The Sons Of History
By The Sons Of History
The Sons of History podcast is all about giving historical references and engaging dialogue about what is happening today and why it’s happening.
Returning to Self-Government Through Civics with David Randall
America's educational institutions, from secondary to post-secondary, continue to perform abysmally in teaching history and civics. In many ways, the lack of knowledge about how the republic works explains why America sits on a stack of massive problems. America's government is powered by its citizens, but ignorance - from voters to legislators - seems to be running rampant. David Randall, Director of Research at the National Association of Scholars, joins the podcast to discuss his latest study: "Learning for Self-Government: A K-12 Civics Report Card." Randall has analyzed many of today's famous and infamous history and civics lesson plans provided by schools and/or organizations. As the school year closes and a new one approaches, this is a perfect time to have this conversation.
May 23, 2022
Cicero, Caesar and the Catiline Conspiracy with Josiah Osgood
Lucius Sirgius Catiline was a Roman senator and patrician with a family lineage dating back to the Second Punic War. So why would he take the steps to conspire to have certain senators assassinated and Rome - the eternal city - burned? Historian, author, and professor at Georgetown University, Josiah Osgood, joins the podcast to discuss the famous Catiline Conspiracy and his new book "How to Stop a Conspiracy: An Ancient Guide to Saving a Republic." His book is actually translation of Sallust's famous work "The War with Catiline."
May 16, 2022
Understanding Democracy and Tocqueville with Dr. Olivier Zunz
Dr. Olivier Zunz, the James Madison Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Virginia, joins the podcast to discuss his work on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville. Tocqueville, the French diplomat, came to America in 1830 to study the country's prison system, but truly studied the American political system as a whole. From that experience, he wrote one of the most influential works: "Democracy in America." Zunz is one of the preeminent scholars on Tocqueville and we discuss how Tocqueville influenced France's political systems and how his works continue to impact the perception and understanding of our own country.
May 09, 2022
Entering World War 1: How America's Leaders Differed with Neil Lanctot
Historian Neil Lanctot joined the podcast to discuss his latest book on what led to America's eventual entrance into World War I and how various national leaders - Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Jane Addams - viewed the war and America's role. To understand how America was dealing with the issues of German submarine warfare, foreign affairs, and American isolationism, listen to Lanctot's discoveries and then go get his new book. Very much worth the read.
May 02, 2022
King Harald Hardrada: The Last Viking with Don Hollway
The Viking Age comes to an end with the death of King Harald Hardrada at Stamford Bridge. But who was this Viking turned mercenary turned king? Find out the life of a fascinating and brutal character of a millennia ago with historian and author Don Hollway. Hollway joins the podcast to discuss his new book "The Last Viking: The True Story of King Harald Hardrada."
April 25, 2022
Spies, Communism, and the Romanian Christmas Revolution with William Maz
William Maz, the author of the new book "The Bucharest Dossier," joins the podcast to discuss his debut spy novel centered around Romania's Christmas Revolution in 1989. There is a ton of information to learn about what life was like under the iron fist of Communism with Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu running the show. We discuss the fall and demise of the Ceausescus and what happened to Romania after the fall of Communism. Also, Maz discusses his book and how he was able to tie in the CIA, KGB, and Romania into one incredible novel.
April 18, 2022
Stalin, Putin, and Russia's Greatest Ballerina
John O'Neill, the co-author of The Devil and the Dancer, joins the podcast to discuss his latest book about Joseph Stalin and Anna Pavlova, Russia's greatest ballerina - and arguably history's greatest ballerina. The book and our discussion also ties in Vladimir Putin and the Russian's use of poisons, which dates back to the days of Stalin. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast. Also, leave us a rating and a review if you enjoy the episode!
April 11, 2022
How to Get Woke with The Babylon Bee's Joel Berry
It's a rare occasion that we don't discuss history, but this is about the future of the country, which will eventually become its history. The Babylon Bee has been keeping track satirically of the insanity constantly plaguing America and the West. Managing editor and co-author of "The Babylon Bee: Guide to Wokeness," Joel Berry, joins the podcast to discuss the book, how wokeism is destroying American institutions and Americans in general, and what the next woke agenda is. Rest assured, it is worse than terrible. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast. Leave a rating and a review if you enjoyed the show!
April 04, 2022
How China's Tyranny and Push for Global Dominance Is Pre-Mao
Thousands of years before Mao ever came on the scene, the rulers of China believed in an emperor to rule the lives of everyone and everything. Emperors of China were looked on as gods and the State was looked on as the "hegemon." The "hegemon" that was the center of the earth and rightful owner of all "under of heaven." Steven Mosher, author of Bully of Asia and one of the preeminent scholars on China, joins the podcast to discuss why China is the great threat to its own people, the West, and the world. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast! Leave a rating and review too!
March 28, 2022
In Defense of Warren G. Harding with Ryan Walters
Warren G. Harding continues to find his name at the bottom of the presidential rankings. Ryan Walters, the author of "The Jazz Age President: Defending Warren G. Harding," believes his name should move up the list...way up. The Sons of History discuss why Harding is a much-maligned president, but really shouldn't be. In fact, there is a case to be made that he was one of the more successful presidents of the 20th century. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave a rating and a review if you enjoy the show!
March 21, 2022
How WWII Bomber Crews Survived Behind Enemy Lines
What was it like being in a B-17 or B-24 bomber during World War II? Better yet, what was it like being shot down and then stranded behind enemy lines? Charles E. Stanley Jr., the author of "Lost Airmen: The Epic Rescue WWII US Bomber Crews Stranded Behind Enemy Lines," joins the podcast to discuss those very questions. Learn about the many hazards of being in a bomber plane and how Americans survived in then-Yugoslavia's Sanski Most. Be sure to subscribe and leave a rating and a review if you enjoyed the show!
March 14, 2022
The Truth about Benedict Arnold with Dr. Stephen Brumwell
Benedict Arnold. He is known as America's great traitor. Though there have been numerous traitors in the history of the US, none stands out like Arnold. But is there more than meets the eye to this disgraced general of the American Revolutionary War? Dr. Stephen Brumwell, author of "Turncoat: Benedict Arnold and the Crisis of American Liberty" and the preeminent scholar on Arnold, joins the show to shed light on a dark figure of America's past. Don't forget to subscribe, rate and review the podcast if you enjoy it!
February 28, 2022
Is This the End of Journalism? with Batya Ungar-Sargon
Journalism just might be dead. Why? Politics and wokeism has poisoned it. Batya Ungar-Sargon, deputy opinion editor for Newsweek, joins the podcast to discuss her latest book "Bad News: How Woke Media Is Undermining Democracy." We discuss the history of journalism, its current state, and why people don't trust the media. WEBSITE: https://www.thesonsofhistory.com/ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TheSonsOfHistory/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/thesonsofhistory/ #journalism #wokeism
February 21, 2022
All You Need to Know About the Saratoga Campaign
Alan Wakim goes on a deep dive into one of the most important battles of the American Revolution, and one of the most important moments in American history: the Saratoga Campaign (commonly referred to as the Battle of Saratoga). Learn about the major players, the mishaps, mistakes, and triumphs on both the American and British sides. It's all here!
February 14, 2022
Stopping the Rise of Adolf Hitler with Alan Winter
It's our first episode of the new season and Alan Winter, co-author of "Sins of the Fathers," joins the podcast to discuss the new book, how Adolf Hitler should be viewed by readers and historians, and how difficult it would be to stop the rise of Hitler (even with a second chance). "Sins of the Fathers" is the sequel to "Wolf" that follows the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party in 1930s Germany. This historical fiction series is thoroughly researched and historically accurate, all while placing the reader right in the middle of the oncoming devastating storm. Be sure to subscribe, like, and leave a comment! WEBSITE: https://www.thesonsofhistory.com/ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TheSonsOfHistory/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/thesonsofhistory/ #AdolfHitler #Hitler #WorldWar2
February 07, 2022
A Naval Adventure Series and the Art of Writing Historical Fiction with James L. Haley - Author of the Putnam Series
James L. Haley, author of the naval adventure Putnam Series, joined the podcast to discuss his fourth installment in the series: "Captain Putnam for the Republic of Texas." Haley discusses the art of writing good historical fiction and why it's harder to write than nonfiction - which he has written immensely, including works on Jack London, Sam Houston, Hawaii, the Texas Supreme Court, and the Apaches. Don't miss this episode and be sure to check out Haley's Putnam Series - a great Christmas gift idea. If you enjoy the podcast, leave us a rating and a review!
December 06, 2021
The Viking Heart and the Influence of the Norse with Arthur Herman
Arthur Herman has written another tremendous book entitled The Viking Heart. Herman joined the podcast to discuss his work and how the Scandinavians conquered the world through Viking conquest and later through trade, exploration, and sheer heart and brilliance. Herman's new book takes the reader on a journey of approximately 1,200 years, discussing the many historical figures from the lands of the north that impacted the world then and as we know it today. Learn about the myths and facts of the Vikings and how they helped create the Scandinavians as they are known today. Be sure to subscribe to our podcast, and if you enjoy the show, leave a rating and a review! WEBSITE: https://www.thesonsofhistory.com/
November 29, 2021
Holiday Special: Celebrate with Thanksgiving Letters and Speeches from America's Past
This week's episode is very different from any other episode we've done before. Dustin Bass reads letters and speeches from some of our American ancestors, including Ben Franklin, Daniel Webster, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Listen to the perspectives of what those from long ago thought about the meaning of Thanksgiving, including a speech from a Wampanoag Indian. We hope that you enjoy this Thanksgiving Special and that you and yours enjoy a very Happy Thanksgiving.
