My History Can Beat Up Your PoliticsAuthor: Bruce Carlson
21 Feb 2019

My History Can Beat Up Your Politics

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Since 2006, this podcast has been using history to elevate today's political debates. Bruce Carlson applies as much historical context as possible to politics and while he's at it, tells a few stories.

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    Carter Ford '76, and the Presidential debate snafu that lead to an unplanned moment of silence.  


  • Posted on 15 Feb 2019

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    Thomas Paine, Common Sense and The American Mind

    A look at one of America's earliest blockbusters, the little book that changed American minds: Common Sense, its author Thomas Paine, the impact it had at the time and what it might mean today. We also examine the creative differences Paine had with his printers, and how much it might have cost to advertise for a book in that time.


  • Posted on 07 Feb 2019

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    Many Candidates

    With so many candidates already announced for 2020, it's worthwhile looking at other elections with lots of candidates, starting with 1988.  


  • Posted on 03 Feb 2019

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    I Am James Buchanan

    He's the President that is on the bottom of most lists.  But why?  And is it fair?  What did he think about his place in history?  We talk about POTUS 15 and look at the events of the run-up to the American Civil War, and we hear from Buchanan, and get his take on his Presidency, through his memoirs.  


  • Posted on 22 Jan 2019

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    The Case That Defined Abraham Lincoln

    Lincoln had many successes in the courtroom prior to becoming President.  But it was his failure to win the Todd Estate case, for his own family, that defined his anti-slavery views.  Bruce goes back to his interview with Sidney Blumenthal, author of 'Wrestling with his Angel' with a focus on this particular turning point in Lincoln's life. 


  • Posted on 17 Jan 2019

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