This Day in Esoteric Political History

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From a global pandemic upending society to an especially intense U.S. presidential election cycle, we’re living in an unprecedented time. Maybe. In this show, Jody Avirgan, political historian Nicole Hemmer, and special guests rescue stories from the entirety of U.S. political history to map our journey through this era. Each episode takes one moment, big or small, from that day in the past and explores how it might inform our present –– and it does so in under ten minutes. New episodes release Tuesdays and Thursdays. Find us at ThisDayPod.com. We’re also posting about moments from the past @thisdaypod on Twitter and Instagram. If you have a suggestion for a topic, get in touch. This Day In Esoteric Political History is a proud member of the Radiotopia podcast network from PRX.


Episode Date
The Republic of West Florida (1810) w/ Kristen Soltis Anderson
16:50

It’s September 24th. On this day in 1810, a band of rebels took control of a fort in Baton Rogue and shortly thereafter established “The Republic of West Florida,” which would last for… just under 50 days.

Jody and Niki are joined by pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson of Echelon Insights to discuss the breakaway republic, and the very weird history of the Gulf Coast region.

Kristen’s book is “The Selfie Vote.”

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Sep 24, 2020
Dueling Lincoln (1842) w/ Alexis Coe
13:55

It’s September 22nd. On this day in 1842, Abe Lincoln almost duels, using swords, with a man named James Shields, but manages to get out of it.

Jody and Niki are joined by historian Alexis Coe to talk about why the duel isn’t part of the Lincoln mythology, and how scores were settled in the 1840s.

Alexis Coe’s book is called “You Never Forget Your First.”

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Sep 22, 2020
Election Sunday: Carter's Lust (1976) w/ Alexis Coe
16:53

It’s September 20th. On this day in 1976, Democratic presidential candidate Jimmy Carter gave an interview to Playboy magazine in which he admitted that he has “lust in his heart” for women.

Jody and Niki are joined by historian Alexis Coe to talk about how the comments set off a firestorm, in several different directions, and how Carter was never able to fully balance his authentic self with his political life.

Alexis Coe’s book is called “You Never Forget Your First.”

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Sep 20, 2020
Khrushchev Comes to America (1959)
14:04

It’s September 17th. On this day in 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev was in New York City as part of his goodwill tour of the United States.

Jody and Niki discuss the visit by Khrushchev, the protests against it, and the difference between political and cultural diplomacy.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Sep 17, 2020
A Dead Candidate (1992)
16:58

It’s September 15th. On this day in 1992, the congressional district on Manhattan’s west side held its Democratic Primary. Incumbent Ted Weiss won handily. There was just one catch — Weiss had died of heart failure the day before.

Jody and Niki discuss the aftermath of Weiss’s death which saw Jerry Nadler assume the seat. They also look at the incumbency advantage in American politics, and why there has traditionally been so little turnover in Congress.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Sep 15, 2020
Election Sunday: Dukakis on the Tank (1988) w/ Amy Walter
20:19

It’s September 13th. On this day in 1988, Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis baorded an M-1 tank in order to set up a photo op, ostensibly to make him look tough on defense. It backfired horribly.

Jody and Niki are joined by Amy Walter of the Cook Political Reporter and The Takeaway to discuss the tank photo, huge polling collapses, and the power of attack ads.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Sep 13, 2020
Bank War (1833) w/ Jacob Goldstein
19:14

It’s September 10th. On this day in 1833, President Andrew Jackson announced that the U.S. government would no longer be keeping its money with the Second Bank of the United States.

Jody and Niki are joined by Jacob Goldstein, host of the “Planet Money” podcast, to discuss Jackson’s showdown with the country’s official bank, and how it fits into the long history of distrust in banking institutions in America.

Jacob’s new book is called “Money: The True Story of a Made Up Thing.” Buy it now!

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Sep 10, 2020
The Obama Star Trek Theory (2004) w/ Ian Chillag
16:29

It’s September 6th. On this day Star Trek debuted. We are discussing Star Trek because of a convoluted theory that if the actress Jeri Ryan had never been cast on the series Star Trek: Voyager, Barack Obama would never have become president.

