Smoke-Filled Room?

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Was there a room where Warren G. Harding was selected for the GOP nomination in 1920.  It might be more story than substance.  But what about George Harvey’s room in the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago.  Well… We look into this, … Continued

Thoughts After 2016 Election

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Worth a re-listen to my post-2016 episode for premium subscribers, with my thoughts of what happened and what might happen, now four years later. I quoted Harold Wilson but it’s actually Harold MacMillan who was the Prime Minster of the … Continued

Vaccines – From 2014

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From 2014, our look at vaccines and healthcare politics related to it.   With some material blended in from other casts related to vaccines, including the Boston slave who saved the city.

The Whiskey Rebellion and Federal-State Power

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Some thoughts about rebellions, federal and state power, the Whskey excise tax rebels of 1794 and the actions of the local government in Pittsburgh at the time.  Spurred on by our discussion with Lindsay Chervinsky about George Washington’s Cabinet.

Young Cheney

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Known as a backroom-dealer and powerful Vice President, less is known about DIck Cheney’s younger years.  We tell the story on this preview of a Vice Presidents podcast episode, for Extra Podcast subscribers.  Thanks for your support.  Cheney’s family were … Continued

Coolidge Becomes President

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We talk about the transition of Coolidge from Vice President to President.  His style, his politics, and the challenges he would face, including a potential challenger.  How he became President was one of his greatest assets.

New Year’s Eve Brief Talk

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Hi and Happy New Years and thanks for your support this year.  A few words from me on what’s coming up, what I’m reading.  A little more about Robert Caro and Robert Moses, and more.