January 16

Ep. 0155: A Modern-Day Grunt’s Perspective, Part 1

This episode is part 1 of CJ’s discussions with a longtime DHP listener & US Army veteran of the Iraq and Afghan Wars, a guy who goes by “BT” on the internet. Not only does BT himself have a lot of personal experiences in these conflicts, he’s also done a lot of research about these wars and related issues. These conversations will cover BT’s experiences in those wars, and the effects of those experiences, which he’s still dealing with today. Along the way, we’ll also cover the history of these conflicts, and a variety of related issues.

Join CJ & BT as they discuss:

  • The 9/11 attacks, the propaganda that followed it, and the effects on people regarding enlisting in the military
  • The origins of the 2003 Iraq War, including some of the problems with the Bush administration’s justifications for war
  • The invasion of Iraq, and the mounting problems as the invasion turned into an occupation, with a special focus on the city of Mosul
  • The beginning of BT’s time in the Army, starting in 2005, and the training he went through (and the many shortcomings of that training) prior to deploying to Iraq

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December 22

Ep. 0154: Orwell Your Orwell with David Ramsay Steele

In this episode of the DHP, CJ talks to David Ramsay Steele, author of many books including his most recent, Orwell Your Orwell: A Worldview on the Slab, which is the subject of this DHP episode. Dr. Steele is a libertarian speaker and writer, and is Editorial Director of Open Court Publishing Company. (Big thanks to DHP listener Lee for putting me in touch with Dr. Steele!)

Join CJ & David as they discuss:

  • How David challenges the standard view of Orwell & his beliefs in this book
  • How Orwell’s beliefs fit into the intellectual milieu of the early- to mid-twentieth century British Left
  • Orwell’s frequently stated opposition to progress, innovation, and technology, and how this was actually the source of many of his misgivings about Socialism (even after he himself became a Socialist)
  • Orwell’s sudden changes of ideological positions on major issues at various points in his life
  • Orwell’s thoughts on a variety of topics, including anarchism, the British Empire, manliness & masculinity, homosexuality, birth control, and more

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December 17

Ep. 0153: Mike Resnick

In this episode of the DHP, CJ and Joshua of The Dusty Den Podcast talk to Mike Resnick, author of (among many, many other things) the novel Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future, which CJ & Joshua reviewed and discussed on the last DHP episode (#152). (Big thanks to DHP listener Jake for putting us in touch with Mike!)

Mike Resnick is (according to Locus) the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short fiction. He has won 5 Hugos (from a record 37 nominations), a Nebula, and other major awards in the USA, France, Japan, Spain, Catalonia, Croatia, and Poland. He’s the author of 75 novels, over 275 stories, and 3 screenplays, and the editor of 42 anthologies. His work has been translated into 27 languages. He is currently the editor of Stellar Guild books and Galaxy’s Edge magazine.

Join CJ, Joshua & Mike as they discuss:

  • The genesis of Mike’s love of science fiction
  • How Mike’s work in the ‘adult fiction’ genre influenced his work in other genres
  • Mike’s frequent incorporation of myths, legends, and tall tales into his scifi stories
  • How Mike’s worldview and knowledge of historical themes have influenced his stories
  • Mike’s experiences dealing with Hollywood
  • Mike’s experiences in writing, editing, and working with up-and-coming new scifi writers, and thoughts on the science fiction genre, plus some of his current projects

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December 1

Ep. 0152: Discussing Mike Resnick’s Santiago in the Dusty Den

In this episode of the DHP, CJ talks to Joshua of The Dusty Den Podcast about the excellent scifi Space Western novel Santiago: A Myth of the Far Future by author Mike Resnick (first published in 1986), a great book with a cult following that deserves to be much better known, especially among libertarianish types.

Join CJ & Joshua as they discuss:

  • Why Westerns (and Western-tinged subgenres like the Space Westerns and certain types of horror films) resonate so strongly with people of libertarian leanings
  • Great anti-heroes such as Malcolm Reynolds, Han Solo, and Snake Plissken
  • The concept of myth & legend, and how Resnick features them in Santiago
  • A review/synopsis of the novel, including some discussions of historical parallels to the American Western frontier
  • The potentially liberating nature of staunch pessimism/realism, and how it can lead one to more effective unconventional resistance against oppressive Leviathans

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November 22

Ep. 0151: American Public Schooling & Inner-City Schools with Mike K.

In this DHP episode, CJ talks to Mike K., a DHP listener and former teacher with extensive knowledge of inner-city education based on both research and firsthand, real-world experience.

Join CJ & Mike as they discuss many topics related to education, including:

  • Mike’s background, including his studies in education (through the Ph. D. level) and 10 years of experience teaching in an inner-city school
  • The particular challenges of teaching in these sorts of schools, and how they compare to more ‘typical’ American public schools
  • A bird’s eye perspective of the evolution of schooling in America since the Antebellum period
  • De jure desegregation, followed by de facto resegregation
  • Comparing poor urban schools to poor rural schools, which face some of the same challenges, but also some different ones
  • The problems of over-diagnosing and over-prescribing psychiatric medication for children
  • The degree to which building real relationships with students based on mutual respect is a key to effective teaching
  • How real, effective teaching often requires a teacher to routinely flout rules in the current American education system, which is a dehumanizing system to both teachers & students
  • Teaching as a craft
  • The importance of teaching genuine critical thinking
  • Possible ways to cope with the current system, whether one is fully outside of it or not
  • The problems of NCLB & standardized testing, and the degree to which education is a racket
  • Possible things individuals can do with their own children or in their local community to try to improve things in some way
  • Plus CJ & Mike share some of their personal experiences and impressions of teaching

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November 20

Ep. 0150: In the Shadows of the American Century with Alfred McCoy

CJ is joined in this episode by Professor Alfred McCoy, who holds a Ph. D. from Yale University in Southeast Asian history, and currently holds the Harrington Chair in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of many books, including The Politics of Heroin, Policing America’s Empire, and A Question of Torture, among others.

His most recent book is In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power.

Join CJ & Alfred as they discuss:

  • Dr. McCoy’s interesting & hazardous research into the Southeast Asian heroin trade (and US government complicity in it), beginning in the 1970s
  • The research techniques he developed to ‘get at’ that topic, which he later used in other research into darker aspects of the US government, including torture and surveillance
  • His latest book, In the Shadows of the American Century, which examines the pillars on which the US empire is built, signs that the empire might be declining, and possible ramifications of this decline

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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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