Jody and Niki are joined by Ian Chillag, host of Everything Is Alive, and fan of this convoluted theory. Ian walks us through it and we discuss how much luck plays in political trajectories.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Sep 08, 2020
Election Sunday: The Stars and Stripes and Sports (1918) w/ Jason Concepcion
19:07

It’s September 6th. On this day in 1918, during the seventh inning stretch of a World Series game between the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox, a band played the “Star Spangled Banner” for the first time at a major sporting event.

Jody and Niki are joined by Jason Concepcion of The Ringer to discuss why we now sing the national anthem at virtually every sporting event, and how sports, patriotism, and militarism have intertwined in the 100 years since.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Sep 06, 2020
Recy and Rosa (1944) w/ Danielle McGuire
16:47

It’s September 3rd. On this day in 1944, a woman by the name of Recy Taylor was raped in Abbeville, Alabama.

Jody and Niki are joined by Danielle McGuire to discuss how Taylor’s case became one of the most notable cases in the early modern civil rights movement — and an important chapter in the political life of Rosa Parks.

Danielle McGuire’s book is “At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Race and Resistance -- A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power.”

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Sep 03, 2020
Tax The Rich (1862)
12:00

It’s September 1st. On this day in 1862, the Internal Revenue Act went into effect.

Jody and Niki discuss how the act codified many of the systems and precepts of our tax code — including the idea that the rich should be taxed at a higher rate than the poor; and that certain “vice” items should be subject to a sales tax.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Sep 01, 2020
Election Sunday: Carter and the Killer Rabbit (1979) w/ Sam Sanders
15:11

It’s August 30th. On this day in 1979, newspapers around the country reported on an encounter President Jimmy Carter had earlier that summer with a rabbit while fishing.

Jody and Niki are joined by Sam Sanders of NPR’s “It’s Been A Minute” to discuss how the Carter vs. Rabbit narrative spiraled out of control and turned into a genuine scandal.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Aug 30, 2020
Obama's Tan Suit (2014) w/ Sam Sanders
14:04

It’s August 27th. On this day in 2014, President Barack Obama gave a press conference about Ukraine and ISIS and foreign policy — but much of the political chatter was about his choice of tan suit.

Jody and Niki are joined by Sam Sanders of NPR’s “It’s Been A Minute” to discuss the “scandal” and what it how it represented a shifting moment in political coverage.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Aug 27, 2020
The 19th (1920) w/ Kellie Carter Jackson
13:44

It’s August 25th. On this day in 1920, Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby signed papers that ratified the 19th amendment, which stated that the right to vote would not be denied “on account of sex.”

Jody and Niki are joined by Kellie Carter Jackson of Wellesley to talk about the passage of the amendment, the intersectional nature of the suffrage movement, and why it wasn’t another 45 years until all women were really free to vote.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Aug 25, 2020
Election Sunday: Fannie Lou Hamer vs Lyndon B Johnson (1964)
20:46

It’s August 23rd. On this day in 1964, Mississippi activist Fannie Lou Hamer gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention about her efforts to be recognized as part of the MS delegation. President Lyndon B Johnson, sensing that Hamer’s speech was getting attention, scheduled impromptu remarks.

Jody and Niki are joined by Kellie Carter Jackson of Wellesley to talk about Hamer’s remarks, legacy, and whether dramatic showdowns like this are even possible at modern conventions.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Aug 23, 2020
Rockefeller Republicans (1974)
12:19

It’s August 20th. On this day in 1974, Gerald Ford announced Nelson Rockefeller of New York as his pick for Vice President.

Jody and Niki discuss how the pick of Rockefeller represented Ford’s attempt to find a moderate in the wake of the Watergate scandal and Nixon’s resignation — and whatever happened to the “Rockefeller Republican” wing of the GOP.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Aug 20, 2020
The Dakota War and the Mankato Hanging (1862)
12:47

It’s August 18th. On this day in 1862, fighting broke out in southern Minnesota between Dakota Indians and the United States. Later in the year, 38 Dakota men would be hanged in Mankato, the largest mass execution in US history.

