October Surprise: Fact or Fiction? - The World Is Weird 3

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Episode 15 | October Surprise: Fact or Fiction? - The World Is Weird 3

Host: Derek DeWitt

Is it commonplace for a big event that sways things to happen in presidential election years in the U.S? Maybe. We'll look at the 18 "October Surprises" in US presidential electoral history, encountering smear attempts, false charges, false claims, outright lies, political chaos, boozing, racism, homophobia, financial collapse brought about by unchecked rampant greed and really bad weather brought about by terminal shortsightedness and the politicization of literally everything. Sort of a greatest hits of the very worst things America expresses.

SECTIONS

  1. 03:33 - WHAT DID I MISS? THE REVOLUTION OF 1800 - Adams (Federalist) vs. Jefferson (Democratic-Republican)
  2. 05:25 - "ELECTORAL FRAUD" IN 1840 - Van Buren (Democratic) vs. Harrison (Whig)
  3. 07:29 - THE CHINESE LETTER OF 1880 - Garfield (Republican) vs. Hancock (Democratic)
  4. 09:10 - 1884: DRUNKEN PAPISTS & SLAVEHOLDERS - Cleveland (Democratic) vs. Blaine (Republican)
  5. 10:25 - 1912: TOO MANY COOKS - Taft (Republican) vs. T. Roosevelt (Progressive - Bull Moose) vs. Debs [Socialist] vs. Wilson (Democratic)
  6. 13:32 - 1920: RACE ENTERS THE RACE - Harding (Republican) vs. Cox (Democratic)
  7. 16:17 - 1940: RACE KEEPS ON RACING - F. Roosevelt (Democratic) vs. Willkie (Republican)
  8. 17:49 - 1956: SURPRISE FROM ABROAD - Eisenhower (Republican) vs. Stevenson (Democratic)
  9. 20:01 - 1964: THE WORLD MAKES NOISE AGAIN - Johnson (Democratic) vs. Goldwater (Republican)
  10. 22:02 - 1968: TIT FOR TAT - Humphrey (Democratic) vs. Nixon (Republican) vs. Wallace (Independent)
  11. 24:12 - 1972: PEACE IS AT HAND - Nixon (Republican) vs. McGovern (Democratic)
  12. 26:33 - 1980: THE ORIGIN OF THE TERM "OCTOBER SURPRISE" - Carter (Democratic) vs. Reagan (Republican)
  13. 32:53 - 1992: LIARS & WAFFLES - G. H. W. Bush (Republican) vs. B. Clinton (Democratic) vs. Perot (Independent)
  14. 34:24 - 2000: ONE FOR THE ROAD - G. W. Bush (Republican) vs. Gore (Democratic)
  15. 36:43 - 2004: THE BUSH BOUNCE - G. W. Bush (Republican) vs. Kerry (Democratic)
  16. 38:23 - 2008: AUNTIE O. & THE GFC - Obama (Democratic) vs. McCain (Republican)
  17. 40:44 - 2012: STORM & SLANDER - Obama (Democratic) vs. Romney (Republican)
  18. 42:38 - Does It Really Matter?
  19. 43:22 - 2016: ANATOMY & EMAILS - Trump (Republican) vs. H. Clinton (Democratic)
  20. 46:49 - The News Likes the Idea of an October Surprise. Also, VOTE, DAMMIT.
  • Music by Fanette Ronjat
  • Guest vocal by Cinna Bantegnie Ronjat at 34:24 & 36:43

PREVIOUS WORLD IS WEIRD: Mass Hysteria

Referenced in this episode: Episode 05 | 44 for 44 - The Obama Conspiracies (Thanks, Obama!)

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