November 22, 2021
Discussing the Great American Story with Wilfred McClay
The legendary Wilfred McClay joined the podcast this week to discuss his book "Land of Hope" and how his US history textbook is different than most. The Sons of History are big fans of the book because it gives perspective to the American story in a very balanced way. Along with the book, we discuss what has happened to history and civics education in America's schools, why a different demographic is drawn to his recent book, and how a lack of historical perspective has become a detriment to the country. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast, and if you enjoy the show, leave a rating and a review!
November 15, 2021
The 19th Century Woman Who Changed American Culture with Guest Melanie Kirkpatrick
NEW UPLOAD after slight snafu. Discover the most influential American woman you may have never heard of: Sarah Josepha Hale. Melanie Kirkpatrick joins the podcast to discuss her latest book, "Lady Editor: Sarah Josepha Hale and the Making of the Modern American Woman." In this episode we discuss Hale's hardships and tragedies that pushed her into the direction of becoming editor of the most influential magazine of the 19th century. Through her editorship, she discovered some of the country's most talented writers, helped establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday, helped open the door for women in the workplace, and more. Be sure to subscribe to our podcast, and if you enjoy it - leave a rating and a review!
November 08, 2021
Can The 1836 Commission Help Texas History? with Texas Historian Donald Frazier
Donald Frazier, of the Texas Center at Schreiner University and a newly appointed member of Texas's 1836 Commission, joins the podcast to discuss what the Commission is all about and why Texas history is so important to the American story. Supporters and detractors of the Commission are in abundance, but Frazier is working to ensure the proper historical balance is struck. The Sons of History discuss whether the Commission will work and if a governmental creation is the right step. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast. And if you enjoy the show, leave a rating and a review!
November 01, 2021
Can Advocacy and History Co-Exist? A Discussion with Justice Ken Wise and Historian Stephen Hardin
More and more, advocacy is usurping an accurate telling of history. The question is can they actually work together? And how often was advocacy done with contemporary works in order to preserve certain views? The Sons of History discuss this and more with Justice Ken Wise, of the 14th Court of Appeals in Texas and the creator of the Wise About Texas podcast, and Dr. Stephen Hardin, prominent Texas historian and professor of history at McMurry University in Abilene. As always, Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim give their book and movie recommendations, as well as their choices for This Week in History. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave a rating and a review if you enjoy the show.
October 25, 2021
From Liberty to Tyranny: Discussing Revolutions Over the Century with Donald Critchlow
Lenin. Mao. Castro. Mugabe. Khomeini. Donald Critchlow joins the podcast to discuss his new book "Revolutionary Monsters: Five Men Who Turned Liberation Into Tyranny." The Sons of History talk about how these five dictators came to power across five different regions, but in very similar ways. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss with Critchlow how the West (whether journalists, politicians, or academics) continued to be enamored we these ruthless tyrants, how academia was a hotbed for revolution each time, what was the ultimate result, and how America and the West is falling into a trap to put themselves in the same situation. The Sons of History highly recommend this book.
October 18, 2021
World War II Fighter Pilot Talks Fighting Japanese Zeros, Shooting Gunboats, and Life on The Pacific
Art Leach was a fighter pilot in the United States Navy during World War II was given credit for shooting down 3.5 enemy aircraft. Leach discusses the difficulties of launching and landing on the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, shooting gunboats and Japanese Zeros in the Philippine Islands, and his experience of flying the F6F Hellcat. Art Leach was awarded two air medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service during WW2. Watch all of our military interviews of American soldiers on this playlist. To find out what all we are doing at The Sons of History, visit our website: https://www.thesonsofhistory.com/. If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to subscribe, rate and review! Thanks!
October 11, 2021
Forget "Forget The Alamo"! Discussing the False Rewriting of Texas History with Denton Florian
Denton Florian is one of the foremost experts on Sam Houston, the great Texas general, president, and governor (in that order); and Texas history in general. He was the executive producer of the five-time EMMY winning documentary "Sam Houston: American Statesman, Soldier, and Pioneer." Denton joined the podcast to discuss how the new book "Forget The Alamo" attempts to do as "The 1619 Project" did (a conversation we had with Dr. Mary Grabar two episodes prior) and reframe (or often rewrite) history through the lens of slavery and race. While agenda-driven journalists work to rewrite history in hopes that you will forget obvious historical facts about America and now Texas, we think this is a conversation you'll definitely remember. Be sure to subscribe! If you enjoy the show, leave a rating and a review!
October 04, 2021
A Revolutionary's Revolutionary: Marquis de Lafayette Is the Hero of Two Worlds, with Guest Mike Duncan
Mike Duncan, the creator of the highly successful podcasts "The History of Rome" and "Revolutions," joins the show to discuss his new book Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette in the Age of Revolution. Learn how Lafayette was a revolutionary's revolutionary. His nickname Hero of Two Worlds comes from his high level involvement in the American Revolution and the French Revolution, and there is so much to learn about this incredible French nobleman and military officer. Hero of Two Worlds is now available for purchase. Be sure to subscribe! If you enjoy the show, leave a rating and a review!
September 27, 2021
Debunking The 1619 Project with Dr. Mary Grabar
Dr. Mary Grabar joins the podcast to discuss her new book "Debunking The 1619 Project: Exposing the Plan to Divide America." Learn what some of the egregious claims are from The New York Times Magazine initiative. Grabar discusses how she dismantled The 1619 Project's claims through historical fact, contemporary sources, and historians from across the political spectrum. WEBSITE FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #The1619Project #DebunkingThe1619Project #AmericanHistory
September 20, 2021
Decrypting Ghosts and Trauma from the 9/11 Attacks
In the first episode of the new podcast season, Dr. Danel Olson joins to talk about his new book 9/11 Gothic: Decrypting Ghosts and Trauma in New York City's Terrorism Novels. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss how 9/11 affected civilians psychologically and spiritually and how the aftermath of the war on terror affected the military. This is a deep dive into the trauma that has followed the worst attack on America's soil. Also, The Sons of History has a new segment: This Week in History. Dustin and Alan choose something that happened this week in history. And as always, we have our book and movie recommendations. Olson's book will be available Sept. 15. You can purchase your copy at this link. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast. Also, please leave a rating and a review to more people can find the podcast.
September 13, 2021
An Independence Day Special Episode!
Happy Independence Day! Listen in to this episode (and blare it on the loudspeakers) and learn how the Declaration of Independence was written, and then stay tuned in for a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence.
July 04, 2021
What Led to the American Revolution?
This is an episode chock full of information on what led to the American Revolution told in an entertaining way. Since July 4th is right around the corner, we figured we would go old school with the next two episodes. Get your pen and paper ready for notes, or watch it all here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWLZn3f88ps&t=
June 28, 2021
Celebrating Father's Day and Masculinity
Father's Day is coming up and The Sons of History are celebrating early. Though Dustin and Alan aren't fathers, they are sons to some really great dads. Along with that, fathers and masculinity have been coming under attack for longer than you might think. The Sons of History discuss why masculinity is an absolute necessity for a society to survive...don't worry, femininity is discussed too (and both are absolute necessities).
June 14, 2021
June Is Home to History's Epic Battles
You may know about the famous battle on June 6, 1944 - but do you know about the other famous battles that happened on June 6, as well as other famous battles and wars that happened in the month of June? The Sons of History find it very interesting that some of history's most famous conflicts started during this month. There is something about the hot month that brings out the hot war. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss wars from the American Revolution, World War II, the Middle East, and even the Napoleonic Era.
June 07, 2021
Margalit Fox Discusses Her New Book, The Confidence Men
Margalit Fox joins the show to discuss her new book about a World War I prison escape that is practically too strange to believe. It is a tale of war, the Ottoman Empire, prison breaks, and...Ouija Boards? In her fourth book, The Confidence Men, Fox brings to life a story that was all but forgotten, during a period that few know: World War I on the Ottoman Front. This is a conversation not to be missed.
May 31, 2021
The Forgotten Gulf Coast Campaign of the Revolution
Most people know very little about Spain's assistance during the American Revolution, much less the important contributions during the Gulf Coast Campaign. Find out how Spain sought revenge from losses in the Seven Years War and how they got it, and how that benefited the Americans in countless ways.
May 24, 2021
Michael Walsh Discusses New Book "Last Stands", Honor, and Masculinity
Michael Walsh, the New York Times bestselling author, joins the podcast to discuss his latest book, Last Stands: Why Men Fight When All Is Lost. We discuss the virtues of honor and courage, and the necessity of masculinity. We cover the numerous battles discussed in the book and how masculinity is a must in a society. In a world that is being turned upside down by claims of toxic masculinity, demands for diversity solely for diversity's sake, and the constant threats from cancel culture, we discuss the end result of a society that engages in such behavior. HINT: It isn't good. Walsh is a two-time New York Times bestselling author, an American Book Award winner for And All the Saints, and the writer for one of the biggest successes for the Disney Channel - Cadet Kelly. WEBSITE https://www.thesonsofhistory.com/ SOCIAL ⚬ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUcbFfmMoIAVfjt4ZSPkCgg ⚬ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSonsOfHistory/ ⚬ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesonsofhistory/
May 17, 2021
How Much Did Spain Help During the American Revolution?
Everyone knows about the French involvement during the American Revolution, but few know about the Spanish involvement. Spain proved to be a major help during America's fight for independence, and few individuals did more than the great Spaniard Bernardo de Galvez. It is time to give Spain and de Galvez the credit they deserve for helping the colonists defeat the British Empire. We talk with Michael Cristian on the topic of de Galvez to give you an introduction into the great man himself. We also provide some book recommendations for further research on de Galvez and the Spanish involvement. With Spain officially declaring war on Great Britain in 1779, it truly became an imperial war.
