51 Min Released Apr 15, 2016

Stuck: A History of Political Gridlock [rebroadcast]

While Senate Republicans refuse to consider President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, the History Guys review the history of gridlock in American politics. In this episode, Peter, Ed and Brian will look at other moments when our system of checks and balances devolved into open warfare between political factions. They’ll discuss how the Missouri Compromise failed to resolve the political battle over the expansion of slavery. They’ll also look at the war within the Democratic party over Prohibition in the l920’s, and how Southern Democrats used the filibuster to block civil rights bills in the l950’s and 60’s.

BackStory

BackStory

The American History Podcast

Go To Show Page

More Episodes

Gist: Jeff Ross Got Bored, So He Got Political

Slate Magazine Daily Feed

The comedian’s latest roast takes the conversation around immigration down to the U.S.-Mexico border.

0 Min

Dec 15, 2017

The Following Story Is Based on Real Presidents

Slate's The Gist

Today on The Gist, the return of “Names in the News!” Plus, Brad Melzer from the Lost History TV series explains how real presidential lore and relationships influenced his new novel The President's Shadow. You can hear Brad’s...

27 Min

Jun 29, 2015

John Hamburg: 5/20/14

The Moment with Brian Koppelman

John Hamburg, writer/director of 'I Love You, Man,' talks about fitting in, being funny, and his rules for writing good scen

70 Min

May 20, 2014