Your Season 1 Favorites: Minisode 9

We be drinkin’ and we be swearin! 

On our previous minisode we discussed our all-time favorite moments from Season 1. We chatted about the episodes we loved, drinks we enjoyed and side banter we laughed at. This episode we flip this question ask to y’all and listen to some of the feedback we received.

We hear from Morgann from Brooklyn who talks about Andrew Jackson’s stinky cheese and Shirley Chisolm (Episode 6). Tim, king among men, chats about the joys of editing 2+ hours worth of booze-inspired outtakes that happened when we explored the history of the Panama Canal and President Harding’s affairs (Episode 2). Brenda, our first Patron, ::insert dancehall horns:: shares her favorite moments from season 1, she talks about her favorite scandals (Episode 10), cocktails AND side banter (Episode 7) !! Gold star for Brenda! Friend of the pod, Annie from Ohio, writes in with some thoughts as well!

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Episode 12: The Secret Love Story of Eleanor & Hick

We’re back y’all with a bit of a throwback! We take another look at two different scandals involving the Roosevelts and Huey Long, our new historical crushes.

This episode we sip on a Dirty Martini, the controversial spin on the quintessential American cocktail. This drink is as loved as it is loathed and had us both inexplicably feeling ourselves back in college. #memories

Also covered: Stephanie’s recent succulence, Thelma & Louise, the cackalackies, Heathers, Tim Whatshisnuts 2020 and more.

Tux’s scandal again centers around the Roosevelts. In the last episode we explored Franklin’s extramarital affairs by highlighting some of the other women in his life. This scandal flips the script and delves into the other women in Eleanor’s life. 
Celebrated in Life, Anonymous in Death
Eleanor and Hick (book)
Youtube: Eleanor Roosevelt Funeral (1962)
The queer history of Eleanor Roosevelt you won’t see in the Ken Burns documentary
EXCLUSIVE: How prim and proper First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt fell in love with a 200-pound WOMAN reporter who drank like a fish, played a mean game of poker, smoked cigars and swore a blue streak
Bringing Eleanor Roosevelt’s lover Lorena Hickok out of the shadows
Wiki- Eleanor Roosevelt
Wiki- Lorena Hickok
It’s time to meet the Eleanor Roosevelt you never knew
Eleanor Roosevelt’s ‘mistress’ died heartbroken and alone
24 Very Gay Excerpts from Eleanor Roosevelt’s Love Letters with Lorena Hickok
Eleanor Roosevelt, The First Lady of Gay Rights
Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site: Val-Kill Cottage
Eleanor Roosevelt’s Close Relationship With the Journalist Lorena Hickok
Shaking up Martinis and Old Fashioneds with FDR
The Dirty Martini: It's All About the Olive Juice
The Dirty Martini Cleans Up Its Act

Stephanie’s scandal is a continuation of the rise of Huey Long from our last episode. This final chapter starts with his brief but legendary stint as populist Senator (who lowkey never stopped being governor of Louisiana) and ends with his tragic but unsurprisingly violent end. In truth, there was only one way this could end.
Huey Long: The man, His
Mission, and Legacy

Documents Relating to Huey Long, 1932-1935
Wiki - Share Our Wealth
Every Man a King Summary
The Strange Career of Assassinated Louisiana Politician
Huey Long

10  Fascinating Facts
About Huey Long

The Big Sleazy
Wiki - Huey Long
Youtube: Every Man a King (song)
Every Man a King
The New Deal & Huey Long
FBI File on Huey Long,
Kingfish Down
Huey P. Long and the
Working Class Movement

Huey Long
Strippers, Insane Asylums, Assassination, and Termites: Inside the Insane History of the World’s Greatest White House Replica
Who Shot Huey Long?

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Our Favorite Season 1 Moments & Review Contest Winners: Minisode 8

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We don’t have listener mail this episode but we are announcing the topic for next month’s minisode and revealing the three winners of our listener review contest.

Shoutout to winners SmileThenScream7, SemperFi1766, and AliciaHMc! 5 stars and infinity eggplants to them for sending in our top three reviews! Thanks to everyone who took the time to review us! It really helps the pod and to a lesser degree our self-esteems.

