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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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.


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?

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