Jody and Niki discuss the conflict, how it fit into the context of the Civil War, and why it’s been largely written out of history.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Aug 18, 2020
Election Sunday: Adlai and The Always-Rans (1952) w/ Harry Enten
22:02

It’s August 16th. On this day in 1956, Adlai Stevenson accepted the nomination for Democratic candidate for president. It was the second election in a row that he would go up against Eisenhower — and Stevenson was almost nominated again the following cycle.

Jody and Niki are joined by Harry Enten of CNN to talk about Stevenson and other figures who keep popping up in American politics.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Aug 16, 2020
Ebola (2014) w/ Andy Slavitt
18:24

It’s August 13th. On this day in 2014, cases of Ebola passed 1,000 in four West African nations. Over the summer and fall fears about Ebola would grow around the world and in the US.

Jody and Niki are joined by Andy Slavitt, former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to talk about the response then and what it says about the response now.

Andy is the host of the “In The Bubble” podcast. Check it out!

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Aug 13, 2020
RBG Arrives (1993) w/ Dahlia Lithwick
17:52

It’s August 11th. On this day in 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg spent her first full day on the Supreme Court.

Jody and Niki are joined by Dahlia Lithwick of Slate to discuss Ginsburg’s nomination and how she went from measured incrementalist to feminist icon.

Be sure to listen to Dahlia’s special series on RBG in the Amicus podcast feed.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Aug 11, 2020
Election Sunday: How Third Parties Happen (1848)
13:27

It’s August 9th. On this day in 1848, former President Martin Van Buren was nominated as the presidential nominee for the breakaway Free Soil Party. The party was short-lived, but influential, and partly responsible for the Republican party’s anti-slavery stance.

Jody and Niki discuss the FSP, MVB, and what conditions it takes for a viable third party to arise in American politics.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Aug 09, 2020
The Case Of The Missing Judge (1930)
15:39

It’s August 6th. On this day in 1930, NY Judge Joseph Force Crater disappeared after getting dinner and heading to a Broadway show. He was never seen again, and his case has been a vacuum for conspiracy theories in the years since.

Jody and Niki discuss Crater’s disappearance, and what his life tells us about the Tammany Hall of corruption and graft in New York City.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Aug 06, 2020
Braceros (1942)
11:53

It’s August 2nd. On this day in 1942, the US started an immigration program for “braceros,” agricultural workers from Mexico who came to work on farms using temporary visas.

Jody and Niki discuss how the program forged ties between the US and Mexico, and what it teaches us about borders.

Find a transcript of this episode at: https://tinyurl.com/esoterichistory

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Aug 04, 2020
Election Sunday: Reagan's Dog Whistle (1980)
23:42

It’s August 2nd. On this day in 1980, Ronald Reagan kicked off his 1980 presidential general election campaign with a speech at the Neshoba County Fair in MS. During the speech he used the phrase “states rights,” which was widely seen as a racial dog whistle.

Jody and Niki are joined by Kevin M Kruse of Princeton to discuss Reagan’s campaign, the significance of that kick-off speech, and the long running Southern Strategy.

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Aug 02, 2020
How We Got "In God We Trust" (1956) w/ Kevin M Kruse
16:25

It’s July 30th. On this day in 1956, Congress approved a bill to adopt “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States, mandating that it appear on paper currency and elsewhere.

Jody and Niki are joined by Kevin M Kruse of Princeton to discuss why the 1950s was the era in which so much religion was codified into American political and society. Kevin’s book about the subject is “One Nation Under God.”

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Jul 30, 2020
A Major Watergate Vote (1974) w/ Leon Neyfakh
15:21

It’s July 28th. On this day in 1974, the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted 27-11 to recommend the impeachment of Richard Nixon on counts of obstructing justice. The vote would be followed by several other counts and, a few weeks later, Nixon’s resignation.

Jody and Niki are joined by Leon Neyfakh, host of FIASCO and host of the first season of Slow Burn, all about the Watergate scandal.

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Jul 28, 2020
Election Sunday: Chappaquidick (1969)
16:04

It’s July 26th. On this day in 1969, Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy pled guilty to leaving the scene of the crime following a car accident on the island of Chappaquidick.