May 03, 2021
Dr. Jody Edward Ginn and East Texas Troubles
Dr. Jody Edward Ginn joins the podcast to discuss his latest book East Texas Troubles. We also discuss the corruption that engulfed the Texas Rangers for a while under the Ferguson era during the early 1900s and the resurgence that took place under James Allred. Learn about the elite group of law enforcement officers called the Texas Rangers and why Chuck Norris probably wouldn't pan out as a real Ranger.
April 26, 2021
What Really Happened After the Battle of San Jacinto?
The story goes that the Mexican Army was defeated at the Battle of San Jacinto. This is true for the army led by Santa Anna, but what about the other 4,000 soldiers? Were they defeated by the Texian Army, or something else? Gregg Dimmick, author of the Sea of Mud, joins the podcast to tell a part of the Texas Revolution you probably have never heard before. You can purchase his groundbreaking book here: Sea of Mud
April 12, 2021
The Mission and Heart Behind The Veterans Project
Tim K., founder of The Veterans Project, joins the show to discuss the ironic story of launching The Veterans Project and how it is affecting veterans and how it is affecting him - a veteran himself of the Iraq War. This is a conversation you need to hear, and if you know a veteran, perhaps share this episode with them.
March 29, 2021
Attack of the Health Tyrants!
Alan Wakim and Dustin Bass go all the way back to 1944 with a not-so-talked-about law that was passed during World War 2 that gave incredible power to non-elected officials. The Sons of History discuss how this has worsened with newer laws, mostly passed at the state level, which will explain why health officials and other elected and non-elected government officials has so much power - near absolute power. And the demands from the power need not be logical. Here are some sources you may want to view for further research: Section 264 of the Public Health Service Act Model State Emergency Health Powers Act ACLU on the MSEHPA
March 22, 2021
Cancel Culture and Its Destructive History
In recent history, there has been an influx of practically mindless cancellations of all sorts - including most recently Dr. Seuss and Mr. Potato Head. Some try to excuse the societal behavior away, but it really is too dangerous to do so. Yes, there has been "cancel cultures" of sorts in our past, even reaching all the way back to the Revolution, but honestly, those and other times were really bad. Are we certain we want to relive them? Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss the effects of cancel culture - both past and present.
March 15, 2021
To Secede or Not to Secede?
That is the question. Secession has been on the lips of a lot of people, even here in Texas. Is that a good idea? Didn't states do that back in 1861? Is there a different way to secede from the Union that won't lead to military conflict? Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss the pros, cons and history of secession, and how the Founding Fathers felt about the Union not being unified.
March 01, 2021
The Doomsday Experts and Their History of Being WRONG!
For many of the world's elite experts, the sky is always falling. The doomsday prophets of science, economics, and politics continue to be wrong and this past year is not anomalous. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss the history of experts and their tragically wrong predictions about the end of resources, energy, and the population as a whole.
February 22, 2021
Presidents and How We Should Judge Them
Too often, Americans place the president on a pedestal for the wrong reasons. And too often, Americans place the wrong presidents on a pedestal. Alan Wakim and Dustin Bass discuss how Americans should judge presidents and what matters most when it comes to the person who holds the power of the Executive. This President's Day week, a discussion on the presidential office seems most appropriate.
February 15, 2021
Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell and the Legacies They Leave
With the recent passing of Walter Williams this past December, Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss the lives of the two powerhouse economists, Thomas Sowell and Williams, and the impact they have made on them personally and on numerous generations. It can hardly be overstated the influence these two American legends have had on the modern view of economics, and even in the realm of social studies and philosophy. If you have never experienced Sowell or Williams, then we encourage you to purchase their works, watch their videos, and listen to their presentations...after watching this episode, of course.
February 08, 2021
Reddit's Revenge on Wall Street and a Financial Revolution
What has taken place over the previous two weeks in the stock market has been nothing short of revolutionary. In fact, it has all the makings of what appears to be a digital French Revolution in the finance industry. Mark Houle joins The Sons of History to discuss the subReddit group WallStreetBets' move on Wall Street through GameStop stock. Is this the beginning of what could be one of the most significant and historic financial moments in world history? We discuss the purpose behind the moves, the financial markets' response, and what the plan could be moving forward for future short squeezes.
February 01, 2021
How Different Will Biden Differ from Trump's Defense Policies?
A new sheriff is in town. President Joe Biden has taken the reins of the American military. What does that mean for America's foreign policy in terms of defense? And how different will those policies be from President Trump? Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss what we experienced the previous four years, and what to expect in the following four.
January 25, 2021
What Would Have Happened If Desert Storm Hadn't?
It's been 30 years since the start of Operation Desert Storm. Alan Wakim and Dustin Bass discuss what might would have happened if that operation never took place. It's our first "what if" episode. We trust you'll enjoy it.
January 18, 2021
The Capitol, Censorship and the Jan. 6 Fallout
January 6, 2021 was a historic day for too many wrong reasons. Alan and Dustin discuss what happened (Dustin was there), the reactions from the media and the Left, and how big tech and Congress are taking dangerous steps after Trump supporters and Antifa members stormed the nation's Capitol.
January 11, 2021
What Votes Will Be Counted Jan. 6?
Congress is meeting Jan. 6 to count the electoral college votes and announce the president. But a lot of controversy surrounds this upcoming momentous event. Republican members of Congress are declaring their intent to object to certain votes from certain states. What will happen? What can happen? Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss the possibilities of a potentially wild week.
January 04, 2021
Has the Republic Hit Its Expiration Date?
It appears we may have reached the expiration date for the republic. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss why a Biden win or a Trump win may be a detriment to the republic. Both lay out their reasons why we are heading toward a lose-lose situation.
December 28, 2020
Our Ultimate Book Recommendations List!
The 2020 year is coming to an end (thank, God!) and we've got a special episode. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim give their ultimate book recommendations lists and why these books are the ones you should read in the coming year. Who knows? With all the lockdowns and craziness still going on, you may have a lot of free time on your hands in 2021 (let's hope not).
December 21, 2020
Did America Actually Lose the Cold War?
When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, it was the biggest visual of what would happen in two years: the end of the Soviet Union. America, however, had only increased in power. But Over the past 30 years, evidence shows that the victor of the Cold War may not be who you think. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss this timely and important issue.
December 14, 2020
Is the 2020 Election a Reboot of 1876?
Edward Foley provided some insightful possibilities in his winter 2019 piece, and now they seem to be happening before our eyes. The Sons of History discuss the countless paths to the White House based on the 12th Amendment, the 20th Amendment, and the Electoral Count Act of 1887. This is a wild discussion, so have your notes ready.
December 07, 2020
The Ultimate Reason the Election Court Cases Are Important
Who knows how the court cases regarding the 2020 election will pan out? What is for certain is that they are extremely important for the retention of the republic and its democratic means. Dustin Bass explains what's been happening and why the courts are needed even if the election results prove to be fully legitimate.
November 30, 2020
Debunking Howard Zinn, Saving Columbus, and Stopping Socialism with Dr. Mary Grabar
Dr. Mary Grabar, author of Debunking Howard Zinn, joined The Sons of History for a very special podcast episode. The discussions are incredibly intriguing ranging from Howard Zinn, the truth about Christopher Columbus, the 1619 project, the problems in education and academia, the rise of socialism in America, and more. Don't miss this incredible conversation that covers so much of what you need to know.
November 23, 2020
400 Year Celebration of the Mayflower Landing
Learn about the true start of it all - a most dangerous expedition by the most unlikely group who were in search of a new beginning. Follow Alan Wakim has he explores the 1620 journey from Holland to America by the English pilgrims. Learn about the Mayflower, the Mayflower Compact, the relationship between the colonists and the Indians and much more. Happy Anniversary!
November 16, 2020
And the President-Elect Is...Wait a Minute!
Perhaps many of us anticipated chaos in this election. Did we anticipate this much? The Sons of History discuss the chaos and in particular the four states that have a difference of votes of less than 1% and the irregularities found there. Oh, Pennsylvania! What have you done?
November 09, 2020
Pre-Election Special: A Talk About the Parties
The Sons of History discuss numerous topics in this incredibly thorough episode. Globalism. nationalism, free-market capitalism, socialism, NATO relations, China relations, race relations, religious freedom and more. Don't miss this discussion. You won't find another one like it. (Btw, Dustin got really fired up at times.)
November 02, 2020
Why We Were Not Founded As a Democracy
You will hear people say all the time that America is a democracy, but rarely ever that we are a republic. Why is that? The Sons of History discuss why America is not a democracy, and why that is a good thing - although there continues to be steps toward turning the US into a democracy, and that's not a good thing.
October 26, 2020
A Compromised Media and Social Media Censorship
It's all recent history, but it's still history. The Sons of History look at the brief history of the partisan moderators, bad questions, omitted questions, media warfare, social media censorship, and the excuse used to do all of it.
October 19, 2020
What Is Going on with the Debates?
The first debate between President Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden was a train wreck, and Fox's Chris Wallace's seemed to be a clueless engineer. The Vice Presidential debate was definitely a reprieve, but this was not until the Debate Commission changed the debate rules during the debate season. A truly unprecedented move and one that should be cause for concern. Now it appears the third debate slated for Oct. 15 is canceled, although Steve Scully appeared to be compromised via Twitter. So how will the final debate go - or will it be cancelled too? This year has been a mess. Should we have expected anything less from this year's debates?
October 12, 2020
Has America Become An Oligarchy?
An oligarchy is a government run by the few. America is a Republican Democracy cut up into 50 parts with three separate federal branches of power and too many agencies, but how influential have the elite few become? Have they become oligarchs in a country run by the people? Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss their worries.
