Sept 18, 2022 – Railroad Labor (feat. Justin from WTYPP) – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 440

Justin from Well There’s Your Problem Podcast joins Bill to talk about why US labor laws are different for railroad workers and the material and structural causes of the September 2022 possible national rail strike.

Links and notes for ep. 440 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/AFD-Ep-440-Links-and-Notes-Railroad-Labor-feat-Justin-from-WTYPP.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

[Unlocked] Apr 13, 2021 – The Adamson Act – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 365

Due to the current (September 2022) threat of a US rail strike and in conjunction with a new episode forthcoming, we are unlocking from our Patreon our episode on the 1916 Adamson Act that created the eight-hour railroad work day and the Supreme Court ruling on it that seems to be a strange outlier in the Lochner Era. (Bill and Rachel)

Links and notes for ep. 365 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Bonus-AFD-Ep-365-Links-and-Notes-The-Adamson-Act-of-1916-Rail-Hours-Legislation.pdf

Music by Stunt Bird.

Mar 15, 2022 – Westinghouse Air Brakes – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 417

Bill and Rachel discuss a specific air brake technology from 1872 that eventually had profound effects on the US economy and rail labor safety, especially after a Progressive Era bill mandated it.

Links and notes for ep. 417 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/AFD-Ep-417-Links-and-Notes-Westinghouse-Air-Brakes.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Dec 26, 2021 – 1971 Recap – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 405

Description: Bill and Rachel recap some developments of 50 years ago in 1971: anti-smoking campaigns; the launch of Starbucks, Southwest, Amtrak, and Disney World; desegregation busing; special education laws; the War on Drugs; a new voting age; the first e-book; and more.

Links and notes for Ep. 405 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/AFD-Ep-405-Links-and-Notes-1971-Recap.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Apr 18, 2021 – The Great Railroad Shop Strike of 1922 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 366

Description: Bill, Kelley, and Rachel discuss the nationwide railroad shopmen’s strike of 1922 which mobilized 400,000 strikers and kept the union intact but did not achieve its original goals.

Links and notes for Ep. 366 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/AFD-Ep-366-Links-and-Notes-Great-Railroad-Strike-of-1922.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

[Preview] Apr 13, 2021 – The Adamson Act – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 365

Full episode on Patreon: Bill and Rachel discuss the 1916 Adamson Act that created the eight-hour railroad work day and the Supreme Court ruling on it that seems to be a strange outlier in the Lochner Era.

Feb 28, 2021 – The Illinois Central Shopmen’s Strike of 1911 – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 354

Description: Bill and Kelley review primary source documents to understand the disastrous failure of the 1911 Illinois Central Railroad Shopmen’s strike and lessons it might hold for today.

Links and notes for Ep. 354 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/AFD-Ep-354-Links-and-Notes-Illinois-Central-Shopmens-strike-of-1911.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.