60. Prohibition (Part 2)

In this episode we discuss the dark side of prohibition in the form of organized crime, as well as the sudden pragmatism of the Great Depression and the repeal of prohibition. Colin Oliver returns as guest.

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59. Prohibition (Part 1)

In this episode we discuss the social movements of temperance and progressivism that led to the prohibition of alcohol in the United States, as well as some of the many ways that prohibition was circumvented. Colin Oliver returns as guest.

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55. The Fall Of The USSR (Part 1)

In this episode we talk about the difficulties facing the Soviet Union throughout the 1980’s, as well as the policies of its young new leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Dan McGinnis returns as guest.

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Notes: Episode 54, Mormonism (Part 2)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   4:03 – The Louisiana Purchase territory wasn’t all unorganized by the time frame we’re talking about here. Some of it was, but other states were a territorial version of the state they would eventually become, and still others had been accepted into the union. Because of […]

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54. Mormonism (Part 2)

In this episode we follow Joseph Smith and the early LDS church from their origins in Ohio through a number of states until finally settling, after their founder’s death, in what would become Utah. We also cover the immense legal and moral battle with the federal government over the issue of polygamy. Gary Hallman returns as guest.

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Notes: Episode 53, Mormonism (Part 1)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   7:25 – The accurate line that’s relevant here is Mark 16:17-18. In recognition of the Mormon preference to the King James Version of the Bible, this reads: “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out evils; they shall speak […]

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53. Mormonism (Part 1)

In this episode we discuss some of the basic tenets of Mormonism, including its links to American exceptionalism, as well as the founding of the church by Joseph Smith. Gary Hallman returns as guest.

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Notes: Episode 50, Conspiracy Theories (Part 2)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   2:59 – This was a joke, but it’s also a real thing. Comedian David Rees did a circuit on a book called “How To Sharpen Pencils”, and I think it might have gotten away on him a little bit, as everyone got way on board and […]

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50. Conspiracy Theories (Part 2)

In this episode we discuss both the Kennedy assassination and Project MKULTRA. Rebecca Bleskie returns as guest.

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Notes: Episode 49, Conspiracy Theories (Part 1)

As with every show, I’ll list any corrections or clarifications here. If there’s anything I’ve overlooked, please contact me by email or in the comments and I’ll edit the notes to reflect the new information.   10:43 – “Millennialism” is correct as I present it here. What was throwing me off here is something “millenarianism”, which is a less specific belief that there will be societal upheaval of some sort every 1,000 years, and of which millennialism is a specific type. I […]

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