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Impressions of America: History Podcast

Impressions of America: History Podcast

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Welcome to Impressions of America, a podcast on modern American history, presented by Simon, Tobi and Vaughn. We cover the changing political discourse since the 1950s. From the Cronkite years to Trump. You can also follow us on Twitter @USAimpressions
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Politics - Trump Loses the Election

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Politics - Trump Loses the Election
Simon, Tobi and Vaughn react to Joe Biden being projected as the winner of the 2020 election. This episode also looks at some of the key states in the election, Trump's reaction to Biden being declared the winner and Rudy Giuliani's visit to Four Seasons Total Landscaping.
1:47:22
November 8, 2020
Politics – The 2020 Election with Angie Maxwell
Simon, Tobi and Vaughn are joined by returning guest Angie Maxwell to look at the 2020 election, including the key swing states, polling numbers, and the increase in early voting.
1:37:08
November 1, 2020
Episode 25 - Wall Street (1987) Film Review with Felix Salmon
Simon, Tobi and Vaughn are joined by Felix Salmon to discuss the 1987 film Wall Street. Felix is the chief financial correspondent at Axios and host of Slate Money.
1:16:43
October 10, 2020
Episode 24 - Reagan and the 1984 Election - With Peter Robinson
In this episode, Simon, Tobi and Vaughn are joined by Peter Robinson, a speechwriter for Ronald Reagan, to discuss the 1984 election. Also stick around to the end of the episode where we give some thoughts on our trilogy of shows on Ronald Reagan.
1:26:38
September 27, 2020
Politics - The RNC and another bad week for Donald Trump
In this episode, Simon, Tobi and Vaughn look back at all the fun from the RNC and discuss The Atlantic article on Donald Trump's comments about American soldiers.
1:03:45
September 5, 2020
Politics - DNC, Biden, Harris and Trump
In this episode, Simon, Tobi and Vaughn discuss the 2020 Democratic National Convention, as well as Kamala Harris being picked as the VP candidate. They also look ahead to the Republican National Convention and discuss another interesting week for President Trump. Here is the link to the article mentioned in the episode on voting options in every state https://impressionsofamerica.com/2020/08/15/voting-options-in-every-state/
1:48:00
August 23, 2020
Episode 23 - The Christian Right
In this episode, Simon, Tobi and Vaughn look at the Christian Right in the second episode of their trilogy of shows on Ronald Reagan. This episode explores the political and social climate that lead to evangelicals forming an alliance with the Republican party and the role religion played in Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign. We also look at Reagan's response to the AIDS crisis and the role religion has played in politics in the decades following Reagan.
1:29:07
August 9, 2020
Bonus Episode - Website Launch, The President Is Missing, Too Much and Never Enough
To celebrate the launch of our new website www.ImpressionsOfAmerica.com we've done a bonus episode focusing on Vaughn's Book Corner - featuring The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson and Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump. A special thanks to Tim Fransen for creating the website.
1:31:39
July 31, 2020
Politics - The Never Trump Movement with Adam H. Johnson from Citations Needed Podcast
In this episode, Simon, Tobi and Vaughn are joined by Adam H. Johnson from Citations Needed Podcast to discuss the Never Trump Movement.
1:06:38
July 18, 2020
Episode 22 - The Californian Ideology with Richard Barbrook and Alex Sayf Cummings
In this episode, Simon, Tobi and Vaughn are joined by Richard Barbrook and Alex Sayf Cummings to discuss the "Californian Ideology", an essay co-authored by Richard in 1995 which was a critique of dotcom neoliberalism.
1:31:15
July 5, 2020
Episode 21 - Ronald Reagan - The Hollywood Years
In this episode, Simon, Tobi and Vaughn kick-off their trilogy of shows on Ronald Reagan by looking at his career in Hollywood and the politics of the time, including HUAC's Hollywood hearings.
1:44:06
June 21, 2020
Politics - George Floyd - Racism, Murder and Protests - With guest Rasheed (@phreedomjawn)
In this special episode we're joined by Rasheed (@phreedomjawn) to discuss the events going in in America right now around the death of George Floyd and the protests that have been taking place all around America.
1:28:50
June 6, 2020
Politics - The President Is Missing But Here Comes Klobuchar
In this episode, Simon, Tobi and Vaughn discuss the novel The President Is Missing, written by Bill Clinton and James Patterson. They also talk about Klobuchar being vetted for Vice President and another lively few days for Trump.
1:21:51
May 22, 2020
Episode 20 - Black Panther Party - With Bill Fletcher Jr. and Trevor Beaulieu
In this episode, Simon, Tobi and Vaughn are joined by special guests Bill Fletcher Jr. and Trevor Beaulieu to discuss the Black Panther Party.
1:27:40
May 11, 2020
Politics - Biden's VP, Trump the Travelling Salesman and Mitt Romney Breaking News
In this episode, Simon, Tobi and Vaughn discuss who might be Biden's pick for VP, what the hell is going on in America right now, the possible death of Kim Jong-un and near the end of the episode there's some "Breaking News" on Mitt Romney and who he is backing in the 2020 election.
57:38
April 26, 2020
Episode 19 - Ayn Rand with Ben Sixsmith
Simon and Tobi are joined by writer Ben Sixsmith to discuss the life and work of Russian-American author Ayn Rand.
1:07:21
April 12, 2020
