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After serving in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, Arsenal for Democracy co-host Kelley became a public servant in the field of education policy.

July 18, 2021 – Pneumatic Tubes – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 389

Description: For a brief moment in time, during the transition from the first to the second industrial revolution, it looked like pneumatic tubes might be the next wave of the future. Bill, Kelley, and Rachel discuss.

Notes and links for Ep. 389 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/AFD-Ep-389-Links-and-Notes-Pneumatic-Tubes.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

June 13, 2021 – Sewing Machines – Arsenal for Democracy Ep. 382

Description: Which industry popularized the US multinational corporation, monthly consumer financing, buybacks of used products, repair service teams, interchangeable parts, patent pooling, and ready-to-wear garments? Sewing machines! Bill, Kelley, and Rachel.

Links and notes for Ep. 382 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/AFD-Ep-382-Links-and-Notes-Sewing-Machines.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

June 6, 2021 – Interchangeable Parts – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 380

Description: Bill, Kelley, and Rachel discuss the reasons for (and effects of) American capitalists’ enthusiasm for interchangeable parts and “the American system of manufacturing” during the First Industrial Revolution.

Links and notes for Ep. 380 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/AFD-Ep-380-Links-and-Notes-1IR_-Interchangeable-Parts.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

May 23, 2021 – The Sugar Trust – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 376

Description: From 1887 to 1921, sugar refining in the United States was dominated by a near-monopoly. Bill, Rachel, and Kelley discuss.

Notes and links for Ep. 376 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/AFD-Ep-376-Links-and-Notes-The-Sugar-Trust.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

May 16, 2021 – The Emergency Quota Act of 1921 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 374

Description: One hundred years ago this week, the US passed the Emergency Quota Act of 1921, sharply restricting certain European immigration. Bill and Kelley discuss.

Links and notes for Ep. 374 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/AFD-Ep-374-Links-and-Notes-Emergency-Quota-Act-of-1921.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

May 9, 2021 – The WPA Strikes of 1939 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 372

Description: Bill, Rachel, and Kelley discuss the WPA strikes of 1939 (most prominently in Minneapolis) in response to sharp rollbacks of the Great Depression relief program.

Links and notes for Ep. 372 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/AFD-Ep-372-Links-and-Notes-The-WPA-Strikes-of-1939-Bill_Rachel_Kelley-Recording-May-9.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.