Dennis returns from his “deathbed” and Patrick fixed the stream to allow the podcast back onto iTunes. We discuss Henry Ford, Detroit and Dearborn of the 1930’s, and the manner in which America could have or do fall into authoritarian rule. We look at how the Black Legion subverted democracy. We wrap things up with musing about liberal democracy and American national identity.
Alternate takes on Richard M Nixon mania takes hold when we dig down into different scenarios in which “Tricky Dick” is triumphant or king mutant of the radioactive slag pile. Could he win in 1960? Been convicted on national television? Started a major international conflict in the Middle East?
1. What if Nixon won in 1960
2. A Third-Rate Burglary: No Watergate
3. Yom Kippur War
4. Nixon On Trial
This week we delve into three athletes that were the greatest that never became the greatest.
We bring three different athletes from three different sports and wonder aloud on what their impact would be on the American landscape
- Len Bias
2. Steve Dalkowski
3. Joe Don Looney
This week alternate North Americas are discussed. What would an America look like with a Norse Nova Scotian Empire? How would a cold war between New France, England, and their American colonies play out in 1820? What would America look like without a Puritan colony?
Dennis and Patrick play alternate historians with Walt Disney. Would Walt have us all living in some retro-futuristic utopia by 2018? Would we be living in scaled-up Singapore? If Disney went under would we have Bugs Bunny fever for 80 years? Would we all just be living under the fear of Mouseketeer death squads? Four different alternate timelines are devised and debated.
Four Timelines are…
What would happen if Walt ran as Republican in 1952 presidential election?
What if Disneyland was followed up by a Disney World in Missouri, Branson?
What if Disney went under after the animator strike of 1941?
Epcot is constructed as a World’s Fair and industrial park that showcases city planning technology?
Patrick goes solo to ponder a more uplifting Alternate History topic. On Dec 25th, 1914 after seven horrific months of fighting during the first World War German and British Soldiers played soccer and exchanged gifts during a brief truce. What if things went differently?
- What if Jean Jaures had not been assassinated and could have stayed a voice of dissent in France?
- What if the New York Times ran the story the day after the revolt? Instead over a week later?
- What if leadership was slow to respond to protests at home and Op-Ed columns ran?
- What if Wilson took advantage of the situation and have pressured matters from America?
- What would happen to Alsace Lorraine?
- Would things change on the Eastern Front?
Dennis and Patrick look at three different points of divergence and look at the political, social, and economic fallout if things changed very slightly on the hardwood, boxing ring, and baseball diamond.
1: Joe Louis Loses Rematch
2. Bad Boys Redeemed
3. No MLB baseball strike in 1994