Jody and Niki are joined by Maeve Higgins of the New York Times and the podcast Mothers of Invention to discuss the legacy of the scandal, the Kennedy family’s impunity, and how Mary Jo Kopechne has been erased from the story.

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Jul 26, 2020
Why Wyoming (1890) w/ Maeve Higgins
12:50

It’s July 23rd. On this day in 1890, Wyoming celebrated its entry into the United States. And it was doing so as a state that granted women the right to vote.

Jody and Niki are joined by Maeve Higgins of the New York Times and the podcast Mothers of Invention to discuss the suffrage movement on the American frontier.

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Jul 23, 2020
Small Step For (A?) Man (1969) w/ Maeve Higgins
15:13

It’s July 21st. On this day in 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin rode the Apollo 11 lunar module down to the moon’s surface — while their pal Michael Collins stayed behind.

Jody and Niki are joined by Maeve Higgins of the New York Times and the podcast Mothers of Invention to discuss whether we have going-to-the-moon like projects anymore.

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Jul 21, 2020
Election Sunday: Convention Speeches (1980s)
24:50

It’s July 19th. In our first special Sunday show, Jody Avirgan and Nicole Hemmer discuss some notable convention speeches from the 1980s, and what makes for a good speech in the room and on TV. We’re doing special Sunday shows from now through Election Day.

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Jul 19, 2020
Riots Sweep NYC (1863)
15:28

It’s July 16th. On this day in 1863, riots are raging in New York City. Jody Avirgan and Nicole Hemmer discuss how the unrest shifted from Civil War protest to a race riot, and what it says about the North’s role in the conflict.

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Jul 16, 2020
The Pandemic We Forget (1968) w/ Leon Neyfakh
16:56

It’s July 14th. On this day in 1968, reports of a new strain of influenza. The “Hong Kong Flu” would spread worldwide and kill upwards of a million people, including 50-100,00 in the United States.

Jody Avirgan and Nicole Hemmer are joined by Leon Neyfakh, host of FIASCO and original host of Slow Burn, to discuss why we don’t remember this pandemic as part of the story of 1968.

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Jul 14, 2020
VP Gore (1992) w/ John Dickerson
17:15

It’s July 9th. On this day in 1992, Bill Clinton announced Al Gore as his selection to be his Vice Presidential running mate.

Jody Avirgan and Nicole Hemmer are joined by John Dickerson of 60 Minutes to discuss why Clinton went with another young Southerner, and whether VP selections even matter.

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Jul 09, 2020
Welcome Alaska (1958) w/ John Dickerson
13:09

It’s July 7th. On this day in 1958, President Eisenhower signed the Alaska Statehood Act, bringing Alaska on as the 49th state.

Jody Avirgan and Nicole Hemmer are joined by John Dickerson of 60 Minutes to discuss how states get added, and whether we think we will be adding a new one in this country anytime soon. John’s new book is “The Hardest Job In The Room.”

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Jul 07, 2020
The Man Who Didn't Sign The Declaration (1776) w/ John Dickerson
13:02

It’s July 2nd. Today, the story of John Dickinson, who attended the Continental Congress, was witness to the drafting of the Declaration of Independence, but abstained from voting for or signing the document.

Jody Avirgan and Nicole Hemmer are joined by John Dickerson of 60 Minutes to discuss the story of the “forgotten founder.” John’s new book is “The Hardest Job In The Room.”

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Jul 02, 2020
Newspaper Strike! (1945) w/ Jane Coaston
10:57

It’s June 30th. Jody Avirgan and Nicole Hemmer are joined by Jane Coaston of Vox to discuss the NYC newspaper strike of 1945. There were eight daily newspapers serving millions and millions each day. When delivery workers went on strike, it revealed a lot about the media environment, labor, and more.

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Jun 30, 2020
The Great Reunion (1913) w/ Jane Coaston
11:47

It’s June 25th. Jody Avirgan and Nicole Hemmer are joined by Jane Coaston of Vox to discuss “The Great Reunion” of 1913. 50 years after the Battle of Gettysburgh, Civil War veterans returned to swap stories and shape the story of how America remembers that conflict.

