The Muck Podcast

The Muck Podcast

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

Episodes

April 17, 2024 55 mins
Hillary and Tina cover the murder of Arthur McDuffie and the 1980 Miami riots. Arthur McDuffie was brutally attacked by police for running a stop sign. BUT when the officers are cleared of all charges, violence erupts on the streets of Miami. Sources Hillary's Story Miami Dade County Official Page Miami-Dade County unveils the Arthur Lee McDuffie State Historical Marker for Black History Month (https://www.miamidade.gov/global/rele...
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Tina and Hillary cover the murder of Henry Denhardt. Henry Denhardt, a prominent figure in Kentucky politics, found himself entangled in a murder investigation. BUT as the trial reached its conclusion, Denhardt faced a shocking twist of fate when revenge caught up to him. Sources Tina's Story Daily News Kentucky brothers sought revenge on general who killed their sister--and dodged jail time (https://www.nydailynews.com/2018/03/2...
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Hillary and Tina cover the Yablonski murders. Joseph A. "Jock" Yablonski was a labor leader known for his advocacy for miners' rights. BUT he fell victim to a tragic murder that shed light on corruption within the United Mine Workers of America. Sources Hillary's Story CrimeReads How The 1969 Murders of a Labor Leader and His Family Changed Coal Country Forever (https://crimereads.com/how-the-1969-murders-of-a-labor-leader-and-his-...
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Tina and Hillary cover former Ocean Gate mayor, Paul Kennedy. Paul Kennedy served as mayor of Ocean Gate beginning in 2007. BUT after years of deceit, he finally paid the price for profiting off the town. Sources Tina's Story app Ex-Ocean Gate mayor pleads guilty to ‘pattern of official misconduct;’ jailtime expected (https://www.app.com/story/news/local/ocean-county/2023/09/22/former-ocean-gate-nj-mayor-pleads-guilty-to-official-m...
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Hillary and Tina cover the former speaker of the Massachusetts House Salvatore DiMasi. Salvatore DiMasi ascended to power in politics, reaching the esteemed position of Speaker of the Massachusetts House. BUT his downfall came swiftly when corruption charges led to incarceration. Sources Hillary's Story Boston Herald Sal DiMasi, other federal cons can't be automatically blocked from Beacon Hill lobbying, SJC rules (https://www.bost...
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March 15, 2024 41 mins
Hillary interviews activist Jayden D’Onofrio, Chairman of Florida Future Leaders PAC. Jayden D’Onofrio has a lengthy political background and has been a leader in multiple youth focused political organizations including VOTFlorida and Voters of Tomorrow. Since his last visit to the podcast in November of 2022, Jayden has founded the Florida Future Leaders PAC. The focus of the PAC is to combine the power of Florida College Democr...
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Tina and Hillary cover the history of women winning the right to wear pants. Throughout history gender norms dictated what women could or couldn’t wear. BUT pants are now the norm thanks to women who challenged conventions. Sources Tina's Story All That's Interesting Meet Helen Hulick, The Woman Who Was Jailed For Wearing Pants To Court (https://allthatsinteresting.com/helen-hulick)--by Marco Margaritoff City Data Forum Roane Woman...
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Hillary and Tina cover the FBI investigation of the Louie, Louie song. The Kingsmen's rendition of "Louie, Louie" has been an iconic song since its debut in the 1960s. BUT when rumors surfaced about potentially obscene lyrics surfaced, the FBI was called in to investigate. Sources Hillary's Story FBI Louie Louie (The Song) (https://vault.fbi.gov/louie-louie-the-song/louie-louie-the-song/view) History The FBI Laboratory weighs in ...
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February 28, 2024 65 mins
Tina and Hillary cover former Washington Senator Brock Adams. Brock Adams served as congressman and transportation secretary before rising to the US Senate. BUT when allegations of sexual harassment arise his career plummets. Sources Tina's Story K5 NBC #MeToo movement is decades in the making (https://www.king5.com/article/news/politics/metoo-movement-is-decades-in-the-making/281-484130876)--by Natalie Brand Lewiston Tribune NANC...
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Hillary and Tina cover Operation Flagship. Operation Flagship was a clever ruse devised by the feds to nab fugitives in Washington DC. BUT, the elaborate scheme ultimately highlighted the innovative tactics used to catch wrongdoers and brought notoriety to the US Marshal's Service. Sources Hillary's Story Chicago Tribune POLICE ARREST 100 FUGITIVES IN TICKET RUSE (https://www.chicagotribune.com/1985/12/16/police-arrest-100-fugitiv...