This episode we discuss our all-time favorite moments from Season 1, a hard feat because we truly have ourselves a time! We chat about our favorite episodes, scandals, side banter, and cocktails. For next month’s minisode we are asking you to do the same!

We want to hear from YOU! We want to learn about your favs! We want to know what your favorite episodes, scandals, old timey drinks, anecdotes etc are and why? We want to know what you are enjoying and what you want to hear more of? Please write in with your fav stories and/or people that we have already discussed. We’d also like to hear your ideas for future scandals or ye olde adult beverages. Any feedback you have, we’d love to hear it!

You can send us a voice memo or email us at BeyondReproachPod@gmail.com, or feel free to slip into our DMs if you're feeling cheeky. Don’t be strangers and say hi!
Just be sure to get those responses back to us no later than Saturday 8/24.
We can’t wait to hear from you!!!

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Episode 11: The Longshot

We’s back y’all! 

During our summer break we launched a shiny new merch store, created a fancy Patreon account, and picked top listener reviews from our challenge last season! We took a lil hiatus to recharge and plan for a very scandalous new season of Beyond Reproach! 

This episode we sip on a Vieux Carre, a very delightful Creole spin on a Manhattan. Tux explains the origins of this New Orleans’s classic and Stephanie describes how this famous drink ties to her scandal involving an infamous politician. This cocktail is spirited and decadent like us. Cheers!

Also covered: Alchemy, Roger Stone, the Mack, TCM, complicated loves, being #gooped, Dollywood, Lizzo tweets, and only children.

Stephanie explores the tyrannical reign of Louisiana’s Kingfish, Huey P. Long, the masterful populist who once boasted that he bought legislators “like sacks of potatoes, shuffled them like a deck of cards.” Long, to this day, remains one of the most flamboyant and controversial American politicians. Buckle up this story, told in two parts, is a doozy!
POLITICAL NOTES: Louisiana's Kaiser
The Strange Career of Assassinated Louisiana Politician Huey Long
10  Fascinating Facts About Huey Long
The Big Sleazy
Wiki - Huey Long
Huey Long: The man, His Mission, and Legacy
Every Man a King
Understand Socialism, Communism, Fascism, & Nazism in 15 Minutes (Part I)
The New Deal & Huey Long
Wiki - 1924 Louisiana gubernatorial election
FBI File on Huey Long,
Kingfish Down
Huey P. Long and the Working Class Movement
THE MACK
Gov. Huey Long impeached in Louisiana, April 6, 1929
Huey Long
Who Shot Huey Long?

Tux examines the personal life and the dysfunctional marriage of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR was simultaneously a great president and a seriously shitty excuse for a husband. He was the garbage juice of presidential husbands.
FDR and his Women
Franklin Roosevelt marries Eleanor Roosevelt
FDR's Secret Love
FDR's Loyal Mistress
FDR's love nest in the park: How president took FIVE 'mistresses' to country getaway
The Truth Behind FDR’s Secret Love Affair and Why It Went on Much Longer Than People Think
Franklin D. Roosevelt’s painfully eloquent final words
Wiki - Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd
Marguerite “Missy” LeHand: FDR’s Right Hand Woman
Wiki - Marguerite LeHand
FDR and his Women
The Newly Discovered FDR-Lucy Mercer Correspondence
Wiki - Sara Roosevelt

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Episode 10: American Legends

To commemorate the final episode of Season 1 we imbibe on a refreshing Jack Rose cocktail made with Applejack, America’s first spirit. We learn about the history of its distillation and how it links to Tux’s scandal. We depart slightly from our politically scandalous program to explore two folk heroes of American foundational mythology Johnny Appleseed and Davy Crockett, revealing how their real stories are more scandalous than the fairytale portrayals we learned about in grade school.

Also covered: Stephanie’s lies, our summer break, brain damage lite, apple botany, the state of Franklin, sick burns and dolphins.

