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Breaking Protocol: America’s First Female Ambassadors Part 2

 Professor Philip Nash tells us the broader context of America's First Female Ambassadors, the "Big Six," and how they carved out their rightful place in history. He takes the story up to the present day to explain the trajectory of gender parity in US foreign relations. --- Buzzkill Bookshelf Philip Nash, Breaking Protocol: America's First Female Ambassadors, 1933-1964. "It used to be," soon-to-be secretary of state Madeleine K. Albright said in 1996, "that the only way a woman could truly make her foreign policy views felt was by marrying a diplomat and then pouring tea on an offending ambassador's lap." This world of US diplomacy excluded women for a variety of misguided reasons: they would let their emotions interfere with the task of diplomacy, [...]

Breaking Protocol: America’s First Female Ambassadors Part 1

 Professor Philip Nash tells us the history of America's First Female Ambassadors, the "Big Six," and how they carved out their rightful place in history.  He explains how these trailblazers helped pave the way for more gender parity in US foreign relations! --- Buzzkill Bookshelf Philip Nash, Breaking Protocol: America's First Female Ambassadors, 1933-1964. "It used to be," soon-to-be secretary of state Madeleine K. Albright said in 1996, "that the only way a woman could truly make her foreign policy views felt was by marrying a diplomat and then pouring tea on an offending ambassador's lap." This world of US diplomacy excluded women for a variety of misguided reasons: they would let their emotions interfere with the task of diplomacy, they were not up [...]

G. Gordon Liddy: Piece of Sh*t Saturday!

G. Gordon Liddy is the subject of this Piece of Sh*t Saturday. An American political operative and extremist, Liddy was one of the most fascinating figures of the 20th century. But why was he so sh*tty? Find out! --- Buzzkill Bookshelf Will: The Autobiography of G. Gordon Liddy From soldier to Washington insider; from a prisoner who preferred the walls of a prison rather than the betrayal of his principles; to a writer and top radio personality, G. Gordon Liddy is a hero to some, a villain to others, but always an enigma. In 1980, G. Gordon Liddy shocked, surprised, and, ultimately, delighted the world with his vivid, brutally honest, and controversial autobiography, Will. A number one national bestseller in both hardcover and paperback, Will [...]

Fireside Chat on the 1943 Tehran and Cairo Conferences: FDR Friday!

Our final FDR Friday takes us to Christmas Eve, 1943, roughly half-way through the United States’ involvement in World War II. President Roosevelt had just returned from the Middle East, where he held important conferences with fellow Allied leaders about the war, and began to discuss what might be done after the war ended. The Cairo Conference of November 22-26, 1943 was a series of meetings between FDR, Churchill, and Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek of the Republic of China. They discussed how to defeat Japan together, and how to oust Japanese military and colonial forces it had deployed in Asia since the beginning of World War I in 1914. FDR then met with Churchill and Stalin at Tehran from November 28th to December 1st. Among other [...]

The Wild West

“The Wild West” is one of the strongest conceptions in American history. But “where” was the west? How “wild” was it? “Who” settled it? Did settlers build the west with their hands? And how many of the stories about settlers and Native Americans are myths or misconceptions? Professor Edward O’Donnell helps us explain it all, and, perhaps most importantly, the central role that Buffalo Bill played in spreading the “story” of the “wild west.” --- Buzzkill Bookshelf Louis S. Warren, Buffalo Bill's America: William Cody and the Wild West Show William Cody (1846—1917), a.k.a. Buffalo Bill, was the most famous American of his age. A child of the frontier Great Plains, Cody was renowned as a Pony Express rider, prospector, trapper, Civil War soldier, professional [...]

Fireside Chat on National Defense: FDR Friday!

Hello, Buzzkillers. There’s no need to explain the reasons for these FDR Fridays anymore. The contrast between FDR’s Fireside Chats in the 30s and 40s, and whatever it is that we’re calling what’s coming out of the White House these days, is blindly obvious. There’s no need for me to keep saying things like “shocking,” “chaotic,” and “unhinged.” You’re witnessing it. You know what’s happening. Today’s FDR Friday is his Fireside Chat on National Defense, from May 26th, 1940. Hitler had invaded Denmark, Norway, the Low Countries, and France. And the Battle of Britain was looming. In May of 1940, the US was still neutral, although it would become more Allied-friendly in terms of financial support and sentiment. The famous Lend-Lease program (which involved the [...]

