The Dangerous History Podcast

The Dangerous History Podcast covers the history that the Establishment would rather you NOT know, helping you learn the past so you can understand the present and prepare for the future.

Vintage DHP Ep. 0052: A History of the US Dolla...
Vintage DHP Ep 52: A History of the US Dollar Part 5
81 min
Vintage DHP Ep. 0035: A History of the US Dolla...
In this vintage episode from 2014, CJ discusses the rise & fall of the Bretton Woods Dollar System.
57 min
Vintage DHP Ep. 0033: A History of the US Dolla...
A reissued Vintage DHP episode from 2014 -- a History of the US Dollar, Part 3.
54 min
Ep. 0207: DHP Villains: Woodrow Wilson, Part 5
CJ dives deep into Woodrow Wilson's intellectual output from his nearly 30-year academic career.
270 min
Vintage DHP Ep. 0026: A History of the US Dolla...
Reissued from 2014, part 2 of CJ's coverage of the history of the US dollar
44 min
Vintage DHP Ep. 0021: A History of the US Dolla...
In this reissued episode from 2014, CJ begins coverage of the history of the US dollar.
73 min
Ep. 0206: The Monopoly on Violence w/Pete Quinones
CJ talks with Pete Quinones, one of the producers behind the documentary film The Monopoly on Violence
63 min
Ep. 0205: Divide & Conquer, Divide & Rule
CJ discusses historical examples of divide & conquer/divide & rule strategies, and their relevance to recent events.
80 min
Ep. 0204: Decentralized Revolution
CJ talks with Aaron Harris about a wide variety of topics on the Decentralized Revolution podcast.
106 min
Ep. 0203: 36 Documentary Films to Watch During ...
The second dozen of CJ's recommended documentaries to watch during quarantine (or een semi-quarantine.)
116 min
Ep. 0202: Dangerous Game Entrepreneurs
CJ talks with Ole, Alex & John, who are currently working on a game app called Story Games.
112 min
Ep. 0201: It's TEOTWAWKI & I Feel Fine (w/Brett...
CJ talks with Brett Veinotte of School Sucks about various aspects of the covid craziness.
71 min
Ep. 0200: Honest History
CJ talks about what history is, how it relates to objectivity and ideology, and his conception of 'Honest History.'
89 min
Ep. 0199: 36 Documentary Films to Watch During ...
CJ discusses the first 12 of his 36 recommended documentary films to watch streaming during the covid shutdown.
73 min
Ep. 0198: Fµ©!≤ Daylight Savings! (The DHP vs DST)
CJ talks about the origins and problems of Daylight Savings Time.
54 min
Ep. 0197: DHP Villains: Woodrow Wilson, Part 4
CJ dissects Woodrow Wilson's seminal 1887 article "The Study of Administration"
100 min
Ep. 0196: Agents Unknown, w/John Murphy & Micha...
CJ talks to the star & director of the documentary film Agents Unknown: A Vietnam War Intelligence Officer's Story
82 min
Ep. 0195: The Manichean Temptation
CJ discusses the pitfalls and problems of a psychological phenomenon he calls 'the Manichean Temptation.'
76 min
Ep. 0194: Richard Jewell: A Dangerous History M...
CJ talks about the 2019 historical drama film Richard Jewell.
56 min
Ep. 0193: A State of Freedom w/Jason Sorens
CJ talks to Jason Sorens, the founder of the Free State Project.
50 min
Ep. 0192: DHP Villains: Woodrow Wilson, Part 3
Part 3 of CJ's coverage of the life & career of Woodrow Wilson, focusing on his years as President of Princeton University.
88 min
Ep. 0191: Aftershock: The Human Toll of War w/M...
CJ talks to Mark Jacob, one of the coauthors of the book Aftershock, which presents photos taken by military photographers at the end of WWII.
63 min
Ep. 0190: 2019 DHP Halloween Special Part 2
Part 2 of CJ's conversation with Joshua (formerly of the Dusty Den podcast), this time discussing favorite horror novels & short stories
69 min
Ep. 0189: 2019 DHP Halloween Special Part 1
Part 1 of CJ's conversation with his friend Joshua (formerly of the Dusty Den podcast) about horror films & fiction.
107 min
Ep. 0188: Introducing the Dangerous History Lyc...