Tux explores how Johnny Appleseed wasn’t the quirky selfless loner travelling around sprinkling appleseeds so that future settlers would have a wholesome food source when they arrived at the frontier. In reality he was much more of a shrewd real estate developer and a hippie mystic than a promoter of apple consumption.
The Truth About Johnny Appleseed
What’s the Story with Johnny Appleseed?
The Real Johnny Appleseed Brought Apples—and Booze—to the American Frontier
The Story of Johnny Appleseed: Legend vs. Fact
The Drink of Patriots: As American as Apple Cider
Johnny Appleseed: The Man, the Myth, the American Story
Johnny Appleseed Tale Grew Tall in Leominster
Johnny Appleseed: Land Speculator, Alcohol Dealer, Capitalist
Applejack: For When Hard Cider Just Isn’t Strong Enough
Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard: A Cultural History
Johnny Appleseed: The Simple Man that Became Legendary
9 Facts That Tell the True Story of Johnny Appleseed

Stephanie dives into the life and times of Davy Crockett. Every election cycle Americans threaten to move if the wrong person is elected, this threat is not a contemporary one. Davy Crockett, the legendary frontiersman is by far the most infamous to make this pledge. He swore that if Martin Van Buren was elected president, he would never set foot in this country again.
Wiki- Davy Crockett
Things We Get Wrong About David Crockett
From The Woods To Politics — Who Was The Real Davy Crockett?
Wiki- State of Franklin
Creek War
Davy Crockett Had it Right: Andrew Jackson was a Tyrant
David Crockett (1786-1836)
King of the Wild Frontier -- Youtube clip

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The Wrap Up: Minisode 7

We be drinkin’ and we be chattin’! 

We don’t have listener mail or a new topic for the next minisode, we are instead talking about ourselves, reflecting on the evolution of the podcast over this first season, and announcing our summer break listener feedback contest. Special thanks to Tim Cluff our sound engineer, editor, sounding board, podfather etc. Without his tireless efforts and constant feedback the podcast wouldn’t exist. Team Beyond Reproach will return in August with season 2 but in the meantime we have a call to arms for our amazing listeners (one that includes a giveaway)!

We need your help to ascend the historical podcast rankings and take our rightful place on the throne. Everyone who listens to podcasts has the same goals: be inspired, be entertained, or be educated. I like to think that we do all three but that might be the rosé talking… Rankings on both iTunes and Stitcher are determined by four factors: subscribers, downloads, ratings and reviews. The more of each we have, the higher the podcast ranks. The higher it ranks, the more people we get to reach! Long thoughtful reviews are great but a 5 star review with several eggplant emojis would really make our day as well. 

The winning reviewer(s) will get some fancypants Beyond Reproach swag in our season 2 listener feedback giveaway! There is one more full episode to come but for the latest news please check our website. Don’t be scurr’d, we will be back August 5th!!


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Episode 9: The Tea (Pot Dome)

This episode we learn about both the history of the Bee’s Knees, the citrusy prohibition era cocktail that ties in with Stephanie’s scandal, and the evolution of the phrase’s meaning over time.

Also covered: #cheersfails, cross stitching, Amy Sedaris, Beyond Reproach Shoppe ideas, Simpsons, #realnews, stage directions, and last words.

Stephanie recounts the Teapot Dome scandal, part 3 of an undisclosed amount of scandals involving the Harding administration, that time when a young nation first learned that the oil industry could wield substantial and corruptive power and influence at the highest levels of the government. This was 20th-century America's first great federal corruption scandal! We’ve grown a lot since then, haven’t we?
Wiki - Return to normalcy
The Teapot Dome, Scandal
Wiki - Excess Profits Tax
Wiki - Albert B. Fall
Before Watergate, There Was the Teapot Dome Scandal
What Was Teapot Dome?
Wiki: Teapot Dome scandal
All About the Teapot Dome Scandal
Cronies, tariffs and sex scandals: Warren Harding was a lot like a certain someone we know
The Trump Administration Is Selling Your Public Lands on the Internet
MAKING THE TEAPOT DOME SCANDAL RELEVANT AGAIN!
Sex, hush money and an alleged poisoning: Before Trump and Stormy Daniels, a wild presidency
Study: Why Do Some Americans Say 'Normalcy' Instead of 'Normality'?
With a House Takeover, Democrats Could Get Trump’s Tax Returns. Would They?
The Hunt for Donald Trump's Tax Returns Has Begun
Teapot Dome Scandal: Definition, Summary & Facts
Wiki - Harry Ford Sinclair
Teapot Dome, the U.S. Marines and a President's Reputation
The Teapot Dome Scandal

