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

    #336 - Patton Conquers the World!

    #336 - Patton Conquers the World!

    We hear this all the time in the US: “George Patton should have been unleashed and taken care of the Soviets in 1945 when we had the chance.” And from the movie, Patton: “We're gonna have to fight them sooner or later anyway. Why not do it now, when we got the army here to do it with?” If we had let Patton have his way, the Soviet Union would have been eliminated, there would have been no Cold War, and no threat of a nuclear WWIII. True? Professor Nash from Penn State explains all! One of our best episodes!

    • 41 min
    The Unknown Martin Luther King: Flashback Friday

    The Unknown Martin Luther King: Flashback Friday

    Martin Luther King, Jr. wanted so much more from the US government and US elite, than most people realize. Popular history has airbrushed out far too much about his life and work. Professor Phil Nash reminds us of the importance of King’s work, especially during the forgotten period between his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech and his assassination in 1968. Listen and learn.

    • 40 min
    Ben Franklin, "A Republic, if You Can Keep It" - Quote or No Quote?

    Ben Franklin, "A Republic, if You Can Keep It" - Quote or No Quote?

    When announcing the beginning of impeachment proceedings, the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, brought up a Ben Franklin “quotation.” Franklin supposedly said this after the Founding Fathers had agreed on the broad nature of the new U.S. government in 1787. But is the quote genuine? We explain it all, and the wider context of Franklin’s political and social world.

    • 13 min
    Throwback Thursday: The Pentagon Papers

    Throwback Thursday: The Pentagon Papers

    We explain the complicated and much-mythologized history of the Pentagon Papers, which is shorthand for the government-funded study of US involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967. Once leaked by Daniel Ellsberg and others, American newspapers, led by the New York Times, printed significant extracts from the Papers. This led to a major freedom of the press controversy, and Supreme Court ruling.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Republicans and Impeachment: Nixon and Now

    Republicans and Impeachment: Nixon and Now

    You often hear that "the real heroes" of the Nixon Impeachment Crisis were the Republicans in Congress. They put country ahead of party, so the story goes, and facts ahead of friendship, and urged Nixon to resign rather than be impeached and removed from office. But is that what really happened? Were the 70s Republicans heroic? And exactly when did they take their heroic stand? Professor Buzzkill explains all the complexities!

    • 43 min
    Martin Luther King and the Arc of the Moral Universe

    Martin Luther King and the Arc of the Moral Universe

    Lots of people take comfort from the quote “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,” and it’s usually credited to Martin Luther King. He said it, but was it an original MLK thought? The long history of this famous quote is fascinating and uplifting. Listen and learn!

    • 10 min

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