This episode contains part of the course intro lecture for CJ's Rise of the American Empire audio lecture course.
54 min
Ep. 0187: DHP Villains: Woodrow Wilson, Part 2
Part 2 in CJ's coverage of the life & career of Woodrow Wilson
66 min
Ep. 0186: DHP Villains: Woodrow Wilson, Part 1
The first part of CJ's coverage of Woodrow Wilson, the Worst President in American History (so far!)
79 min
Ep. 0185: The Limited Hangout (w/Brett Veinotte)
CJ's discussion with Brett Veinotte of the School Sucks Project on the final day of the 2019 Midwest Peace & Liberty Fest.
88 min
Ep. 0184: DHP Villains: Harry Anslinger
CJ's presentation from the 2019 Midwest Peace & Liberty Fest
84 min
Ep. 0183: The 5 Year Anniversary of the Dangero...
CJ looks back on the evolution of the DHP and then talks about what is to come in the near future.
125 min
Ep. 0182: Cathal Nolan on the Allure of Battle
CJ talks to Boston University professor Cathal J. Nolan about his most recent book, The Allure of Battle.
55 min
Ep. 0181: Place of the Slaughter
CJ tells a dramatic but little-known story of conflict in 16th century colonial America, culminating in multiple massacres.
183 min
Ep. 0180: A Tale of Two Shilohs (w/Chris Calton)
CJ & Chris Calton of the Historical Controversies podcast tag-team an episode telling 2 firsthand accounts of the Battle of Shiloh.
73 min
Ep. 0179: Exploring the Inward Empire with Sam ...
CJ talks to podcaster Sam Davis, host of the Inward Empire podcast.
99 min
Ep. 0178: Considering Community College, Part 2
The second half of CJ's recent conversation with Brett Veinotte about trends in community college.
51 min
Ep. 0177: Considering Community College, Part 1
Brett Veinotte talks with CJ about some of the negative trends he's been experiencing at his teaching dayjob.
64 min
Ep. 0176: The Great Alibi & the Treasury of Vir...
245 min
Ep. 0175: The Real George H.W. Bush with Russ B...
CJ talks to journalist Russ Baker, author of the book Family of Secrets, about the real history of the late GHWB.
86 min
Ep. 0174: DHP Heroes: John Carpenter, Part 2
Part 2 of CJ's coverage of the filmmaker John Carpenter
127 min
Ep. 0173: DHP Heroes: John Taylor Gatto (w/Rich...
CJ talks to Richard Grove and Brett Veinotte about the life, legacy and influence of John Taylor Gatto.
130 min
Ep. 0172: The Voluntary Difference (What CJ sai...
CJ's presentation from the 2018 from the Sound Education podcast conference at Harvard.
31 min
Ep. 0171: DHP Heroes: John Carpenter, Part 1
Part 1 of CJ's discussion of filmmaker John Carpenter.
68 min
Ep. 0170: Johnny Comes Marching Home: The Not-S...
Part 14 of CJ's series on the American Civil War
126 min
Ep. 0169: Autodidacts in History
CJ's presentation from the 2018 Freecoast Festival in Portsmouth, NH.
35 min
Ep. 0168: Mark Thornton on Red Tide & Skyscrapers
CJ talks to economist Mark Thornton about a recent article he wrote on red tide, and his latest book, which is about the 'skyscraper curse' and what it means for the economy.
69 min
Ep. 0167: Endgame: The Not-So-Civil War Part 13
CJ covers the last phases of the American Civil War, including the collapse of the Confederacy and surrender of Confederate forces.
120 min
Ep. 0166: Suppressing Dissent, Reinforcing Beli...
81 min
Ep. 0165: History of Vikings with Noah Tetzner
CJ talks to Noah Tetzner, host of the History of Vikings podcast.
66 min
Ep. 0164: School May Suck, But History Doesn't ...
CJ is interviewed by Brett Veinotte of the School Sucks Project at the 2018 Midwest Peace & Liberty Fest
91 min
Ep. 0163: Avoiding Intellectual Inbreeding
CJ's speech from the 2018 Midwest Peace & Liberty Fest
88 min
Ep. 0162: A Modern-Day Grunt's Perspective, Part 4
Part 4 of CJ's conversations with US Army veteran BT, talking about BT's experience since leaving the army.
