December 2020

George Washington and the Development of the Cabinet

By |2020-12-01T09:37:48-05:00December 1st, 2020|Myths|

How and why did George Washington create the cabinet structure that he used in his Presidency? How did it help create new political norms and traditions in the early United States? What was its long-standing [...]

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Gustav Stresmann – Man Crush Monday!

By |2020-12-01T09:29:54-05:00December 1st, 2020|Myths|

Professor Philip Nash explains his man-crush on Gustav Stresemann, the important German politician during the Weimar period. What do Stresemann's career and his hopes for Germany tell us about the strengths that can be found [...]

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November 2020

Rallies for “More History” at the Gettysburg Battlefield

By |2020-11-24T20:14:25-05:00November 24th, 2020|Myths|

Professor Scott Hancock from Gettysburg College joins us to explain the development of efforts to contextualize and historicize the Confederate Monuments at the Gettysburg National Military Park. The summer of 2020 saw a great deal [...]

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Forward and in High Heels: from Ginger Rogers to Ann Richards to Kamala Harris

By |2020-11-19T13:09:47-05:00November 19th, 2020|Myths|

It’s certainly been an exciting November here at the Buzzkill Institute and, more importantly, of course, here in the United States. Buzzkill employees have been working around the clock, trying to keep up with the [...]

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Georgian Texel Uprising and Hitler’s Revenge, April-May 1945

By |2020-11-15T15:00:03-05:00November 15th, 2020|Myths|

In the final days of World War II in Europe, Georgians serving in the Wehrmacht on Texel island off the Dutch coast rose up and slaughtered their German masters. Hitler ordered the island to be [...]

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The Press and Women Politicians from Victoria Woodhull to Kamala Harris

By |2020-11-15T11:14:25-05:00November 14th, 2020|Myths|

Professor Teri Finneman explains how the press has portrayed women politicians running for high office in the United State. From Victoria Woodhull in the 1870s to Kamala Harris in 2020, she enlightens us about how [...]

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Election Polling Errors in US History

By |2020-11-11T10:02:10-05:00November 11th, 2020|Myths|

The pollsters correctly predicted a Biden win in the 2020 Presidential election. But there was no Blue Wave, and Senate seats didn't flip, as many pollsters predicted. Polling prediction errors are common in American history. [...]

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Native Americans in Film, 1941-1960

By |2020-11-03T19:44:45-05:00November 3rd, 2020|Myths|

Professor Liza Black enlightens us about her new book, Picturing Indians: Native Americans in Film 1941-1960. She examines many misunderstandings and misconceptions about Native Americans working in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Episode #388 Get [...]

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October 2020

The Myth of the 1938 War of the Worlds Radio Panic

By |2020-10-26T18:20:35-04:00October 26th, 2020|Myths|

A 1938 radio play based on H.G. Wells' novel, The War of the Worlds, supposedly panicked America. The Martians were invading! People went hysterical and ran for their lives! Or did they? Listen to Professors [...]

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October Surprises in US Presidential Elections

By |2020-10-22T10:54:40-04:00October 22nd, 2020|Myths|

There seem to have been a lot of October Surprises in American Presidential elections since the 1940s. And there have been different types of October Surprises, for different reasons, and with different motivations. But have [...]

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