July 10, 2014

Did Teddy Roosevelt Spoil US Soccer, and other stories

He may have, according to this podcast, though it likely wasn't his intention. As President Roosevelt was instrumental in setting up a 1905 conference of college athletics that set up rules and safety provisions after numerous injuries and dozens of deaths in American football. He was an American football fan, and his son played at Harvard. As Carlson discusses, the changes may have made football both safer and more exciting and insured that the US had a popular sport at a time when soccer was building fan bases elsewhere. There are of course other factors. We discuss the popularity of soccer, now that it has become partially political thanks to an Ann Coulter column. And we talk about a few other items. What makes a President a good communicator? How has the Democratic Party changed over time?

June 27, 2014

Umbrella Man

A look at Neville Chamberlain and he impact of the Munich Conference on American politics. Part One of Two.

June 18, 2014

Not Exceeding Ten Miles Square ( from 2009)

DC Statehood and representation in the 'Federal City' called for in the Constitution. Not to be more than ten miles on each side, or 100 miles (it is roughly 68), no provision was made to grant or take away voting rights to people living there. It was part of the 'What is Statehood?' podcast which is in the archive. There is a also an advertisement for the Archive to My History Can Beat Up Your Politics. Since the last time this was 'casted' - DC's population has increased about 4 or 5%. Hard at work at the next one...

May 29, 2014

Two Hamiltons, Reubens and Roberts, and an Unused Power of the POTUS - Listener Questions

How could such noble early Americans resort to a shameful practice? What were the consequences of dueling, and how did it stop. This hodge-podcast mixes a few topics of interest to My History Can Beat Up Your Politics listeners. From Roberts to Reubens we tackle some big and little topics.