100 min
Ep. 0161: "Disregarding the Laws of God and Man...
CJ discusses the 'total war' campaigns of Philip Sheridan and William T. Sherman in 1864.
157 min
Ep. 0160: "Remember the Maine!" & The Pageantry...
CJ explores the origins of the Spanish American War & discusses links & parallels to later events.
194 min
Ep. 0159: A Modern-Day Grunt's Perspective, Part 3
Part 2 of CJ's conversations with BT about his experience in the US Army,
126 min
Ep. 0158: Talking National Security Cinema with...
CJ talks to researcher, writer & podcaster Tom Secker about the influence of the military, CIA, FBI, & NSA on popular films and television shows.
87 min
Ep. 0157: "I was killed.": The Not-So-Civil War...
CJ discusses some events in the Civil War in early- to mid-1864, centered on Grant's Overland Campaign in Virginia.
89 min
Ep. 0156: A Modern-Day Grunt's Perspective, Part 2
Part 2 of CJ's conversations with BT about his experience in the US Army.
97 min
Ep. 0155: A Modern-Day Grunt's Perspective, Part 1
CJ talks to a US Army veteran of the Iraq & Afghanistan wars about his experiences. (Part 1)
151 min
Ep. 0154: Orwell Your Orwell with David Ramsay ...
77 min
Ep. 0153: Mike Resnick
55 min
Ep. 0152: Discussing Mike Resnick’s Santiago in...
In this episode of the DHP, CJ talks to Joshua of The Dusty Den Podcast about the excellent scifi Space Western novel Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future by author Mike Resnick (first published in 1986), a great book with a cult following that deserves ...
134 min
Ep. 0151: American Public Schooling & Inner-Cit...
In this DHP episode, CJ talks to Mike K., a DHP listener and former teacher with extensive knowledge of inner-city education based on both research and firsthand, real-world experience. Join CJ & Mike as they discuss many topics related to education,
78 min
Ep. 0150: In the Shadows of the American Centur...
CJ is joined in this episode by Professor Alfred McCoy, who holds a Ph. D. from Yale University in Southeast Asian history, and currently holds the Harrington Chair in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of many books,
60 min
Ep. 0149: War Machine: A DHP Movie Review with ...
Scott Horton (author of Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan, host of the Scott Horton Show, and founder of the Libertarian Institute) returns for a third time to the DHP, this time to help CJ do a Dangerous History movie review of the 201...
109 min
Ep. 0148: 2017 DHP Halloween Special, Part 1
Join CJ as he shares the following poems & stories: “Hallowe’en” by John Kendrick Bangs “The Outsider” by H.P. Lovecraft “Richard Cory” by Edward Arlington Robinson “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving “The Vampire” by Madison Julius Cawe...
131 min
Ep. 0147: The Sparring of the Amateur Boxer: Th...
This episode fills in the gap between Gettysburg/Vicksburg in the summer of 1863 and the beginning of Ulysses Grant & William T. Sherman’s total war campaigns of 1864, including some lesser-known (but still important) campaigns and battles.
78 min
Ep. 0146: The Grunt’s-Eye Perspective: The Not-...
We mostly get the view from the top when it comes to the American Civil War – that is, the view from the political leaders and generals. We usually get only scattered glimpses of what it was actually like to be an enlisted man or lower-level officer in...
177 min
Ep. 0145: Fool’s Errand: Scott Horton on Americ...
In this episode, I’m happy to welcome Scott Horton back to the Dangerous History Podcast. Scott is managing director of the Libertarian Institute, host of Antiwar Radio and the Scott Horton Show, and opinion editor at
85 min
Ep. 0144: Rise of the Cane Kingdom, Part 2
Join CJ as he discusses: An overview of American sugar politics since 1959. A detailed look at the Fanjul family, who escaped Castro’s revolution, came to Florida, and (with a LOT of political entrepreneurship) built a sugar empire that eventually over...
173 min
Ep. 0143: Rise of the Cane Kingdom, Part 1
Over the past century, large-scale sugar cane cultivation was developed in what became known as the Everglades Agricultural Area, the region just south of Lake Okeechobee, historically a part of the Everglades ecosystem which was drained in the early- ...
