Dec 27, 2022 – 1872, 1922, and 1972 in review – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 454

Bill and Rachel discuss some interesting American history topics from 150, 100, and 50 years ago that did not make the cut for their own full anniversary episodes this year.

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Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Nov 27, 2022 – The Pulaski – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 450

In this mini-episode, Rachel explains the invention of Ed Pulaski’s popular firefighting tool, a combination axe and adze, after the infamous Big Burn forest fire in Idaho in August 1910.

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Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Oct 16, 2022 – The End of American Dams – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 444

Americans built thousands upon thousands of dams, large and small, across the US for centuries, but no longer do. In fact, dozens are being removed annually. Bill and Rachel look at the Teton Dam Collapse and the broader end of American dam-building.

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Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Oct 2, 2022 – The Carey Act – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 442

Bill and Rachel look at southern Idaho’s curious history with irrigation land reclamation projects under the Carey Act in former beaver country and explore what this can tell us about American history much more broadly.

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Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Mar 21, 2021 – Frank Church and the Church Committee – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 360

Description: Rachel discusses Idaho’s native son Senator Frank Church and his committee’s investigations of violent misconduct by US intelligence agencies and their corporate partners at home and abroad.

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Feb 9, 2020 – A Farewell to Caucuses – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 295

Description: Despite the recent fiasco of the Iowa 2020 Democratic Caucuses, there aren’t many caucuses left due to post-2016 changes in the nomination process that also included reducing the power of super-delegates. Rachel, Bill, Nate.

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March 12, 2019 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 262


Topic: Idaho’s large Chinese population in the 19th century. People: Bill, Rachel, Sarah. Recorded: March 10th 2019.

Episode 262 (28 min):
AFD 262

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