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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.

Aug 2, 2020 – Crisis on Infinite Post Offices – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 319

Description: Bill, Rachel, and Kelley explain the political crisis hurting the US postal system and then discuss the history of mail service in the United States.

Links and notes for ep. 319 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/AFD-Ep-319-Links-and-Notes-Crisis-on-Infinite-Post-Office-Boxes.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

July 26, 2020 – Intercity Bus Deregulation – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 318

Description: Bill, Kelley, and Rachel discuss the 1982 deregulation of intercity buses in the United States, its impact on rural isolation, and the current state of the industry.

Links and notes for ep. 318 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/AFD-Ep-318-Links-and-Notes-Intercity-Bus-Deregulation.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.