My History Can Beat Up Your Politics, routinely podcasting since 2006, is a podcast that uses history to better understand the politics of today. History is books, journals, films, old letters, buttons and slogans, sometimes photos and cartoons. They can speak to us in ways that current commentators are too invested to do. It doesn’t always work, but sometimes it works very well. We do a mix of episodes – great stories of politics and history, explanations of political concepts, interviews with authors who can talk politics and history, and Q&A.
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About the Host
Host Name: Bruce Carlson
Host Residence Country: United States
Bruce Carlson has always had an appetite for reading books about the history of politics, especially the most obscure stories. When he realized that political debates people are having today were often the same as some of them in history, he took to podcasting about it. "I became a podcaster as soon as the technology developed, back in 2006 when you listened on the bulky white iPod boxes," he said. His goal has been to show how history can add context to political squabbling. "I used to do this in conversations with friends, to say: well you know today's event is like X in history, to help them understand their position or mine." Bruce plays guitar and works full time in a healthcare role, but the podcast does consume much of his time. Bruce enjoys interacting with podcast listeners, who make suggestions or ask deep questions. Some of whom are now friends. "After a decade and a half, I've had people who have grown up with me so to speak." His wife and 2 cats tolerate his incessant podcast recording. He is a graduate with a Literature and Language degree from Stockton University in Pomona NJ