Tux revisits our 22nd and 24th president “Grover the Good,” (or as he should be known “Grover the Garbage Juice” or “Groper Cleveland”). Last episode Tux explored how before Cleveland ran for president he was busy being a womanizing scumbag and alleged rapist in upstate New York. This time we learn how he was still a bachelor when he was sworn into the Oval Office but he quickly moved on from stealing babies to robbing the cradle and the American public was super happy about it!
125 Years Ago- Nice Day for a White House Wedding
Frances Folsom Cleveland –President’s child bride
Wiki - Frances Folsom Cleveland
Frances Folsom married President Cleveland
Grover Cleveland, Lover?
On This Day- June 12, 1886
This U.S. President Married a college coed
Frances Cleveland – first ladies
Frances Cleveland Biographies
The First Ladies- Frances Folsom Cleveland

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Stress Management and Self Care Listener Mail: Minisode 6

We be drinkin’ and we be chattin’ about our listener mail! We are back with another minisode with YOUR thoughts and stories on a very important subject: STAYING SANE IN AN INSANE WORLD! 

On our previous minisode we shared personal strategies for combating stress and talked about our favorite self-care rituals that keep us feeling good when the world around us feels bleek. This episode we flip this question to y’all!

We read an email from our favorite Ohio listener who shares some of her tried and true moves for tackling her social anxiety. Tux’s high school bestie weighs in with her experiences standing up for marginalized communities after returning home to a small town after nearly a decade spent living in a progressive Northeastern bubble. Two mental health pros Canh Tran, MSW and Kimberly Beury, LMHC LPC, offer some professional guidance on how best to alleviate stress at both micro and macro levels.

Y’all came through with such thoughtful feedback this episode! Like Tim, y’all are the real MVPs! Do hug yourselves for us in a lingering but non-creepy way, thanks loves! 

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Episode 8: Grover the Garbage Juice

To kick off episode 8, we indulge in some super tasty classic Manhattans, one of the world's most famous cocktails. This drink is as potent as it is delicious (as you will hear!), & was invented in 1873--a year that ties directly into Tux’s scandalous tale. Cheers y’all, let’s drink to the health of our livers and/or stem cell research!!

Also covered: Dry snitching, a phony mensch, strangeness, Drag Race, and the evolution of hateful language.

Tux’s tells the story of Grover Cleveland, who was nicknamed “Grover the Good” because he was supposed to be such an honest, principled, & ethical man. We’ll find out though, that his reputation might not stand up against the story of Maria Halpin, the woman who fathered his secret son, and paid dearly for it.
Ye Olde Sex Scandals- Grover Cleveland’s secret love child 
Why Maria Halpin Didn't Report 
President Cleveland’s Problem child
Heritage Moments- Grover the good
Grover Cleveland's Sex Scandal
Grover Cleveland, a Rapist President
Grover Cleveland – Shitty presidents
Grover Cleveland - Wikipedia

Stephanie’s scandal is about one of the first government-sanctioned, anti-gay witch-hunts. This tale throws a spotlight on that one time when the Navy, in an attempt to rid its ranks of gay servicemen, sanctioned a whole bunch of inexplicable gayness. Spoiler alert: things get real REAL entrappy!!
10 Hilariously Stupid American Political Scandals
The Other Side of Silence
The History of Psychiatry & Homosexuality
LGBT history in the United States - Wikipedia
Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Forgotten Anti-Gay Sex Crusade

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Episode 7: The Trail of Tears

Today we are kickin’ it old school regarding our drink! The Gin Punch we're sipping on is our adaptation of a classic punch from the 1820s. It also happens to taste like a boozy lemon-flavored San Pellegrino! Salute!

