Prick The Balloon

Prick The Balloon

We can’t navigate safely to the future unless we understand what lies behind us. That’s why the move by cowardly politicians to limit the history we’re taught is so inexcusable. Sanitized hero worship does not move us forward. Enter Mike Vance’s podcast, the irreverent Prick the Balloon. It features Mike, a widely published historian, deflating popular myths and telling history that’s true, complete, impertinent, well-researched and fun. It’s a look at our real past, wherever that might lead us. Learning lasts a lifetime, and it might as well be enjoyable.

Episodes

July 3, 2024 52 mins

The wealthy Americans who have gifted artwork to the nation's museums are a total mixed bag. They come from all ends of the political spectrum, and, aside from their donations, some lived more admirable lives than others. It makes for fascinating, non-partisan history to keep in mind next time you visit the museum.

Host Mike Vance Writer is the published author of 12 books with more on the way. He has written, produced and directed...

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A recap of vacation leads to the recent and not so recent history of certain US foreign relations and how that impacts what everyday citizens of other countries think about Americans in general. Our internal politics can sometimes produce a rough reception for us when we go abroad.

Host Mike Vance Writer is the published author of 12 books with more on the way. He has written, produced and directed eight feature length history docu...

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The Voting Rights Act exists for a very important reason. Here's a quickie (relatively) about a murderous and violent overthrow of an election for reals. Not the totally fabricated nonsense currently being slung before swine.

Host Mike Vance Writer is the published author of 11 books with more on the way. He has written, produced and directed eight feature length history documentaries and over 150 short history films, and he someti...

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May 20, 2024 11 mins

The New Deal-era Federal Writers Project produced some wonderfully fun guides to each of the 48 states, plus Alaska and Puerto Rico and several cities. This short episode explains and shares.

Host Mike Vance Writer is the published author of 11 books with more on the way. He has written, produced and directed eight feature length history documentaries and over 150 short history films, and he sometimes teaches continuing studies in ...

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Petty bickering over a cabinet member's wife tore the Jackson administration apart for two years, but was it really just bitter politics as usual? It all pitted a president against a vice-president topped with name calling and the offer of a duel.

Host Mike Vance Writer is the published author of 11 books with more on the way. He has written, produced and directed eight feature length history documentaries and over 150 short histor...

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Sports has often led the way in civil rights, so even non sports fan will find great nuggets of both outrage and triumph in this episode. No prior knowledge required. Game on.

Host Mike Vance Writer is the published author of 11 books with more on the way. He has written, produced and directed eight feature length history documentaries and over 150 short history films, and he sometimes teaches continuing studies in history at one o...

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April 1, 2024 46 mins

We face stereotyping in so many different ways every day, and lumping people and places and things all together is almost always a bad idea. This episode makes the strong case that American liberalism owes its roots to Texas Populists. Seriously, yes - Texas.

Host Mike Vance Writer is the published author of 11 books with more on the way. He has written, produced and directed eight feature length history documentaries and over 150 ...

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The sad and frustrating story of Woodrow Wilson resumes as the U.S. enters WWI. Unfortunately for Wilson, his legacy largely goes downhill from there. It ends with a president unable to perform his duties and some unforgiveable stains to weigh against some real progress.

Host Mike Vance Writer is the published author of 11 books with more on the way. He has written, produced and directed eight feature length history documentaries a...

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People are complicated, but few in American history are more confounding than Woodrow Wilson, who hit the extremes of good and bad. He left so much to unpack that it takes two episodes. In this first one, we ride with Woody through reelection in 1916.

Host Mike Vance Writer is the published author of 11 books with more on the way. He has written, produced and directed eight feature length history documentaries and over 150 short hi...

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February 17, 2024 43 mins

Not all angry old men are men, or even old, but they have definitely obstructed progress in our country over the years. Others just want you to get off their lawn. This episode explores both.

Host Mike Vance Writer is the published author of 11 books with more on the way. He has written, produced and directed eight feature length history documentaries and over 150 short history films, and he sometimes teaches continuing studies in ...

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January 30, 2024 42 mins

One side loves to complain about bias in the news. As always, they fail to understand the history of the topic. We had finally tamped down much of it until the system was blown apart by a conservative icon. This is the timeline of America's news.

Host Mike Vance Writer is the published author of 10 books with more on the way. He has written, produced and directed eight feature length history documentaries and over 150 short history...

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Political parties change. What was once a bunch of liberals becomes conservative, and vice versa. The run through of American political parties is fascinating and laugh provoking.

Host Mike Vance Writer is the published author of 10 books with more on the way. He has written, produced and directed eight feature length history documentaries and over 150 short history films, and he sometimes teaches continuing studies in history at o...

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December 28, 2023 37 mins

How is our relationship with animals? Have we gotten better or worse in our interactions with and stewardship of the animal kingdom around us? Mike lays it out so you can decide. But you'd better be nice to those dogs, or there will be trouble.

Host Mike Vance Writer is the published author of 10 books with more on the way. He has written, produced and directed eight feature length history documentaries and over 150 short history f...

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December 14, 2023 38 mins

The Spanish-American War was a manufactured little conflict that, for the U.S. at least, lasted about three months. On the other hand it was the first time the American Empire expanded off the mainland North American continent. The lessons of intervention still apply.

Host Mike Vance Writer is the published author of 10 books with more on the way. He has written, produced and directed eight feature length history documentaries and ...

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November 27, 2023 37 mins

This one is just a little fun. Sure it's history, but it's also wildly subjective. Let's face it, the U.S. is one corrupt nation, but which state takes the crown? You've probably got your own ideas, but you should get a few laughs and gasps listening to Mike's.

Host Mike Vance Writer is the published author of 10 books with more on the way. He has written, produced and directed eight feature length history documentaries and over 15...

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November 14, 2023 35 mins

What should we make of those darkly pious New Englanders who sought freedom of religion in the 1600s? In Mike's opinion, the positives are few and far between. Though they have undeniably passed through several filters, their dour negativity is still being imposed on Americans today.

Host Mike Vance Writer is the published author of 10 books with more on the way. He has written, produced and directed eight feature length history do...

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October 30, 2023 43 mins

This episode gives a little love to a president who sometimes gets a bad rap. Though he was far from perfect, just like the rest of us, Ulysses S. Grant was a strong champion for civil rights and equality, and he even tried, unsuccessfully, to stop the nation's relentless killing of American Indians. It was Grant who gave us our first national park, too.

Host Mike Vance Writer is the published author of 10 books with more on the wa...

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October 15, 2023 41 mins

The alternate title for this episode is Lucille Ball vs. John Wayne, but few things about the Hollywood Blacklist were that clear cut. It was a sad example of shutting down good Americans solely because of their beliefs, in many cases, not even their current beliefs. There is plenty of old-time movie gossip here, but also some lessons that resonate today.

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American labor unions have a long history of successes and failures, some of them downright murderous. Study that history, though, and one thing becomes clear - without a strong labor movement, there is no American middle class. This episode provides proof of the struggle.

Host Mike Vance Writer is the published author of 10 books with more on the way. He has written, produced and directed eight feature length history documentaries...

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September 17, 2023 27 mins

For the guy who's been staring back at us from the $20 bill for almost a century, the 7th president doesn't have much to recommend him in the way of ethics. Learn all about Andrew Jackson, and have some fun along the way.

Host Mike Vance Writer is the published author of 10 books with more on the way. He has written, produced and directed eight feature length history documentaries and over 150 short history films, and he sometimes ...

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