Back in early June, The Dollop—a popular American history podcast—came to Wisconsin. More specifically, hosts/comedians Dave Anthony and Brown Deer native/diehard Packers fan Gareth Reynolds came to Turner Hall Ballroom right here in Milwaukee.
The Dollop is known to base live episodes on topics with at least some connection to the host cities, and Anthony (the historian and storyteller of the duo) did not disappoint with his chosen subjects for this Milwaukee installment. The podcast posted that live episode recording earlier this week. If you missed the June 3 show and you have any interest in local history, you’re going to want to hear this.
Basically, the episode is about the Milwaukee Police Station Bombing of 1917. Over the course of almost 90 minutes, the show chronicles the tumultuous history between Milwaukee Police and local anarchist groups, the bomb (which was left outside a church in the Third Ward and brought into a Milwaukee Police Station) that killed 10 people, and the questionable legal action that followed. Though it gets heavy at times and it doesn’t exactly cast, well…anybody, in a very favorable light, it’s extremely informative and the steady diet of characters and bits Reynolds employs throughout the episode are downright hilarious. Plus, Cactus Club and “Pepperoni Cannoli” get shoutouts! You can listen to it here (or anywhere else you get podcasts).
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