My History Can Beat Up Your Politics


Since 2006, bringing historical context to the politics of today. TV pundits discuss politics in a vacuum. Cable news tells you everything is ‘breaking news’ but in most cases, events have long roots in history. In this podcast, we smash and bash the politics of today with a healthy dose of history

  • Friendly Skies? - The Story of Airline Deregulation
    by Bruce Carlson on August 2, 2021 at 7:55 am

    A Democratic President and a liberal Senator push a free-market reform in the late 1970s that affects us all today. We look at the story of the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978. Among the topics - legroom politics, cold fried chicken, consumer […]

  • Richard Bey of "The Richard Bey Show" on Cancel Culture, Iraq War, The Alamo...
    by Bruce Carlson on July 28, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    We are joined by Richard Bey of "The Richard Bey" show and "People are Talking" fame for a talk on a lot of things. We are pleased to have Richard as a long time listener of the show. Richard takes aim at the current depiction of cancel culture as […]

  • 15th Anniversary Show Part I: Speaking w/ Listeners, Reviewing Clips of Past...
    by Bruce Carlson on July 25, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    Bruce reviews favorite old clips and speaks to two listeners from all the way back at the beginning, Kevin Willis and Tom Morris.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • What You May Not Know About Lexington and Concord
    by Bruce Carlson on July 13, 2021 at 11:46 am

    You know about the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the shot heard around the world, the minutemen and their trifold hats and muskets. But how much do you really know about the day's events? This episode we look at the day of fighting at Concord, […]

  • Dennis Kucinich on Public Service, Public Power and His Book - "The Division of...
    by Bruce Carlson on July 12, 2021 at 4:23 pm

    We speak to Dennis Kucinich about his fight to save Cleveland's municipal power system as mayor of the city in 1970's. He risked not only his career but his life during that battle, and he gives us some of the details from his new book -"The […]

  • D.C. Representation: A Love Story
    by Bruce Carlson on June 14, 2021 at 6:00 am

    This episode is all about voting in the federal capital we now call the District of Columbia. We talk about a movement to get voting rights that succeeded for a group of (then) D.C. residents 180 years ago, And about the petitions, committees, tea […]

  • Hannibal Hamlin Stood Up: A Look At an Overlooked Vice President
    by Bruce Carlson on June 10, 2021 at 11:16 am

    Known for being Lincoln's first VP and dropped from the ticket, Hamlin was actually as well-known as the President he served under. He was a fighter against the expansion of slavery and an important Senator. It was not out of the question that […]

  • Terrible Tuesday 1987 (The Ark of Commerce, Part 6b)
    by Bruce Carlson on June 2, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    For Wall Street Insiders, Black Monday was not the worst day. The next day, Terrible Tuesday was an agonizing test of the financial system. As part of our series on the commercial history of the United States, we examine the events of Tuesday the […]

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