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February 14, 2024 61 mins
Tina and Hillary cover former Public Works Superintendent Scott Bartlett. Scott Bartlett served as Fairfield public works superintendent BUT, his reckless handling of toxic waste unleashed one of the most devastating environmental disasters in Connecticut's history. Sources Tina's Story Chron Judge refuses to dismiss dumping case against former Fairfield officials (https://www.chron.com/news/article/judge-refuses-dismiss-fairfield...
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Hillary and Tina cover Judge Alex Kozinski. Judge Alex Kozinski, accused of sexual misconduct, remained hidden in the shadows for decades. BUT, the advent of #MeToo brought his actions into the spotlight. Hillary's Story CBS News Judge Alex Kozinski steps down after allegations of sexual misconduct (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/judge-alex-kozinski-steps-down-after-allegations-of-sexual-misconduct/) Forbes He’s Back. After Resigning...
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January 31, 2024 66 mins
Tina and Hillary cover the mysterious death of Karen Silkwood. Activist Karen Silkwood was delivering important documents to a reporter. BUT, in a tragic turn of events, a fatal car crash deepened the mystery. Sources Tina's Story Britannica Karen Silkwood (https://www.britannica.com/topic/whistleblower) History Karen Silkwood dies in mysterious one car crash (https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/karen-silkwood-dies-in-myst...
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January 24, 2024 65 mins
Hillary and Tina cover the murder of Alan Berg. Alan Berg hosted a popular radio show, BUT his life was tragically cut short by neo-Nazis, shedding light on the dangers of hate and extremism. Sources Hillary's Story Colorado Public Radio Murder of Colorado radio man Alan Berg still resonates 30 years later (https://www.cpr.org/show-segment/murder-of-colorado-radio-man-alan-berg-still-resonates-30-years-later/)--by Andrea Dukakis T...
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We hope you enjoy this rerelease of one of our favorite episodes: Episode 123. Originally released on May 11, 2022, you will hear us discuss abortion in the United States before and after the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade. Hillary and Tina cover Roe vs. Wade and the history of abortion in America. Hillary’s Story Throughout the early history of America, abortion was permitted. BUT when women began to seek mor...
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Tina and Hillary cover the Italian Hall Disaster of 1913. Union strikers were joyously celebrating Christmas in the Italian Hall, BUT when someone yelled "fire," tragedy engulfed the hall, extinguishing the festive celebration. Sources Tina's Story The History Navigator The Italian Hall Disaster and the Copper Strike of 1913 (https://historynavigator.org/2019/12/21/the-italian-hall-disaster-and-the-copper-strike-of-1913/)--by Allis...
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Hillary and Tina cover former Massachusetts Senator, William Bulger. Senator William Bulger enjoyed a distinguished career. BUT, as his brother, crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, Jr. went on the lam and hit the FBI's most wanted list, the family connection emerged, casting a shadow over his political legacy. Sources Hillary's Story ABC News Tale of Two Brothers: Whitey and Billy Bulger's Rise to Power in Crime and Politics (https:...
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December 27, 2023 35 mins
In our End of Year Special for 2023, Tina and Hillary are joined by their Executive Producer Alfredo Olvera to talk about their favorite episodes of the year, political winners and losers, and the best and worst political stories of 2023. For show notes and links to our sources, please click here (https://themuckpodcast.com/).
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December 20, 2023 56 mins
Tina and Hillary cover the CIAs program MKUltra. CIA's MKUltra delved into mind control, BUT the program turned into a twisted journey of brainwashing and torture, revealing the dark side of experimentation. Sources Tina's Story ATI What Was MK-Ultra, The CIA’s Top-Secret Cold War Research Program? (https://allthatsinteresting.com/mk-ultra)--By Katie Serena El Pais 70 years of MKUltra, the CIA ‘mind-control’ program that inspired ...
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December 13, 2023 68 mins
Hillary and Tina cover the murder of Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak. Anton Cermak, a beacon of hope for many, arrived in the U.S. from the Czech Republic, shaping a remarkable political career. BUT, tragically, his journey met a sudden and violent end when he was gunned down. Sources Hillary's Story Britannica Anton J. Cermak (https://www.britannica.com/biography/Anton-J-Cermak) Chicago Public Library Mayor Anton Joseph Cermak Biograph...
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