123 min
Ep. 0142: History, Naked & Dangerous: A convers...
In this episode, CJ talks to Bryce Blankenagel of the Naked Mormonism Podcast.  (Note: This episode contains the majority — but not all — of the conservation, but Patreon supporters of either the Dangerous History Podcast or the Naked Mormonism Podcast...
48 min
Ep. 0141: Draining the Swamp: The War on the Ev...
Have you been sad that there hasn’t been a Dangerous History Podcast episode in a while? Well, here’s a gigantic plus-sized one that’s about 3x the size of the average DHP episode! (Sorry about republishing this one multiple times,
197 min
Ep. 0140: Thoughts on Cyclical History & Genera...
If you read widely enough in history, sooner or later you start to think there are some clearly repeating themes and problems and trends, and that there are pendulums in society that swing back and forth every few generations.
113 min
Ep. 0139: Gettysburg: The Not-So-Civil War Part 7
It was the largest battle ever fought in the Western Hemisphere, and the high tide for Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Join CJ as he discusses: A little bit about Generals James Longstreet, George Pickett, and George Gordon Meade Robert E.
89 min
Ep. 0138: Free State of Jones: A Dangerous Hist...
In this episode of the Dangerous History Podcast, we take a look at another film set in the American Civil War:  the 2016 film Free State of Jones, directed by Gary Ross and starring Matthew McConaughey. This film tells the story of Confederate deserte...
42 min
Ep. 0137: Gibraltar of the Confederacy: The Not...
Jeff Davis called it the nail that held the Confederacy together; Abe Lincoln called it the key to winning the war. It doesn’t get as much attention from people who aren’t well-versed in the history of this war,
78 min
Ep. 0136: Shenandoah: A Dangerous History Movie...
In this episode, we take a look at the 1965 Civil War film Shenadoah, written by James Lee Barrett, directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, and starring Jimmy Stewart. Join CJ as he discusses: A synopsis and review of Shenandoahand its themes Support the Dange...
43 min
Ep. 0135: More Valor, Less Judgment: The Not-So...
Join CJ as he discusses: Lincoln’s General Orders No. 100, aka ‘the Lieber Code’ The Battle of Fredericksburg The Chancellorsville Campaign The Death of Stonewall Jackson & Southern Civil Religion Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon CJ’s ...
66 min
Ep. 0134: Battle Cry of Freedomishness: The Not...
I was originally going to discuss the song “Battle Cry of Freedom” and the Emancipation Proclamation, and then cover another major battle or two at the end. However, by the time I got done talking about the Proclamation,
82 min
Ep. 0133: Crisis & Leviathans: The Not-So-Civi...
In this episode we’re talking about mobilization of manpower and resources for large-scale warfare and the resultant growth in the size and power of the central state, something that happened on a massive scale in the case of both the Union and the Con...
70 min
Ep. 0132: Upping the Ante: The Not-so-Civil Wa...
In this installment, we’re covering the major military developments in the war up through September of 1862. Join CJ as he discusses: A little bit of background on the 4 most important generals in this episode: Robert E. Lee,
113 min
Ep. 0131: Opening Gambits: The Not-So-Civil War...
Drum roll please……………..Here we go — the first podcast installment in a monstrous enterprise, CJ’s White Whale: the Dangerous History Podcast’s coverage of the War Between the States! In this first installment, we’ll cover the opening moves,
140 min
Ep. 0130: CJ’s 25 Favorite Antiwar Songs
Encompassing a variety of musical genres & a variety of wars, here they are, CJ’s favorite 25 antiwar songs. Links below on the song titles are to CJ’s favorite version that’s available on Youtube of each song.
61 min
Ep. 0129: The Psychology of Power & Obedience w...
On this episode of the Dangerous History Podcast, CJ talks with Dr. Jim Cunagin, a practicing psychiatrist, about the psychology of power and obedience and some of the experiments that can help us understand these phenomena.
127 min
Ep. 0128: Foundation of the Permanent Garrison ...
Between 1946 and 1953, the cornerstones of a permanent garrison state were laid within the structure of the US government. Join CJ as he discusses: Henry Luce’s 1941 article “The American Century” & the construction of the Pentagon (begun on Sept.
55 min
Ep. 0127: Breaker Morant: A Dangerous History M...
