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!

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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!

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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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Episode 1: Schrock for Cock

Episode 1: Shrock for Cock

This episode, we introduce ourselves and let you know what you can expect from this podcast.

Beyond Reproach is a podcast about scandals and scandalousness in government and politics, and sometimes we’re pretty scandalous ourselves!

We discuss our working definition of “beyond reproach” and how it relates to the aim of the podcast. We chat about our nerves, the sound of our voices and the reason why all of our episodes will feature a vintage drink pairing. We learn about the origins of our delightfully old-timey episode cocktail- all the rage in the 1800s and how it ties into Stephanie’s scandal. This drink will be your late summer fav!

Also covered: newbie woes, Stephanie’s media blackout, disinformation, megalodons, and Tux’s food blog.

Stephanie’s scandal is the mountain formerly known as Mount McKinley.
McKinley no more: North America's tallest peak to be renamed Denali
Denali or McKinley? How a 19th century political ‘joke’ turned into a 119-year-long debate
Mt. McKinley Owes Its Name to an Epic Act of Trolling
Wiki : William McKinley
If not for a mountain, what is President McKinley’s legacy?
Denali–Mount McKinley naming dispute
3,000 Miles From Denali, Ohio Fumes Over Renaming of Mount McKinley
What's in a Name? Alaska Battles Ohio Over Title for Mt. McKinley; 'Belongs to All Americans' Change Sought Since 1975
Why Obama Changed Mount McKinley’s Name to Denali
Denali’s Name Change Upsets a Senator

Tux’s scandal is about the rise and fall of Edward Lee Shrock.
Va. Legislator Ends Bid for 3rd Term
Edward Schrock on the Issues
Gay Rumors Force Out Congressman
Antigay congressman Schrock retires over gay allegations
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart : This Week Injustice - Edward Schrock
Update: Schrock Audio Released
Edward L. Schrock
Old Rumors of Gay Sex Prove Powerful on Web
SCHROCK RETURNING TO D.C
Why I Outed Gay Republicans

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Introduction to Beyond Reproach

Beyond Reproach is a comedic history podcast about scandals and scandalousness in politics and government. We'll be coming soon to a podcast carrier near you, but for now, we thought it'd be fun to give you a little glimpse at our hosts.

In this first mini-episode the hosts give you a little teaser into their lives. Just to wet your whistle, you know? You'll learn who Stephanie and Tux are, and why you should you care! You'll find out where they come from, what they're doing with their lives, and what got them interested in history, politics, and scandals to begin with.

Actual episodes will follow so so soon, so please follow us on social media for updates, info, excitement, and release dates!

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Welcome to the Beyond Reproach Podcast!

Beyond Reproach is a comedic history podcast about scandals and scandalousness in politics and government. Each episode, hosts Stephanie & Tux explore the sordid stories of America's past, all while drinking heavily, talking too much, and generally making fools of themselves. They hope that these stories entertain you, teach you a thing or two, and maybe even draw parallels between the mistakes of the past and the quagmire that is American politics today.