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When not plotting the outright purchase of one of the three branches of government or tinkering with the laws we've had since day one like the Electoral College, the dogs and I like to listen to other podcasts.

We don't have much choice. It's not like we can watch the news. 

Here are some of our favorites:

Every episode tackles one of history’s great minds, like George Washington, Abe Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Thurgood Marshall, and Queen Isabella.

You’ll learn things you never knew about these historical figures as they get rated on the Scale of Greatness. And you’ll learn things about the beers and cocktails that go best with your typical despotic overlord.

And if you listen carefully (or not even that carefully) you might notice that the show's host, Mr. DGMH himself, is the voice behind all the sponsorships on our show. 

It's got great history, great drinks, and phenomenal insights into some our most beloved--and not so beloved--great minds in history. 

Click here to start drinking. And learning. 

If you’re fascinated by the office of the American President and the men who held it, this show tells their stories, with both the pre-presidential career of each officeholder and how they left their mark on the office.

There are also episodes on some of the important other characters who played a role in shaping the American presidency.

Host Jerry Landry knows his stuff. And he has, on occasion, brought me on the show for a chance to teach me a few things. 

Click here to get your motorcade rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue. 

Ever have a conversation about Bigfoot, UFOs, politics, Martian colonies, or whatever it is that Vladimir Putin is thinking?

Like meeting a fellow traveler at a roadside diner, the conversations on The Open Highway are interesting and thought-provoking, and the host is a guy who knows a little bit about everything, which always gets him into trouble.

There have been a few notable times where host Eric Erickson has REALLY gotten himself into trouble: check out the episodes where he invited me on (without the dogs) to rant about all those things I rant about. 

Click here to start your road trip. 

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