Professor Buzzkill is an exciting podcast that explores history myths in an illuminating, entertaining, and humorous way.
Watergate and the History of Investigative Journalism
We use the Watergate crisis to examine some of the myths surrounding the history of investigative journalism. By looking both at the 1970s and at the 19th century, we learn that investigative journalism has a long history in the United States. We also learn the crucial role that an “ecosystem” of investigation plays in bringing about change. Professors Nicholas Hirshon and Gerry Lanosga join us to talk about all the issues involved! Episode 490.
Understanding Warren G. Harding
Crikey. Most people don't know much about President Warren G. Harding and his corrupt administration, but they should! A fascinating life and, um, a fascinating look at how corruption and graft can so easily slip into the corridors of power, especially the White House in the 1920s! Professor Philip Nash explains all! Episode 489.
Thanksgiving: History and Myth
Who invented American Thanksgiving, and when did they invent it? The Pilgrims in 1621? Abe Lincoln in 1863? FDR in 1939? Turns out there were a lot of cooks involved in making the traditional American feasting holiday. The Professor gives a brief overview of Thanksgiving's history and myths. Episode 488.
Lydia Maria Child: Woman Crush Wednesday
Join us on this Woman Crush Wednesday discussion of Lydia Maria Child, one of nineteenth-century America’s most courageous abolitionists. She started her career as a beloved and self-sufficient female author of children's literature. But in 1833, Child shocked her readers by publishing the first book-length argument against slavery in the United States. Dr. Lydia Moland explains how she eventually drew untold numbers to the abolitionist cause, becoming one of the foremost authors and activists of her generation. Episode 487
"Wayward Sisters, Depart in Peace" Winfield Scott: Quote or No Quote?
General Winfield Scott famously advised Lincoln to let the "wayward sisters" of the Confederacy "depart in peace." Or did he? Was it that simple? And what does this quote's context tell us about political divisions nowadays? Episode 486
Vernon Burton: Historians as Legal Expert Witnesses
Dr. Vernon Burton tells us about his experiences as an expert witness in civil rights and voting legal cases. It's a fascinating look into how the work of historians can appear in all sorts of places, and can do some direct good for the rights of the people! Episode 485.
Why history is not boring
Thoughtful and entertaining. Always takes real scholarship on history and makes it engaging and accessible. Now that the history channel has morphed into the bad sci-fi channel, this is my go to for a good history fix.
Always delivers great content
Really appreciate the variety of topics covered. Never a dull moment listening to the Professor!
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.