Historical Controversies: Season 1
By Chris Calton
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In Historical Controversies, Mises Institute scholar Chris Calton debunks the history you may have learned in government schools. Armed with facts, theory, and a Rothbardian appreciation for historical narrative, Calton enlightens and entertains in a podcast that has something to offer all audiences. In the first season, Calton focuses on the history of the war on drugs, busting the myths of state propaganda and exposing the role the US government has played in manufacturing the greatest evils from American's desire to get high. For further reading, a Bibliographical Essay is available at https://mises.org/EC1Bib The updated podcast feed—including Season 2 and beyond—is available at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id1304510096
||America's Prison Population Bomb||Chris Calton explains why America has the world's largest prison population.||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Crack Babies, the Contras, and the CIA||Chris Calton discusses the war on drugs in the 1980s.||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Just Say No: Reagan Militarizes the War on Drugs||Unintended consequences from Reagan's War on Drugs.||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Yellow Journalism and Cheech and Chong: Drug Policy in the 70s||Chris Calton explores US drug policy between Nixon and Reagan.||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Massacres and Marijuana: Vietnam and the Drug War||In Vietnam, many soldiers found narcotics to be a coping agent against the horrors of war. Narcotics also became an easy scapegoat for a government looking to obfuscate the results of its own actions. In this episode, Chris Calton explains how the US government escalated the War on Drugs at home, while serving as a drug runner in Southeast Asia.||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Then Came Nixon||Nixon kicks off the War on Drugs.||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||A Bad Trip: the US Government and LSD||LSD's unbelievable history.||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Great Depression, Jazz, and Harry Anslinger: The War on Drugs Before Nixon||The pre-Nixon "Narcotic War".||9/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Culture, Coca-Cola, and the CIA: The History of Cocaine||From common medicine to the target of US military action.||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Milk of the Poppy||The history of opium use around the world.||8/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Attack on Marijuana During the 1930s||The criminalization of marijuana in America.||8/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Roots of Drug Prohibition in America||America's early perception of drug use, and the origins of prohibition.||8/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Interesting and Informative
Fantastic podcast. Each episode is loaded with interesting tidbits and facts. Can't wait for more!
One of the best Historical podcast I've listened to!
This is a fascinating podcast series created by a good friend of mine who is a historian and generally one of the most knowledgeable people I've met. He's done great work on the materials and each episode is well thought out. If you love history and love great narrating then give this podcast a try!!
Informative and Entertaining
This series is very entertaining, but also teaches listeners about history that isn't taught in school. The timelines that Calton reveals in this series make clear government overreach and corruption, as well as the origins of current societal norms. This series is fantastic, and is long overdue to educate the public on misrepresented historical events