Oct 4, 2020 – Boston Revolt and Leisler’s Rebellion – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 327

Description: Bill and Nate discuss the Boston Revolt of 1689 and Leisler’s Rebellion of 1689-91 in New York and their significance to later American history.

Links and notes for Ep. 327 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/AFD-Ep-327-Links-and-Notes-Boston-Revolt-and-Leislers-Rebellion.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 30, 2020 – School Buses – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 322

Description: Kelley, Nate, and Bill discuss the outsourcing of school buses, the history of school buses, and the historic debate on integration busing.

Ep. 322 links and notes (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/AFD-Ep-322-Links-and-Notes-School-Buses.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Aug 21, 2020 – Reflections on ‘Don’t Blame Us’ with Author Lily Geismer – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 321

In this extended interview, Dr. Lily Geismer joins Newton MA City Councilor Bill Humphrey and co-host Nate, both 128 Corridor natives, to talk about her 2015 history book “Don’t Blame Us: Suburban Liberals and the Transformation of the Democratic Party” and reflect on what happened since.

Book link: https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691157238/dont-blame-us

Theme music by Stunt Bird.