October 05, 2020
Amy Coney Barrett: The Race Toward SCOTUS Confirmation
Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away Sept. 18. On Sept. 26, President Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett to replace her on the Supreme Court. The Sons of History talk about the process, complaints from the Democrats, the history of confirmations (even in an election year), and recalling the Kavanaugh hearings. Learn what you need to know about a confirmation hearing that will most likely be one to remember and one that is up against the election clock.
September 28, 2020
The Incoming Anti-Everything Pushback
In recent years, the onslaught from the radical Left has increased, including the Cancel Culture, the rise of Marxism, the affection for socialism, and the politicizing of every aspect of American life. What is to come of it? The Sons of History discuss the inevitable pushback against the anti-everything movement. Do bear in mind, we are not pleased to announce the inevitable.
September 21, 2020
Why Is America Following China's Lead?
Over the past six months, have you noticed the measures our states have been taking to infringe on our basic human rights? The right to assembly. The right to religious expression. The right to run your business as you see fit. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss how the American government (AND ITS PEOPLE) has taken its approach to the pandemic straight out of the Chinese playbook.
September 14, 2020
Alan Finds A Road Trip Guest for the Show
Alan Wakim has been on a road trip throughout the southeast portion of the US. While in Pensacola, he made a significant connection with author Wesley Odom, who specializes in Pensacola history. Who knew that the longest siege of the American Revolution happened in Florida and didn't involve Americans? Learn a ton about something you most likely didn't know about from someone who knows.
September 07, 2020
Galvez, Jackson, and the Battle of New Orleans
Alan Wakim is on a road trip through the southeast. His first stop: Louisiana. The Sons of History discuss how the Spanish assisted during the American Revolution, as well as what happened during the Battle of New Orleans. Great information as always. And truly, the result at New Orleans was nothing short of miraculous.
August 31, 2020
Federal Agents, Unmarked Vans, and Federal Overreach
During the Portland riots this year, another odd thing took place - federal agents in unmarked vans were grabbing suspected rioters, tossing them into the van and taking them into custody. Was this an anomaly? Or was this just another instance of federal government overreach? The Sons of History invite constitutional scholar Joe Wolverton to discuss whether the federal government was in the right to do what it did, or if it was another section of Pandora's box that has been opened with the federal government.
August 24, 2020
Operation Paperclip and the Moral Question
The United States conducted a military operation called Operation Paperclip, which brought Nazi scientists into the country to advance our rocket technology in order to get ahead of the USSR. But how should we look at this decision? There are various ways to look at it, and The Sons of History take this conversation to discuss the various sides of a complicated decision.
August 17, 2020
A Look Back at the Atomic Bomb
Seventy-five years ago, President Harry S. Truman authorized the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan. Shortly after the second bomb hit, the greatest war in human history came to an end. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss the bomb and the logic behind dropping it. August of 1945 introduced the world to the nuclear age, but was it worth it? The Sons of History discuss in detail.
August 10, 2020
Persecution of the Modern American Church
From discriminatory edicts against church openings to the burning down of churches by extremists, the American church seems to be experiencing persecution the likes it has never seen nor ever thought possible. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss what Christians should prepare for and how they should respond as it gets worse. The Sons of History give a brief history of Christian persecution and the current global and national persecution going on. Currently, 80 percent of religious persecution in the world today is against Christians. This episode will be extremely eye-opening.
August 03, 2020
What To Do About Those Statues
Chaos is still running rampant in various areas of the country. People on both sides of the aisle argue about whether certain statues should or should not be removed. The Sons of History discuss the issues at hand, and also what is really behind some of the chaos we see in America. Alan Wakim and Dustin Bass have somewhat differing views and we think it is definitely a conversation you should listen to.
July 27, 2020
The Heroes, Results and Legacy of the Mexican-American War
Dr. Stephen Hardin leads us through the Mexican-American War to its final end. The Sons of History discuss the heroes (some very familiar names), the results (familiar state names), and the legacy of the war (Manifest Destiny, anyone?). Learn what you need to know about this war and how you should view the outcome. We know you'll enjoy Part 2 of the two-part conversation.
July 20, 2020
What Led to the Mexican American War with Dr. Stephen Hardin
Dr. Stephen Hardin, professor at McMurray University in Abilene and author of numerous books on Texas history, joins The Sons of History to discuss the importance of the Mexican-American War. What led to the Mexican-American War? What role did President James K. Polk play? Where was Santa Anna? And what about that border river? All this and more in Part 1 of the two-part discussion on the neighbor war. Also, we recommend you listen to our first ever discussion with Dr. Hardin a few months ago on the Texas Revolution, which was the start to the ongoing hostilities between the Mexicans and the Texians - and eventually the Americans.
July 13, 2020
The Kids Are NOT Alright
It has become painfully obvious that the public education system has failed our children in more ways than we can count. From grades that haven't gotten better over the decades (despite increased spending) to constant indoctrination, parents and grandparents and all those who care about the current and future generation need to strongly consider an alternative route: homeschooling. The pandemic has made it abundantly clear the absolute inefficiency and inefficacy of the public system. The Sons of History bring out numerous facts about the system and why taking education into your own hands is the better and safer route. Education isn't simply a battle for the brain. It's a battle for the mind. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim offer numerous solutions and methods for turning this coming school year into a true success.
July 06, 2020
Remember Independence...and Fight for It.
Amid the chaos, we should be embracing our history even more and remembering the difficulty behind declaring our independence. Alan Wakim and Dustin Bass discuss what it took to reach a decision on independence, as well as some issues currently facing the country's freedom.
June 29, 2020
The Common Sense Behind the Second Amendment
The Second Amendment secures the right of Americans to bear arms. This amendment has been under heavy attack for several decades. The Sons of History discuss why the Founding Fathers chose to create this amendment, who influenced their decision, and why citizens need this amendment, even those who choose to never arms themselves. This discussion is chocked full of information. You may want to have a pen and paper handy.
June 22, 2020
Racism, Ideology, and the Elimination of History
These are very troubled times. The Sons of History discuss what has happened, including the significance of the riots, the defacing and destroying of memorials, and the logic behind the destruction. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim are brutally honest in this discussion about racism, the ideologies permeating across the American (and global) landscape, and how activist groups are pushing for an elimination of American history. We encourage you to also listen to our previous episode: When Citizens Turn on Each Other.
June 15, 2020
When Citizens Turn on Each Other
History is full of great nations collapsing in on themselves when the citizens turn on each other and the government loses control of law and order. The Sons of History reach all the way back to Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, the Byzantine Empire, the Catholic Church and Islam and also more modern times with the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution, the Chinese Civil War, the Spanish Civil, as well as America's own American Revolution and Civil War. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim make a heartfelt plea for Americans to stop and consider their current path. The end of this road leads to devastating results. We hope that everyone takes a moment to listen and make the necessary personal adjustments.
June 08, 2020
A Conversation with Tuttle Twins Creator Connor Boyack
Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim sit down with Connor Boyack, founder of The Tuttle Twins, to discuss the purpose of the books and how the issues affecting today's youth and modern education. If you have been wondering how to better educate your children, The Tuttle Twins books receive a stamp of approval from The Sons of History. Have you experienced the Tuttle Twins? If not, The Sons of History highly encourage you buy one of the 11 books (or all of them) for your children. You can search the books on the website: TuttleTwins.com.
June 01, 2020
Memorial Day Special: Alex Kershaw on the End of WWII in Europe
Our commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe reaches its finale. And what a finale it is. New York Times bestselling author Alex Kershaw joins The Sons of History to discuss this moment of moments. Alex is the author of nine books, which have placed him as one of the top World War II historians. We know that you will thoroughly enjoy this conversation. For all Alex's books, visit his website here.
May 26, 2020
The Pacific Theater: 1937-1944
From the European Theater last week to the Pacific Theater this week, The Sons of History continue their commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss the destruction of China by the Japanese, the fight over French Indochina, America's oil embargo against Japan, Pearl Harbor, the Battle of Midway, island hopping campaigns, and finally history's largest naval battle in the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Don't miss this thorough discussion about the Pacific Theater.
May 18, 2020
The European Theater: 1939-1944
As part of our commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of World War II, The Sons of History discuss major moments in the European Theater between 1939 and 1944. Get an understanding about the Fall of France, the Battle of Britain, Normandy, the plot to kill Hitler, and more.
May 11, 2020
What Led to World War II?
In honor of the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, The Sons of History are dedicating this month entirely to the Second World War. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss what led to the start of the war, only 20 years after the end of The Great War. The Treaty of Versailles, The Russian Revolution, The Great Depression, a reluctant Europe to check German progress, the rise of Hitler and Mussolini, and more. Don't miss these discussions. Also, please leave us a rating and/or a review, if you enjoy our podcast. Thanks!
May 04, 2020
William Shakespeare with Prof. Kari Lee Bush-Hammons
April is the month of Shakespeare, so The Sons of History decided to end the month on a discussion about history's greatest playwright. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim sit down with Professor Kari Lee Bush-Hammons, of Sam Houston State University, to discuss what we should know about William Shakespeare. If you've never experienced Shakespeare, you'll learn what to expect, and more importantly, where to start. Celebrate the king of tragedy and comedy, and the originator of the tragi-comedy.
April 27, 2020
Pt. 2: Just About All You Need to Know on the Texas Revolution with Dr. Stephen L. Hardin
So what happened after the Alamo? What was Sam Houston really thinking before the Battle of San Jacinto? And why were the Mexicans caught by surprise at the famous battle? In honor of the Battle of San Jacinto, we discuss this and more in part 2 of our discussion with Dr. Stephen L. Hardin.
