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Adam Ruins the Wild West 

Adam reveals how prostitution - despite its reputation - actually helped settle the West. He then explains why the "All-American Cowboy" is a myth and that the real western hero wasn't a person; it was air conditioning.

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Matthew Pollock
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Episode credited cast:
David Atkinson ... Rancher
Bailey Axen ... Kid Leader
Greg Baldwin ... John Chapman / Frederic Bartholdi
Caleb Bark Caleb Bark ... Wyatt Earp
Steve Bethers ... New Hire Cowboy
Christopher Carroll Christopher Carroll ... French Big Wig
Jan MacKell Collins Jan MacKell Collins ... Herself (as Jan Mackell)
Adam Conover ... Adam
Dan Figueredo Dan Figueredo ... Himself
Roman Dean George ... Lone Kid
Peri Gilpin ... Miss Pearl
Johnny Glasser ... Homesteader
Adam Lustick ... Buffalo Bill
John Milhiser ... Barker
Brad Potts ... Sheriff
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Adam reveals how prostitution - despite its reputation - actually helped settle the West. He then explains why the "All-American Cowboy" is a myth and that the real western hero wasn't a person; it was air conditioning.

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Comedy

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TV-14
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6 December 2016 (USA) See more »

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Big Breakfast See more »
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In Demolition Man (1993) John Spartan says to Lelina Huxley, "the wild west wasn't even the wild west", making the same point, in one sentence that this episode makes. See more »

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Fast and loose with historical facts
24 September 2017 | by ahlstrom-31-880802See all my reviews

This episode on the North American West is one of the more inaccurate of this series. The point that cowboys didn't spend their time gun-fighting is a good one (much like knights and samurai didn't dual and joust all the time either -- they would have wiped one another out). Yet the vast majority of North American Indians were not killed by governments as stated in the show, but died of disease. The author of Guns, Germs and Steel estimates that over 95% died of disease during the 1700s and 1800s (Diamond, 1997). Massive government spending did not make the West either. The railroads were a minor part of the West's history, as was air conditioning. Adam shows the typical intellectual's bias toward easy-to-explain capital investment and government intervention in economic growth and development. And many of the citations provided in the show are newspaper and website citations. Economic history is a lot more complicated than a few newspaper articles and anti-growth biases make it seem.


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