Weimar, He's Making Eyes at You

July 25 2021

Audio Recording

Programming note: If you missed today's audio episode of Steyn's Song of the Week on Serenade Radio, you can hear the re-run at either 5.30am Monday UK time (Monday afternoon in Oz) or 9pm Thursday UK time (Thursday afternoon in the Americas). Wherever you are on the planet, simply click the button at top right here.

In Mark's July edition of The Hundred Years Ago Show, peace breaks out in Ireland; the Government of the United States takes an unexpected interest in Afghanistan; China's nascent Communist Party has its first meeting relegated to a pleasure boat on a tourist lake; and the turbulent politics of post-imperial Germany seem to be working well for a charismatic public speaker.

Plus: The short lives of Interior Ministers; a record-breaking home run; an old diabetic dog tries a new trick called insulin; and President Harding and Thomas Edison are on the trail of the Lonesome Pine. Click above to listen.

The Hundred Years Ago Show began as a weekly feature of The Mark Steyn Show with Mark's "world news update" accompanied by some appropriate musical sounds from a century ago. It proved so popular that we now reprise it as a monthly omnibus version on the last Sunday of each month. And, as with our audio adventures, video poetry and musical specials, we've created a special Hundred Years Ago home page in handy Netflix-style tile format to enable you to set your time machine for the precise month you're in the mood for. (Club Members may access the transcript for this show here.)

The Hundred Years Ago Show is not exactly an escape from today's hell: As you know, Mark has long held that many of the problems that beset us arise from the aftermath of the Great War - whether very directly, from the creation of the modern Middle East, or more obliquely, from the catastrophic loss of civilizational self-confidence that followed the appalling carnage and from which we have never recovered. Thus many of the news stories of 1921 are reflected indirectly in the headlines ten decades later. But there are also many less freighted reports - of forgotten novelties and landmark inventions, of sporting and artistic triumphs, and the passing of the once famous.

The Hundred Years Ago Show is a special production of The Mark Steyn Club. As Mark always says, Club membership isn't for everyone, but if you're interested you can find more information here.

On a less historically freighted note, Steyn will be back later today with his (essay-version) Song of the Week and the latest episode of our current Tale for Our Time - Jack London's Burning Daylight. We hope you'll join him.