April 21, 2020
Pt. 1: Just About All You Need to Know on the Texas Revolution with Dr. Stephen L. Hardin
The Texas legend Dr. Stephen L. Hardin, of McMurray University, joins the podcast to discuss the Texas Revolution. Learn just about everything you need to know on the Texas Revolution in this two-part series. In commemoration of the Battle of San Jacinto, The Sons of History releases this thorough discussion on what you knew, what you thought you knew, and what you never knew about the conflict between the Texians and Mexicans.
April 20, 2020
Morgan Zegers with the Young Americans Against Socialism
Statistics show that most millennials would vote for a socialist if given the chance. The Sons of History interviews Morgan Zegers, founder of the Young Americans Against Socialism (YAAS), to discuss how she is working to convince fellow millennials that socialism is the wrong path to take. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim ask numerous questions with plenty of historical context. If you're on the fence about socialism, this is the conversation you won't want to miss. Visit Zegers organization at YAAS.org.
April 13, 2020
Retaining American Rights Amid the Pandemic
The Coronavirus pandemic has created a scenario that has pitted rights versus security in many countries, and especially in America. The United States is considered the most free nation, but are Americans surrendering their rights for the sake of security? Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss how our government has stripped rights away in times of crisis, and rarely, if ever, restored them to their full extent. We hope you enjoy this thorough discussion about what is happening in America and around the world in regard to how the pandemic is affecting people's basic rights.
April 06, 2020
COVID-19 and the Coverup That Has Led to a Pandemic
Joshua Philipp, senior investigative reporter and host of CrossRoads at The Epoch Times, joins The Sons of History for a discussion on the Coronavirus and how China's coverup of the outbreak has led to a pandemic. Philipp has recently completed a documentary on the Coronavirus outbreak and will be out soon. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim ask a number of vey pointed questions about the Chinese government's coverup in the early outbreak of the disease and how it appears they may be doing so again. Be prepared to be hit with some hard and sobering facts about the current state the world finds itself in. We hope you enjoy the show and that you remain safe during this catastrophic time in the world's history.
March 30, 2020
All the Trouble in China
The major problems with China go back a couple of generations. After the result of their civil war in 1949, Red China has been a scourge to the free world. The Sons of History discuss how the Communist Party has and continues to ruin this legendary state. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss the difference between the Republic of China and the People's Republic of China, as well as all the little and big things China continues to do to perpetuate instability in the Asian region, and globally. It may be time to leave China and choose another location as the world's manufacturing hub. Listen to all this, along with the banter that comes with every episode.
March 23, 2020
A History of Plagues, Diseases, and Other Bad Things
With the coronavirus putting the world on hold, The Sons of History discuss the history of plagues, diseases, and other illnesses that have impacted mankind, going back thousands of years. Is it a time to panic? That remains to be seen. What can be seen is how the world has had to grapple with these types of health problems, and how it appears that it will continue to do so till the end of time (not to be dramatic, of course). For further research, here are some places you can visit for more information: The Black Death Europe 1347-1352 The Great Plague of London 1665 General Jeffrey Amherst plan for biological warfare during Pontiac’s Rebellion Spanish Influenza of 1918 WWII US Army Fight Against Malaria H1/N1 Swine Flu H5N1/Bird Flu
March 16, 2020
Frederick Douglass: From Slave to Statesman
How much do you know about one of the greatest Americans? Frederick Douglass was born a slave and died a statesman. His journey to freedom and his work toward the freedom of others is a story of incredible courage, determination, and grit. It is also an American story that must never be forgotten. The Sons of History discuss this incredible man with educator and historian John W. McCaskill. He is an educator at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington D.C. with the National Parks Service. We know you'll enjoy this conversation.
March 09, 2020
250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre
The Boston Massacre: it is one of the most important moments in American history. On March 5, 1770, every frustration from the colonists to the British soldiers came to a head, eventually leading to shots fired. The Sons of History discuss not just what happened, but how and why it happened. Tune into this important topic about a most important day.
March 02, 2020
A Close Look at George Washington (Part 2)
The Sons of History continue their conversation about the Father of America, George Washington. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim finish up the conversation with some of the miracles surrounding Washington, his last battles, the Conway Cabal, his presidency, and some of the things you may not know that made him special. We trust you will enjoy this final installment regarding this great man.
February 24, 2020
A Close Look at George Washington (Pt 1)
Happy birthday, George Washington! It is President's Day, which means we are celebrating the birth of the Father of America. The Sons of History discuss this great man during his upbringing and his military years. There is so much great information about the First President of the United States that we had to break it up into two parts. We know that you will enjoy this episode and the next one next week.
February 17, 2020
Potential Fallouts from the Trump Impeachment
Sudden moments in history change the course of the future. This recent historical moment of the Trump impeachment will be no different. Alan Wakim and Dustin Bass discuss many potential fallouts that will stem from the precedents made in this impeachment. The Sons of History discuss the Johnson and Clinton impeachments, as well as the Nixon investigation. For further research, here are some links: Johnson August 1867 impeachment Clinton Impeachment Chief Justice Warren Burger opinion for Nixon tapes Rick Scott proposal
February 10, 2020
A Conversation with Iwo Jima Veteran David Greene
This month marks the 75th Anniversary of the start of the Battle of Iwo Jima. The Sons of History discuss the famous Pacific Theatre battle with a soldier who fought all 36 days. Veteran David Greene, who was part of the 5th Marine Division, joins the podcast and discusses the start and end to one of the most incredible battles of World War II. We know you will enjoy this interview with an incredible American hero.
February 03, 2020
Is Trump the Most Dangerous President in US History?
Sen. Bernie Sanders made the claim in a recent Democratic presidential debate that President Trump is the most dangerous president in US history. We are quite that most Americans by now are not unaccustomed to hyperbole. But with that statement, The Sons of History decided to discuss the times US presidents have either gone outside of the Constitution or have merely conducted overreach without going against the Constitution. We didn't discuss all the Presidents, but there is a ton of information in this week's podcast we know you will enjoy. Want to do some further research on these topics? Here are some links: Aliens and Sedition Act of 1798 Indian Removal Act of 1830 Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 Lincoln Suspends Habeas Corpus Takeover of Hawaii Sedition Acts of 1918 Youngstown Steel Travel ban
January 27, 2020
Discussing MLK and the Importance of History with John W. McCaskill
The Sons of History discuss Dr. Martin Luther King's final five years, Col. Charles McGee, the National Parks Service, and the importance of knowing history. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim sat down for a discussion with John W. McCaskill. McCaskill works at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site and the Civil War Defenses of Washington. This thoroughly engaging and fun conversation will leave wanting to dive into the life of Martin Luther King Jr. and his amazing speeches. We know you will enjoy this episode on this national holiday.
January 20, 2020
1917: The Movie
Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim went to see the new movie 1917. The Sons of History discuss their thoughts on the film, the accuracy, and the cinematography. Rest assured, no spoilers alerts. The Sons of History recorded this episode on Facebook Live. Also, just for this episode, Dustin and Alan gave their book recommendations. We hope you enjoy the show, and we hope you take the time to go see this movie.
January 13, 2020
Soleimani and the History of Iranian Agitation
Big news came out of nowhere this past weekend. Actually, it came out of Iraq, but still. General Qassem Soleimani was killed in a sudden drone strike by the US. But who was this general and why does his death stand out? The Sons of History discuss the general, Iranian agitation, shows of strength compared to diplomacy, and some presidents past and present who have dealt with Muslim countries in different ways. We also discuss the War Powers Act of 1973, and how President Trump was or was not in the right to conduct such an act. We hope you enjoy the episode. Want information on the War Powers Resolution? Click here.
January 06, 2020
2019 in Review and Virginia's Gun Bill
It has been the first full year for The Sons of History and it has been a great one. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim run down the highlights of the show, and some great opportunities afforded them. The primary discussion, however, is the recent gun bill passed in Virginia's State House. What will be the ultimate reaction from the locals and how does this reflect on the Democrat party? Read the entire bill here: SB16 We hope you enjoy the show and we wish you all a Happy New Year!
December 30, 2019
The Christmas Truce of 1914
Tis the season for miracles. It's Christmas and The Sons of History discuss the Christmas miracle that took place 105 years during the first year of World War 1. If you've never heard about the Christmas Truce of 1914, now is your chance. Listen to the backstory of what was happening during this time and what the response was to the historic moment created by the soldiers and officers on the Western Front. We hope all of your enjoy a very Merry Christmas this Christmas season.
December 23, 2019
2019 UK Election and the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge
The week has been wild with the UK election results. The Conservative Party has taken a mass majority in the election, leaving the Labour Party with considerations on how to move forward. There is also the SNP (Scottish National Party) to consider. Will this create a sure thing for Brexit? Is the UK union in doubt? The Sons of History discuss. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim also talk about the Battle of the Bulge. This Dec. 16 marks the 75th anniversary of the start of the World War 2 battle.
December 16, 2019
NATO: Should America Stay or Go?
It is the 70th year of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization existence. Signed by numerous Western European countries as well as Canada and America, the amount of NATO countries has swelled into 29 countries. The Sons of History discuss whether America should remain in the organization, who has replaced the Soviet threat, and President Trump's demands that NATO nations live up to their 2% GDP obligations. Want additional information for further research? Visit these links: History of NATO NATO NATO's 1st 5 Years NATO Countries 2% Defense Expenditures Ranking Information on Turkey Turkey-Greece Troubled Relations
December 09, 2019
Trump Tariffs and the History of US Protectionism
Will the trade war with China to an end in the coming days? We soon shall see, but the idea of protectionism is nothing new to American politics. The Sons of History discuss the current tariffs and duties placed on imports, as well as some other big moments in American history where presidents utilized tariffs (hint: those didn't work out well). So is protectionism a good response? Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim weigh in. Want to know our book and movie recommendations? Check out our Facebook page on our Facebook Live segment. For further research, here are some notes on some of the topics discussed in the show: Grover Cleveland timeline McKinley Tariff of 1890 Reagan automobile quota Henry George Seeking Alpha
December 02, 2019
The 7 Years War, a Young Washington, and Alan's Trip to Pitt
Alan is back in town! The Sons of History discuss his trip to Pittsburgh, the place known for the start of the Seven Years War. We discuss the Nine Years War, Queen Anne's War, King George's War, the Seven Years War, a young George Washington, and how it all led to the American Revolution. Listen in and learn how it all got rolling for America.
