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From a global pandemic upending society to an especially intense U.S. presidential election cycle, we’re living in an unprecedented time. Maybe. In this show, Jody Avirgan, political historian Nicole Hemmer, and special guests rescue stories from the entirety of U.S. political history to map our journey through this era. Each episode takes one moment, big or small, from that day in the past and explores how it might inform our present –– and it does so in under ten minutes. New episodes release Tuesdays and Thursdays. Find us at ThisDayPod.com. We’re also posting about moments from the past @thisdaypod on Twitter and Instagram. If you have a suggestion for a topic, get in touch. This Day In Esoteric Political History is a proud member of the Radiotopia podcast network from PRX.

This Day in Esoteric Political History Jody Avirgan & Radiotopia

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From a global pandemic upending society to an especially intense U.S. presidential election cycle, we’re living in an unprecedented time. Maybe. In this show, Jody Avirgan, political historian Nicole Hemmer, and special guests rescue stories from the entirety of U.S. political history to map our journey through this era. Each episode takes one moment, big or small, from that day in the past and explores how it might inform our present –– and it does so in under ten minutes. New episodes release Tuesdays and Thursdays. Find us at ThisDayPod.com. We’re also posting about moments from the past @thisdaypod on Twitter and Instagram. If you have a suggestion for a topic, get in touch. This Day In Esoteric Political History is a proud member of the Radiotopia podcast network from PRX.

    RBG Arrives (1993) w/ Dahlia Lithwick

    RBG Arrives (1993) w/ Dahlia Lithwick

    It’s August 11th. On this day in 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent her first full day on the Supreme Court.

    Jody and Niki are joined by Dahlia Lithwick of Slate to discuss Ginsburg’s nomination and how she went from measured incrementalist to feminist icon.

    Be sure to listen to Dahlia’s special series on RBG in the Amicus podcast feed.

    Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

    This Day In Esoteric Political History is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

    Get in touch if you have any ideas for future topics, or just want to say hello. Our website is thisdaypod.com Follow us on social @thisdaypod

    • 17 min
    Election Sunday: How Third Parties Happen (1848)

    Election Sunday: How Third Parties Happen (1848)

    It’s August 9th. On this day in 1848, former President Martin Van Buren was nominated as the presidential nominee for the breakaway Free Soil Party. The party was short-lived, but influential, and partly responsible for the Republican party’s anti-slavery stance.

    Jody and Niki discuss the FSP, MVB, and what conditions it takes for a viable third party to arise in American politics.

    Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

    This Day In Esoteric Political History is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

    Get in touch if you have any ideas for future topics, or just want to say hello. Our website is thisdaypod.com Follow us on social @thisdaypod

    • 13 min
    The Case Of The Missing Judge (1930)

    The Case Of The Missing Judge (1930)

    It’s August 6th. On this day in 1930, NY Judge Joseph Force Crater disappeared after getting dinner and heading to a Broadway show. He was never seen again, and his case has been a vacuum for conspiracy theories in the years since.

    Jody and Niki discuss Crater’s disappearance, and what his life tells us about the Tammany Hall of corruption and graft in New York City.

    Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

    This Day In Esoteric Political History is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

    Get in touch if you have any ideas for future topics, or just want to say hello. Our website is thisdaypod.com Follow us on social @thisdaypod

    • 15 min
    Braceros (1942)

    Braceros (1942)

    It’s August 4th. On this day in 1942, the US started an immigration program for “braceros,” agricultural workers from Mexico who came to work on farms using temporary visas.

    Jody and Niki discuss how the program forged ties between the US and Mexico, and what it teaches us about borders.

    Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

    This Day In Esoteric Political History is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

    Get in touch if you have any ideas for future topics, or just want to say hello. Our website is thisdaypod.com Follow us on social @thisdaypod

    • 11 min
    Election Sunday: Reagan's Dog Whistle (1980)

    Election Sunday: Reagan's Dog Whistle (1980)

    It’s August 2nd. On this day in 1980, Ronald Reagan kicked off his 1980 presidential general election campaign with a speech at the Neshoba County Fair in MS. During the speech he used the phrase “states rights,” which was widely seen as a racial dog whistle.

    Jody and Niki are joined by Kevin M Kruse of Princeton to discuss Reagan’s campaign, the significance of that kick-off speech, and the long running Southern Strategy.

    Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

    This Day In Esoteric Political History is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

    Get in touch if you have any ideas for future topics, or just want to say hello. Our website is thisdaypod.com Follow us on social @thisdaypod

    • 23 min
    How We Got "In God We Trust" (1956) w/ Kevin M Kruse

    How We Got "In God We Trust" (1956) w/ Kevin M Kruse

    It’s July 30th. On this day in 1956, Congress approved a bill to adopt “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States, mandating that it appear on paper currency and elsewhere.

    Jody and Niki are joined by Kevin M Kruse of Princeton to discuss why the 1950s was the era in which so much religion was codified into American political and society. Kevin’s book about the subject is “One Nation Under God.”

    This Day In Esoteric Political History is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

    Get in touch if you have any ideas for future topics, or just want to say hello. Our website is thisdaypod.com Follow us on social @thisdaypod

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

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469 Ratings

469 Ratings

BeastwithaK ,

New Listener - Great Show

I'm a new listener of the show & I love it! Anytime I can learn new information about history AND have a few good laughs, I'm in! Thank you!!!

Flyingvirtuoso ,

Ugh. I’m out. Social justice warriors masquerade as historians.

I tried to give this podcast a chance. I listened, patiently for months but it never gets better. I wanted to love it. But it’s nothing special. It’s just b-grade leftist drivel by a brave new generation of “woke” young commentators who gleefully throw stones from their comfortable 21st century vantage point. Perhaps this is all millennials are capable of. They have but one paintbrush with which to paint: “On this day in history, America was racist, and here’s how.” Their “historian” has literally made a career making fun of conservatives. I love esoteric history in general, but I just can’t stomach their weekly dose of leftist bias. This is not history. It’s not even journalism. It’s esoteric, but not historical. I’m unsubscribing.

Mehitabel01 ,

Solid show with room to improve

Well-researched and interesting conversations on politics and political history. I would appreciate it if Jody talked slower. I’d also appreciate if the co-hosts were more actively anti-racist; the white-centric focus to history is pretty glaring.

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