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Oct 25, 2020 – The Memorial Day Massacre of 1937 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 330

Description: In 1937, Chicago Police, acting on behalf of the “Little Steel” industrialists who wanted to end the New Deal, fired unprovoked into a crowd of peaceful strikers and their families. Then came a PR spin fight. Bill and Rachel discuss.

Links and notes for Ep. 330 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/AFD-Ep-330-Links-and-Notes-The-Memorial-Day-Massacre-of-1937.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Oct 11, 2020 – Traffic Law Enforcement – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 328

Description: Bill and Rachel discuss the origins of US automotive traffic laws and current debates over the role of police in traffic safety.

Links and notes for Ep. 328 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/AFD-Ep-328-Links-and-Notes-Traffic-Stops-and-the-Origins-of-Traffic-Laws-Around-Cars.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Sept 27, 2020 – Teapot Dome – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 326

Description: Rachel and Bill discuss the 1920s Teapot Dome scandal and several Interior Department corruption scandals of the current Trump Administration. (Just after we recorded, stories broke about Trump steering wall construction contracts to a company and also about his tax returns.)

Links and notes for Ep. 326 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AFD-Ep-326-Links-and-Notes-Teapot-Dome.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Sept 20, 2020 – The Boston Police Strike of 1919 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 325

Description: In September 1919, a poorly-planned strike by the newly formed union representing Boston Police collapsed immediately and ended organizing of police for decades. But did they belong in the labor movement at all?

Links and notes for Ep. 325 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AFD-Ep-325-Links-Boston-Police-Strike-Police-Labor-Relations.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Sept 13, 2020 – The Pinkertons, Part 2 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 324

Description: In part 2, Bill and Rachel discuss the historic (and present-day) role of the Pinkerton Detectives in infiltrating and disrupting labor unions.

Links and notes for Ep. 324 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AFD-Ep-324-Links-and-Notes-The-Pinkertons-Part-2.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Sept 6, 2020 – The Pinkertons, Part 1 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 323

Description: Bill and Rachel discuss the role of Pinkerton strike-breaking during the Second Industrial Revolution. To be continued next week.

Links and notes for Ep. 323 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/AFD-Ep-323-Links-and-Notes-The-Pinkertons-Part-1.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Aug 9, 2020 – 1920 Look-Back – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 320

Description: Bill, Kelley, and Rachel look back at four things from a hundred years ago, including the Senate failure of the Treaty of Versailles, the launch of the radio broadcast industry, the 19th amendment, and a small postal reform.

Links and notes for ep. 320 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/AFD-Ep-320-Links-and-Notes-1920-Look-Back.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.