Episode #510

News Items

    Science or Fiction

    • Item #1 Science

      Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel while Burr was the sitting Vice President under Jefferson, making Burr the only Vice President to be a hunted fugitive.

    • Item #2 Science

      Andrew Jackson was the target of the first presidential assassination attempt, which he survived because of the unlikely misfiring of two pistols.

    • Item #3 Fiction

      During his presidency Thomas Jefferson proposed a formal alliance with England to resolve their differences, but was opposed by the Federalists, partly leading to the war of 1812.

    Skeptical Quote of the Week.

    ‘His argument is as thin as the homeopathic soup that was made by boiling the shadow of a pigeon that had been starved to death.’ - Abraham Lincoln, 1858