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What a Hell of a Way to Die

Jan 20, 2022

This week, Francis speaks with writer Jonathan M. Katz (@KatzOnEarth) about his new book “Gangsters of Capitalism: Smedley Butler, the Marines, and the Making and Breaking of America's Empire.” We learn about Butler’s participation in the Spanish-American War (and in just about every other early-20th century imperial conflict), his exposure of an attempted fascist coup, and his role in subjugating Haiti. In this book, Katz follows in Butler’s footsteps across Central America piecing together the history of the man, the war zones, and the American politics driving them forward.


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This week's bonus features Nate and Francis discussing a variety of things: the 1990 film Ghost and why the hell demons terrified Nate as a small child, his discomfort around bees, Francis's tips on keeping mice out of your house, and a segment of relationship advice directed at straight cis guys involving all the ways we learned to transcend being dirtbag guys in our 20s. Get it on Patreon here:


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