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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 • 145 Ratings

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

    Winston Churchill, Alexander Fleming, and Penicillin

    Winston Churchill, Alexander Fleming, and Penicillin

    One of the absolute best stories flying around the web is the one where a young Scottish farmer boy saved a young English aristocrat from drowning. The aristocrat's grateful father paid for the farmer boy's education. That young farmer boy grew up to become a doctor and to discover penicillin. In later life, he received an emergency call to save a prominent politician's life. The farmer boy's name was Alexander Fleming. The life he saved twice? That of Winston Churchill. But listen to the real story! Episode 435.

    • 8 min
    The Fashionable Politics of American Feminism

    The Fashionable Politics of American Feminism

    Dr. Einav Rabinovitch-Fox tells us how the rise of mass media culture made fashion a vehicle for women to assert claims over their bodies, femininity, and social roles. As women employed new clothing styles, they expanded feminist activism beyond formal organizations and movements and reclaimed fashion as a realm of pleasure, power, and feminist consciousness. Episode 434.

    • 28 min
    Mussolini Didn't Make the Trains Run on Time

    Mussolini Didn't Make the Trains Run on Time

    "At least Mussolini made the trains run on time" is one of history's biggest myths. More importantly, it has been used as a lazy rationalization for electing zealots to high office because they can "get things done." We bust this Mussolini train story in today's Monday Myths to Start the Week. And please remember not to listen to the other "big lies" out there! Episode 433

    • 7 min
    "History Disrupted" by Social Media and the Web

    "History Disrupted" by Social Media and the Web

    Jason Steinhauer joins us to talk over the brilliant ideas and analyses in his new book, "History Disrupted: How Social Media and the World Wide Web Have Changed the Post." A gripping conversation that's at the cutting edge of where history and "e-history" are now, and what might lie in store in the future. Listen and learn! Episode #432

    • 37 min
    J. Edgar Hoover – Crossdresser? Monday Myth to Start the Week!

    J. Edgar Hoover – Crossdresser? Monday Myth to Start the Week!

    The "fact" that J. Edgar Hoover (director of the FBI) was a cross-dresser is well-known and mentioned constantly in American culture. But is it true? Did J. Edgar go to parties dressed extravagantly as a woman and call himself "Mary"? We explore this famous story as one of our "Monday Myths to Start the Week." Enjoy! Episode #431

    • 12 min
    Auld Lang Syne 2021

    Auld Lang Syne 2021

    Should old acquaintance be forgot? What? Should we forget old friends? What does Auld Lang Syne actually mean? Why do we sing it every New Year’s Eve? Join the Professor as he waxes lyrical and sentimentally about Auld Lang Syne, Scotland, and good auld Robert Burns!

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
145 Ratings

145 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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