November 25, 2019
James Madison's View on Impeachment
Impeachment is on the lips of just about everyone, whether you are for it or against it with the current administration. But how should we view impeachment? As a way to check the Executive? Or merely as a political weapon? The Sons of History sat down with Joe Wolverton, author of The Real James Madison, to discuss how the Father of the Constitution (Madison) viewed impeachment and when and how it should be used. An enlightening and engaging conversation you won't want to miss. Interested in purchasing Wolverton's book? Purchase it from the National Center for Constitutional Studies here.
November 18, 2019
Midway: The Battle and the Movie
Happy Veterans Day! This episode will be a first. The Sons of History are actually giving a movie review. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim went and watched the new release Midway (during the show). Listen to their review on the movie and whether or not you should go see it. The Sons of History also discuss all the led up to the Battle of Midway and what happened there that was so important. Book and movie recommendations are provided, as well as their individual complaints. Enjoy!
November 11, 2019
The Rise, Fall, and Meaning of the Berlin Wall
This November 9th marks the 30th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. It marked the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss the wall, what people went through to get out of East Germany, and the significance of its fall in the world. If you don't know much about the Berlin Wall, then this conversation is just for you. The Sons of History also give their book and movie recommendations, as well as their weekly complaint about things in society.
November 04, 2019
Who All Are the Kurds?
The Kurds have been American allies for quite some time now. There has been some dispute on America's foreign policy regarding leaving or staying the Middle East areas that directly affect the Kurds. The Sons of History discuss the history of the Kurds, how their region (not nation) came to be, and whether or not leaving Syria is a good idea or not. Alan Wakim and Dustin Bass also give their book and movie recommendations, and also have their newly minted complaints for the week. We think you'll enjoy this discussion and learn more about the Kurds, our relationship with them, and how the media isn't really giving much of the story when they discuss them.
October 28, 2019
China, Hong Kong, and the NBA Fallout
There continues to be protests in the streets of Hong Kong. With the recent tweet by Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey, America has become intricately intertwined with the situation. The Sons of History discuss the history of the China-Hong Kong relationship and the fallout from the Morey tweet. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim also give their book and movie recommendations, as well as offer their complaints to clear the air. Enjoy!
October 21, 2019
From Both Sides: Capitalism vs Socialism
Alan and Dustin have a friendly debate from both sides of the conversation on capitalism and socialism. There's an ongoing debate from two parties, so Dustin plays devil's advocate for a Bernie Sanders type of socialism. Taking arguments that are typically argued from both sides yet usually never together, and never in a forum that isn't hostile, The Sons of History debate it out...peacefully. For a lighter and funnier touch, The Sons of History added a new segment to the episode: personal complaints. Dustin and Alan complain about something they've experienced in society. They also gave their book and movie recommendations. Enjoy!
October 14, 2019
The History of Slavery
It's been more than 150 years since the end of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery, but slavery is a stain on our history, and one that should be discussed, and discussed in the correct context. The Sons of History discuss the history of slavery throughout the world. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim also discuss how America and Britain led the way in abolishing slavery. This conversation was no easy task, but we think you will enjoy the discussion. Bass and Wakim also give their book and movie recommendations. As promised, below are some links for your continuing research into the topic of slavery: Jamestown 1619 James Otis quote Reuters Slavery Timeline Gag rule House Divided Speech Franklin the Abolitionist Franklin Speech on Abolishing Slavery Kansas Nebraska Act Lincoln “save the Union” response to Horace Greeley Northwest Ordinance Wilmot Proviso 1846 1850 Political Map Slave vs Free Freedman’s Bureau Act of 1865
October 07, 2019
Our 50th Episode! Now...Can You Keep This Republic?
We have reached the 50th episode of The Sons of History podcast! For this special episode, Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss the "why" behind The Sons of History. This is an episode you won't want to miss. The meat of the discussion is about the necessity of holding on to our republic. As Benjamin Franklin once (supposedly) said when asked what type of government Congress had given the American people, "A republic...if you can keep it." Our goal is to do all we can to help preserve what America is through educating everyone in a very entertaining way. You can help us to do that by sharing our podcast episodes and YouTube videos, as well as telling your friends and family about us. A new way has arrived as well: Patreon. We have officially joined Patreon so that you can donate to help us spread the word about our mission, as well as our historical material. You can donate here: The Sons of History on Patreon. We hope you enjoy this historic episode. Dustin and Alan also provide their book and movie recommendations. Enjoy!
September 30, 2019
Education, Politics, and James Madison with Author Joe Wolverton
The Sons of History sit down with Joe Wolverton, author of The Real James Madison and countless articles and essays, to discuss the Father of the Constitution. This engaging and enlightening conversation covers Madison's education, his relationship with Thomas Jefferson, and how modern Americans (especially politicians) should follow in his footsteps, in particular in his pursuit of knowledge through education. This is a conversation we know you will enjoy. Dustin and Alan also give their book and movie recommendations. Also you can purchase Joe's book here.
September 23, 2019
States Rights?! Seriously? States Rights?
States Rights. That phrase, which was supposed to be one of the founding principles of America, has been given a negative connotation. The Sons of History discuss the idea of States Rights, and why it is more important than ever to secure and utilize them. Also, ALAN IS BACK! After being gone for a few weeks for vacation to the northeast and to the Netherlands, he is ready to get back into the swing of things with the podcast. Dustin and Alan discuss his trip, and they also provide their book and movie recommendations. Enjoy!
September 16, 2019
An Interview with Tracie Hunter, WWII Veteran Documentarian
The Sons of History interview Tracie Hunter, the WWII veteran documentary filmmaker and executive producer of Emmy nominated The Last Signal, and discuss her current documentary project WWII Beyond the Call. Dustin Bass goes solamente as Alan Wakim is in Holland for vacation and conducting some film work of his own. Dustin conducts the interview to find out what all Tracie is up to with her current project, including the World War II veterans she has interviewed. Dustin also gives his book and movie recommendation. We know you'll enjoy this episode!
September 09, 2019
The Current State of Journalism with Guest Joshua Philipp
There are some disturbing issues going on in the state of journalism. With ever expanding partisan media outlets, opinion-based journalism, and the constant feed of information that is often misrepresented or flat-out untrue, it is hard to get a grasp on where journalism is headed. Joshua Philipp, investigative reporter for The Epoch Times, joins the show to discuss the current state of journalism and the proper role of a journalist. We also take about where journalism is heading and why many Americans have had enough of bad reporting. We hope you enjoy this thorough and in-depth conversation.
September 02, 2019
A Return to the Spanish Civil War...for America?
If you've been paying attention to the political and social landscape in modern America, you probably find it troubling, alarming, and really odd. If you know much about the Spanish Civil War, then you have probably discovered a number of similarities. From election results and election reactions to Leftist and Rightist fighting on a social, political, and even physical level. The Sons of History discuss the warning signs Spain gave us a little less than 100 years ago. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim point out the similarities and how Americans and our government need to pay attention to our current political and social climate. Dustin and Alan also give their book and movie recommendations. Hint: They point toward the Spanish Civil War...or at least Spain. We hope you enjoy this podcast.
August 26, 2019
Are Red Flag Laws Constitutional?
Red flag laws are currently being debated and Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D - CT.) and Lindsey Graham (R - S.C.) are working to put something together to better protect Americans at the federal level. But to what end? And will the ends justify the means? The Sons of History discuss the history of laws passed by Congress over the centuries that have infringed on American rights. Are red flag laws in the same category? Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss the Bill of Rights, due process, gun rights, and if more gun restrictions are necessary or if current laws need to be better enforced. For your own further research, check out these sources: Current states with red flag laws Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 Rep. Lyons arrested and imprisoned for criticizing Adams Espionage Act of 1917 Sedition Act of 1918 Requirements of due process Duke study in 2017 Josh Horwitz WaPo Op-Ed: Risk Warrants Saves Lives We hope you enjoy this episode. Be sure to follow us on social media. Also, Dustin and Alan give their book and movie recommendations.
August 19, 2019
A Toast to Great Britain
Where would America be without Britain? The Sons of History explore the greatness that is Great Britain and how it has influenced our way of life. Here are some names and terms to know: William the Conqueror Magna Carta 1628 Petition of Right 1689 Bill of Rights William Shakespeare King John King William and Queen Mary Sir Edward Coke William Blackstone John Locke There are plenty more in the show. We hope you enjoy it. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim also gave their book and movie recommendations.
August 12, 2019
Mass Shootings, Morality, and Religion
America experienced two mass shooting tragedies within a 24-hour span in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH. In a scene that has become all too common, The Sons of History discuss what appears to lie deep at the heart of the issue. Join Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim as they discuss mass shootings, morality and religion in America. The Sons of History also offer their book and movie recommendations (Alan has two each - YIPPEE!). If you enjoy the podcast, please leave us a review and be sure to subscribe.
