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Welcome Back, Blame-O-Meter

John Miller


The Bar Stool Historian returns, along with their blame-assigning technological marvel, the Blame-O-Meter 5000!

In this episode. we measure how much the phrase "Read my lips, no new taxes..." was to blame for George H. W. Bush's re-election failure.

Plus, Tim recalls his personal experiences of growing up in the bad-old days of crime-ridden NYC.


MacKinlay’s Shackleton Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

MacKinlay’s Shackleton Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

Sierra Nevada Hop Bullet Double IPA

Sierra Nevada Hop Bullet Double IPA


To get a sense of the grime, grit, and pervasive dread of 1991 NYC that Tim grew up within, check out this fascinating documentary gem about the freelance photo and video journalists who prowled the nighttime crime scene.

From 1985 until 2003 former New York Daily News photographer Joseph DeMaria ran V&P News Service. Armed with high quality video cameras, former Daily News photographers, police radios and "arrangements" with New York's finest, V&P New Service were often the first responders to many of the city's most lurid, grizzly and important news stories.

Forty (Not "Fourty")

John Miller

John, Tim and Ed kick off Bar Stool Season 2 with a celebration of our 40th birthdays.  Join us as we explore (and in Tim’s case, severely criticize) the mystical number  40 and its special place in history. 

Topics include:

  • The most meaningful events of the last 40 years (including the true story of when Tim and John met Mikhail Gorbachev.)
  • The Lykov family, who survived 40 years in the Siberian Wilderness without seeing another human.
  • WD-40
  • Japanese fanatical holdouts, possibly wearing diapers.
  • Out of nowhere swipes at New York Comic Con.
  • Yeti!!!!

(As you'd expect, the whole number 40 theme completely breaks down in a few points in the show. Wild tangents aplenty!)


Lagavulin 16

Brooklyn Defender IPA

Sam Adams Scotch Ale

Goose Island Winter Ale