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We’re living in unprecedented times. Maybe. In this show, Jody Avirgan, Nicole Hemmer and Kellie Carter Jackson (and guests) take one moment, big or small, from that day in U.S. political history and explore how it might inform our present –– all in about fifteen minutes. New episodes release Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. 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.

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We’re living in unprecedented times. Maybe. In this show, Jody Avirgan, Nicole Hemmer and Kellie Carter Jackson (and guests) take one moment, big or small, from that day in U.S. political history and explore how it might inform our present –– all in about fifteen minutes. New episodes release Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. 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.

    Pets are People (1866)

    Pets are People (1866)

    It’s April 11th. This day in 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is founded.

    Jody, Niki, Kellie and special guest Anne Helen Petersen discuss the rise of animal welfare groups, and how they reflected a growing conversation about morality, labor, child cruelty, and more.

    Be sure to subscribe to Anne’s excellent newsletter “Culture Study” https://annehelen.substack.com/

    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.

    If you want to support the show directly, you can do so on our website: ThisDayPod.com

    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

    • 21 min
    Go Ahead, Make Me Mayor (1986)

    Go Ahead, Make Me Mayor (1986)

    It’s April 8th. This day in 1986, Clint Eastwood is elected mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, a wealthy town of 4,000 in California.

    Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss why Eastwood decided to get into politics, how he want about improving the town, and his political life in the decades since.

    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.

    If you want to support the show directly, you can do so on our website: ThisDayPod.com

    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

    • 19 min
    NYC Revolt (1712)

    NYC Revolt (1712)

    It’s April 6th. This day in 1712, a group of enslaved people start a fire in New York City aimed at sparking a larger rebellion.

    Jody, Niki, and Kellie discuss the slave rebellion of 1712, the landscape of slavery in New York City at that time, and the brutal crackdown to the revolt.

    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.

    If you want to support the show directly, you can do so on our website: ThisDayPod.com

    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
    MLK at Riverside (1967) w/ Peniel Joseph

    MLK at Riverside (1967) w/ Peniel Joseph

    It’s April 4th. This day in 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr delivers his “Beyond Vietnam” speech at Riverside Church in New York City.

    Jody, Niki, and Kellie are joined by Peniel Joseph of UT-Austin to discuss the speech, King’s anti-war stance, and the reaction to his remarks at the time.

    Peniel’s latest book is “The Sword and the Shield.”

    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.

    If you want to support the show directly, you can do so on our website: ThisDayPod.com

    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
    Blowing Smoke

    Blowing Smoke

    It’s April 1st. This day in the early 1980s, a surprising discovery at Mt Vernon.

    Jody, Niki, and Kellie talk about George Washington, conspiracy theories, and more.

    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.

    If you want to support the show directly, you can do so on our website: ThisDayPod.com

    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
    The Rosenbergs (1951) w/ Jamelle Bouie

    The Rosenbergs (1951) w/ Jamelle Bouie

    It’s March 30th. This day in 1951, Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are convicted of spying in order to share nuclear secrets with the U.S.S.R. They would be sentenced to death and eventually executed.

    Jody, NIki, and Kellie are joined by Jamelle Bouie of the New York Times to discuss the case, whether the Rosenberg’s were railroaded, and the larger red-scare context of the time.

    This is the one-year anniversary of the show! Thanks to everyone who has supported us throughout the year.

    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.

    If you want to support the show directly, you can do so on our website: ThisDayPod.com

    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

    • 19 min

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