My History Can Beat Up Your PoliticsAuthor: Bruce Carlson
21 Aug 2018

My History Can Beat Up Your Politics

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Today's political debates, particularly on cable news, talk radio and blog comments can be limiting. In this podcast, Bruce Carlson applies as much history as possible to the politics of today.

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    Watergate, Whitewater, and The Rich Texture of Presidential Scandal w/ Leon Neyfakh of The 'Slow Burn' Podcast

    With Leon Neyfakh of The 'Slow Burn' Podcast, now in its Season 2,  (make sure to subscribe) we take a look at Presidential scandals and investigations including Watergate, Whitewater, the Travel Office snafu during the Clinton administration and others.  We learn about a Congressman who tried to investigate Watergate too early, and we discuss the Clinton Impeachment 20 years later.  Are there connections between the Nixon and Clinton misdeeds, and similarities to today's politics.  Do supporters care about investigations?  How would Clinton fare with the Me Too Movement today?  Give a listen.  Music by Lee Rosevere in this cast.  


  • Posted on 13 Aug 2018

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    Midterms Don't Always Work Out Badly for Presidents (But Mostly They Do)

    In the past 100 years, over 80% of the first term midterms went badly for Presidents, and their party lost seats.   But in a few cases they did not.  And a few times when they did, the result was very little real change or even a kind of win.  A look at first term midterms during the Presidencies of Chester Arthur, Harding, FDR, GW Bush, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. 

    A combo of new and previously recorded MHCBUYP episodes reveals that while many first term midterms have devastated the President's plans, Presidents don't always do badly, there are 'stave' elections where Presidents have lost so little it's almost a win.   And sometimes, a defeat has positive effects.   

    Music by Josh Woodward and Lee Rosevere in this episode. Find them on the Free Music Archive website.


  • Posted on 06 Aug 2018

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    1983 and How Close We Came to Nuclear War w/ Marc Ambinder

    Examining the moment in 1983 when nuclear war was possible with new research and stories from the Soviet side.  How close did we come to war?  And could that war have been accidental?  w/ White House Correspondent for National Journal and Political Editor of The Atlantic Marc Ambinder, author of "The Brink - President Reagan and the Nuclear War Scare of 1983."  We double down on some of the points made in the Reagan podcast with Marc's exhaustive research.  We also get into the recent Trump-Putin summit. 


  • Posted on 29 Jul 2018

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    Dark Side of Booms Part 2: Wild Times in the North Dakota Bakken Fields w/ Maya Rao

    All about the Bakken oil region of North Dakota and the recent boom.  Fast money and fast growth in a state that had peaked in the 1930's High volume trucking on unsuited roads, High wages matched by high rents and local price inflation, hungry outsiders and upset locals, and ubiquitous "Man camps" housing workers from all over the world.  We speak with Maya Rao, Washington D.C. correspondent for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and author of "Great American Outpost: Dreamers, Mavericks, and the Making of an Oil Frontier"

    Music by Lee Rosevere, Squire Tuck and Josh Armistead (Redfen) is featured in this episode - find them on the free music archive.  


  • Posted on 22 Jul 2018

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    The Dark Side of Booms: The 1920s

    Are economic good times always good?  A look at the 1920's and the other side of booming economic times.  This episode was recorded in 2014. 


  • Posted on 17 Jul 2018

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