Black Confederates: the Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

Civil War historian, Kevin Levin, explains the history and development of the myth of black soldiers in the Confederate army. He analyses camp servants and slaves during the war, how their service was remembered after the war, and how it became fictionalized and mythologized in the 1970s. Yes, the 1970s, not the 1870s. A fascinating episode on Civil War history and memory! --- Buzzkill Bookshelf Kevin M. Levin, Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth More than 150 years after the end of the Civil War, scores of websites, articles, and organizations repeat claims that anywhere between 500 and 100,000 free and enslaved African Americans fought willingly as soldiers in the Confederate army. But as Kevin M. Levin argues in this carefully [...]

Fireside Chat on Drought and Dustbowl: FDR Friday!

I never wanted this podcast to be about contemporary politics, much less contemporary American politics. And the history courses I have taught always stopped at the end of the 20th century. I’ve done this because there’s so much that people and students need to know about the last few centuries, that I didn’t feel that I should tread on the last two decades. But the more historians I interviewed about relevant topics in history, the more I’ve dug into highly disturbing aspects of fairly recent American history, and the more that you listeners have asked me to do things like play the audio from FDR’s Fireside Chats during the current crisis, the more I’ve had to re-think what this podcast could and should do. I [...]

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Philip Nash, Breaking Protocol: America’s First Female Ambassadors 1933-1964

“It used to be,” soon-to-be secretary of state Madeleine K. Albright said in 1996, “that the only way a woman could truly make her foreign policy views felt was by marrying a diplomat and then pouring tea on an offending ambassador’s lap.” This world of US diplomacy excluded women for [...]

Lawrence W. Levine and Cornelia R. Levine, The Fireside Conversations: America Responds to FDR During the Great Depression

“My friends, I want to talk for a few minutes with the people of the United States about banking.” So began the first of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous Fireside Chats, which came on the heels of his decision, two days after his inauguration, to close all American banks. During this [...]

Louis S. Warren, Buffalo Bill’s America: William Cody and the Wild West Show

William Cody (1846—1917), a.k.a. Buffalo Bill, was the most famous American of his age. A child of the frontier Great Plains, Cody was renowned as a Pony Express rider, prospector, trapper, Civil War soldier, professional buffalo hunter, Indian fighter, cavalry scout, horseman, dime-novel hero, and actor. But Buffalo Bill’s greatest [...]

Lawrence W. Levine and Cornelia R. Levine, The Fireside Conversations: America Responds to FDR During the Great Depression

Lawrence W. Levine and Cornelia R. Levine, The Fireside Conversations: America Responds to FDR During the Great Depression. “My friends, I want to talk for a few minutes with the people of the United States about banking.” So began the first of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous Fireside Chats, which came [...]

Kevin M. Levin, Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

More than 150 years after the end of the Civil War, scores of websites, articles, and organizations repeat claims that anywhere between 500 and 100,000 free and enslaved African Americans fought willingly as soldiers in the Confederate army. But as Kevin M. Levin argues in this carefully researched book, such [...]

Lawrence W. Levine and Cornelia R. Levine, The Fireside Conversations: America Responds to FDR During the Great Depression

“My friends, I want to talk for a few minutes with the people of the United States about banking.” So began the first of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous Fireside Chats, which came on the heels of his decision, two days after his inauguration, to close all American banks. During this [...]

Feng Menglong, Stories to Awaken the World: A Ming Dynasty Collection, Volume 3 Shuhui Yang (Translator), Yunqin Yang (Translator) (2014)

This translation provides an unparalleled view of the art of traditional Chinese short fiction. As with the first two collections in the trilogy, Stories Old and New and Stories to Caution the World, the forty stories in this collection are eminently readable, accurate, and lively. They have included all of [...]


 

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