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This Day in Esoteric Political History
This Day in Esoteric Political History
Jody Avirgan & Radiotopia

We’re living in unprecedented times. Maybe. In this show, Jody Avirgan, Nicole Hemmer and Kellie Carter Jackson (and guests) take one moment,... more

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Episodes

Why Lincoln Grew A Beard (1860)

It’s October 17th. This day in 1860, in the run-up to the next month’s presidential election, Abraham Lincoln received a... more

17 Oct 2021 · 17 minutes
The President Who Cried Swine Flu (1976) w/ Jim Hamblin

It’s October 14th. This day in 1976, President Ford invited cameras into the White House as he got his vaccination... more

14 Oct 2021 · 26 minutes
Perot Crashes The Debate (1992)

It’s October 12th. This day in 1992, Ross Perot joined Bill Clinton and incumbent George HW Bush on stage for... more

12 Oct 2021 · 15 minutes
The HoJo Incident (1957)

It’s October 10th. This day in 1957, Ghanaian finance minister Komla Gbedemah was refused service at a Howard Johnson’s restaurant... more

10 Oct 2021 · 14 minutes
The Access Hollywood Tape (2016) w/ Roy Wood, Jr

It’s October 7th. This day in 2016, the Washington Post published excerpts of a tape of Donald Trump talking to... more

07 Oct 2021 · 26 minutes
Borking (1987) w/ Jay Willis

It’s October 5th. This day in 1987, the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the Supreme Court nomination of Robert Bork to... more

05 Oct 2021 · 24 minutes
Earl "Rusty" Butz Gets Weirdly Racist (1976)

It’s October 3rd. This day in 1976, Secretary of Agriculture Earl Butz hands in his resignation after a media firestorm... more

03 Oct 2021 · 13 minutes
The Congressional Page Scandal (2006)

It’s September 30th. This day in 2006, Florida Congressman Mark Foley resigned after inappropriate messages he’d sent to underage congressional... more

30 Sep 2021 · 16 minutes
Lincoln's Spiritualist Stumper (1864)

It’s September 28th. This day in 1864, in the midst of the civil war and the run-up to the election... more

28 Sep 2021 · 16 minutes
The War on Rats (1977)

It’s September 26th. This day in 1977, a Chicago alderman offered a $1 bounty to every one of his constituents... more

26 Sep 2021 · 19 minutes
This Day in Esoteric Political History
Why Lincoln Grew A Beard (1860)
This Day in Esoteric Political History