The American History Podcast

A Program Of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities


National Lampoon

Millions of Americans tuned in on August 6 to watch Jon Stewart’s last episode behind the anchor desk on The Daily Show. His 16-year run on the show helped usher in a new generation of satirists, including former correspondents Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and John Oliver. In honor of Stewart’s satirical legacy, Brian, Ed, and Peter are recalling how satire has played throughout American history. From songs mocking the redcoats during the American Revolution, to the political cartoons that helped decide a presidential election, to the biting social commentary of the Harlem Renaissance, the Guys explore how satire has both critiqued and shaped American society for generations.

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