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John Dickerson of Slate’s Political Gabfest revisits a moment from the American carnival of politics. Hear about the grand speeches, emergency strategies, baby kissing, and backstabbing that make each presidential cycle so fascinating.

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John Dickerson of Slate’s Political Gabfest revisits a moment from the American carnival of politics. Hear about the grand speeches, emergency strategies, baby kissing, and backstabbing that make each presidential cycle so fascinating.

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Fun politics/history podcast

By Bort B. III - Aug 15 2019
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Fun politics/history podcast

Missed attribution

By Bankinglaw1 - May 23 2019
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Latest episode says that marketplace is an npr program. It's an APM program

iTunes Ratings

1308 Ratings
Average Ratings
1187
67
19
19
16

Fun politics/history podcast

By Bort B. III - Aug 15 2019
Read more
Fun politics/history podcast

Missed attribution

By Bankinglaw1 - May 23 2019
Read more
Latest episode says that marketplace is an npr program. It's an APM program

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Whistlestop: Presidential History and Trivia

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John Dickerson of Slate’s Political Gabfest revisits a moment from the American carnival of politics. Hear about the grand speeches, emergency strategies, baby kissing, and backstabbing that make each presidential cycle so fascinating.

Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate

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Whistlestop presents a preview of Slow Burn, an eight-episode miniseries about Watergate. 

People called her crazy, and to be fair she must have seemed crazy. But she was onto something. How Martha Mitchell, the celebrity wife of one of Nixon’s closest henchmen, tried to blow the whistle on Watergate—and ended up ruining her life.

Find out more at slate.com/slowburn

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Dec 27 2017

24mins

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The Making of the American Presidency (Part 1)

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This episode of Whistlestop travels to the spring of 1787 when fifty-five men of property and elite status argued in Philadelphia at the Constitutional Convention for what President John Adams called  "the greatest single effort of national deliberation that the world has ever seen,” and soon the American Presidency was born.

Whistlestop is Slate's podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email: whistlestop@slate.com

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson. 

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Feb 14 2019

26mins

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Roosevelt v. The Gorgon

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This episode of Whistlestop travels back to Feb 22, 1902, as Theodore Roosevelt prepares to receive the unhappy company of angry executives hoping to strong-arm the White House into ignoring their monopolies.

Show Notes: The elitist men’s club, the Corsair Club, was reviewed by The New York TImes in 1913. 

Whistlestop is Slate's podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email: whistlestop@slate.com

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.

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May 02 2018

37mins

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The Making of the American Presidency (Part 2)

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This episode of Whistlestop travels to June 1st, 1787 when America’s founders faced a challenge: the nation couldn’t depend on the good will of the states to keep itself unified but there wasn’t a mandate for new rules to be made either.

Whistlestop is Slate's podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

Love Slate podcasts?

Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email: whistlestop@slate.com. 

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson. 

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Feb 27 2019

36mins

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Stand Up for America

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In 1968, Alabama governor George Wallace appealed to segregationists and blue collar workers during his presidential bid as a third-party candidate. Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastsplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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Apr 12 2016

46mins

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If a Wall Falls

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This episode of Whistlestop travels back to November 9, 1989, when East and West Berliners took sledgehammers to the Berlin Wall and President H.W. George Bush refrained from making grandiose statements about American-style Democracy.

Whistlestop is Slate's podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email: whistlestop@slate.com

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson

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Dec 12 2018

47mins

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The Inauguration of the People's President

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Whistlestop takes a journey to 1829 and the inauguration of President Andrew Jackson, the people's President.

Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about political

history. Hosted by our political correspondent and Political

Gabfest panelist John

Dickerson, each installment will revisit a

memorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America's Presidential carnival.

Podcast

production and edit by Jocelyn Frank.Research by

Brian Rosenwald.

Love Slate

podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus

segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your

two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email:

whistlestop@slate.com

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Jan 11 2017

53mins

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Debategate

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Whistlestop host John Dickerson revisits October 28, 1980 and the lies, blame and competitive advantage that were swirling around during the Carter-Reagan Debategate scandal.

Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential

campaign history. Hosted by our political correspondent and Political

Gabfest panelist John

Dickerson, each installment will revisit a

memorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America's quadrennial

carnival.

Podcast

production and edit by Jocelyn Frank.Research by

Brian Rosenwald.

