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 2020

Levi and Catherine Coffin: the Underground Railroad

By |2020-02-19T20:14:50-05:00February 19th, 2020|Myths|

In 1876, an elderly man decided to write his memoirs. As we’ll see during this show, he and his wife were very important in 19th century America. They helped a great many people achieve freedom, [...]

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January 2020

Ben Franklin, “A Republic, if You Can Keep It.” Quote or No Quote?

By |2020-01-13T20:22:31-05:00January 13th, 2020|Myths, Quote or No Quote|

These are heady times for historians in the United States. The Trump impeachment saga has made Lady Buzzkill and I even more highly desired guests at dinners around town than we [...]

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Stanley I. Kutler, The Wars of Watergate: The Last Crisis of Richard Nixon

By |2020-01-06T20:23:05-05:00January 6th, 2020|Bookshelf|

The first truly comprehensive history of the political explosion that shook America in the 1970s, and whose aftereffects are still being felt in public life today. Drawing on contemporary documents, personal interviews, memoirs, and a [...]

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Republicans and Impeachment: Nixon and Now

By |2020-01-06T20:22:17-05:00January 6th, 2020|Myths|

A Republican Senator is in his office, thinking about material he’s just seen regarding the sitting President from his own party. He’s troubled, because the evidence indicates a clear violation of US law and an [...]

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Martin Luther King and James M. Washinton (ed) A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

By |2020-01-01T15:15:25-05:00January 1st, 2020|Bookshelf|

These words and others are commemorated here in the only major one-volume collection of this seminal twentieth-century American prophet's writings, speeches, interviews, and autobiographical reflections. A Testament of Hope contains Martin Luther King, Jr.'s essential [...]

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Martin Luther King: Arc of the Moral Universe Bends Toward Justice

By |2020-01-01T15:01:43-05:00January 1st, 2020|Myths, Quote or No Quote|

All too often, researching the origins of well-known quotes leads to a kind of dead end. Famous people are credited with expressions and sayings that were in common use during their time, and those [...]

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November 2019

Ann Hagedorn, Savage Peace: Hope and Fear in America, 1919

By |2019-11-13T05:02:19-05:00November 13th, 2019|Bookshelf|

Written with the sweep of an epic novel and grounded in extensive research into contemporary documents, Savage Peace is a striking portrait of American democracy under stress. It is the surprising story of America in [...]

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