My History Can Beat Up Your Politics

Reviews For My History Can Beat Up Your Politics

The interweaving of current events and history from Bruce's unique prespective makes the podcast a must.
Best in class. Quality shows through in every podcast.
Most podcasts on history can be interesting but Bruce really takes history and makes it current. I always listen to the latest podcast first thing.
Mr. Carlson dissects modern politics and the history that politicians and pundits like to claim, in a clear-headed and non-dramatic way that helps dispel myths and assist understanding. However, he is at his best when he interviews guests, as his intelligent and bright questions bring out the best of those that he interviews.
I never write negative reviews. I really liked Bruce’s podcast. Unfortunately outside of podcasting he’s kind of humorless and condescending. Instead of being constructive, he’s quick to criticize and dismisses attempt any middle ground. Tragic, because he’s lost a fan, a subscriber, and a regular promoter of his podcast. He needs to treat his listener base better.
Very well researched and produced. This guy puts in a big effort that should be better supported. Come on, people. Subscribe. He's trying to make a living, here. This isn't an offering from an established media organization. Just a hardworking guy delivering an excellent product.
Love his President Nixon impression. I listen to this with my sons who love history. Great referral of historical books. I’m always adding to our reading list. Wonderful comparisons to what is happening now and what has happened in the past.
After the 2017 election year, I didn’t think that relaxed, nonpartisan political discussions existed anymore, but this podcast is exactly that. I was so sick of both sides of the political spectrum but still wanted to be informed and this podcast makes that possible without all of the negativity and stress. The host does a wonderful job of relating current political events to issues in history. It’s informative and also calming to view current events from a broad perspective. The host is a spectacular orator and the topics are interesting and sometimes very amusing. Love this podcast!
Not sure how I found this podcast but I am really enjoying it.
I have been an avid follower of MHCBUYP for a loooong time. Even send in a few bucks a year to help sustain it. It is a remarkable blend of history and current events that supplies much needed perspective to our day and time. It supplies insight and debunks some of the myths that are thrown out as absolute truth. Those who THINK should make this a staple of there intellectual diet.
Bruce seems to take many dramatic pauses that make no sense. I will listen to anything that is interesting, but the pausing just doesnt work for me.
More impressions please.
Each episode is well researched and lucidly presented.
Ive been following Bruce's podcast since 2008 and have been remiss in not providing a review until now. All of us who follow podcasts that involve understanding the past to better make sense of the present are indebted to Bruce for having set forth a template on which others replicate but never exceed for providing knowledge, insight, and perspective. Bruce's pioneering work does not remain a thing of the past; instead he continues to provide compelling, thoughtful, in depth insight regarding political history. His current series on Ronald Reagan is just one more example of the quality we have come to expect from Bruce. However, I hope none of us take this for granted, as now more than ever, we need voices like Bruce's to remind us that as turbulent and trying the present may seem, our country has faced other times that shared those same characteristics and yet in the end we came out stronger as a country. Thanks Bruce for all you do to educate, inspire, and challenge us.
Bruce Carlson is incredibly knowledgeable and his voice is great. He knows how to find incredible stories that few people know and breaks them down in ways that are entertaining and accessible. I recommend this podcast to everyone.
I love listening to the information shared in this podcast. If you like history, you'll enjoy the podcast.
Bruce has been my car companion and my chore chum for at least six years. He speaks from my ear buds or car speakers his erudite commentary on the political events of our time, and connects them to prior events of the past. His effect is to soften anxieties and take the edge off of outrage by showing us there really is nothing new under the sun. That he knows his source material so well is a big part of his strength, and he speaks with an authority I can only envy. I like how he brings to life the "dead zone" in American political history, talking as he does about those bearded presidents of the 19th century who so often get overlooked as we jump straight from Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt and then the World Wars onward. Keep up the good work Bruce! I remain a loyal fan of the show.
Listening for years. Good information to contextualize today's world.
I've been listening to Bruce's podcast for several years. It is a testament to his balanced and even-handed approach that I cannot tell his personal political leaning. The series on the Bill of Rights is special favorite. It doesn't take long to realize the amount of work and research it takes to develop these episodes. I can't name a better podcast for people with an interest in history and politics.
Sometimes this podcast is amazing. The Reagan series is especially good. But sometimes the podcast is held back by excessive replays and technical glitches. An editor or the podcast equivalent is definitely needed to bring this to the next level.
Any subject he explores is fascinating. The correlations he makes can be surprising or even obvious but packaged with little known parts of history makes it so perfect. Great podcast.
Best explanation of the coming year ahead Politically! Thanks!
Very educational and entertaining!
The guy sacrifices at the altar of Reaganomics. Old-fashioned, clunky story-telling that is read like a comic book. Neglects to mention Reagan's real legacy--using the racial dog whistle and blind nationalism to get working class whites to vote against the interests and for the interests of the elite. I regretfully listened to the entire Reagan 1 bit thinking the guy might have at least 1 critique, and nothing. He needs to add racial, cultural, and socioeconomic history to his repertoire if he is to be taken seriously.
High-quality, comprehensive backgrounds to current discussions. Recommended!
As a lawyer and history lover, so appreciate the perspective this brings to my political thinking. Great job. Even-handed, just facts. Was looking for a podcast like this.
I am amazed at Bruce's knowledge base. His synopsis of the Iran deal was the clearest and most concise I've heard. And the archives are well worth it.
This is a great podcast for those who love history. There's a good mix of fact with just the right amount of irreverence. Highly recommended!
If you haven't already subscribed and become a regular listener to the My History Can Beat Up Your Politics podcast, do it NOW. I mean, stop reading this and subscribe immediately. Still reading? I say again, subscribe NOW! Now that your back from subscribing and then listening to his latest cast, I can't say enough positives about Bruce Carlson's research, powerful reasoning, and very balanced analysis. To be candid his speaking rhythm can be stilted and/or there could be done editing to clean up some overly pregnant pauses now and again, but the content more than makes up for it. Using context, facts, and history truly is one of the greatest tools we have to overcome hyperbole and get to the root of issues in the most honest way possible. Bruce does this in every podcast. If you are an American and engaged even in the slightest way in civic discourse, on Facebook or anywhere else, you will come to treasure this periodic dose of history.

