national bird and a national symbol. Franklin preferred the more “dignified” turkey, and tried to convince Founding Fathers to agree. Apparently they thought Ben was a senile old sentimentalist, and so they ignored him. But is any of this story true? Listen and find out!

    • 8 min
    American Thanksgiving - Encore!

    American Thanksgiving - Encore!

    The Pilgrims and Native Americans sat down on the fourth Thursday of November in 16-something and started the first Thanksgiving dinner, right? You guessed it. Wrong! It took almost 300 years to get to Norman Rockwell’s painting and the Macy’s Parade. Listen and learn, Buzzkillers!

    • 13 min
    Richard Tregaskis: Reporting under Fire from Guadalcanal to Vietnam

    Richard Tregaskis: Reporting under Fire from Guadalcanal to Vietnam

    Historian Ray Boomhower, one of our most popular guests, tells us the story of war correspondent Richard Tregaskis, who put his life on the line many times to bring Americans the stories of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Listen and learn how important war correspondents are to our history! Episode #429

    • 28 min
    Bonus! Original 1938 War of the Worlds Radio Drama

    Bonus! Original 1938 War of the Worlds Radio Drama

    Buzzkillers have asked us to play the original 1938 radio drama, War of the Worlds, that allegedly caused such a panic. Here it is, in all its historic glory, with a short introduction from Professor Buzzkill. Don't panic!

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
144 Ratings

144 Ratings

Richard L.ionheart ,

One of the very best History Podcast

I have enjoyed this podcast for years. Joe is a very talented historian and writer. The show always features interesting topics and great guests such as Dr. Phil Nash. The guests are all very informative, but it’s Joe who makes the show.

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 .

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