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New Civil War Documentary

Dr. Keri Leigh Merritt joins us to argue for a new documentary series about the US Civil War. It’s been nearly 30 years since PBS aired the famous series. We discuss the strengths and weaknesses of that classic series, as well as why PBS’s new series on Reconstruction might serve as a template for a new Civil War documentary. Dr. Merritt schools old Professor Buzzkill about the possibilities of new media and new media venues for dynamic historians. Listen and Learn! PBS’s Reconstruction Series may be found on-line at: Professor Merritt’s website is: Her article on a New Civil War Documentary in the Smithsonian Magazine, may be found at: --- Buzzkill Bookshelf Geoffrey C. Ward, Ric Burns, and Ken Burns, The Civil [...]

Quote or No Quote: “Liberal When You’re 25, Conservative When You’re 35”

Winston Churchill “If you're not a liberal when you're 25, you have no heart. If you're not a conservative by the time you're 35, you have no brain.” Quote or No Quote? Well, well, well. Here’s a quote that seems to be as old as the hills (even though it’s only 150 years old at best, and, therefore, it’s a veritable puppy compared to the big dogs of famous quotes and mis-quotations). It’s been attributed to lots of different people -- politicians, playwrights, novelists, and statesmen. It’s been cited as coming from George Bernard Shaw, François Guizot, Benjamin Disraeli, Otto von Bismarck, and Mark Twain. “If you're not a liberal when you're 25, you have no heart. If you're not a conservative by the time [...]

Felice and Boudleaux Bryant

It’s Tuesday, and this is a combined Man Crush Monday and Woman Crush Wednesday! Today we’re going to look at a couple, Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, who were a driving creative force behind perhaps the biggest popular music revolution in American history in the 1950s. Often called the first professional songwriters in Nashville, the Byants wrote songs for The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, and nearly every aspiring singing act of the 1950s. Younger Buzzkillers will just have to ask their grandparents who the Everly Brothers were, and who Buddy Holly was. In some cases, their grandparents will respond, “they were popular when your great-grandparents were young.” If your grandparents or great-grandparents are in the house somewhere while you’re listening to me on the radio, call [...]

The Professor Gets Personal!

Today’s episode is special! It’s an interview I gave to Colin Woodward from the American Rambler podcast. Among other things, we talk about how I started doing the show, and about the nature of historical myths and how damaging they can be. Colin even drags a few personal things out of me! Lady Buzzkill will be horrified! --- Buzzkill Bookshelf Joseph Coohill, Ideas of the Liberal Party: Perceptions, Agendas and Liberal Politics in the House of Commons, 1832-1852 Ideas of the Liberal Party: Perceptions, Agendas, and Liberal Politics in the House of Commons, 1832-1852 utilizes previous unexamined archival material of backbench members of parliament to reveal the emergence and development of early-to mid-nineteenth century liberalism. It analyzes crucial votes in the House of Commons to [...]

Man Crush Monday – Umrao Singh

Umrao Singh was one of thirty-one British Indian Army soldiers awarded the Victoria Cross during WWII, and was the only NCO in Royal Artillery or Royal Indian Artillery to receive a VC during WWII. On the night of 15-16 Dec 1944, Singh commanded a field gun detachment close to front. His defense of his position and his counter-attack on Japanese forces was heroic and has become legendary. But listen to our Man Crush Monday to get the full story! --- Buzzkill Bookshelf Tarak Barkaw, Soldiers of Empire: Indian and British Armies in World War II Re-imagining the study of armed forces and society, Barkawi examines the imperial and multinational armies that fought in Asia in the Second World War, especially the British Indian army in [...]

Truman Assassination Attempt

Puerto Rican nationalists tried to assassinate President Harry Truman in 1950. Then, in 1954, different Puerto Rican Nationalists opened fire in the House of Representatives, wounding Congressmen. Professor Perry Blatz joins us to explain the background to Puerto Rican nationalism and its impact on US political life in the mid-20th century. Listen and learn! --- Buzzkill Bookshelf Stephen Hunter and John Bainbridge Jr, American Gunfight: The Plot to Kill President Truman--and the Shoot-out That Stopped It

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