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Jun 25, 2020
Resurrection City (1968) w/ Jane Coaston
13:26

It’s June 23rd. Jody Avirgan and Nicole Hemmer are joined by Jane Coaston of Vox to discuss “Ressurection City,” an encampment that occupied the National Mall in Washington DC for six weeks in the summer of 1968.

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Jun 23, 2020
Juneteenth (1865)
11:09

It’s June 18th. Jody Avirgan and Nicole Hemmer discuss the history of Juneteenth — which is tomorrow, June 19th! It started as a Texas commemoration of the end of slavery, and has slowly spread throughout the country, and appears to be on its way to becoming an official holiday.

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Jun 18, 2020
Getting The New Deal Done (1933)
14:20

It’s June 16th. Jody Avirgan and Nicole Hemmer discuss the passage of the first raft of legislation that would come to be known as The New Deal. History remembers the entire era as one of sweeping reform, but there was traditional politics at play in its passage, too.

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Jun 16, 2020
One Of Those Days (1963) w/ Josh Levin
16:56

It’s June 11th. We’re breaking format a bit today. Jody Avirgan and Nicole Hemmer are joined by Slate’s Josh Levin to talk about a day in 1963 where four massive events all happened together. Alabama Governor George Wallace tried to block two black students from entering a building at the University of Alabama. In response, President Kennedy federalized the Alabama national guard. That same night, civil rights activist Medgar Evers was assassinated. And in Vietnam, Buddhist monk Thích Quảng Đức set himself on fire in a Saigon street.

Josh Levin is the host of the latest season of the Slate podcast “Slow Burn.” Listen now!

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Jun 11, 2020
David Duke The Democrat (1988)
15:54

It’s June 9th. Jody Avirgan and Nicole Hemmer are joined by Slate’s Josh Levin to talk about neo-nazi David Duke, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988, and continued to seek office throughout the 80s and 90s. Duke is the subject of the latest season of the excellent podcast “Slow Burn,” hosted by Levin.

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Jun 09, 2020
Shirley Shows Up (1972)
13:05

It’s June 4th. Jody Avirgan and Nicole Hemmer discuss the California democratic debate of 1972, which features Shirley Chisholm — the first woman to appear on a presidential debate stage. She was also the first African-American woman elected to Congress.

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Jun 04, 2020
The Steel Strike Showdown (1952)
14:09

It’s June 2nd. Before the show, some words about the protests and violence over the weekend. Then, Jody Avirgan and Nicole Hemmer discuss a massive steel strike in 1952, and the way it pitted President Truman, unions, and the Supreme Court against each other.

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Jun 02, 2020
Ain't I A Woman (1851) w/ Akilah Hughes
14:02

It’s May 28th. Jody Avirgan, Nicole Hemmer, and special guest Akilah Hughes (What A Day podcast) discuss Sojourner Truth’s famous “Ain’t I a Woman” speech. It tells us a lot about how myths are made, and historical figures are flattened over time.

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May 28, 2020
Hands Across America (1986)
12:43

It’s May 26th. Jody Avirgan, Nicole Hemmer, and special guest Akilah Hughes (What A Day podcast) discuss “Hands Across America,” the charity event that tried to get Americans to line up from coast to coast in order to raise awareness about homelessness and hunger.

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May 26, 2020
Treason! (1807)
12:20

It’s May 21st. Jody Avirgan, Nicole Hemmer, and special guest Joanne Freeman (Backstory Radio) discuss the treason trial of Aaron Burr. It pitted Burr against Thomas Jefferson, for whom he had served as VP, and posed lots of questions about what our young democracy would look like.

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May 21, 2020
The Caning Of Sumner (1856)
12:45

It’s May 19th. Jody Avirgan, Nicole Hemmer, and special guest Joanne Freeman (Backstory) discuss one of the more notorious incidents in U.S. political history — when Senator Charles Sumner was severely beaten with a cane by a political opponent inside the Congressional chamber.

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May 19, 2020
Ron Paul Bows Out (2012)
13:25

It’s May 14th. Jody Avirgan, Nicole Hemmer, and special guest Harry Enten of CNN discuss the career of Ron Paul. He ran in several Republican primaries, capturing a part of the electorate that would come to play a big role in future elections on both sides of the aisle.

