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Episode 15:
Presidente Walker

Jul 16, 2009

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That’s “Running Thoughts,” by Deerhoof up top followed by a chopped up, “I’m Still Your Fag” by Broken Social Scene. Two Psapp cuts (King Kong and Chapter). And then “E. Jupiter,” by Jersey Turnpike. (Jersey Turnpike make their second appearance in two episodes).

Best thing I read about Walker? A book called “Fillibusters and Financiers: The Story of William Walker and His Associates” by Walter Oscar Scroggs, written in 1916. Thank you Google Books.

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5 Comments on Presidente Walker

  1. Ben says:

    I wait for these every week. These stories remind me of a mashup of This American Life and an audio version of James Burke’s Connections. Thanks for doing this.

  2. jordan says:

    loved it. reminded me of a more benign character, emperor norton of california.

  3. Ken C says:

    I first heard of William Walker on vacation to Costa Rica. According to our naturalist guide, it’s a big part of their history involving the US but I’d wager that few of us have ever heard of him.

  4. John Walker says:

    Very interesting Podcast and just shows you how crazy the times were back then. As William Walker is my great-great-great Uncle and who my great grandfather, grandfather and Dad are named for it is interesting to hear about as my family in Virginia and Tennessee at the time and half of them were Union and the other Confederate, so a house truly divided. Something interesting is that Henry T. Titus fought with Walker in Nicaragua and then later founded the town of Titusville, FL. I was born there and my grandfather was the mayor so it all comes full circle. I LOVE HISTORY!

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