Avi's Conversational Corner
52 episodes of Avi's Conversational Corner since the first episode, which aired on May 21st, 2019.
Episode 52 (Stumbling Colossus, 27): Henry George: Prophet of American Modernity
March 28th, 2023 | 56 mins 45 secs
Lars Doucet discusses the history and practice of one of the great pioneers of governing ideas in the American Gilded Age.
Episode 51 (Stumbling Colossus, 26): The Ever Closing Frontier
March 20th, 2023 | 45 mins 24 secs
Western Historian Prof. David Wrobel discusses the ways in which Americans understood and shaped the American frontier, and how they reacted when they thought it physically "closed."
Episode 50: Why I Love History
March 14th, 2023 | 23 mins 48 secs
A conversation with myself about why I do this.
Episode 49 (Stumbling Colossus, 25): The Last Lincoln Republican?
February 13th, 2023 | 58 mins 44 secs
Dr. Todd Arrington discusses the life and lost potential of James Garfield, the assassinated President who won the 1880 election.
Episode 48: Everett Dirksen's Republicanism
February 6th, 2023 | 37 mins 7 secs
Dirksen Center Director Tiffany White talks about the personality and politics of one of the most pivotal Republican legislators of the 1950s and 1960s.
Episode 47 (Stumbling Colossus, 24): The Gilded Democrat
January 30th, 2023 | 43 mins
Author Troy Senik discusses the enigma of the only Democrat to win the White House in our era, and why he mattered and matters.
Episode 46: Robert Taft - Image and Reality
January 23rd, 2023 | 25 mins 34 secs
Taft biographer James T. Patterson discusses the ins and outs of one of the Republican Party's most effective legislators.
Episode 45 (Stumbling Colossus, 23): Horatio Alger's Gilded Virtue
December 19th, 2022 | 36 mins 30 secs
Prof. Carol Nackenoff discusses the views, ideas, and failings of one of America's most well-known advocates of civic virtue and self-help.
Episode 44: Giving Dewey His Due
December 12th, 2022 | 30 mins 5 secs
Professor Joshua Kennedy explains Thomas Dewey from his point of view, as well as his importance for the Republican Party and his clashes within the party and with the Democrats.
Episode 43 (Stumbling Colossus, 22): The Gilded Midwest
December 5th, 2022 | 30 mins 21 secs
Dr. Jon Lauck discusses the triumphs and struggles of the country's most populous region in the Gilded Age.
Episode 42 (Stumbling Colossus, 21): The Rise of the US Navy
October 13th, 2022 | 42 mins 44 secs
Dr. James Rentfrow explains the growth, challenges, and direction of the US Navy as America became a rising power.
Episode 41 (Stumbling Colossus, 20): The Populist Alternative
August 22nd, 2022 | 37 mins 57 secs
Episode 40 (Stumbling Colossus, 19): Reed's House Rules
August 15th, 2022 | 22 mins 20 secs
Prof. Robert Klotz discusses the impact of Thomas Brackett Reed's majoritarian House rules on American politics.
Episode 39 (Stumbling Colossus, 18): Controlling Urban Chaos
August 8th, 2022 | 29 mins 30 secs
Zoning Expert Nolan Gray discusses the good and bad of life before zoning in America - and whether we should go back.
Episode 38 (Stumbling Colossus, 17): Gilded Germans
August 1st, 2022 | 29 mins 50 secs
Prof. Kampheofner discusses the trials and triumphs of one of America's lesser known major immigrant communities during the Gilded Age.
Episode 37 (Stumbling Colossus, 16): Show Me the Money
July 4th, 2022 | 48 mins 45 secs
Dr. George Selgin discusses how money was issued and provided before, during, and after the Gilded Age.