Professor Buzzkill

About Professor Buzzkill

Professor Buzzkill sometimes goes by the alias Joseph Coohill, a historian of modern Britain and Ireland. In addition to his Oxford doctorate, Coohill has an MA in history from the University of Melbourne (where he was a big fan of Essendon Aussie Rules Football Club) and a BA from Humboldt State University in California (where he was the only non-stoner). He is the author of Ideas of the Liberal Party and Ireland: a Short History (4 editions), as well as many articles and internet pieces on history.

February 2021

“The Deviant’s War”: the Homosexual vs. the United States of America

By |2021-02-24T11:44:25-05:00February 24th, 2021|Myths|

Professor Eric Cervini tells us the secret history of the fight for gay rights that began a generation before Stonewall. Above all, it is a story of America (and Washington) at a cultural and sexual [...]

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Appeasement and “Guilty Women” in Inter-War Britain

By |2021-02-18T17:32:19-05:00February 18th, 2021|Myths|

Professor Julie Gottlieb deepens our understanding of the crisis between World War I and World War 2 in Britain. She shows us how crucial female public opinion was to the development of foreign policy during [...]

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Daughters of Yalta: the Churchills, the Roosevelts, and the Harrimans in 1945

By |2021-02-03T12:23:31-05:00February 3rd, 2021|Myths|

Catherine Grace Katz joins us to tell the story of three intelligent and glamorous young women (Sarah Churchill, Anna Roosevelt, and Kathleen Harriman) who accompanied their famous fathers to the Yalta Conference in February 1945, [...]

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January 2021

“Robert E. Lee and Me” – General Ty Seidule

By |2021-01-28T12:22:57-05:00January 28th, 2021|Myths|

General Ty Seidule returns to the Buzzkill Institute to talk about his wonderful new book, "Robert E. Lee and Me: a Southerner's Reckoning with the Myth of the Lost Cause." This is required listening for [...]

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Presidential Transitions in American History

By |2021-01-13T12:38:58-05:00January 13th, 2021|Myths|

Even though nothing tops the 2020-2021 Trump-Biden "transition," presidential transitions have not always been smooth and stable in American history. Professor Philip Nash explains all and puts historical transitions in the context of what's happening [...]

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Girls to the Rescue: Young Heroines in American Series Fiction of World War I

By |2021-01-04T15:48:44-05:00January 4th, 2021|Myths|

During World War I, many young American women longed to be part of a larger, more glorious war effort. A new genre of young adult books entered the market, written specifically with the young girls [...]

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December 2020

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence

By |2020-12-29T12:34:44-05:00December 29th, 2020|Myths|

Dr. Kate Lemay from the National Portrait Gallery tells us about the popular historical exhibition, “Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence.” She outlines the movement for women to obtain the right to vote as [...]

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The Weemsy Awards! Worst Abuses of U.S. History in 2020

By |2020-12-23T11:27:06-05:00December 23rd, 2020|Myths|

The Weemsy Awards spotlight the most egregious misrepresentations of U.S. History in the past year by politicians, celebrities, executives, and more! Professor Edward T. O'Donnell joins us to unveil the winners! Episode #399.

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“It’s a Wonderful Life” Myths and Urban Legends

By |2020-12-26T10:21:33-05:00December 20th, 2020|Myths|

Imagine being tortured by wartime memories. Explosions, death, mutilated bodies (some of them friends of yours), all the screaming. Now, imagine them coming from a very confined and dangerous place. I’ve always thought that being [...]

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Christmas: Commercialism, FDR, the Nazis, and Beyond!

By |2020-12-15T08:11:04-05:00December 15th, 2020|Myths|

Professor Philip Nash explains the complexities of the celebration and commercialism of Christmas -- from the Roman holiday of Saturnalia to the Victorian era to the Nazi period and beyond! Listen to the best explanation [...]

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