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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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    • 4.5, 123 Ratings

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

    Hitler and Gun Control

    Hitler and Gun Control

    Did Hitler disarm the German citizenry as a way to make it easy to control them? Were Jews and other minorities targeted for gun confiscation so that they could be exterminated? Professor Philip Nash explains this _very_ complicated issue, and busts many myths about Hitler and "gun control."

    • 31 min
    Ante Pavelic - POS Saturday!

    Ante Pavelic - POS Saturday!

    It's hard to be a bigger POS than Ante Pavelic, the fascist ultranationalist and dictator who was one of the worst war criminals in Europe during the 1930s and 1940. The Nazi SS even tried to reign in his excesses! Professor Nash explains all! BTW, it's a brutal episode, so don't let the Buzzlings listen.

    • 24 min
    Ideological Exclusion and Deportation in US History

    Ideological Exclusion and Deportation in US History

    Dr. Julia Rose Kraut explains the history of American laws used to bar or expel foreigners based on their beliefs and associations.  Immigration history is more complicated than most of us think. Listen and learn!

    • 42 min
    European Nationalists and the Confederacy

    European Nationalists and the Confederacy

    Professor Ann Tucker explains that white American southerners closely analyzed European nationalist movements 1830-1860. This led them to conceive of a separate southern nation, and helped them try to defend and legitimize the Confederacy. This great episode presents a new angle on Confederate nationalism, and refutes the myth that southern enslavers were intellectually isolated and ignorant of the trends of the time.  

    • 34 min
    Chief Seattle "We Do Not Inherit the Earth from Our Ancestors; We Borrow It from Our Children" Wednesday Wisdom!

    Chief Seattle "We Do Not Inherit the Earth from Our Ancestors; We Borrow It from Our Children" Wednesday Wisdom!

    As a parting piece of wisdom about generational stewardship of land and nature, Chief Seattle supposedly said to American colonizers pushing west, "we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children." But, like spiritual quotes that get attached to a great many leaders, this may have complicated origins. Listen and learn, Buzzkillers!

    • 4 min
    1918 Pandemic Second Wave

    1918 Pandemic Second Wave

    The second wave of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic was more deadly than the first. In this short episode, Professor Buzzkill explains why, but also wonders whether there are useful parallels for the COVID-19 virus. Listen and learn.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
123 Ratings

123 Ratings

JBoomBoom21 ,

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!

Walker H ,

LOVED the podcast about the Rollin sisters!!

What a fascinating subject- can’t believe that I grew up in Charleston and went to law school in Columbia and knew nothing about these amazing sisters before this podcast! Really enjoyed the content and also the interview with Cappy Yarbrough- her enthusiasm and interest in her subject was really captivating and added so much to the story. I listen to a lot of history podcasts and she just really has a talent for drawing you into the story she’s telling! Great content and great guest!!

BBecht311 ,

Always very good, now it’s getting better

Phillip Nash is my favorite guest; those episodes are thoroughly informative and entertaining. But, I also LOVED the episode on “Did Jesus write the Constitution?” with Craig Hammond. The conversation was smooth, well-paced, not interruptive. As a high school History teacher and born again Christian, I greatly appreciate how Prof. Hammond accurately, fairly, respectfully characterized Christianity and busted the myth that the founding fathers were Christians!

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