Jan 30, 2022 – Late 19th Century Opiates in the US – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 410

Bill and Rachel discuss syringes, morphine, laudanum, the American Civil War, “women’s problems,” and the ongoing debate among historians today about how to understand opiate use and addiction in the late 19th century United States.

Links and notes for ep. 410 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/AFD-Ep-410-Links-and-Notes-Late-19th-Century-Opiates-in-the-US.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

November 1921: Sheppard-Towner Act – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 400

Description: 100 years ago this week, on November 23, 1921, the first US government attempt at a modest social welfare program (focused on maternal and infant health) became law. Reactionary forces unraveled it by 1929, but it was influential regardless. Bill and Rachel discuss.

Links and notes for Ep. 400 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/AFD-Ep-400-The-Sheppard-Towner-Act-of-1921.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Sept 5, 2021 – Fast Food and Automats – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 395

In September 1921, the first fast food restaurant (White Castle) was launched, taking inspiration from the Hygiene Movement. Guest John Leavitt (@LeavittAlone) joins Bill, Kelley, and Rachel to talk about this and Automats and to imagine a different future for restaurants.

Links and notes for Ep. 395 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/AFD-Ep-395-Links-and-Notes-September-1921_-Fast-Food-White-Castle-with-guest-John-Leavitt.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Apr 19, 2020 – Interstate Compacts, Revisited – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 304

Description: Bill and Rachel discuss why coronavirus pandemic coordination between governors is not technically an “interstate compact” and what the 19th century Supreme Court said about interstate disease control.

AFD Ep. 304 Links and Notes (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/AFD-304-Links-and-Notes-Interstate-Compacts-Revisited.pdf

Return to episode 92 from July 2014: http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/2014/07/16/july-16-2014-arsenal-for-democracy-92/

Original theme music by Stunt Bird.

April 12, 2020 – Hospital Economics – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 303

Description: What the coronavirus pandemic highlights about the problems of privatized and semi-privatized healthcare, especially in the management and operation of hospitals. Greg, Rachel, Bill.

Ep. 303 Links & Notes: http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/AFD-Ep-303-Links-and-Notes-Hospital-economics.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Mar 15, 2020 – Spanish Flu – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 300

Description: Bill and Rachel discuss the history of the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 and lessons learned that might be relevant today with coronavirus.

Links and notes for ep 300 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/AFD-Ep-300-Links-and-Notes-Spanish-Flu.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Mar 8, 2020 – Coronavirus – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 299

Rachel deploys her knowledge of infectious diseases to update us on the new coronavirus (Covid-19): what it is, what happens when you get it, how to limit the spread, and what might happen next. (Not official medical advice!)

Links and notes for ep. 299 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Ep-299-Mar-8-2020-Coronavirus.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird