Alternative History Podcast

Alternative History Podcast Podcast

Brian and Rodrigo discuss pop culture topics that may not have had an optimal result or may be misunderstood. In this podcast we hope to find beautiful stories about the things that connect us as a society, movies, music, sports, tv, books...Oh, who are we kidding? This podcast is just a ruse for us to talk about things we like and attempt to right the wrongs of history one episode at a time!

Episode 27: Assault on Precinct 13
Because the assaults on precincts one through twelve proved wholly uneventful, John Carpenter started with Assault on Precinct 13. Made in 1976 for just around $11,000.00 (which is $11,000 more than the budget for this podcast) the original quickly became a cult classic. In 2005, (aka the year of the remake of 1976 movies, e.g. King Kong, The Fog, The Bad News Bears) the movie was remade with Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne. Come join us for our last episode of the season as we discuss both movies, expla...

Episode 26: Public Restrooms
Whether you do it in an open field, a body of water, in a pot, in the morning or at night, at work or play, in a diaper while sitting in your brother’s bed, or in a litter box and blame it on the cat, everybody poops. From the Ancient Romans to our current public restrooms, we discuss the history of the public restroom, along with the shame some of us feel while doing our duty in public. Should there be any shame doing something we all do, and should there be exclusivity in regard to which bathroom you can ...

Episode 25: 2014 Green Bay Packers
The Fall of Troy, The Battle of Waterloo, Custer’s Last Stand, and Hillary’s loss in the 2016 Presidential Election. All crushing defeats. But, if you live in the state of Wisconsin, they all pale in comparison to the 2014 NFC Championship Game, where our beloved Green Bay Packers took a crippling loss to the Seattle Seahawks after blowing a 16-0 halftime lead, and losing a chance for a trip to the Super Bowl. Played on January 18, 2015 the game pitted Green Bay’s top scoring offense vs. Seattle’s vaunted d...


Episode 24: Santa Claus
Oh, you better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why…no, that’s not a quote from our top review on iTunes, it’s lyrics from the classic Christmas song, Santa Claus is Coming to Town. Although, not everyone believes that Santa is coming to town. On this episode we get to the bottom of whether or not Santa Claus is real. Have parents all over the world been perpetrating the greatest ruse the world has ever seen on unsuspecting children, or is there a Jolly Old Elf, equipped w...

Episode 23: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Are you not entertained? Yes? Wait, yes as in you are not entertained, or yes as in you are entertained? Never mind, it’s a rhetorical question. Here’s a question that’s not rhetorical: Is Gladiator a better movie than Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? The Academy Award voters in 2001 thought so (but they also thought Shakespeare in Love is better than Saving Private Ryan, so what the hell do they know?). Both movies came out in 2000, and both deal with warriors seeking revenge, but while Gladiator murders it...

Throwback Episode 3: Thanksgiving Turkey
While you are spending the day turning Tom the Turkey into a delicious centerpiece for your Thanksgiving feast, listen on how the turkey became the ultimate symbol of Thanksgiving (hint: Sarah Josepha Hale, and the fact that turkey goes well with gravy). This is an updated version of a previous episode, so after you have stuff yourself into a new waist size, and are barely holding on to consciousness, enjoy our left over…um, throwback episode on Thanksgiving and turkeys. Happy Thanksgiving! ...


Episode 22: Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) by The Delfonics
Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time) is not only what this podcast does to you with every episode, but is also the name of one of the best songs every recorded by The Delfonics. But, did you know that it didn’t win the 1971 Grammy for best record? No, you didn’t, because unless you are music nerd like Rodrigo, you don’t care who wins the Grammy for best record, but we are here to tell you why you should care. America in 1970 was coming off two very tumultuous years filled with war, protests, a presidential e...

Throwback Episode 2: 1998 Minnesota Vikings
In anticipation of the upcoming NFL season (and due to Brian's lousy back), please enjoy this throwback episode of the 1998 Minnesota Vikings, quite possibly the greatest team to never win a Super Bowl (other every Green Bay Packer team that hasn't won a Super Bowl, except for the 80's, the Packers sucked in the 80's). So, sit back, take a knee, lay down, or whatever you do to relax, and enjoy this episode and the NFL season! ...

Episode 21: Last Man Standing
Way back in 2017, ABC dared to air a sitcom with a grumpy Dad who espoused the value of hard work, personal responsibility, and family values, (no, we're not talking about The Goldberg's, or Fresh of the Boat, or Black-ish, or come to think of it just about every sitcom on ABC) that show was Last Man Standing starring Tim Allen. Running from 2011 to 2017 Last Man Standing followed the trials and tribulations of Mike Baxter, just your run of the mill, hardworking, misunderstood white male, trying to make sen...


Episode 20: North American Soccer League (NASL)
1968 was a watershed year for the United States of America in many ways. We were in the midst of the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon was voted the next president of the United States, the incomparable Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, Robert F. Kennedy's murder dealt another tragic blow to one of America's greatest political families, there were riots in Washington, D.C., Detroit, and Chicago, and with the burden of all that on America's shoulders someone had the temerity to start the North American Socce...

Episode 19: Bonnie and Clyde
In 1967 Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde, starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, was released and changed the way American movies were made. Influenced by the French cinema new wave movement, Bonnie and Clyde was a movie unlike any American audiences and critics had seen, and it showed in the bad reviews and lack of box office. Then came famed movie critic Pauline Kael and her glowing review, and box office and Oscar nominations followed...but very few wins. Bonnie and Clyde, which influenced the style and ...

Throwback Episode 1: 1982 Brazil - FIFA World Cup Edition
With the FIFA World Cup starting today in Mother Russia (and to give us time to watch the matches) we here at the Alternative History Podcast thought you would enjoy a throwback episode of the 1982 Men's Brazil National Team and their quest to win the World Cup. Here's a hint, if we are talking about them it didn't end well. Rodrigo and Brian address the Alternative History curse, and clean up the vulgarities in this new and approved for all ages version of Episode 4. Enjoy! ...


Episode 18: SEARS
Imagine a place, regardless of your physical location, where you could browse or buy just about every conceivable product you would need for your household, and even more products you don't need, but just want. The internet, you say? Amazon, you say? Well, before the internet and Amazon, there was the railway and the Sears catalog! Sears and their catalog became a mainstay in American life starting in the tail end of the 19th Century all the way until 1993 when publication of the main Sears catalog was disc...

Episode 17: The 1973-74 Milwaukee Bucks
While the current Milwaukee Bucks are attempting to Own the Future, the Milwaukee Bucks of the early 1970's owned the past. Led by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (yes, he played for the Milwaukee Bucks!) and Oscar "Big O" Robertson the Milwaukee Bucks of the early 70's were a dominate team that culminated with the 1970-71 NBA Championship. The 1973-74 Milwaukee Bucks saw the same core from the 1970-71 championship team return to face the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. In what would be a classic 7 game series, the B...

Episode 16: On the Road
A weeks-long, boozed soaked, Benzedrine crazed, smoked-filled literary journey across the United States, (no, we're not describing a typical Tuesday for Brian), Jack Kerouac's seminal Beat Generation novel, On the Road, was published on September 5, 1957 and changed the way people wrote and lived...and may have helped usher in the Hippie Movement of the 60's. Jack Kerouac wrote in a new, exciting way he called spontaneous prose (some say our podcast uses a similar haphazard style, but with lesser results), ...


Episode 15: The Simpsons
So it's come to this: a Simpsons podcast episode. The Simpsons debuted as a full series on Fox on December 17, 1989, and 29 seasons, 629 episodes, and 1 movie have lead up to this: a couple of podcasting chuckle heads discussing the Simpsons flashback episodes. With the episode The Way We Was The Simpsons established a time line for the family history, starting with Marge and Homer meeting and falling in love in 1974, but much like Brian's kids have done to his dignity, they shat all over that established c...

Episode 14: Inglourious Basterds
We here at the Alturnative Hisstory Podcast hate us some Nazis (especially Illinois Nazis). Not enough to make a movie about various ways to murder Nazis, but enough to talk about a movie about various ways to kill Nazis. Inglourious Basterds is Quentin Tarantino's seventh movie released on August 21, 2009 and gives an alternative history on how World War 2 ended (here's a hint: it involves Hitler's head and lots and lots of bullets, blood, and fire). Brian delves deeper into the murky waters of his unrequi...

Episode 13: Star Trek's The City on the Edge of Forever
Podcast's Log, Pod-date Episode 13, the hosts of Alternative History Podcast are endeavoring on a journey back to 1967, to a time when Beatles ruled the landscape, a King was leading the charge for equality, and a Vulcan graced the small screen. Star Trek's seminal episode, The City on the Edge of Forever, was first broadcast on April 6, 1967 on NBC, long before Star Wars, borderline incestuous sibling relationships, or "Last" Jedi. In this episode Captain Kirk is faced with an unfathomable dilemma, save th...


Episode 12: Die Hard
If you think of killing a high rise tower full of terrorists-thieves when you think of Christmas we have the episode for you! Die Hard was released on July 20, 1988 in the middle of peak summer action movie season and has been copied and mimicked by action movies since, except for the one major exception: Christmas!! Since Die Hard was released it has become must viewing for many during the Christmas holiday season, but is it a Christmas movie? In this episode Rodrigo is awestruck by John McClane's accuracy...

Episode 11: 1998 Minnesota Vikings
There is a thin line between love and hate, and Rodrigo and Brian are habitual line steppers. That is why a couple of life long Green Bay Packer Fans are discussing the 1998 Minnesota Vikings. The 1998 Minnesota Vikings were an offensive juggernaut the likes the NFL had never seen, scoring almost at will with an unrelenting passing attack led by rookie wide receiver Randy Moss. Unfortunately, after two years of perfection by kicker Gary Anderson, the only part of the game that actually requires a foot to ba...

Episode 10: Thanksgiving Turkey
Every year tens of millions of turkeys make the ultimate sacrifice so you can get 7% off 600 thread count, gunmetal gray bed sheets you've been eying for a while because they are the only ones that match those duvet covers you bought last Thanksgiving, and so you can eat turkey on the fourth Thursday of November. Well, it didn't used to be that way, it didn't used to be that way at all. Starting in the 1830's, the remarkable Sarah Josepha Hale, dubbed "The Godmother of Thanksgiving" helped to normalize the ...


Episode 9: The Dark Knight
The first Batman movie not to use the Batman moniker, The Dark Knight was released on July 18, 2008 to rave reviews, rabid fandom, and world wide riches. To most it was the definitive Batman movie, to Rodrigo and Brian, it was sublime. Which is why they were so upset it was not nominated for a Best Picture Oscar in the 2009 Academy Awards. Rodrigo explains how he is the only human alive that was frightened by the Batman 1966 movie, and Brian describes how The Joker's fighting style is much like the fighting...

Episode 8: Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy
If you had an appetite for destruction in the late 80's, were fond of lies, used your illusion, and got into any spaghetti incidents? in the early 90's, you were most likely a fan of Guns N' Roses. And if you were eagerly awaiting the Chinese democracy, well, you probably grew up and moved on. But not Rodrigo and Brian, they kept the flame lit (mostly Rodrigo). Guns N' Roses were the quintessential rock n' roll band, played loud music, did tons of drugs, dated strippers, refused to use proper conjunctions.....

Episode 7: My So-Called Life
Jordan Catalano and Angela sitting in a tree, K I S S I N G...oh, wait, that's just Brian Krakow in the tree, reading a book with a flashlight as any normal, non-creepy teenager would do. My So-Called Life was an hour long drama on ABC that ran from 1994 to 1995, and was canceled after only one season, but should it have been? The show picked up a cult following after it was canceled. Two members of that cult are Rodrigo and Brian. Rodrigo and Brian explain how they tried to be Jordan Catalano in high schoo...


Episode 6: Clowns
Halloween is just around the corner, and so is the creepy clown that has been stalking your neighborhood and peeping in your windows! Clowns have been around since the pharaohs needed a good laugh, but are they inherently scary? Rodrigo thinks so and has the mental scars to prove it, while Brian terrorizes him with his extensive Clown knowledge. Come check out Episode 6, if your coulrophobia will let you. ...

Episode 5: Waterworld
In a world covered completely in water, the last best hope of earth is...Kevin Costner with gills! Waterworld was released on July 28, 1995 after a much publicized production filled with sinking sets, lack of bathrooms, a ballooning budget, and rumors of digital hairlines. The movie is remembered as a flop, but was it really? Brian and Rodrigo discuss if history got it wrong and if Waterworld got a bad rap. Rodrigo expresses his fondness for all or nothing sci-fi, and Brian wonders aloud how you could be di...

Episode 4: 1982 Men's Brazil National Soccer Team
So the mighty soccer juggernaut Trinidad and Tobago just prevented the United States Men's Soccer team from qualifying for the World Cup, but fear not. Even the best country in the history of soccer has failed...but in the actual World Cup, and they are thought of as possibility one of the best teams ever. Play beautiful and lose, or play ugly and win. That was the dilemma facing the the 1982 Men's Brazil National Soccer team in the World Cup. They played a fan friendly, entertaining game, but Italy done go...


Episode 3: 1982 Milwaukee Brewers
The Milwaukee Brewers may have just missed out on the wildcard this year, but it doesn't mean Milwaukee is going without playoff baseball...The 1982 Milwaukee Brewers lost the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals in a tense seven game series dubbed, "The Suds Series". Rodrigo and Brian examine their hometown 1982 Brewers and their post season exploits to determine if this was travesty of sports history, or if they are just sore losers. Hall of fame players, statistical anomalies, pornstaches that were no...

Episode 2: ...And Justice for All
Metallica lost the 1989 Grammy for Hard Rock/Metal Performance to...Jethro Tull? Brian and Rod discuss this travesty of musical history and determine if the result should have been different. Brian expresses his fondness for ripped up jeans and tight shirts, and Rodrigo shows his disdain for all things Rush. For all this and more listen to Episode 2! P.S. Apologies for the audio quality on this one...you might have to turn your speakers up to 11, and then maybe back down to 10 after the first 15 minutes or ...

Episode 1: The Jazz Singer
The first episode! Did you know The Jazz Singer was not nominated for a Best Picture Oscar? Brian and Rodrigo discuss if this was a crime against history. Brian reveals a deep, dark secret and 'splains how a Broadway show works. Rodrigo reveals his love for singers who "feel" it. Listen to find out all this and more! (NSFW...or children) The Jazz Singer (1927) $3.99 ...