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Your friendly neighborhood microbiologist in Boise, Idaho.

[Preview] Apr 19, 2021 – The Transatlantic Telegraph Cable – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 367

Full episode on Patreon. Bill and Rachel found the most amazing, still-active web 1.0 history website, and now we can tell you all about the sweeping implications of the transatlantic telegraph cable of 1866.

Apr 18, 2021 – The Great Railroad Shop Strike of 1922 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 366

Description: Bill, Kelley, and Rachel discuss the nationwide railroad shopmen’s strike of 1922 which mobilized 400,000 strikers and kept the union intact but did not achieve its original goals.

Links and notes for Ep. 366 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/AFD-Ep-366-Links-and-Notes-Great-Railroad-Strike-of-1922.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

[Preview] Apr 13, 2021 – The Adamson Act – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 365

Full episode on Patreon: Bill and Rachel discuss the 1916 Adamson Act that created the eight-hour railroad work day and the Supreme Court ruling on it that seems to be a strange outlier in the Lochner Era.

[Preview] Apr 6, 2021 – General Averell’s Asphalt Empire – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 363

Full episode on Patreon: Bill and Rachel learn what asphalt is and how failed Civil War General William Woods Averell became an asphalt paving magnate by the end of the 19th century.

Apr 4, 2021 – Project Cybersyn in Allende’s Chile – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 362

Description: Bill and Rachel discuss the book “Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende’s Chile” by Eden Medina (MIT Press, 2011) on the unfinished democratic socialist computer system “Project Cybersyn.”

Links and notes for Ep. 362 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/AFD-Ep-362-Project-Cybersyn-in-Allendes-Chile.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

[Preview] Mar 23, 2021 – The 1923 San Pedro Maritime Strike – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 361

Full episode on Patreon: Bill and Rachel discuss the failed IWW strike at the Port of Los Angeles in 1923, including Upton Sinclair getting arrested and the Klan menacing strikers.

Mar 21, 2021 – Frank Church and the Church Committee – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 360

Description: Rachel discusses Idaho’s native son Senator Frank Church and his committee’s investigations of violent misconduct by US intelligence agencies and their corporate partners at home and abroad.

Notes for Ep. 360 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/AFD-Ep-360-Links-and-Notes-Frank-Church-and-the-Church-Committee.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.