The Muck Podcast

The Muck Podcast

A weekly podcast where the dark, and sometimes weird, true stories in American politics are discussed.

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February 1, 2023 69 min

Tina and Hillary cover the Chamberlain-Kahn Act and the assassination attempt of Theodore Roosevelt.

Tina’s Story
The Chamberlain-Kahn Act was initiated to help stop the spread of sexually transmitted infections among service men. BUT instead, it led to the incarceration of thousands of women.

Hillary’s Story
In 1912 former republican President Theodore Roosevelt ran for president again under the Progressive Party. BUT while on...

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Hillary and Tina cover Mutiny in Space and John Joe Gray.

Hillary’s Story
In 1973, NASA sent astronauts to the Skylab space station. BUT when they stop contact with ground control, many wondered if it was an act of rebellion.

Tina’s Story
John Joe Gray is a self proclaimed sovereign citizen who doesn’t believe in Federal authority. BUT after an arrest, he ends up leading the longest armed standoff in US history.

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Tina and Hillary cover the former NY senator Hiram Monserrate and Florida vs Pitts/Lee.

Tina’s Story
Hiram Monserrate moved quickly from the New York City Council to the New York State Senate. BUT it was his quick temper that led to his political demise.

Hillary’s Story
In 1963, two black men in Florida were wrongfully convicted of murder. BUT even when evidence clears them of the deed, racism and bigotry delayed commuting their...

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Hillary and Tina cover the 1951 Bagel Strike and former Dawson, GA mayor, Christopher Wright.

Hillary’s Story
Bagels have been a staple in the US since the late 19th Century. BUT a famine hits when Bagel workers strike for more dough.

Tina’s Story
Christopher Wright made history as Dawson Georgia’s youngest mayor in 2012. But it’s the actions that led Wright down the wrong path that ended in an indictment.

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January 4, 2023 71 min

Tina and Hillary cover former Kinloch, MO mayor Keith Conway and NJ Transportation Commissioner John Sheridan.

Tina’s Story
Keith Conway served as Kinloch, Missouri mayor for 12 years. BUT when he served himself to Kinloch’s money, he lost his seat and freedom.

Hillary’s Story
Republican John Sheridan served as NJ Transportation commissioner until 1985 before becoming CEO of Cooper University Hospital and chair of Cooper’s Ferry...

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In this week’s year end special, Tina and Hillary answer questions and chat about the year ahead.

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Tina and Hillary cover US District Court Judge Esther Salas and former US House representative from Ohio, Wayne Hays.

Tina’s Story
Esther Salas was appointed to the United States District Court of New Jersey in 2011 and loved serving on the bench. BUT tragedy strikes when a plaintiff decides to be judge, jury, and executioner.

Hillary’s Story
By the book US House rep Wayne Hays was a powerful congressman who became known for his...

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Hillary and Tina cover former US House Rep from Louisian Bob Livingston and former tax collector Joel Greenberg.

Hillary’s Story
As a US House Rep. Bob Livingston took an understated approach. BUT when he vies for the prominent Speaker of the House position, his undercover exploits come to light.

Tina’s Story
Joel Greenberg ran as a Trump-like figure who would stop corruption in Seminole County, FL. BUT when he misuses funds for...

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Tina and Hillary cover former New York senator, Pedro Espada, Jr. and the Terri Schiavo Case.

Tina’s Story
Pedro Espada served in the NY Senate beginning in 1993. But when his high rolling lifestyle doesn’t match up to a civil servant’s pay, an investigation is launched.

Hillary’s Story
Terri Schiavo’s suffered a massive heart attack at just 27 years old. BUT the politics of the case led to a nationwide debate that ends up before...

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Hillary and Tina cover the 101st Senator Bobby Baker and the Occupation of Alcatraz Island.

Hillary’s Story
Political advisor Bobby Baker wheeled and dealed with DC powerhouses. BUT when he mingles with the mob, he risks his career.

Tina’s Story
Indigenous groups in America had their land brutally taken from them by colonizers. BUT in 1969, Native American activists fought to reclaim land.

