November 13

Ep. 0149: War Machine: A DHP Movie Review with Scott Horton

Scott Horton (author of Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan, host of the Scott Horton Show, and founder of the Libertarian Institute) returns for a third time to the DHP, this time to help CJ do a Dangerous History movie review of the 2017 Netflix film War Machine.

Join CJ & Scott as they discuss:

  • The film War Machine, its connections to (and deviations from) the real history, including Michael Hastings’ book The Operators (on which the film was largely based)
  • Tying some of the themes and issues raised by the movie to larger problems of modern American imperialism in the Middle East, and the partisan political realities that make it so difficult to make progress against the status quo in foreign policy
  • And the ways in which mainstream American entertainment media generally does (and does not) deal with these issues

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November 12

New way to help the DHP: Pond5

Royalty-Free Stock Video at Pond5

Since I started the Not-So-Civil War series nearly a year ago, I’ve gotten many inquiries about the excellent music I’ve used in it. All of that music came from Pond5, a company that sells all sorts of stock audio & visual material (including images, video footage, music, and sound effects) that are royalty-free (meaning you pay a one-time purchase price and then can use them as you see fit in your own media and content productions.) As a podcaster, I’ve purchased and used music & sound effects from Pond5, and recommend their huge selection & high quality. Whether you work with audio, visual, video, or some combination thereof, you’ll definitely be able to find helpful materials at Pond5.

Now I’m happy to announce that the Dangerous History Podcast is now part of the Pond5 affiliate program. So if you’re in need of any stock audio, visual, or video material to help with your own content production, and you also want help out the DHP, go through the Pond5 link above (or the smaller one in the sidebar of the website), set up an account with them, and start shopping for video, music, sound effects, images & more, and the Dangerous History Podcast will get an affiliate commission from Pond5 at no additional cost to you. It’s a win-win!

BTW, here’s a list of songs I’ve purchased from Pond5 that I’ve used in the in the Not-So-Civil War Series, along with the name of the Pond5 user who made it (which is always written as one word on Pond5, hence why I’ve written it that way here):

  • Battle Hymn of the Republic” Folk/hymn/acoustic version by CarlyMillerProductions (This is the most-asked about song I’ve used in the series, just a beautiful, haunting rendition)
  • Isle Vert – Celtic Irish Violin Piano Music” by SteveRiceMusic (This haunting, bittersweet tune is probably my second-most-asked about song)
  • “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” by StockMusicCom (a very good, traditional version with a full marching band)
  • When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” solo acoustic guitar version, by ProlificArts (I love this version, it’s haunting)
  • Creek Run Dry” by WilliamLPearson (This is one of the kind of cowboy-sounding ones with a dobro, banjo, and other traditional American instruments.)
  • Painted Feather” by WilliamLPearson (Similar style to above, but with driving drums added)
  • Taking Up Arms” by DetroitDevil (Driving drums with a symphonic, minor-keyed overlay, sounds very much like a soundtrack piece from an epic film .)
  • Union Forever” (aka, “Battle Cry of Freedom“) by Proclips
  • “Fix Bayonets” by ProClips (Mostly drums and a little fife, classic old-school military music.)
  • Dixie” by StockMusicCom (A traditional, uptempo fife-and-drum rendition)

 

October 30

Ep. 0148: 2017 DHP Halloween Special, Part 1

Join CJ as he shares the following poems & stories:

  • “Hallowe’en” by John Kendrick Bangs
  • “The Outsider” by H.P. Lovecraft
  • “Richard Cory” by Edward Arlington Robinson
  • “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving
  • “The Vampire” by Madison Julius Cawein
  • “Winter’s End” by C.J. Killmer

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October 27

Ep. 0147: The Sparring of the Amateur Boxer: The Not-So-Civil War Part 9

This episode fills in the gap between Gettysburg/Vicksburg in the summer of 1863 and the beginning of Ulysses Grant & William T. Sherman’s total war campaigns of 1864, including some lesser-known (but still important) campaigns and battles.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • William Rosecrans’ Tullahoma Campaign
  • The Battle of Chickamauga
  • The siege of Chattanooga
  • Grant’s breaking of the siege, including the storming of Lookout Mountain and the miraculous taking of Missionary Ridge
  • The resignation of Braxton Bragg (finally)
  • The Bristoe Station & Mine Run campaigns in northern Virginia
  • Lincoln’s Dec. 1863 Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction
  • “Christmas Bells” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • The appoint of Grant as overall Union commander, and Grant’s appointment of Sherman to command the Division of the Mississippi

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October 26

New Benefit for Scholar Warrior DHP Supporters

Hi Everybody,
I’m starting a new benefit for DHP Scholar Warriors (those who support the show at $5 or more per month.)
In addition to the existing benefits (access to special supporters-only bonus episodes, and eligibility to join the DHP private Facebook group), Scholar Warrior supporters of the DHP will now also have early access to regular DHP episodes 24-48 hours before they’re published on the regular DHP feed for the general public, starting with Ep. 147, the next installment in the Not-So-Civil War series (which is almost finished & will be published very soon.)
In addition, the versions of the regular DHP episodes that will be published on the Patreon Scholar Warriors’ feed will not have any Patreon & Amazon thank-yous or ads (if and when I run ads.)
This also means that Scholar Warriors will no longer have to subscribe to one feed for regular DHP episodes and another feed for Patreon Bonus episodes – you’ll be able to subscribe just to your Patreon feed and get both regular & bonus episodes, and not have to subscribe to 2 different feeds to get it all. (Of course, you’re welcome to continue to subscribe to both feeds if you just want to for some reason — such as, for example, to help slightly boost my download stats. 😉
Are you currently a Patreon supporter at <$5 per month? I certainly still appreciate your continued support at any amount, but I hope you’ll consider upping your pledge to $5+ per month.
Thanks & all the best,
CJ

