My History Can Beat Up Your Politics

Since 2006, this podcast has been using history to elevate today's political debates.  "The perfect antidote to bloviating talking heads, My History is thoughtful, nuanced, and highly engaging." -Columbia Journalism Review

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The Craziest Speaker Election Ever and Other Ep...
There have been some pretty interesting elections for Speaker of the House of Representatives in the United States, but only one where the Congressional Mace had to be pulled out in order to be used as a potential weapon.  We go over the 1849...
52 min
302
Why Did the Founders, Signers, Framers Wear Wig...
Why Did the Founders, Signers, Framers Wear Wigs And Other Stories... (FROM THEY SIGNED PODCAST)
20 min
303
LIncoln Goes to China
Even while dealing with a Civil War, Lincoln was focused on foreign policy.  And one key nation was China.  
49 min
304
How Wilson Carried Ohio in 1916, and Other List...
18 min
305
Damned Fool Mistake: Eisenhower's Real Feelings...
We look at the famous - darn fool mistake comment.
16 min
306
The Man Who Saved Boston But Never Got Credit, ...
A bit about Cotton Mather and the unknown man held in slavery to him (for a time) who saved Bostonians from smallpox. The story is an odd mixture of religiousity and science.  Since vaccines could not be proven for years to come, it took a...
32 min
307
Pigasus and Odd Presidential Candidates (2015)
A podcast from 2015 where we looked at odd Presidential candidates and got into Trump's chances as it seemed then in 2015. Did it age well? Maybe, maybe not. Hey, Bruce is not perfect. Still I think it brings up interesting discussion.
30 min
308
Representation: A History
A history of government representing, or not representing, people.
48 min
309
Mad Man Finale, 1980 Election and Many Other Si...
The 1980 GOP primary, a year with a large field of candidates- larger than remembered - makes up Your Tasty Entree in this delicious podcast of TV history and politics.  Also the series finale of Mad Men and how it links to historical discussion....
48 min
310
Your Inner Karl Rove
A look at the politics of 2015
40 min
311
The Return and Return of Nativism
Know Nothings were once derided but their ideas do return again and again in politics, from 2007
20 min
312
Social Security Had Its Glitches Too
In the wake of Obamacare problems, we look at the frustrations of those attempting to implement Social Security.  The first consultant told Congress to drop the idea.  When they refused, an incredible system was developed in the Pre Computer...
47 min
313
Midterm Defeats and Presidential Coattail in Pr...
27 min
314
They Shall from Time to Time?: History of The O...
history of the reactipon speech to the State of the Union
15 min
315
The Fitzsimmons Challenge: How a 1790's Race Go...
From 2014, a story of a republican/democrat challenge to a Federalist stronghold.
39 min
316
Logan Act
When does this law about helping foreign governments take effect?
25 min
317
History of Education in the US and Other Thoughts
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54 min
318
King's Rook: When the President's Party Has the...
Will President Obama retain his protective Senate, a very rare political situation.  
26 min
319
Can The President Just Use the 14th To Pay the ...
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18 min
320
What's All This Talk About Swapping Horses?
War and the effect on Presidential elections.  It's not as clear as we think from the Lincoln quote, which even Lincoln didn't mean to be applied the way it is today.
21 min
321
Wilson Battles with is own Secretary of State, ...
Wilson Battles with is own Secretary of State, and Other Stories
23 min
322
Abolish the Senate!
Or Don't.  
35 min
323
1913 One Hundred Years Ago
29 min
324
Second Terms Worst Than the First
Second Terms Worst Than the First
25 min
325
DC Statehood - from 2013
20 min
326
Transitions from one President to Another
32 min
327
Debates Matter Because They Do
The importance of debates in a campaign, from 2012
33 min
328
A Bunch of Topics, VP Hobart, Deportation
39 min
329
The Key Bridge Factor
Virginia and incumbent Presidents in Elections..
18 min
330
Losing VP Candidates
Losing VP Candidates
20 min
331
Strange Days at Conventions
Bruce Reacts to Clint Eastwood Talking to a Chair at RNC 2012
36 min
332
Why The 1916 Election Matters
1916 was different in many ways.. 
19 min
333
Events of 1916
14 min
334
Wendell Willkie and a Lighting Nomination
26 min
335
In Which the Winner of the '12 Election is Reve...
All about the 1812 Election, a rough one for James Madison
27 min
336
FDR's Newsreels, Coolidge's Microphone - Presid...
Some Presidents have mastered a certain kind of media or another.  We look at this in this episode.  
45 min
337
The Whole 'Do Nothing Congress' Gambit
38 min
338
A Cast from 2011 - Obama, Egypt, More..
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47 min
339
The Boston Police Strike of 1919 and Public Sec...
From 2011.
27 min
340
Game Time in Politics and The Court
38 min
341
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. Fitzge...
a bit from the now public Great Gatsby
7 min
342
Tucson Shooting and American Political Violence
A tragic event has Bruce thinking about political violence and history
18 min
343
A Little About Anarchism
and communism, and a few other things (from 2011)
2 min
344
Does the Challenger Even Matter?
