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Counter Culture

A History of Shopping


Join the Guys as they go shopping for the historical roots of one of America’s favorite pastimes — buying stuff. And find out what shopping has to do with the War of Independence, the Wizard of Oz, and more.

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New and Improved

Advertising in America


On this episode — how we love to persuade and be persuaded. Brian, Ed and Peter sell you a history of advertising in the United States.

The Future Then

Visions of America Yet to Come


Flying cars, 3-hour workdays, meals in a pill, nuclear holocaust — what has the future held? On this episode, the Guys revisit yesterday’s visions of tomorrow, and what they say about the moments in time that conjured them up.

Pitch a Show


Last year we received nearly 200 pitches for show topics — some of which made it on the air! Listeners suggested episodes about higher ed and U.S.-Mexico relations, and lots of individual stories also had their origins in your brains. Help us keep up the process!

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Latest Comments

Anne D.

Commented on: New and Improved

Given how entrenched advertising is and how much the advertising model (create a desire for the product, then sell the [...]

Shane C.

Commented on: The Future Then

I think our imaginations are important in shaping our future - that we create it rather than simply having it [...]