Professor Buzzkill is an exciting podcast that explores history myths in an illuminating, entertaining, and humorous way.
Operation Torch: The Battle for Tunisia during World War II
Dr. Philip Nash tells us about the under-appreciated and little-understood battle for Tunisia during the North African campaign in World War II. Operation Torch was vital to the eventual Allied victory, but the reasons and explanations are complicated. These "peripheral" operations need more attention in history! Episode 478.
Hugh Thompson: Man Crush Monday
Warrant Officer Hugh Thompson stopped the My Lai Massacre from continuing and saved hundreds of civilian lives. A true hero of the Vietnam War, Thompson was someone whose humanitarian actions have been noted, but not celebrated enough. Professor Philip Nash tells us why Hugh deserves a Man Crush Monday and so much more! Episode 477.
The Roots of Johnny Cash
Long-time Buzzkiller, Dr. Colin Woodward, discusses his new book, Country Boy: the Roots of Johnny Cash. Woodward dispels many myths about Cash, but also about the culture he grew up in, as well as the ways his music developed over his long career. Episode 476.
Martin Niemöller "First They Came..." Encore: Wisdom Wednesday!
Comedian Gary Gulman uses “empathy” as a theme in his new show “Born on Third Base.” Among other things, he discussed Pastor Martin Niemöller famous quote “First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out --- because I was not a socialist.” That is perhaps the most touching and thought-provoking expressions of human and communal responsibility of the 20th Century. But the history of that poem is just as heart-rending, and prompts just as much self-reflection about political and social responsibility as anything that came out of that horrific period. Please listen.
Early Baseball: History and Myth
Professor Buzzkill gets schooled on the early history of baseball! Noted baseball historian, Richard Hershberger, corrects the mistakes that Professor Buzzkill made in his earlier show on Abner Doubleday. But he goes further to explain the complexities of the early years of baseball. Not only is it the history of a sport, it’s the history of urbanization, industrialization, the rise of organized exercise, muscular Christianity, and American popular culture. Batter up, and listen up! You’ll learn a lot! Episode 475
Hatshepsut: the Female Egyptian Pharaoh. Woman Crush Wednesday Encore!
Egyptologists consider Hatshepsut, the fifth pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt, one of the most powerful pharaohs in Egyptian history. Join us as we have a Woman Crush Wednesday about the Egyptian pharaoh who the famous American archaeologist and Egyptologist James Henry Breasted called, "the first great woman in history" that we know about.
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.