The last days of Ford and Carter 76 illustrates how close an election can get when the President is not popular but not unpopular.  When it's a sitting President - does the person the party picks even matter or is it all about the Incumbent?...
62 min
345
Does a President Lose the Presidency When they ...
There appears to be a trend that when Presidents lose the House, the party loses the next Presidential Election.
14 min
346
Autopsy of a Midterm 2010
24 min
347
The Forgotten Other Great Depression (1893)
40 min
348
Clayton's Meetings and Other Thoughts
When is a meeting not a meeting? When it's a Clayton's Meeting
46 min
349
Bicameral Thoughts: Reflection on the 2010 Midt...
Bicameral Thoughts: Reflection on the 2010 Midterm Results
26 min
350
Heller Decision on Guns and the 2A
looking at the decision, its meaning, its interpretation.
30 min
351
Should A President Campaign in Midterms?
History Doesn't Look Kindly on it, and at least one advisor told a President to attack a country instead
18 min
352
Social Security, Civil War Pensions
While Social Security was developed in the 1930's, it's possible to say that there were always some mechanisms for older persons, though not universal ones. 
36 min
353
Al Haig and Other Stories
21 min
354
How the Battle for California Statehood Define...
All About Statehood.  What it means, how did Hawaii and Alaska get added, why aren't there more states?
43 min
355
Nobel Prize, Clue of '62? Minicare
Nobel Prize, Clue of '62? Minicare
26 min
356
Is Healthcare a "Second Third Rail" of American...
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28 min
357
How Primary Became a Verb
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25 min
358
Famous Brokered Conventions
from 2008
51 min
359
The Aughts the Ohs, Burr, Fox, Cuba, Taxes
a bit about these subjects as a decade turns.
59 min
360
You Don't Take on Sitting Presidents Anymore, B...
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34 min
361
What George W. Bush Says for Himself - A Brief ...
we look at former President Bush's memoir.
16 min
362
Incredible Passages - Passing BIg Legislation i...
Passing big legislation
31 min
363
History of the Primaries
History of the Primaries
18 min
364
Obama and Bush Compared (2009)
A comparison between two Presidents.
44 min
365
The Terrible Twos?
Second years just seem to bring trouble...
30 min
366
Presidents in Times of Anxiety
24 min
367
Did Stimulus Work? (2009)
19 min
368
Souter, Torture Memos, Tun Tavern and the Marin...
Listener Questions
32 min
369
Assessing TARP
We take a look at what happened with TARP and the history behind it.
42 min
370
'Squeaker' Re-elections
A look at close re elections, starting w Truman.  Is a trend apparent?
25 min
371
Pennsylvania Swing State
The history of PA as a 'swing state' goes way back. We talked about it in 2008
21 min
372
Ex Presidents
11 min
373
Washington's First Year 1789
As Obama begin his first year, a look at Washington's
25 min
374
Carter 1977
A look at a President's first year.
27 min
375
Beer and Politics, Tea and Taxes, and Other Lis...
Let's talk about beer, tea and veeps.  
28 min
376
An Historic Election, for Many Reasons, Episode...
About the 2008 Election
31 min
377
Hillary Clinton as SecState, Obama's Chances in...
Cast from 2008 looking at the future
37 min
378
Election of 2008 Review, with an eye to history
Why did the 2008 election go the way it did?  we look at that.
36 min
379
Flotsam and Jetsom of the 2008 Election
The 2008 Election was big news, but a lot of little news happened too.
18 min
380
Why Cant We Lean on a Shovel?
Would a WPA style program work in modern times?
42 min
381
Financial Panics in America
a look at America's financial panics
41 min
382
Obama Picks Biden for VP - Other Topics (2008)
34 min
383
Guns and 2nd Amendment (2008)
a look at the origins of the Second
26 min
384
Monroe's First Year as President - 1817
15 min
385
Drifting into Military Involvement in Lebanon 1...
49 min
386
All About Coattails -Does the President Wear a ...
Presidential elections and the House
19 min
387
Ferraro
A surprise VP nomination
20 min
388
The Palin Pick (2008)
17 min
389
Staying in Iraq, Staying in Vietnam
a bit of history
10 min
390
Missouri - The Show Me Swing State
a look at Missouri as a swing state
6 min
391
Filibuster-Proof Majorities, Palin and Teddy, W...
listener questions from 2008
41 min
392
History Picks the President 2008
Using History to Decide the 2008 election and telling some stories along the way.
120 min
393
Charles II is Messing With Us, And Other Stories
There are still some kingly decisions in our governmental structure.
15 min
394
President of the Senate
24 min
395
Fifth and Market Moment - Jefferson and Adams, ...
26 min
396
Tax Cuts - Historical Perspective
Though the first tax cut was in 1872, people werent' really aware they were getting a cut. The tax cut debate we know started in the 20's but really took shape in the early 60's when Kennedy introduced a stimulative tax cut.
17 min
397
Old Dominion
Virginia Then and Now
35 min
398
Fixing the Primaries
Attempts to make the primaries work better over time.  
16 min
399
"Super Duper" Tuesday
History of a Political Primary First
18 min
400
British Prime Ministers and US Presidents
From MacDonald to Churchill to Blair, a little bit about British Prime Ministers and U.S. Presidents
10 min