Breaker Morant is an Australian movie released in 1980 that tells the true story of three Australian soldiers of the Bushveldt Carbineers on trial for war crimes near the end of the 1899-1902 Anglo-Boer War in South Africa.
40 min
Ep. 0126: The Story of Squanto
Tisquantum (or Squanto, as he’s better known today) was a Patuxet Indian with an incredible, complex life story that  very few people have an inkling of today; and when you look at the story of early seventeenth-century New England from his perspective...
50 min
Ep. 0125: Listener Emails #6
LOOOOOOOOOONG overdue for one of these, so here it is, and extra-plus-sized to compensate for lost time. Join CJ as he shares & responds to messages from listeners on: More thoughts on the historical evolution of Islam Whether there’s any instance in w...
130 min
Ep. 0124: 2016 Election Day Special: The Ameri...
Ever get the sense that the government and politics in the United States is kinda cult-y? If so, CJ thinks your spidey sense is justifiably tingling, and what you’re picking up on is the phenomenon known as the civil religion.
51 min
Ep. 0123: 2016 DHP Halloween Special, Part 1
(BTW, the picture above is CJ’s Jack o’ Lantern from 2014, lovingly hand-carved using only good old-fashioned knives, no namby-pamby power tools.) I love holidays, and Halloween is probably my favorite holiday of all.
68 min
Ep. 0122: Principal Ruffian & Chief Among Plund...
In 1066, the course of English history was dramatically altered, as the realm was conquered by Normans from across the Channel. Join CJ as he discusses: Some backstory on Medieval England & Normandy The death of Edward the Confessor & coronation of Har...
100 min
Ep. 0121: Ravenous: A Dangerous History Movie R...
In the spirit of the season, in this episode CJ reviews the 1999 film Ravenous, a horror movie about cannibalism on the American frontier in the heyday of Manifest Destiny in the mid-nineteenth century.  This film was directed by Antonia Bird and stars...
45 min
Ep. 0120: DHP Heroes: Major General Smedley Butler
In this episode, CJ profiles Major General Smedley Darlington Butler of the United States Marine Corps, probably most famous for being a very highly decorated Marine (the most decorated at the time of his death in 1940),
102 min
Ep. 0119: Party Systems in American History, Pa...
Join CJ as he discusses: The latter Third Party System during the Gilded Age (c. 1870s-1890s) The 1896 election, which ended the Third Party System & ushered in the Fourth The characteristics of the Fourth Party System (1896-1932) The Fifth Party Syste...
70 min
Ep. 0118: Party Systems in American History, Pa...
In light of the currently ongoing freakshow — er, ‘campaign’ — I decided to talk a bit about the big-picture view of the history of American political party systems.  (BTW, audio quality gets better about 2/3 of the through — I did the first part of th...
65 min
Ep. 0117: Operation Underworld
Did you know that the US government, in the form of the Office of Naval Intelligence in World War II & the Central Intelligence Agency in the Cold War, frequently made common cause with La Cosa Nostra & other organized crime syndicates?
68 min
Ep. 0116: Abolitionism & Anarchism (CJ’s presen...
At high noon on Saturday August 27th 2016 I had the pleasure of speaking at the Midwest Peace & Liberty Fest. Here’s the audio of that presentation. Join CJ as he discusses: The different types of antislavery groups in Antebellum America The most radic...
46 min
Ep. 0115: Out with the Old Right, In with the N...
Believe it or not, prior to about the mid-1950s, to be on the “Right” in American political discourse actually meant you opposed American wars & interventions abroad most of the time, and it meant you took seriously ideas of individual liberty,
70 min
Ep. 0114: Three anti-Military-Industrial-Comple...
Join CJ as he discusses: WarGames (1983) Real Genius (1985) Short Circuit (1986) Support the Dangerous History Podcast via Patreon The official DHP Amazon Wish List Other ways to support the show The Dangerous History Podcast is covered by a BipCot NoG...
65 min
Ep. 0113: The Porcellian Club: Harvard’s Skull...
Think the notorious Skull & Bones is the only secret, elite club at an Ivy League school?  Think again. There are actually a bunch of such clubs found at the most elite universities, and the oldest one of its type (to CJ’s knowledge) is actually not th...
46 min