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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

Rural Free Delivery (1896)

It’s September 29th. This day in 1896, a postal worker sets out to deliver the mail to ten rural towns... more

29 Sep 2022 · 18 minutes
No Crime Day (1986) w/ Josh Levin

It’s September 27th. This day in 1986, NBA star Isaiah Thomas promoted “No Crime Day” in the city of Detroit. Jody,... more

27 Sep 2022 · 23 minutes
Pauli Murray Shoots Her Shot (1971)

It’s September 25th. In 1971, the longtime activist and law professor Pauli Murray wrote a letter to Richard Nixon nominating... more

25 Sep 2022 · 17 minutes
Dogs as Deflection: Fala and Checkers (1944/1952)

It’s September 22nd. Today, we visit two speeches that used anecdotes about dogs to deflect and charm. In 1944, FDR... more

22 Sep 2022 · 21 minutes
The Cleveland BalloonFest Fiasco (1986) w/ Clare Malone

It’s September 19th. In 1986, the city of Cleveland decided to stage a charity event in which they released millions... more

20 Sep 2022 · 24 minutes
Romney's Secret 47% Tape (2012) w/ David Corn

It’s September 17th. In 2012, durig the home stretch of the presidential election, a secretly-recorded tape of Mitt Romney at... more

18 Sep 2022 · 36 minutes
The Christiana Resistance (1851)

It’s September 15th. This day in 1851, a dramatic showdown takes place in Christiana, Pennsylvania over four fugitive enslaved people... more

15 Sep 2022 · 19 minutes
The Basket Of Deplorables (2016)

It’s September 13th. This day in 2016, comments from Hillary Clinton about how half of Trump supporters can be put... more

13 Sep 2022 · 23 minutes
Partisans Week: Clinton Chronicles VHS (1994)

Nicole Hemmer has a new book out! It’s called “Partisans: The Conservative Revolutionaries Who Remade American Politics in the 1990s.”... more

11 Sep 2022 · 16 minutes
Partisans Week: Buchanan at Smuggler's Gulch (1992)

Nicole Hemmer has a new book out! It’s called “Partisans: The Conservative Revolutionaries Who Remade American Politics in the 1990s.”... more

08 Sep 2022 · 16 minutes
This Day in Esoteric Political History
Rural Free Delivery (1896)
This Day in Esoteric Political History