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My History Can Beat Up Your Politics

Author: Bruce Carlson

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Since 2006, bringing historical context to the politics of today. TV pundits discuss politics in a vacuum. Cable news tells you everything is 'breaking news' but in most cases, events have long roots in history. In this podcast, we smash and bash the politics of today with a healthy dose of history
166 Episodes
"If we can put a man on the Moon, we can.."  So went myriad complaints about spending at home during the Gemini and Apollo Missions, up to Apollo 11 and after.  In this episode we look at the Moon Landing and its politics.  Including a seemingly apolitical decision to plant a flag on the Moon's surface.  
In our fourth of a series on American commerce, a look at three instances of when U.S. commerce was stopped, for a variety of reasons - from an offensive war effort, to a bid for peace, to a management of peacetime.  And we look at the effects of those interventions.  The embargo of 1807 is an important part of the Presidency of Thomas Jefferson, not often examined in detailed compared to other events. It brought serious economic problems, but was held up by Jefferson as an experiment by a peaceful power. We also examine his Treasury Secretary Gallatin, who had to implement the plan. We also look at Wilson's railroad takeover and Nixon's wage price board. 
It wasn't supposed to be a race.  Gary Hart, Walter Mondale, Jesse Jackson, John Glenn battle to take on Ronald Reagan in 1984.  As do some other candidates.  We look at the race that year and mine it for any insights into 2020 and American politics in general.    
With C-SPAN's Susan Swain and Brian Lamb we talk Theodore Roosevelt and LBJ.  And we discuss their book The Presidents, and the unique ranking system they use to assess and order America's POTUSes.  e also talk abut some of the historians who helped them.  
A look at the Senator who tried to end the Electoral College and the original reasons for it.  It has as much to do with 1969 as it does with 1787
From John Adams and the Alien Sedition Act, Lincoln's rage and FDR's giggling sidekicks, from JFK's light warnings to Trump and the press as the people's enemy, we look at the relationship between President and the Press.  Plus we are joined by Chris Novembrino of the Don't Worry About the Government and All in the Family Podcast to discuss recent effects, where the press stands today, and why actions of the 18th century may still be alive in today's politics.   Music from Lee Rosevere, Nctrnm, AAAlato and Chris Zabriskie in this episode.  
50 years ago, Medicare was created and some of it was recorded. We'll look at the original conversations that demonstrate LBJ's work on the bill, and compare the enactment of Medicare to the Affordable Care Act. And we'll contrast the two bill's passages and implementation, effect and popularity. Based on a previous cast called 'Medicare Atmosphere' from 2010... but updated and re-recorded.
About 3rd parties, with a focus on John Anderson's campaign and many others.
In this episode we look at the concept of "Founding Fathers."  It's not a term common to use on this podcast, but it's not without any meaning either.  We look at the early Americans that helped to 'found' the nation.  One thing is clear - there's a lot of them.  
Or so it seems these days.  Liberals, conservatives, anti-globalists, Fed haters, socialists, libertarians all have a bone to pick with him.  how much criticism does he deserve?   We speak with Patricia O'Toole, the author of 'The Moralist - Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made."We look at the politics of tariffs, foreign policy, intervention, immigration, war and race through the lens of Woodrow Wilson.   Remember to subscribe to My History Can Beat Up Your Politics on iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, CastBox, Google Play or your favorite podcast app.  
Comments (4)

Cholula Hot Sauce

Inuit, dude. We try not to call them Eskimos anymore.

Feb 25th


This long analysis of the now worst president makes it easy to juxtapose him with the soon-to-be worst one. 🥇 How similar they are in being petty, bumbling + confused. ❔

Jan 22nd

Brittany D.

Hi Bruce, thank you so much for a dozen Reagans. I learned a ton!! I wish there was one of these for every president.

Aug 1st

Bruce Carlson

Brittany D. thanks!

Aug 4th
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