The 12 Days of Christmas – a Secret Coded Song? Encore!

By Professor Buzzkill / December 25, 2023 / Comments Off on The 12 Days of Christmas – a Secret Coded Song? Encore!

Many of you Buzzkillers already know that most Christian churches celebrate Christmas over a period of 12 days. Depending upon the denomination, it lasts from December 25th to January 5th, or December 26th to January 6th. There are lots of theological reasons for celebrating the 12 days of Christmas, but we’re here to talk about…

Read More

The Candy Cane – Encore!

By Professor Buzzkill / December 22, 2023 / Comments Off on The Candy Cane – Encore!

This week, we examine a history myth that gets a lot of “air time” during the holidays: the supposedly religious origins of the candy cane. The story (seen mostly in emails from your nutty uncle) goes something like this: In the early 20th century, a confectioner in Indiana created the candy cane as a symbol…

Read More

The Mozart-Saleri Feud: Did “Amadeus” Tell the Real Story?

By Professor Buzzkill / December 19, 2023 / Comments Off on The Mozart-Saleri Feud: Did “Amadeus” Tell the Real Story?

The film “Amadeus” was a huge hit in the mid-1980s. It depicted Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri as musical rivals in the Austrian court in the late 18th century, which ultimately ends with Mozart’s early death. But was anything in the film accurate? Did Salieri plot to kill Mozart? Was jealousy over musical genius…

Read More

“It’s a Wonderful Life” 1947 Radio Drama

By Professor Buzzkill / December 15, 2023 / Comments Off on “It’s a Wonderful Life” 1947 Radio Drama

Listeners have asked me to post the 1947 Lux Radio Drama version of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed. Enjoy this great story in a different format! — Buzzkill Bookshelf Michael Willian, The Essential It’s a Wonderful Life – 75th Anniversary Edition: A Scene-by-Scene Guide to the Classic Film To celebrate…

Read More

“It’s a Wonderful Life” Myths and Urban Legends: 2023 Encore!

By Professor Buzzkill / December 14, 2023 / Comments Off on “It’s a Wonderful Life” Myths and Urban Legends: 2023 Encore!

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 in a warplane or submarine would add the extra stress of being trapped, and not even being able to contemplate…

Read More

The Best Years of Our Lives: the Greatest Film You Haven’t Seen!

By Professor Buzzkill / December 12, 2023 /

Released in 1946, The Best Years of Our Lives became an immediate success. Life magazine called it “the first big, good movie of the post-war era” to tackle the “veterans problem.” Today we call that problem PTSD, but in the initial aftermath of World War II, the modern language of war trauma did not exist.…

Read More

Pearl Harbor 2023 Encore

By Professor Buzzkill / December 6, 2023 /

Did FDR know about the attack ahead of time? And who was the attack more devastating for – the United States or Japan? Professor Phil Nash joins us to explain the myths and misconceptions about the December 7th, 1941 attack, as well as the complexities of the cultural importance of the attack since then. You’ll…

Read More

Resistance from the Right: Conservatives and the Campus Wars in Modern America

By Professor Buzzkill / December 5, 2023 /

When thinking of campus protests, most Americans think of left-wing students marching and shouting. Dr. Lauren Lassabe Shepherd shows, however, that right-wing students and groups have protested very frequently on college campuses, even if they haven’t received as much attention from the media. In part, right-wing student protests in the 60s and 70s were a…

Read More

Quote or No Quote? Who Said, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, come and sit here by me”?

By Professor Buzzkill / November 29, 2023 /
Read More

1932: Politics, Protests, and Electioneering in a Crucial American Year

By Professor Buzzkill / November 28, 2023 /

Veteran journalist and commentator, Scott Martelle, describes the fevered political year of 1932. Farmers’ strikes, industrial difficulties, marches and protests by military veterans, women’s rights protestors, tension over prohibition, and much more made this among the most politically active years in American history. Episode 537. — Buzzkill Bookshelf Scott Martelle, 1932: FDR, Hoover and the…

Read More