Also covered: The hilariously lame origin story of the Tom Collins, Old Hickory vs. delicious hickory sausages, Stephanie’s firing of Tux for not speaking Thai, Tux’s love of movies from the 40s, Nigerian scams, yellowface, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Stephanie’s scandal is a foundational one about the Cherokee Nation’s Trail of Tears, that massive genocidal redistribution scheme in which a native people, who had won their sovereignty case in front of the Supreme Court, lost everything they had because the executive branch refused to follow the judiciary. Who knew that could happen?
The Trail of Tears: They Knew It Was Wrong
United States History: Trail of Tears
Indian Removal and the Trail of Tears
Five Civilized Tribes
Transcript of President Andrew Jackson's Message to Congress 'On Indian Removal' (1830)
How Native American Slaveholders Complicate the Trail of Tears Narrative
The Cherokees vs. Andrew Jackson

Tux’s scandal details that time when Abraham Lincoln, during the midst of the civil war, made time to diplomatically say “thanks, but no thanks” to a very elaborate gift of elephants the King of Siam was trying to send his way.
Wiki - History of Thailand
Letter from King Mongkut of Siam to President James Buchanan
Lincoln Rejects the King of Siam's Offer of Elephants
Lincoln to Thai king: Thanks but no thanks for the elephants
Lincoln Turned Down a Chance to Fill the U.S. With Elephants
Lincoln's Letter to the King of Siam, February 3, 1862 The Truth About Thai Elephants In The American Civil War
Wiki - Introduction of Western Geography
Letter from King of Siam to President Buchanan

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Please Don't Feed the Trolls: Minisode 4

We be drankin’ and we be chattin’ about our listener mail! We are back with another minisode with YOUR thoughts and stories on a light albeit frustrating subject: INTERNET TROLLS!

As a podcast our strategy of ignoring and blocking is highly effective but painfully boring. We solicited stories from listeners about how they deal with internet trolls. With their help we get a bunch of novel options for managing those anonymous under-bridge dwellers.

We hear a voicemail from culinary historian Sarah Lohman who explains her tiers of trolldom and how she responds to each. Cara Nicoletti, brooklyn-based triple threat (butcher, baker, and author), shares the ways she cares for herself amidst frequent sexist attacks online. The Wine, Women and Words podcast and Karina Sahlin from We're Just Here To Help podcast both weigh in with their most creative methods of countering trolls. Annie, our favorite listener, wrote in with a deliciously fun spin on responding to the worst people on the internet-- Troll Cakes, the bakery/detective agency here that will send a cake to your troll with their comments written on it.

Y’all came through with such amazing feedback this episode! Like Tim, y’all are the real MVPs! Hug yourselves for us in a lingering but non-creepy way. Thanks!

As always:

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Episode 6: Saint Chisholm

This is without a doubt, our cheesiest episode to date.

We sip on an episode cocktail that’s a true classic, one that’s as old as cocktails themselves. Turns out we love whiskey as much today as they did in the 1830s. Cheers y’all, to whiskey!

Also covered: The West Wing, the Obama’s virtual “Big Block of Cheese Day”, Tux’s childhood fear of getting dirty, Stephanie’s mother’s pettiness, the fallacy of “identity politics”, & our desire to visit Dollywood.

Tux’s scandal explores that one time President Andrew Jackson invited everybody and their mom over to the White House to eat some stinky cheese.
Andrew Jackson and The Peggy Eaton Affair
Andrew Jackson's Big Block of Cheese
CHEESE: FROM SANDY CREEK TO THE WHITE HOUSE
The Big Cheese
The First-Ever Virtual "Big Block of Cheese Day" – The White House is Open for Questions
The Real Story of the Huge Chunk of Cheese That Sat in the White House for a Year

Stephanie’s scandal revolves around a politician who shattered three historical barriers and made all the girls mad by being beyond reproach.
SEEK: Mission Statement
Journal of Labor and Society
Wiki Shirley Chisholm
Champion of African American History: The Honorable Shirley Chisholm of New York
Fighting Shirley Chisholm
Before Hillary Clinton, there was Shirley Chisholm
Farmer and Woman in Lively Bedford-Stuyvesant Race
Discrimination Against Women Hearing 1970
Here’s What People Once Said About How a Woman Would Never Be the Democratic Nominee
Muskie’s fall in ’72 showed there’s no crying in presidential politics
REP. CHISHOLM'S ANGRY FAREWELL
Woodward and Bernstein: 40 years after Watergate, Nixon was far worse than we thought

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Your Slavery Education Stories: Minisode 3

We’re back with another minisode with YOUR thoughts and stories on a heavy but important subject: TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT SLAVERY! We believe that taking a more honest approach to this country’s foundation would make this country stronger as a whole. Slavery in the United States is not just Black History, it is American History.