August 05, 2019
Korea: Where It Was, Where It Is, and (Maybe) Where It's Going
The 66th Anniversary of the Korean War was this past Saturday. President Donald Trump has unprecedentedly gone into North Korea with Kim Jong Un, the North Koreans launched another test missile on July 26, and the Korean Peninsula is still a big question mark. Alan Wakim and Dustin Bass discuss the past, present and possible future of the Korean Peninsula. Learn more about the Korean War and what led to it and how it ended, as well as why getting back to a pre-1880 Korea would be a pretty good thing. The Sons of History also give their book and movie recommendations. Hint: They're about Korea.
July 29, 2019
The Lingering Effects of the French Revolution
Joshua Philipp of The Epoch Times joins The Sons of History to discuss the French Revolution and how it laid the groundwork for the Russian Revolution and the rise of Communism. Philipp makes comparisons and contrasts between the French and American Revolutions, and provides insight into the main characters of the French Revolution, as well as the differences between the Declaration of Independence and the Declaration of the Rights of Man. Alan Wakim and Dustin Bass also make their recommendations for books and movies. Enjoy.
July 22, 2019
An Interview with Dr. Garry Wheeler Stone, Co-Author of Fatal Sunday
The Sons of History have a nice sit down with Dr. Garry Wheeler Stone to discuss his book Fatal Sunday, regarding the Battle of Monmouth. This insightful interview may answer most, if not all, your questions surrounding the incredibly important battle of the American Revolution and one that helped ensure George Washington remained Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army. Interested in his book? You can purchase it here. As always, Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim give their book and movie recommendations. Enjoy!
July 15, 2019
Military Interview: Daniel Flores, Apache Pilot from the War in Afghanistan
Alan Wakim sat down with Daniel Flores to talk about his time in Afghanistan as an Apache Pilot, as well as his book, South of Heaven, and his recent movie, Above the Best. This is an interview you won't want to miss. We hope you enjoy.
July 08, 2019
Writing the Declaration of Independence
Happy Fourth of July week! The Sons of History present to you a very special episode for this very special week. This episode comes from Episode 2 on the American Revolution, which can be viewed on our YouTube channel. Thomas Jefferson (Dustin Bass) and John Adams (Alan Wakim) discuss what should go into the Declaration of Independence and why. We think you'll really enjoy this episode and learn a lot about what all went into creating the world renowned document.
July 01, 2019
Happy Anniversary! 100 Years After the 1919 Treaty of Versailles
Alan Wakim and Dustin Bass conducted a Facebook Live event to discuss the 100-year anniversary of the Treaty of Versailles that officially ended World War 1. It was a fun conversation that provides a whole lot of information. Find out what led to World War I, all those treaties between the nations that created a domino effect, what was in the Treaty of Versailles, and how that treaty led the world into another global conflict. We also give our book and movie recommendations!
June 30, 2019
What Led to America Declaring Its Independence?
July 4th is fast approaching. The Sons of History play the roles of Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine in discussing all the events that led to the 13 colonies declaring independence from the British crown. From the French and Indian War to the Boston Massacre, The Sons of History cover all the important events that led to the American Revolution. Learn and ton and get some laughs along the way. This episode is adapted from The Sons of History YouTube series on the American Revolution. Enjoy!
June 17, 2019
Happy Founding Fathers Week! A Look at the Importance of Fathers
Father's Day is coming up June 16. It's an important day and one that needs to be given some contemplation. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss the importance of their fathers, the necessity of good fathers in our nation, and the Founding Fathers. This is definitely a conversation you don't want to miss. Whether you had a good relationship with your father or not, we encourage you to listen in and learn why fathers are so important, and how the lack of good fathers is impacting our nation. Also, The Sons of History give their books and movies recommendations.
June 10, 2019
Is Something Wrong with Philadelphia? Alan Visits the American Founding
Alan Wakim went on vacation for a week to go hang out where the Founding Fathers wrote, deliberated, and signed into law our most precious documents. He also went around to visit sites of some of the biggest battles of the American Revolution. With all that fun history, Alan noticed something disturbing, and it has everything to do with our nation's future. Take a listen to this week's podcast. This is one you won't want to miss. Also, The Sons of History leave their book and movie recommendations.
June 03, 2019
Memorial Day Special! Interview with the Late Lt. Col. Dick Cole of the Doolittle Raiders
We can't think of a better way to celebrate Memorial Day on our podcast than by posting one of the last, if not the last, interview Lt. Col. Dick Cole ever did. Lt. Col. Cole was the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raid of World War 2. The Doolittle Raid, also known as the Tokyo Raid, was America's initial response to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Lt. Col. Cole passed away this past April 9, only nine days before the 77th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid. The interview is conducted by Alan Wakim. Along with Lt. Col. Cole was his daughter, Cindy Chal. We hope you enjoy this historic interview and enjoy a blessed Memorial Day. Want to watch the video interview instead? Click the YouTube link here.
May 27, 2019
Author Mark Lardas Talks General George Washington
The Sons of History had a great discussion with Mark Lardas, a local author who has written more than 25 books and who worked for NASA for 30 years. So an author and a rocket scientist! One of his books discuss the leadership of George Washington during his Commander-of-the-Continental-Army days. After a brief discussion about Mark Lardas, we jumped into a thorough discussion about the Father of America. Take a listen in and find out so much you didn't know about Washington. Interested in some of Mark's books? Check out his Osprey Publishing page here. Be sure to subscribe to the show wherever you're listening.
May 20, 2019
Interview with Alex Kershaw (Part 2)
The Sons of History had the honor of interviewing New York Times best-selling author Alex Kershaw. This is the final section of the interview. We discuss Kershaw's favorite book he has written, his favorite person he has interviewed, the similarities (if any) between him, Jack London, and Robert Capa, and what makes war veterans remember the precise details of what they experienced during battle. We hope you enjoy the final portion of this interview. Be sure to subscribe, rate, and review.
May 13, 2019
An Interview with Alex Kershaw, NY Times Best-Selling Author (Part 1)
Alex Kershaw, the New York Times Best-selling author, was gracious enough to spend time with The Sons of History to talk about his new book, The First Wave, coming out May 14th; Netflix turning his book, The Liberator, into a mini-series, and the upcoming 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Don't miss this first part of a two-part conversation. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim also provide their movie and book recommendations. Be sure to purchase Alex Kershaw's book, The First Wave, which will be released everywhere books are sold on May 14th. He will be in Houston in June for part of his book tour. The Sons of History will have more details on the exact date when it becomes available.
May 06, 2019
Nick The Intern Is Joining the Marines!
Dustin Bass recently sat down with our first intern, Nick Perez. Labeled #NickTheIntern during Episode 1 on the American Revolution YouTube series, Nick is officially in the process of joining the US Marines Corps. He has sworn in and is preparing to go to boot camp in a few months. We sat down to discuss why he chose the Marines from all the other branches, and why he chose to go into the military in the first place. We also discuss his grandfather, John Perez, a Korean War veteran who passed away in the summer of 2018. We hope you enjoy this conversation and please say a prayer for Nick as he prepares for the Marines and dedicates his life to the preservation of American liberty.
April 29, 2019
Notre Dame Is Burning! Is the Rest of France?
It was a huge shock to most people when video footage was shown of the Cathedral of Notre Dame burning. Construction on the cathedral began in 1160 and was completed 100 years later. So much history has taken place there, it would be a shame not to restore it (although it will never be the same). Some people have shown their disdain for any type of religiosity, and The Sons of History tackle all of it. From the history of the cathedral, to its current state, and the state that France finds itself in with so many desecrations taking place with Christian and Catholic churches. This conversation is about religious liberty and preserving the world's history. Alan Wakim and Dustin Bass give their book and film recommendations as well. Here are some links to visit if you too are worried about the persecution of religious peoples: Stats on French church desecrations from the Ministry of the Interior List of countries with high religious persecution rates Quote from the Observatory of Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe - Newsweek Article Facts and Stats on French church desecrations US Commission on International Religious Freedom Annual Report
April 22, 2019
It's Holy Week!
In honor of Holy Week, The Sons of History discuss their personal experience with Christianity.
April 15, 2019
Who You Got on the Boycott?
Hollywood entertainers continue to revel in their own political brilliance and some really do go too far in very idiotic fashion. For Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim, there are some entertainers who can go as far as they wish (well, at least in theory). The Sons of History take a moment to have a little fun and bring across a lighter side. The Sons of History have assembled their list of entertainers who they would never boycott because, well, they're just so darn wonderful. Along with books and movies recommendations, we think you'll have a lot of fun with this episode.
April 08, 2019
Why the Electoral College and Not Popular Vote
The Electoral College has been questioned from the creation of the Constitution. The Federalists argued for it and we continue to debate it today. It is definitely a conversation worth having. Senator Elizabeth Warren has advocated doing away with it, but The Sons of History think she may be advocating an impossibility and something that would be worse than the current system. The Founding Fathers knew the system wasn't perfect and nothing could ever be, but as Benjamin Franklin said, it is as close to perfect as he had ever witnessed. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim discuss the Electoral College, Majority Rule, Ancient Greece, and modern America. They also recommend their book and movie selections. Here are some resources for further reading and research: Federalist Paper #8 Federalist Paper #9 Federalist Paper #10 Federalist Paper #22 Federalist Paper #55 Heritage Foundation Voter Fraud List
April 01, 2019
Collusion Conclusion: The Mueller Report Has Been Released
The Mueller Report is in, but it hasn’t been made public in its entirety. Attorney General William Barr, however, released several major points from the report. The Sons of History discuss this major historical moment, and what can be expected moving forward. The Sons of History also give their book recommendations and their first movie recommendations. For further research, here are some of our resources from the episode: BARR BRIEF AMENABLE SITTING PRESIDENT FED REG VOL 64 37038-37041 SPECIAL COUNSEL HISTORY Ethics in Government Act of 1978 RULE 6 (e)
March 25, 2019
The Presidential Power Has Gone Far Enough!