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November 25, 2022 32 min

Hillary and Tina interview Florida political strategist Maya Brown.

Maya Brown has spent almost 10 years electing progressive democrats to offices and running issue-based campaigns up and down the ballot in Florida. Her political experience is matched by her fundraising and public spokesman skills. A known consensus-builder, she has collaborated with politicians, nonprofit leaders, and community advocates to help solve and effecti...

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Tina and Hillary cover former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro and the assassination attempt of Adolf Hitler.

Tina’s Story
Aldo Moro was one of Italy’s longest serving Prime Ministers who enacted social and economic reforms. BUT when he is kidnapped, attempts to free him fail.

Hillary’s Story
In 1944, Adolf Hitler was at the height of his political power and instilled fear in his subordinates. BUT despite that, members of his i...

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November 18, 2022 48 min

Hillary and Tina interview teen activist Jayden D’Onofrio, Founder of the Teen Aspect and President of Voters of Tomorrow Florida.

Jayden D’Onofrio has a lengthy political background and found it necessary to create the Teen Aspect organization to further the goals of youth education and awareness. Fighting for stronger influence in the political sphere for Generation Z, Jayden is the President of VOTFlorida, Deputy Strategy Direc...

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Hillary and Tina cover US House Representative John G. Schmitz and the election fraud cooping tactic.

Hillary’s Story
US House Representative out of California, John G. Schmitz ran and won on his far conservative moralism. BUT when a scandal erupts, his own morals are questioned.

Tina’s Story
In the 1800s, like today, most folks decide if they’re going to exercise their right to vote by showing up on election day. BUT some politi...

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Tina and Hillary cover Ohio judge Lance Mason and the rise of America First.

Tina’s Story
Lance Mason served in the Ohio House and Senate before his appointment to the Cuyahoga County Court. BUT his violent actions move him from the bench to the defendant’s table.

Hillary’s Story
The America First Committee began as an isolationist group in early 20th century. BUT its anti-Semitic and racist attitudes are still being used by the...

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November 3, 2022 57 min

Hillary and Tina interview attorney Hillary Cassel, candidate for Florida House, District 101.

Hillary Cassel is a proud Democrat, mental health care advocate, and co-founder of the law firm Cassel & Cassel, P.A.

Beginning her legal career as an Assistant State Attorney at the Broward State Attorney’s Office, Hillary witnessed the devastating inequality of our justice system firsthand. For the last seven years, she has repre...

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Hillary and Tina cover White House Counsel Vincent Foster and Kauai County councilman Arthur Brun.

Hillary’s Story
Vincent Foster joined the White House Counsel to the Clinton administration in early 1993. BUT when the pressures of DC mounted, Foster made a devastating decision that republicans still weaponize today.

Tina’s Story
Arthur Brun won a seat on the Kauai County Council in Hawaii. BUT when he dealt drugs as a side hust...

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Tina and Hillary cover Auditor of Public Accounts Oliver Enoch Hodge and the 1947 flying disc craze.

Tina’s Story
Orville Hodge served as Illinois Auditor of Public Accounts after winning election in 1952. But when he lined his pockets instead of balancing the books, it cost him big time.

Hillary’s Story
When pilot Kenneth Arnold witnessed what he described as high speed flying discs. BUT little did he know that his sighting wou...

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Hillary and Tina cover Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon and New York Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio.

Hillary’s Story
Sheila Dixon made history as the first female mayor of Baltimore. But resigns soon after amid bribery charges.

Tina’s Story
Anthony Seminerio had an illustrious 30 year career in New York politics. BUT that all came crashing down when he got charged with corruption.

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Tina and Hillary cover US House Representative Daniel Sickles and Judge Samuel B. Kent.

Tina’s Story
Daniel Sickles, known for his intellect and friendship with James Buchanan, made a name for himself in politics. BUT it’s his wife’s infidelity that leads to a crime of passion and a newfound defense plea.

Hillary’s Story
Federal judge Samuel B. Kent was well respected since his appointment to the bench in 1990, BUT when he made ...

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