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May 14, 2020
The Killer Ds (2003)
13:00

It’s May 12th. Jody Avirgan, Nicole Hemmer, and special guest Harry Enten of CNN discuss the incident where over 50 Texas legislators fled across the boarder to Oklahoma, to avoid having to vote on a redistricting proposal.

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May 12, 2020
Coya Come Home (1958)
12:39

It’s May 7th. Jody Avirgan, Nicole Hemmer, and special guest Harry Enten of CNN discuss the “Coya Come Home” letter — a public letter written by the husband of MN representative Coya Knutson, demanding that she leave office and return to domestic life.

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May 07, 2020
The Forgotten Crash (1893)
11:51

It’s May 5th. Jody Avirgan and Nicole Hemmer discuss the crash of 1893. It was the result of a rapidly changing economy, heavy debt, and slow-footed governmental response. And it ushered in a new era in American politics.

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May 05, 2020
Bernie Jumps In (2015)
12:01

It’s April 30th. Jody Avirgan and Nicole Hemmer discuss the moment Bernie Sanders entered the 2016 Democratic primary. He was relatively unknown, but the issues he was championing were already gaining momentum.

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Apr 30, 2020
The East Coast Dims Out (1942)
11:05

It’s April 28th. Jody Avirgan and Nicole Hemmer talk about the “dim outs” of 1942, when businesses and residents along the east coast were asked to turn off their lights to protect from enemy submarines. It’s a moment of collective effort during WWII that has lots of lessons for today.

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Apr 28, 2020
Howard Stern For Governor (1994)
11:30

It’s April 23rd. Jody Avirgan, Nicole Hemmer, and special guest Alexis Coe (You Never Forget Your First) discuss when shock-jock Howard Stern secured the Libertarian Party nomination for New York Governor. His platform included just four items.

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Apr 23, 2020
Adams Doesn't Want To Be VP (1789)
10:26

It’s April 16th. Jody Avirgan, Nicole Hemmer, and special guest Alexis Coe (You Never Forget Your First) discuss America’s first Vice President, John Adams. He was inaugurated nine days before George Washington, and was complaining about playing second fiddle from day one.

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Apr 21, 2020
Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963)
10:11

It’s April 16th. Jody Avirgan, Nicole Hemmer, and special guest Jamelle Bouie of the New York Times discuss Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail, in which he rejected calls to go slow and appease moderates in his civil rights efforts.

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Apr 16, 2020
The Lincoln Coup (1865)
09:52

It’s April 14th. Jody Avirgan, Nicole Hemmer, and special guest Jamelle Bouie of the New York Times discuss the assasination of Abraham Lincoln, and what parts of the story history tends not to consider.

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Apr 14, 2020
The Amendment That Changed The Senate (1913)
09:56

It’s April 9th. Jody Avirgan, Nicole Hemmer, and special guest Jamelle Bouie of the New York Times discuss the passage of the 17th amendment. It changed the way that senators are elected, and the fundamental mechanics of our democracy.

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Apr 09, 2020
Obama's "Bitter Clinger" Comments (2008)
11:03

It’s April 7th. Jody Avirgan and Nicole Hemmer discuss the scandal that erupted after candidate Barack Obama made comments at a fundraiser ahead of the Pennsylvania primary. His remarks about “bitter” voters who “cling to guns and religion,” and the controversy that erupted, in many ways previewed the politics of the next decade.

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Apr 07, 2020
Wilson Gets The Flu (1919)
08:40

It’s April 2nd. Jody Avirgan and Nicole Hemmer discuss the Influenza pandemic of 1918-1919. In the spring of 1919, President Wilson got sick on his way to Paris for talks to bring a close to World War I.

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Apr 02, 2020
LBJ Isn't Running (1968)
09:54

It’s March 31st. Jody Avirgan and Nicole Hemmer discuss President Johnson’s surprise announcement that he isn’t running for re-election, and how politics can be upended in a tumultuous year like 1968.

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Mar 31, 2020
Trailer: This Day In Esoteric Political History
04:58

This Day In Esoteric Political History is hosted by Jody Avirgan, with historian Nicole Hemmer of Columbia. Our researcher and producer is Jacob Feldman.

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