Professor Buzzkill is an exciting podcast that explores history myths in an illuminating, entertaining, and humorous way.
Americans "Bailing Out" the French Myth
Did the United States really “bail the French out in two world wars,” or is it a blustering, bigoted myth? Professor Phil Nash joins us to discuss what actually happened in World Wars I and II, and whether the United States was “bailing out” the French or repaying a major debt from the American Revolution. Join us as we discuss all the issues. Lafayette, the Buzzkillers are here!
The Myth of Colorblind Christians
Dr. Jesse Curtis shows us how white evangelicals in the 20th century US grew their own institutions and created an evangelical form of whiteness, infusing the politics of colorblindness with sacred fervor. They deployed a Christian brand of colorblindness to protect new investments in whiteness. While black evangelicals used the rhetoric of Christian unity to challenge racism, white evangelicals repurposed this language to silence their black counterparts and retain power. Great Show! Listen and Learn! Episode 428
Myth of Global Cooling
The Global Cooling “evidence” of the 1970s is a “zombie myth” that has plagued public understanding of climate change ever since. Dr. Andrew Ramey from Carnegie Mellon University explains how this myth started, how the media reported it at the time, and how it has been revived and repeated endlessly ever since. It’s one of the most damaging climate change myths, and it skews the climate change debate in dangerous ways. Episode 427
The Equal Rights Amendment
Dr. Rebecca DeWolf explains the complicated, yet compelling, history of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and lays out possibilities for its eventual inclusion in the US Constitution. She also tells us why the ERA’s history has included a long-standing debate over “gendered citizenship.” This is the most comprehensive examination of the ERA in podcast history! Listen and learn! Episode 426
Black Confederates: the Civil War's Most Persistent Myth
Civil War historian, Kevin Levin, explains the history and development of the myth of black soldiers in the Confederate army. He analyses camp servants and slaves during the war, how their service was remembered after the war, and how it became fictionalized and mythologized in the 1970s. Yes, the 1970s, not the 1870s. A fascinating episode on Civil War history and memory!
Man Crush Monday: Ron Stallworth
Ron Stallworth, featured in the Spike Lee film, BlackKkKlansman, was a Colorado police detective who convinced the local Ku Klux Klan to accept him as a member in 1979. Using tremendously creative undercover skills, Stallworth was able to dupe the Colorado Springs KKK to accept him as a member. Stallworth was able to gather vital intelligence about Klan activities in the West, including plans for bombings and other major terrorist activities. Find out how he did it in today’s episode!
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.
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.
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!