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Fireside Chat on WPA and SSA: FDR Friday!

This is the second of our special shows on President Franklin Roosevelt’s Fireside Chats from the 1930s and 1940s. We started these episodes because an important member of the Buzzkill Braintrust (Lady Buzzkill’s socialite friend, Sandy) recommended the idea. She thought that you might like to listen to some of FDR’s original Fireside chats, so that you could hear what it was like to have a President address the nation competently at a time of crisis and uncertainty. The first one proved to be so popular and to be downloaded in such large numbers that we decided to continue them. In fact, we’re now sending them out as FDR Fridays. Since this week’s presidential press conferences on the Covid-19 virus crisis have been even stranger [...]

Spanish Civil War Part 2

Find out why the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) was one of the most significant conflicts of the 20th Century, and why it's been overlooked. Listen as we explain how complicated and brutal the war was, and why it should be studied more! --- Buzzkill Bookshelf Antony Beevor, The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 The Battle for Spain is a compelling account of one of the most hard-fought and bitter wars of the twentieth century: a war of atrocities and political genocide that was a military testing ground before the Second World War for the Russians, Italians, and Germans. With his thorough and contemporary examination of the Spanish civil war, historian Antony Beevor unravels the complex events from the coup d'etat which started [...]

FDR’s Fireside Chat 1 – Banking

A few weeks ago, several of you Buzzkillers asked us to create episodes about President Franklin Roosevelt’s Fireside Chats from the 1930s and 1940s. You asked if we could play the full audio from these chats with minimal introductory remarks, so that you could hear what it was like to have a President address the nation competently during a time of national crisis. Many of you, and a great number of other Americans, have been surprised (to say the least) at the way President Donald Trump’s public statements about the virus crisis have been, frankly, ridiculous and chaotic. You said that you wanted to listen to some of FDR’s Fireside Chats, so that you could hear the contrast. We’ll play a few of the Fireside [...]

Spanish Civil War Part 1

Find out why the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) was one of the most significant conflicts of the 20th Century, and why it's been overlooked. Professor Phil Nash explains the background and the first half of this dreadful episode in European history. --- Buzzkill Bookshelf Antony Beevor, The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 The Battle for Spain is a compelling account of one of the most hard-fought and bitter wars of the twentieth century: a war of atrocities and political genocide that was a military testing ground before the Second World War for the Russians, Italians, and Germans. With his thorough and contemporary examination of the Spanish civil war, historian Antony Beevor unravels the complex events from the coup d'etat which started the [...]

The Myth of Seneca Falls

Nearly every history book, encyclopedia entry, and news items pins the exact origin of the women’s rights movement in the United States to the meeting at Seneca Falls, New York in July 1848. But can a movement as big as the women’s rights one have one specific geographic origin at only one meeting? It turns out that the answer is no. There had been several women’s political meetings in the 1840s, some of them before Seneca Falls. Women were very active in the anti-slavery movement and they attended emancipation meetings in great numbers. The most famous of these were the series of meetings held by the American Anti-Slavery Society’s “Hundred Conventions” tour of northern states during 1843. The issue of women’s rights was often discussed, [...]

Irish Symbols and Hidden Hibernians

Ever wonder how the shamrock, the Celtic Cross, and the Claddagh Ring became symbols of Irish culture? And which Irish people deserve more historical attention and shouldn't remain "Hidden Hibernians"? Professor Edward O'Donnell explains all in this St. Patrick's Day episode! --- Buzzkill Bookshelf Edward T. O’Donnell, 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish-American History

Levi and Catherine Coffin: the Underground Railroad

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, but very few people have heard of them. As he was writing his autobiography, this old man wanted to stress the centrality and strength of one of his earliest experiences, and the impact it had on how he chose to live his life. You see, Levi Coffin became an opponent of slavery and an abolitionist at the age of seven when he saw a slave working on a chain gang. Young Levi asked him why he was being held in chains. The slave replied that the chains were there to [...]

Buzzkill Bookshelf

Lawrence W. Levine and Cornelia R. Levine, The Fireside Conversations: America Responds to FDR During the Great Depression

Lawrence W. Levine and Cornelia R. Levine, The Fireside Conversations: America Responds to FDR During the Great Depression. “My friends, I want to talk for a few minutes with the people of the United States about banking.” So began the first of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous Fireside Chats, which came [...]

Antony Beevor, The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939

Antony Beevor, The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 The Battle for Spain is a compelling account of one of the most hard-fought and bitter wars of the twentieth century: a war of atrocities and political genocide that was a military testing ground before the Second World War [...]

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

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 vast quantity of new material, Stanley Kutler shows how President Nixon’s obstruction of justice from [...]

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

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 thoughts on nonviolence, social policy, integration, black nationalism, the ethics of love and hope, and [...]

Frederick Taylor, The Berlin Wall: A World Divided, 1961-1989

In the definitive history on the subject, Frederick Taylor weaves together official history, archival materials, and personal accounts to tell the complete story of the Wall's rise and fall. A physical manifestation of the struggle between Soviet Communism and American capitalism that stood for nearly thirty years, the Berlin Wall [...]

Milton C. Sernett, Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory, and History

Sernett compares the larger-than-life symbolic Tubman with the actual “historical” Tubman. He does so not to diminish Tubman’s achievements but rather to explore the interplay of history and myth in our national consciousness. Analyzing how the Tubman icon has changed over time, Sernett shows that the various constructions of the [...]

Ryan Swanson, The Strenuous Life: Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of the American Athlete

In full and intricate detail, featuring an amazing cast of characters from the worlds of politics, athletics, entertainment and more, this is the story of how President Theodore Roosevelt helped shepherd in an American sports and fitness revolution.


 

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