Green Book Sites: Local History and Architecture

By Professor Buzzkill / March 5, 2024 /

We’ve already learned about the importance of “The Negro Motorist Green Book” from our previous show. Here, historians Catherine Zipf and Susan Hellman discuss their project on the architecture of the sites found in the Green Book and what various efforts are being made to locate more Green Book sites and preserve them. Perhaps the…

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Traveling While Black: The Green Book Guides to African-American Motoring

By Professor Buzzkill / February 25, 2024 /

20th-century automobile travel was supposed to represent freedom, but what else did it represent? Professor Cotten Seiler from Dickinson College joins us to discuss the difficulties and hazards of traveling in the United States faced by African-American motorists in the 20th Century, especially during the height of segregation and Jim Crow. Specifically, we learn how…

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Henry Kissinger Part 2: Perpetual Power?

By Professor Buzzkill / February 20, 2024 /

Professor Philip Nash joins us for Part 2 of our examination of the life and loves of Henry Kissinger, perhaps the most influential American foreign policy figure of the later Cold War. This episode discusses his time in power in the Nixon administration, his carefully crafted public image, and his continuing power after he left…

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Henry Kissinger Part 1: Meteoric Rise

By Professor Buzzkill / February 6, 2024 / Comments Off on Henry Kissinger Part 1: Meteoric Rise

Professor Philip Nash joins us for Part 1 of our examination of the life and loves of Henry Kissinger, perhaps the most influential American foreign policy figure of the later Cold War. We look at his origins, his education, his move into governing circles, and his meteoric rise to power in the 1970s. An amazing…

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Forging America: a Continental History

By Professor Buzzkill / January 16, 2024 / Comments Off on Forging America: a Continental History

“Forging America” speaks to both the complexities of historical experience and the meanings of the past for our present-day lives. Warning against the assumption of preordained outcomes, Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian Steve Hahn focuses the reader’s attention on those moments when historical change occurs. He weaves a history that is continental and transnational, a history of the…

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Unknown Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Professor Buzzkill / January 15, 2024 / Comments Off on Unknown Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King did so much more for American society, and wanted so much more from the US government and US elites, than most people realize. Popular history has airbrushed out far too much about his life and work. Professor Phil Nash reminds us of the importance of King’s work, especially during the forgotten period…

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America’s Origin Stories and Myths

By Professor Buzzkill / January 9, 2024 / Comments Off on America’s Origin Stories and Myths

Dr. Brian Regal joins us to discuss some of the stories and myths about who “discovered” America, and what the continued popularity of those myths tell us about American culture. From Irish saints to marauding Vikings to Chinese admirals to African explorers, people from almost every culture on earth have been credited with discovering America.…

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America: What’s in a Name?

By Professor Buzzkill / January 2, 2024 / Comments Off on America: What’s in a Name?

2024 is going to be a doozy of a year, politically speaking. The fireworks started at the end of last year when the Colorado Supreme Court kicked Donald Trump off the ballot for the presidential election, and then, just as I was sitting down to write this script, the state of Maine removed Trump from…

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New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day – Encore!

By Professor Buzzkill / December 29, 2023 / Comments Off on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day – Encore!

There aren’t many myths about New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day celebrations, Buzzkillers. But most of us don’t give any thought to how the standard Western calendar came about, and how we ended up with those celebrations. So I thought we could end the year, and look forward to next year, with a little…

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Auld Lang Syne: an Appreciation

By Professor Buzzkill / December 28, 2023 / Comments Off on Auld Lang Syne: an Appreciation

It’s that time of year, Buzzkillers, when we ring out the old and ring in the new. This is the end of another year of busting myths and taking names. We couldn’t be more pleased with the way the old show has developed, and we couldn’t be more stoked about the new things we’ve got…

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