The Sons of History discuss President Trump's recent use of the national emergency power provided to him by the National Emergency Act of 1976. The Executive Branch has continued to grow in power over the past century, but is Congress and the American People finally coming to grip that the Executive Branch has grown too powerful? Alan Wakim and Dustin Bass talk about how America has gotten to where it is today. For further research, here are some important links you'll want to check out: Federalist Paper 71 Federalist Paper 72 Federalist Paper 70 National Emergency power of the Roman Republic Amount of Executive Orders by President National Emergency Act of 1976 Lincoln and Taney Exchange The Sons of History also gave their book recommendations. They might even be considering changing to one book and one movie recommendation. The jury is still out.
March 18, 2019
An American Brexit? Get Outta Here!
The UK looks like it is all but out of the EU. The Brexit is almost complete. This got Alan Wakim, of The Sons of History, thinking. What if there was an American version of Brexit in which states got out of the Union? Of course, we are all familiar with the secession movement of the 1860s, and the end result of the Civil War. But there continues to be whispers of seceding from the Union from states like Texas, California, and Vermont. The Sons of History discuss the pros and cons of leaving the Union and why the Founding Fathers saw the preservation of the Union as the most important aspect of the country. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim also provide their book recommendations. For further reading and research, check out these website pages: Frasier Institute Economic Freedom Map Federalist Paper #1 Federalist Paper #3 Federalist Paper #10 The Continentalist No. 3 by Alexander Hamilton
March 11, 2019
The Difference Between a Socialist Economy and a Free Market Economy
This is part two of The Sons of History's talk on socialism. The constant rage for a socialized economy continues to be requested by those who either know what it is and deliberately misrepresent it, or by those simply do not know what it is. Last week's episode discussed whether or not those "socialist" Nordic countries were actually socialist. This week the discussion is more on the methods and results of a socialist economy and a free market economy. The Sons of History also offer their personal book recommendations, and in record time too! For further research and reading, check out these links: America's Expenditures on Welfare How China Became Capitalist China's Economic Boom Since 2000 Bernie Sanders' Tax Plan Elizabeth Warren's Tax Plan Enjoy!
March 04, 2019
OK! What Is Socialism and Which Countries Are Actually Socialist?
There has been a lot of tossing and turning over which countries are actually socialist and which ones are not. The Sons of History discuss precisely what socialism is because there seems to be a halo that keeps being put on the ideology. We also clear up any confusion about those "socialist" Nordic countries. So for any self-proclaimed socialists out there, and anyone else for that matter, give it a listen. And if you want, drop Sen. Bernie Sanders a line and tell him to listen in as well. Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim also give their book recommendations. For further research, check out these links: Economic Freedom Map Measures of Economic Freedom New York Times Article "Socialist" Nordic Countries Denmark Prime Minister Comment Enjoy! And be sure to subscribe, rate, and review.
February 26, 2019
Black History Month: Athletes Edition
Dustin Bass and Alan Wakim of The Sons of History selected several black American athletes to discuss for Black History Month. Kenny Washington, Jesse Owens, Jack Johnson, and Major Taylor were on the list. You won't want to miss how these athletes changed the game in America. Also, The Sons of History talk about their personal favorite athletes growing up. They also, as always, give their book recommendations. Below are some extra reading material you may enjoy: The letter from Luz Long to Jesse Owens Dustin Bass's article on Jack Johnson pardon Article about Major Taylor Enjoy!
February 18, 2019
Black History Month: Military-Style
It's Black History Month! That's all good and dandy, but how much do you know about black history in America? The Sons of History are taking the next few weeks to dig deeper into the great heritage left by black people in America. In this episode we are ranging from the American Revolution to World War II and the influence, heroism, and sacrifice of black soldiers. Enjoy! Also, Alan Wakim and Dustin Bass have their two book selections: one fiction and one non-fiction.
February 11, 2019
What's Wrong with Colonialism?
Is there anything wrong with colonialism? Yes. No. Maybe. Definitely. Not really. Probably. It depends. Colonialism has been given a bad name recently, and that's not a bad thing. But it isn't a good thing. The Sons of History will discuss in rather short order the history of colonialism and its pros and cons.
January 21, 2019
Coup Coup Cachoo! A History of America's Foreign Involvements
America is in the midst of its longest government shutdown and it revolves around immigration and the southern border. To build a wall or not to build a wall. Is that the question? The Sons of History dig deeper into other options America has and has not utilized in its past, which involve backing or instituting overthrows of foreign governments (CIA, anyone?), becoming involved in local and regional conflicts nowhere near our borders, and not being involved at all. National Security Act of 1947 CIA Act of 1949 CIA Reading Room
January 15, 2019
A Shutdown of Shutdowns?
This current government shutdown is now tied for the second longest on record at 16 days. The longest government shutdown happened during the Clinton Administration in 1995. It's length? Twenty-one days! The Sons of History discuss the demands from both sides and what could possibly happen if President Trump and the House-majority Democrats held out against each other indefinitely.
January 07, 2019
A Look at Some Big Moments in 2018
The Sons of History take a gander at some of the big moments that took place in 2018. Trump and Kim. The Parkland shooting. Immigration. The Kavanaugh appointment. And more. Give it a listen!
December 31, 2018
The 1776 Christmas Night Miracle
Everyone loves a good Christmas miracle. But had it not been for the Christmas miracle that was the crossing of the Delaware River, there is a really good chance America would not have survived the Revolutionary War. Listen in to The Sons of History Christmas Edition podcast episode to hear the whole story of that great night on Dec. 25, 1776.
December 24, 2018
The Trouble with Open Borders
The Sons of History discuss the potential problems that come with open borders and give moments in history when mass migrations alphabet ended with devastating results
December 21, 2018
An Interview with Col. Dean Caswell: The Last Surviving Marine Fighter Ace from World War II
The Sons of History's Alan Wakim interviewed Col. Dean Caswell, the last surviving Marine Fighter Ace from World War II. Col. Caswell had seven confirmed kills in the air (five are needed to become an ace). He also fought in the Korean War. In memory of the Attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, we bring you this incredible interview with an incredible World War II hero. Enjoy!
December 10, 2018
Caravans and the History of US Immigration
The Caravan has been all over the news. What is America to do? Alan Wakim and Dustin Bass discuss the immigration issue and the history of American immigration policies. For further learning, check out the resources below: Resources: History of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Benjamin Franklin letter to Joseph Galloway Federalist Paper 49 International Call to Action for the Refugee Caravan Chinese Exclusion Act info Credible Fear Test Pueblo Sin Fronteras Facebook page Department of Homeland Security Immigration Stats A Change in Mexican Immigration
December 03, 2018
Birthright Citizenship and Its Future
President Trump threatens to end birthright citizenship via Executive Order. The Sons of History discuss the history behind the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment and the possible future of birthright citizenship. Notes for further study: Civil Rights Act of 1866 Lynch vs Clarke ruling Lincoln's Attorney General Edward Bates' statement Harvard Human Rights Journal on Birthright Citizenship Wong Kim Ark case
November 26, 2018
Trump, Acosta, and the 1st Amendment.
CNN’s Jim Acosta got his press pass back after President Trump revoked it. Could Trump’s behavior cause a “chilling effect” on the media or does the media need to assess the way it conducts itself? Also, why we need the crazies to stay on social media, the Golden Age of Journalism, and why alternative media may be better than mainstream.
November 19, 2018
Veterans Day Edition: An Interview with Col. Charles McGee of the Tuskegee Airmen
Alan Wakim had the opportunity to interview famed Col. Charles McGee of the Tuskegee Airmen at the Wing’s Over Houston event in October. This interview with an incredible World War II hero will be a great addition to your Veterans Day celebration. Happy Veterans Day to all of our veterans!
November 11, 2018
Post-Election 2018: Blue Wave or Blue Ripple?
The Sons of History discuss how the Democrat advance compares to historical midterms? Will the vicious rhetoric from both sides settle down now that the Democrats have a piece of the political power? And why it’s a good thing the Republicans lost the House.
November 08, 2018
The Senate, Impeachment and Halloween Costume Cultural Appropriation
The Sons of History discuss how the Senate works, why you need to vote, and why even a Democratic Senate won’t impeach President Trump. Alan also complains of his recent company’s Halloween costume party. Just an FYI: he wore a rubber chicken.
November 05, 2018
Halloween Edition: The House of Representatives and How It Works
The Sons of History give their favorite Halloween movies. You’ll never guess Alan Wakim’s favorite horror movie. Hint: It’s not a horror movie. More importantly, Alan and Dustin Bass discuss the House of Representatives and the upcoming election for the 116th Congress. Visit this fun website to keep track of where the country stands with its Representatives, Senators, Governors, and more: https://www.270towin.com/. Find out more info about all the House Committees: https://www.house.gov/committees. Wondering how Congress came to decide on 435 Representatives? Visit this link: https://history.house.gov/Institution/Apportionment/Determining-Apportionment/. Wondering about every state's voting calendar? Visit this website: https://www.vote.org/early-voting-calendar/.
October 29, 2018
Should Supreme Court Justices Serve Lifetime Terms?
Article 3 Section 1 of the Constitution says “The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behavior.” Does that really mean lifetime terms for federal judges? The Sons of History discusses and also brings up the points Alexander Hamilton made in the Federalist Papers about how long these justices should serve.
October 22, 2018
Brett Kavanaugh and the Supreme Court Nomination Process
In the very first episode of The Sons of History podcast, The Sons of History discuss the Brett Kavanaugh appointment, hearing and confirmation, along the Supreme Court Nomination Process and how it's supposed to work. Also, here is the link we promised regarding the vote results of all the Supreme Court Justices: https://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/reference/nominations/Nominations.htm
October 15, 2018