By bilj
I am always pleased when this podcast starts on my iPhone. It is one of the few, that I will postpone listening to until I can pay more attention to what is being said.
Been listening since about 2009. Even purchased the archive from his website when it was "recession price" (well worth it). Bruce is pretty active on the Facebook group page Fans of My History Can Beat Up Your Politics and is willing to discuss anything about American politics and history, especially what's going on right now. I tell everyone I can to listen to his show.
The Good: Bruce provides historical context for current political events that don't require him to take a position. He is also good at examining trends (e.g. the lack of presidential candidates with facial hair). He has a good narrative voice, gives a good vocal performance and the overall audio quality is quite good for a DIY podcast. Lastly, while Bruce may not "beat up" political science with his historical approach, he does make his listeners aware of how other disciplines, including political science, are relevant to the topic he is covering. His podcast on the 1992 election is a good example of this. The Bad: If Bruce is uncomfortable with taking positions on current political controversies, then he shouldn’t feel the need to comment on them. He often reruns episodes from his archives when current events revive their topicality. When dealing with highly controversial issues he has a tendency to retreat to distant, less relevant events in an attempt to achieve ideological and partisan balance rather than focusing on more recent historical events that would cast one side in a more positve light than the other. This wouldn't be a bad impulse on his part if his goal was simply to educate his listeners on the history of US politics but Bruce is committed to using historical insights to comment on contemporary events. When these two desires are brought together it can have ugly results. His discourse on the Grand Army of the Republic in the wake of the Charleston shootings was in profoundly bad taste.
It is so great to enjoy history without the thrill of taking a mid-term or final exam. Your podcasts are informative and insightfull. As one who took a COBOL computer class with computer punch cards I am amazed at this use of computer science and technology, I digress. Keep up the great work. Do you lecture on a circuit?
Great podcast from a pro-intelligent, anti-stupidity, non-partisan historian. Current events set agains historical context.
Informative and to the point
Fresh and enthusiastic delivery. Carlson obviously enjoys taking the listener on an audio tour through time. He says he's not a historian? Yet the material is throughly researched and full of details us history nuts either forgot or didn't know. It's fun and an excellent way to get a history fix.
I love your passionate perspective on history, and the topics you choose to cover are always fascinating and engaging. We’re all history geeks on some level - thanks for making it come alive, and understanding that the key to engaging the history geek and non-geek alike is good story-telling. Yours are well considered and told with emotion and in a way that draws the listener in. Keep it up!
A must listen podcast. Consistently interesting and thought provoking. Small tip: in latest episode about Philadelphia outbreak a 18th cen diary was read from. The Thorne was used by the writer, which is rendered as a 'y', was pronounced by the host as a 'y'. It is properly pronounced as 'th', not 'y'. Thus 'ye olde shoppe' is just 'the old shop'.
I really enjoy the perspective his podcast gives me.
Facts often reside on the left in current times, but Bruce does point out the political overtones and manouvers used by both sides that tend to ignore the facts.
I've been listening for a few years, previously on stitcher, due to their new interface, now here! Keep up the good work, I always learn something new from listening to your podcasts
Good quality. Novel information.
Been listening for years. Always enjoy the histoical emphasis on the Tariff. Could forgo the background music on today's edition.
Focus: history of american politics Strong points: not only Bruce is a strong historian who knows the subject cold, he is a terrific story teller. One of the few who doesn't read, but tells. His subjects are seemingly random but he always links them to the current day and age and gives you the biggest value of the history - learn from the past so you woud not make same mistakes. Drawbacks: sometimes could be too complex for a non-american.
This isn’t a lecture. Each episode is a journey. I’ve learned quite a bit, shared with friends, and burned enemies with the knowledge gained from Bruce’s cogent and meaningful historical and political analysis. Some of his historical examples are perhaps not entirely relevant at times, but that’s for the listener to decide, and you still end up smarter at the end of the episode. Be smart and impress that nerdy girl you failed to connect with that one time you spoke with her about Battlestar Galactica. Listen to this podcast.
Great content, easy to listen to and a lot of fun. Also, surprisingly good tonic to overblown, hyperbolic politics we usually hear from all sides.
Bruce Carlson is incredibly well spoken and knowledgeable. He covers a wide variety of subjects with humor and interest, and manages to keep on subject as well. It's a terriffic cast, even though the sound quality leaves a bit to be desired.