Feb 27, 2022 – Industrial Cheeses – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 416

Rachel and Bill discuss the history of US industrial cheese production from cream cheese and Kraft American cheese to US Government Cheese in the 1980s.

Links and notes for Ep. 416 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/AFD-Ep-416-Links-and-Notes-Industrial-Cheeses.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Feb 20, 2022 – You Wouldn’t Steal A Book – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 414

The causes (and effects on the US publishing industry) of the International Copyright Act of 1891. Rachel and Bill.

Links and notes for ep. 414 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/AFD-Ep-414-Links-and-Notes-You-Wouldnt-Steal-a-Book-International-Copyright-Act-of-1891.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Feb 13, 2022 – An Explosives Empire – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 413

The 19th century US economy and armed forces needed industrial production of explosives (and fertilizer), eventually reaching monopoly status, and in turn the economy and armed forces supported the overseas Guano empire necessary to obtain those materials.

Links and notes for ep. 413 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/AFD-Ep-413-Links-and-Notes-The-Explosives-Empire.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

[Bonus] Feb 9, 1871 – The US Fish Commission – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 412

We’ve just released a new 9 minute economic history mini-episode just for patrons ($3/month). Find out why the US government had fish cops whipping around the ocean in fast boats arresting Canadians.

Dec 19, 2021 – Nitrocellulose and Newsreels – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 404

Description: Bill and Rachel discuss the era of newsreels from 1908 to the 1950s and the early plastic technology that made them possible.

Links and notes for Ep. 404 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/AFD-Ep-404-Links-and-Notes-Nitrocellulose-and-Newsreels.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Dec 13, 2021 – Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 403

Description: PVC is a plastic all around us today, shaping our lives and the built environment. This week’s episode from Bill and Rachel is about that.

Links and notes for Ep. 403 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/AFD-Ep-403-Links-and-Notes-Vinyl-PVC.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.

Dec 5, 2021 – The Bungalow Economy – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 402

Description: A convergence of auto loans, reorganized home mortgages, and falling materials costs by 1910 launched the vast neighborhoods of durable bungalow single-family homes that brought white industrial workers into the American middle class and political power. (Bill and Rachel)

Links and notes for Ep. 402 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/AFD-Ep-402-Links-and-Notes-Bungalows-Workers-Cottages.pdf

Theme music by Stunt Bird.