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#1 - J. Edgar Hoover and Cross Dressing

Professor Buzzkill History Podcast

Release Date: 05/05/2015

Lincoln: Lincoln: "Government of the people, by the people, for the people." #WisdomWednesday

Professor Buzzkill History Podcast

Anybody who's completed an elementary school education knows that Abraham Lincoln finished his dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on November 19, 1863 by saying that, "...we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." But I thought the background of the quote might fascinate you, and also provide more ammunition for your assault on the ignorance among your office-mates...

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Levi and Catharine Coffin - The Underground Railroad show art Levi and Catharine Coffin - The Underground Railroad

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Episode #338 - Levi and Catharine Coffin were early leaders of the Underground Railroad. Opposed to slavery from childhood, they helped over 3,000 slaves escape to freedom by the end of the Civil War. They pioneered a very broad anti-slavery approach, from direct action (the Underground Railroad) to other tactics, such as owning stores and wholesale establishments that sold goods produced only by free labor. Genuine humanitarians! 

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"Your Valentine" St. Valentine: Quote or No Quote?

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Valentine’s Day is here again, Buzzkillers, and you can be certain that we’re depleting the Buzzkill bank account at a rapid clip so that we can give Lady Buzzkill all the best tokens of love and affection befitting her rank and station. And it’s always around this time of year that people ask me about St. Valentine. Did he really pass a heart-shaped note to an admirer and sign it “Your Valentine”? Was this the first Valentine’s Day card? Listen and learn!

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Why Was World War II So Bad? Throwback Thursday! show art Why Was World War II So Bad? Throwback Thursday!

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All wars are bad. But why was World War II so extreme? Coming less than 20 years after World War I (the most extreme war up until that time), the Second World War’s death toll is _conservatively_ calculated at 60 million people. And some estimates are higher than that. Professor Phil Nash joins us to explain why the death and destruction were so severe, and to give us grim statistics on some overlooked facts. These include: the number of civilian deaths outweighing military deaths, and the number of Allied deaths far exceeding Axis deaths. If this episode doesn’t bring the peace-nix in you...

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Roy Cohn: Piece of Sh*t Saturday! #337 show art Roy Cohn: Piece of Sh*t Saturday! #337

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Our inaugural POS Saturday episode is dedicated to one of the biggest pieces of s**t in 20th century American history -- Roy Cohn. Cohn’s influence on American politics and society from the 1950s to the 1980s was almost completely negative. Along with a handful of others, he is responsible for the toxic tone and behavior that has polluted recent American politics. Professor Philip Nash from Penn State explains why Roy Cohn’s our first Buzzkill POS!

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Love and Death in the Great War: Throwback Thursday show art Love and Death in the Great War: Throwback Thursday

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Professor Andrew Huebner joins us to discuss his fascinating new examination of what World War I meant for Americans. Was it to “make the world safe for democracy” or was it for home and family. Find out!

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Winston Churchill,  Winston Churchill, "Some Chicken, Some Neck." Quote or No Quote?

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While addressing the Canadian Parliament early in World War II, Churchill famously quipped that Britain, despite being bombed almost into oblivion by the Luftwaffe, never had its neck wrung like a chicken, by responding "some chicken, some neck." We have the actual recording, but listen to this episode to hear the rest of the story!

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#336 - Patton Conquers the World! show art #336 - Patton Conquers the World!

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We hear this all the time in the US: “George Patton should have been unleashed and taken care of the Soviets in 1945 when we had the chance.” And from the movie, Patton: “We're gonna have to fight them sooner or later anyway. Why not do it now, when we got the army here to do it with?” If we had let Patton have his way, the Soviet Union would have been eliminated, there would have been no Cold War, and no threat of a nuclear WWIII. True? Professor Nash from Penn State explains all! One of our best episodes!

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The Unknown Martin Luther King: Flashback Friday show art The Unknown Martin Luther King: Flashback Friday

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Martin Luther King, Jr. wanted so much more from the US government and US elite, 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 between his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech and his assassination in 1968. Listen and learn.

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Ben Franklin, Ben Franklin, "A Republic, if You Can Keep It" - Quote or No Quote?

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When announcing the beginning of impeachment proceedings, the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, brought up a Ben Franklin “quotation.” Franklin supposedly said this after the Founding Fathers had agreed on the broad nature of the new U.S. government in 1787. But is the quote genuine? We explain it all, and the wider context of Franklin’s political and social world.

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Professor Buzzkill bursts onto the podcasting scene with his first episode, tearing down the myth of J. Edgar Hoover cross-dressing. We also learn that Napoleon wasn't short, Catherine the Great didn't die while having sex with a horse, and Churchill's quotes may not be all that accurate. Join co-hosts Amanda and Josh as they discuss all things history and myth with Professor Buzzkill!