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.

May 2021

Ronald Reagan “Most Terrifying Words – ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” Quote or No Quote?

By |2021-05-14T09:26:59-04:00May 14th, 2021|Myths|

At a press conference on August 12th, 1986, US President Ronald Reagan said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” So [...]

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Otto and Elise Hampel: “Ordinary” Resisters to Hitler’s Regime

By |2021-05-11T12:12:54-04:00May 11th, 2021|Myths|

Otto and Elise Hampel were a working-class German couple who wrote postcards denouncing Hitler's government and left them in public places around Berlin during World War II. Professor Philip Nash explains their significance [...]

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The Historical Novels of Anna Lee Huber – Fiction Friday!

By |2021-05-07T18:51:08-04:00May 7th, 2021|Myths|

Historical novelist Anna Lee Huber gives us a glimpse of what it's like to be a historical novelist. She discusses her famous Verity Kent series (set in Britain during the WWI period) and [...]

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April 2021

Dinner in Camelot: When Art, Literature, and Science Mattered in the United States

By |2021-04-27T10:02:32-04:00April 27th, 2021|Myths|

Joseph Esposito tells us about “the night America’s greatest scientist, writers, and scholars partied at the White House in April 1962. Listen to us discuss this glittering event, including the untold stories of controversy, protest, [...]

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Immigration and “The Deportation Machine” in the United States

By |2021-04-10T14:21:36-04:00April 10th, 2021|Myths|

Professor Adam Goodman explains the unknown history of deportation and the fear that shapes immigrants' lives in the modern United States. He explains how federal, state, and local officials have targeted various groups for expulsion, [...]

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March 2021

Warfare, Technology, Constitutions, and the Making of the Modern World

By |2021-03-30T13:54:42-04:00March 30th, 2021|Myths|

Professor Linda Colley gives us the first full integrative, as well as literary, examination of the written constitution globally. Tracing their rise to the mid-eighteenth century and the emergence of hybrid warfare (cross-continental battles waged [...]

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