Full episode on Patreon: During WWI, a Chicago ad man pitched the Bureau of Investigation on a volunteer secret police, which grew to nearly 300,000 unpaid agents and foreshadowed strategies of the later US intelligence state. Friend of the show Ben aka @housetrotter joins Bill and Rachel to discuss.
This week’s bonus episode on Patreon: In the early 19th century, the New England region of the United States emerged as the global leader of a lucrative new industry that would change the world: Harvesting and transporting ice from ponds and rivers. Nate and Bill discuss.
Description: In the late 1940s and 1950s, Republicans desperate to regain control of the federal government and roll back the New Deal launched a massive purge and witch-hunt of gay federal employees. Guest John Leavitt joins Bill and Rachel to discuss.
Bill and Rachel examine what an 1842 Massachusetts court decision can tell us about the process of industrialization and the emergence of labor unions and what parallels we can draw for modern gig workers. Full episode for subscribers on Patreon.
Bonus episode: Justin from “Well There’s Your Problem” joins Bill in our time machine to travel to the far-distant technologically-advanced United States in 1938, when the US was the global leader in railroad electrification. Subscribe at Patreon.