Politics - Vaughn of the Dead - Biden, Trump and Coronavirus
In this episode, we introduce our new co-host Vaughn and then discuss the Democratic primary race, Trump and the Coronavirus.
1:04:24
March 22, 2020
Episode 18 - Josh Levin Interview - Linda Taylor - The Welfare Queen
In this episode, Simon, Tobi and our new co-host Vaughn are joined by Slate writer and executive editor to discuss Josh's book “The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth”.
1:05:25
March 1, 2020
Episode 17 - Nixon and Watergate with Justin Sherin (@dick_nixon)
In this episode, Simon and Tobi are joined by Justin Sherin (@dick_nixon on Twitter) to look at the Watergate scandal and the attempted cover up by Richard Nixon and those close to the President.
1:30:42
February 16, 2020
Episode 16 - Nixon's Visit to China with Nate Bethea
In this episode, Simon and Tobi are joined by Nate Bethea to discuss Richard Nixon's 1972 visit to China.
56:46
December 7, 2019
Episode 15 - Richard Nixon 1968 - Law and Order
In this episode, Simon and Tobi look at the 1968 Presidential election between Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey and George Wallace, and specifically the issue of Law and Order which dominated the election.
49:36
November 10, 2019
Episode 14 - Vice Film Review
In this episode, Simon and Tobi are joined by Taeil (@Judge_T234 on Twitter) to discuss the 2018 film Vice film, which looks at the life of Dick Cheney. We also chat about Taeil's own experience of being a Marine over in Iraq.
1:14:16
October 27, 2019
Episode 13 - Once Upon a Time In Hollywood Review
In this episode, Simon and Tobi review and discuss the recently released Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time In Hollywood.
1:21:19
October 6, 2019
Episode 12 - The John Birch Society - With Julian from QAnon Anonymous
In this episode, we discuss the far-right, anti-communist group the John Birch Society with Julian from the QAnon Anonymous podcast.
54:25
September 22, 2019
Politics: Spicer, Sanders and the Mooch
In this episode, recorded for our sister podcast Impressions of America:Politics, Simon and Tobi chat about 3 former Trump staffers: Sean Spicer, Sarah Sanders and Anthony "The Mooch" Scaramucci.
47:38
September 8, 2019
Episode 11 - The Long Southern Strategy with Angie Maxwell
In this episode we chat with Angie Maxwell, co-author of The Long Southern Strategy. We discuss the history of the Southern Strategy and dive into the coded language of the Republicans when discussing race, the role of Southern white women in the strategy and the large role Christianity plays in shaping the identity of southern politics. We also look ahead to 2020 and how the extreme views of Trump's Republican party could help turn Texas blue.
1:34:07
August 24, 2019
Episode 10 - Ralph Steadman Interview
In this episode, Simon, Tobi and friend of the show Steve Lawes are joined by legendary illustrator Ralph Steadman to discuss Ralph's life and career, working with Hunter S. Thompson and the role of political art in society. And as always on the show, the topic of Richard Nixon is never far away. 
51:51
July 2, 2019
Episode 9 - Interview with Matt Christman - Discussing The Weather Underground
In this episode we chat with Matt Christman from Chapo Trap House to discuss the radical left militant group The Weather Underground and the New Left of the 1960s and 1970s. We also discuss the current Democratic party and its failure to embrace the Left.
58:58
June 23, 2019
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02:20
June 2, 2019
Episode 8 - Glam Rock and the 1970s - Simon Reynolds Interview
In this episode we interview music journalist, critic, and author Simon Reynolds and discuss his book Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy, as well as wider social themes connected to music and pop culture.
1:28:10
April 21, 2019
Episode 7 - Kevin Mattson Interview - Jimmy Carter and the Malaise Speech
In this episode, Simon and Tobi are joined by author and historian Kevin Mattson to discuss Kevin's book "What the Heck Are You Up To, Mr. President?': Jimmy Carter, America's 'Malaise,' and the Speech That Should Have Changed the Country".
57:03
December 7, 2018
Episode 6 - Network (1976) Film Review
In this episode, Simon and Tobi review Network, the 1976 classic film and also discuss television news, 70s economics and the growth of corporate influence during the 20th century.
1:06:11
October 6, 2018
Episode 5 - The New Left - with Doug Rossinow
In this episode we are joined by historian and author Doug Rossinow to discuss the New Left in America during the 1960s and 70s.
58:39
August 20, 2018
Episode 4 - The Liberal Consensus - with Kevin Schultz
In this episode, we talk with Professor Kevin Schultz about the liberal consensus, as well about as his latest book Buckley and Mailer: The Difficult Friendship That Shaped the Sixties.
43:10
July 28, 2018
Episode 3 - The Podcast About the Podcast
In this bonus episode, Simon and Tobi discuss everything from The Simpsons and The Social Network, to Richard Nixon and Donald Trump, as they talk about their own backgrounds, why they started the podcast and the future plans for the show.
45:55
May 28, 2018
Episode 2 - William F. Buckley Jr.
In this episode, we look at the life of William F. Buckley Jr. and his impact on American politics, media and political discourse. We delve into the National Review, his debates with Gore Vidal and the legacy of Buckley, as well as his connections to Donald Trump and the modern GOP.
1:11:52
May 20, 2018
Episode 1 - The Post
In our debut episode, we review The Post (2017) and look at how the film depicts Katharine Graham, Richard Nixon and the Pentagon Papers. We also discuss the origins of the podcast's name.
1:02:25
April 2, 2018