With the help of our brave listeners, we discuss the teaching of black history month in a New Orleans public school, a pricey New England boarding school and a predominately LatinX public school in Massachusetts. We hear from parents of kids in public schools, a parent who supplements their child’s education at-home, and another parent who homeschools her children.

Thank you all so so so very much for reaching out to us with such thoughtful insights on this very challenging topic. Y’all came through with such strong feedback this episode! We can’t tell you how much we appreciate it, and how good it makes us feel to know there are so many out there who feel just as strongly about the need to talk openly about American History as we do.

Honestly. It means so much to us.

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To prepare for our next minisode, we also announce next month’s subject, and ask you to write/call in with your thoughts and stories on that subject.

An Instagram post we put up, taken from a Texas textbook, caused quite a stir. The post, which highlights an intentionally misleading portrayal of slavery, introduced us to our first white supremacist troll. As nube podcast hosts are still navigating the world of social media promotion and would love to hear about your experiences with internet trolls. Trolls, according to wiki, is a person who starts quarrels or upsets people on the Internet to distract and sow discord by posting inflammatory and digressive, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community with the intent of provoking readers into displaying emotional responses and normalizing tangential discussion--whether for the troll's amusement or a specific gain. How do you handle trolls, in what situations do they appear, what things are you discussing, on what platforms?

Please listen to the episode and drop us a line by Saturday January 12th. We’ll read our favorite responses on minisode 4 next month!
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Episode 5: Operation Do-Si-Do

In this episode we start in the 1980s, a decade rich in the excesses of sugar and money, to discuss the parallel alcoholic trends of the day (spoiler alert: they involve sugar and money).

Instead of doing a bunch of artisanal cocaine to celebrate the era of Stephanie’s scandal we opt for a shockingly frou-frou yet surprisingly delicious episode cocktail. It was as tacky as it was delicious! Cheers!

Also covered: 5 dollar words, Stephanie’s Italian language bootcamp, Tux’s cross country road trip with his best friend, home-schooling, our mutual love of Gladwell’s Revisionist History podcast, and Thomas Edison loving current so much he should marry it.

Stephanie’s scandal explores the surprisingly racist and anti-semitic roots of square dancing.
This Square Dancing Conspiracy Goes Deeper Than You Think
The State Folk Dance Conspiracy: Fabricating a National Folk Dance
America’s Wholesome Square Dancing Tradition is a Tool of White Supremacy Ford's Anti-Semitism
How Did Country Music Become so White? Blame Henry Ford's War on Jazz
Henry Ford
Henry Ford Plotted To Destroy Black, Jewish Jazz With Country Music
The Great Square Dance Conspiracy
Moral Licensing: How Being Good Can Make You Bad
Journal Article : Square Dance Calling: The African-American Connection
Senator Robert Byrd and the Ku Klux Klan
Wiki - Robert Byrd
National Folk Dance

Tux’s scandal sheds light on an infamous prison burial ground.
Wiki - Assassination of William McKinley
Burial of Leon Czolgosz, Quicklime and Sulphuric Acid
State Says Bones Found in Auburn Backyard in July Were Inmate Remains
Assassin of Former United States President Likely Buried in Auburn Inmate Burial Ground
Auburn prison mystery: Where is the body of McKinley's assassin?
McKINLEY, William--ASSASSINATION.] CZOLGOSZ, Leon F. (1873-1901), Assassin
Bones Unearthed in Finger Lakes Backyard Are Those of Long-Dead Inmates
McKinley’s assassin is executed, Oct. 29, 1901
Bones found in Auburn backyard

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Your Voting Stories: Minisode 2

We’re back with another minisode to read YOUR thoughts and stories on a subject near and dear to our hearts: VOTING!

With the help of our listeners, we discuss getting teens & young people interested in voting, election conspiracy theories, what Texas was like before the midterms, voting at the grocery store in Nevada, compulsory voting & preferential voting in Australia, and the likelihood of voting more often with easier access to polling places.

Thank you guys so so so very much for reaching out to us with these amazing stories and thoughts. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate it, and how good it makes us feel to know there are so many people out there who feel just as strongly about voting as we do.

Honestly. It means so much to us.

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To prepare for our next minisode, we also announce next month’s subject, and ask you to write in with your thoughts and stories on that subject.