September 24

Ep. 0146: The Grunt’s-Eye Perspective: The Not-So-Civil War Part 8

We mostly get the view from the top when it comes to the American Civil War – that is, the view from the political leaders and generals. We usually get only scattered glimpses of what it was actually like to be an enlisted man or lower-level officer in a Civil War Army. In this episode, we’re zooming in on the perspective of the common soldier. (This episode has been a long time coming due to the massive amount of research and preparation required; hopefully the end result is worth my time & labors that I poured into it.)

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • Uniforms, footwear, discipline, vices, conscription, black soldiers in the Union Army
  • Food, water, sanitation, pests & vermin, illness
  • Battle — the horrors in hardship before & during it, as well as the grisly & painful aftermath, including what it was like to be wounded & to be taken prisoner
  • Why they fought — looking at motivations that caused men to join up, that kept them in the ranks, and that kept at least some of the soldiers repeatedly charging back into battle again and again

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September 2

Ep. 0145: Fool’s Errand: Scott Horton on America’s War in Afghanistan

In this episode, I’m happy to welcome Scott Horton back to the Dangerous History Podcast. Scott is managing director of the Libertarian Institute, host of Antiwar Radio and the Scott Horton Show, and opinion editor at Antiwar.com. He has conducted more than 4,500 interviews since 2003.

(BTW, My apologies for the audio quality of my conversation with Scott; we were having some noise issues, and I thought I got everything squared away, but apparently not; and on top of it I seem to have messed up a setting or two in the process of battling Skype noise. Mea culpa. But I still think it’s a great discussion worth listening to!)

Join CJ & Scott as they discuss:

  • Scott’s massive labors & achievement in writing the book
  • What’s wrong with the Establishment/Team America narrative of America’s involvement in Afghanistan
  • How & why the war has dragged on as long as it has
  • The economics of the Afghan War, including the ability of many interests to profit from it
  • The question of heroin

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August 10

Ep. 0144: Rise of the Cane Kingdom, Part 2

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • An overview of American sugar politics since 1959.
  • A detailed look at the Fanjul family, who escaped Castro’s revolution, came to Florida, and (with a LOT of political entrepreneurship) built a sugar empire that eventually overtook even the U.S. Sugar Corporation
  • Big Sugar’s labor problems from the ’60s through the ’90s
  • Big Sugar & South Florida’s environment
  • The sugar industry’s impact on health & science
  • Big Sugar in recent years

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August 7

Patreon Bonus Episode #14 Published

I’ve just published the 14th Patreon Bonus episode, just for those who support the Dangerous History podcast with a recurring contribution of $5 per month or more. In this bonus episode, I discuss and review the 1999 film The Hunley, about the Confederate submarine that in 1864 became the first submersible in history to successfully sink an enemy ship — just before the Hunley itself sank.

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July 28

Ep. 0143: Rise of the Cane Kingdom, Part 1

Over the past century, large-scale sugar cane cultivation was developed in what became known as the Everglades Agricultural Area, the region just south of Lake Okeechobee, historically a part of the Everglades ecosystem which was drained in the early- to mid-twentieth century. However, making sugarcane cultivation in this area feasible & profitable has required massive amounts of government subsidization, including: draining the land in the first place & maintaining flood control infrastructure ever since; funding soil experiments; assisting sugar companies in finding cheap, controllable labor until the coming of mechanization in the 1990s; and keeping out foreign sugar & keeping the US sugar price artificially above the world price (usually 2-3x higher.) The sugar companies that receive all of this welfare often get to “profit” immensely, and up until a few decades ago were allowed to wreck havoc on South Florida’s ecosystem with impunity.

This is a fascinating story, and it’s also a very vivid real-world historical case study that illustrates a lot of concepts we’ve talked about on the DHP in the past, such as public choice economics, rent-seeking, the power elite, political entrepreneurship, etc.

Join CJ as he discusses:

  • Increasing US government policies designed to foster domestic sugar production (at the expense of consumers & taxpayers at large) in the late-nineteenth & early-twentieth century
  • Efforts by various people to create a ‘sugar bowl’ in South Florida during this time
  • The effects of the First World War on ‘the sugar question’
  • Renewed efforts to cultivate cane in South Florida in the 1920s & 30s, with increasing success
  • The creation of the United States Sugar Corporation (USSC) in the 1930s
  • The impact of World War II on sugar
  • Big Sugar’s shady labor practices, and their eventual turn towards highly controllable & exploitable foreign “H-2” laborers
  • The impact of the Cold War on Florida sugar, including the crucial impact of Fidel Castro’s 1959 Cuban Revolution

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