Our idea is that to move forward as a nation into a less racist future, we need to face and confront our racist past in a much more real way. While stories of slavery and segregation are taught to young people in schools, it often seems that those subjects are whitewashed, glossed over, or rushed through, because as a nation we’re uncomfortable with the horrors of our past. We believe that really facing that part of our history, through our education system, could do some real good when it comes to beginning to heal the wounds of racism in the future, and we’d love to hear your thoughts on that.

Please listen to the episode and drop us a line by Saturday, December 15th. We’ll read as many of the responses as we can on minisode 3 next month!

You can send us a voice memo or email us at BeyondReproachPod@gmail.com, or feel free to slip into our DMs if you're feeling cheeky. Just be sure to get those responses back to us no later than 12/15.

We can’t wait to hear from you!!!

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Episode 4: The Most Damnable Outrage

This episode we talk about Stephanie’s serial dating habits and the reason she wants to go on a dating detox. We also get into dating apps, dating in New York, and vacation dating.

We also discuss our super boozy episode cocktail that we dubbed the whiskey snow cone, which Teddy Roosevelt loved to throw back while also claiming he never drank.

Also covered: Catcalling and toxic masculinity, the WPA’s unpublished “America Eats” manuscript, the White House china, admitting and correcting our frequent mistakes, exotic White House pets, “dog parents” vs “fur babies”, Pete (or Peatrice) the squirrel, & “Hamilton” as therapy.

Tux’s scandal is about that one time that Teddy Roosevelt ate in the same room as Booker T. Washington and all hell broke loose.
The First African American Invited to Dinner at the White House
Wiki - Booker T. Washington dinner at the White House
Booker T. Washington's White House Dinner
Booker T. Washington & Theodore Roosevelt's Explosive Dinner
Booker T. Washington Dines with Theodore Roosevelt, Americans Outraged
Theodore Roosevelt’s Controversial Dinner With Booker T. Washington
Teddy Roosevelt's 'Shocking' Dinner With Washington
The Underside of the Welcome Mat
Teddy Roosevelt Invited Booker T. Washington to The White House And America Lost Its F*cking Mind
“I shall have him to dine as often as I please” – The time when Roosevelt invited African-American educator Booker T. Washington to a dinner at the White House
Booker T. Washington's Dinner with President Theodore Roosevelt

Stephanie’s scandal is a deep dive into to the brief and wondrous life of Laddie Boy Harding.
Donald Trump could be first US President in nearly 130 years not to have a pet dog in the White House
White House Pets (1889-1953)
Laddie Boy
Laddie Boy – Warren Harding’s Faithful Airedale Terrier
Laddie Boy, Warren Harding’s Dog
Thief takes dog collar from Harding ome
Warren Harding’s Pete

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VOTE VOTE VOTE Y'ALL : Minisode 1

In direct response to your insatiable hunger for us, we are back with a very topical minisode about something near and dear to our hearts: VOTING!

In this episode you’ll learn the reasons we think voting is important, and we’ll discuss some of the various voting systems in the US and abroad. We’ve decided to forgo our beloved scandals in our minisodes, because the main reason we’re doing these is to get your feedback and input!

We are “curious” (read: “nosey”) people and we’d love to hear from you on the subjects we hold dear. We want to know know your thoughts on and involvement in the voting process. ::insert iconic Uncle Sam finger-wagging propaganda::

If you have thoughts on the voting process or interesting stories about voting experiences you’ve had, please listen to the episode and drop us a line by Saturday November 10th. We’ll read the best responses for all our listeners on the minisode next month!

You can send us a voice memo or email us at BeyondReproachPod@gmail.com, or feel free to slip into our DMs if you're feeling cheeky. Just be sure to get those responses back to us no later than 11/10.
We can’t wait to hear from you!!!

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Episode 3: The Origins of Fake News

Episode 3 : Origins of Fake News / Creeper of the House

This episode we apologize for being the chatty drunk history nerds we were in the last episode. We reflect on the dry nature of our childhood history classes that mistakenly led us to believe we hated a subject that we clearly love enough to create a podcast about.

This episode we learn about the spicy port-based episode cocktail, trendy in the late 1700s and how it relates to Stephanie’s scandal. This drink is just in time for autumn! Side note: you’re welcome!

Also covered: Milk punches, Stephanie’s bae Lin-Manuel Miranda, My Favorite Murder, Tux’s shameful disregard for Broadway musicals and Ohio-based scandals.

Stephanie’s scandal explores the birth of negative campaigning and fake news.
Adams vs. Jefferson: The Birth of Negative Campaigning in the U.S.
Founding Fathers' dirty campaign
The Dirtiest Presidential Campaign Ever? Not Even Close!
The Election of 1800: A Model of Crazy, Dirty Campaigning
Wiki- United States presidential election, 1800
Wiki- John Adams
1796 Presidential Election
Wiki - Whiskey Rebellion
John Adams Outlaws Fake News in 1798 – and Dooms His Presidency
The Revolution of 1800: The Presidential Election that Tested the United States

Tux’s scandal centers on the sex crimes of Dennis Hastert. (Warning to listeners: This episode, and the following links, contain information about sexual assault.)
Dennis Hastert's federal prison sentence ends, but lawsuits still loom
Dennis Hastert released from prison but still faces sex-offender treatment
On supervised release, Hastert faces new restrictions on porn, contact with minors
WHO BROKE CONGRESS? DENNIS HASTERT, FORMER SPEAKER, BREAKS TWO-YEAR SILENCE TO DENY ROLE IN GRIDLOCK
Wiki - Dennis Hastert
Dennis Hastert Fast Facts
Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert can't be alone with children, judge rules
What the Dennis Hastert Documents Reveal About Sexual Abuse Allegations
Dennis Hastert Wants Sex-Abuse Accuser to Return Hush Money
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert Transferred Out Of Prison
Dennis Hastert, Ex-House Speaker Who Admitted Sex Abuse, Leaves Prison
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v John Dennis Hastert
Ex-speaker Dennis Hastert released from federal prison
Judge sentences former U.S. House speaker Dennis Hastert to 15 months in federal prison
Dennis Hastert Countersues Assault Victim to Pay Back Hush Money

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Episode 2: The First Presidential F*ckboy

Episode 2 : First Presidential F*ckboy

This episode we learn about the Panamanian origins of our very boozy, yet very deliciously tropical episode cocktail and how it ties into Tux’s scandal. Gin-drenched banter ensues in the retelling of our stories! There are many twists, turns, and tangents --prepare yourself for a scandalous ride!

Also covered: Stephanie’s life underneath a rock, Tux’s conflicted thoughts on being a food blogger, chilluns, vintage panties, and BDE.

Tux’s scandal is about the construction of Panama and its Canal.
Remembering the history of the Panama Canal
Pre-Canal History
The following are two sub-chapters out of Michael L. Conniff's book, "Black Labor on a White Canal - Panama, 1904 - 1981"
Wiki- Panama Canal
Wiki- Panama Scandals
Wiki- Separation of Panama from Colombia
Four things you should know about the Panama Canal's turbulent past
The Silver and Gold Roll on the Panama Canal Zone
Wiki- The United States Invasion of Panama

Stephanie’s scandal is about Warren G. Harding and his favorite pastime.
Wiki- Warren G. Harding
The Letters That Warren G. Harding's Family Didn't Want You To See
The steamy tale of a President, his mistress and torrid love letters – but not the one you think
Wiki- Carrie Fulton Phillips
The Ohio Gang: The World of Warren G. Harding
Divorce and the Presidency
Warren Harding marries Florence Mabel Kling DeWolfe
10 Hilarious Quotes From Warren G. Harding's Love Letters To His Mistresses
America’s Horniest President
President Warren G. Harding's Love Letters To Mistress Carrie Phillips Are Nearly NSFW
President Harding’s steamy love letters with Carrie Phillips to go on display
Library of Congress > Digital Collections > Warren G. Harding-Carrie Fulton Phillips Correspondence
First Lady Biography: Florence Harding
The Library of Congress Releases Harding's Love Letters
Warren G. Harding
Presidential Scandals: The Affairs of Warren G. Harding
Urban Dictionary: Jumpoff
Before there was Slick Willie, there was Warren Harding
The President's Daughter (Britton book)
Warren G. Harding's Terrible Tenure
Sex in Central Park in Broad Daylight, Extortion — and a Presidential Love Child!
The Last Words of 38 Presidents

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