Love Slate

podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus

segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your

two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email:

whistlestop@slate.com

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Oct 19 2016

45mins

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Recording from the Oval

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This episode of Whistlestop travels back to February 1971 when President Nixon asks his Chief of Staff if they can record conversations in the Oval Office for posterity.

Whistlestop is Slate's podcast about presidential history. Hosted by political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable (or even forgotten) moments from America's Presidential carnival.

Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank.Research by Brian Rosenwald.

Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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May 17 2017

45mins

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Harry S. Truman's Battles with the Bosses

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Host John Dickerson visits May 24, 1946 and President Harry S. Truman's challenges to labor bosses and his action-hero-style presidency.

Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential

campaign history. Hosted by our political correspondent and Political

Gabfest panelist John

Dickerson, each installment will revisit a

memorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America's quadrennial

carnival.

Podcast

production and edit by Jocelyn Frank.Research by

Brian Rosenwald.

Love Slate

podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus

segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your

two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email:

whistlestop@slate.com

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Dec 14 2016

46mins

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October Surprise, the 1964 Edition

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With this Whistlestop John Dickerson revisits October 7, 1964 and the October surprise of the Johnson-Goldwater Presidential race.

Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential

campaign history. Hosted by our political correspondent and Political

Gabfest panelist John

Dickerson, each installment will revisit a

memorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America's quadrennial

carnival.

Podcast

production and edit by Jocelyn Frank.Research by

Brian Rosenwald.

Love Slate

podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus

segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your

two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email:

whistlestop@slate.com

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Nov 02 2016

49mins

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Goldwater’s Contested Convention

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In this episode of Slate's podcast about campaign history, John Dickerson explains how, despite the efforts of many establishment Republicans, Sen. Barry Goldwater clinched the GOP nomination for president in 1964. Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastsplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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Mar 23 2016

33mins

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Oliver North Master Crafter of the Political Lie

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This episode of Whistlestop travels back to October 5, 1986 when an American plane went down as it was carrying arms to "Contra" guerrillas fighting the communist regime in Nicaragua and the lies about the Iran Contra affair flared up.

Whistlestop is Slate's podcast about presidential history. Hosted by political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable (or even forgotten) moments from America's Presidential carnival.

Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.

Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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Jun 01 2017

56mins

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Loyalty Tests and The Bridge of Death

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This episode of Whistlestop revisits July 1979 when President Carter prepared to cut a number of his cabinet members free and start afresh. 

Whistlestop is Slate's podcast about presidential history. Hosted by political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable (or even forgotten) moments from America's Presidential carnival.

Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.

Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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Jul 26 2017

46mins

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Keep Your Attack Dog Fed

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One thing Jefferson and Hamilton could agree on: they hated James Callender. The scandalmonger journalist uncovered the first two great sex scandals of the early Republic and helped Jefferson win the election of 1800.  

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Jul 27 2016

57mins

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The Making of the American Presidency (Part 3)

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This episode of Whistlestop travels to March 4, 2019 when Senator Rand Paul quoted from Montesquieu on Twitter: “When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person or in the same body of magistrates, there can be no liberty.” A statement that helped guide the founders towards a valuable separation of power.

Whistlestop is Slate's podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

Love Slate podcasts?

Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email: whistlestop@slate.com. 

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson. 

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Mar 13 2019

40mins

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Goldwater v. Fact Magazine

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John Dickerson tells the tale of the 1960's battle of Barry Goldwater versus Fact Magazine.

Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential

campaign history. Hosted by our political correspondent and Political

Gabfest panelist John

Dickerson, each installment will revisit a

memorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America's quadrennial

carnival.

Podcast

production and edit by Jocelyn Frank.Research by

Brian Rosenwald.

Love Slate

podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus

segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your

two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email:

whistlestop@slate.com

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Sep 07 2016

49mins

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Andrew Jackson: The Dangerous Candidate

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Andrew Jackson and Donald Trump cut from the same cloth?

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Aug 17 2016

49mins

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Foreign Collusion and the Dragon Lady

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Whistlestop is Slate's podcast about presidential history. Hosted by John Dickerson, each installment revisits a memorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America's past.

Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank.Research by Brian Rosenwald.

Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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Jul 12 2017

40mins

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Steely Executive Orders from Presidents Truman and Trump

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This Whistlestop visits April 24, 1952 when President Truman's executive powers are challenged by the courts.

Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable (or even forgotten) moments from America’s presidential carnival.

Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.

Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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Feb 22 2017

53mins

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The Presidency as a Consumer Experience (Part 2)

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This episode of Whistlestop travels to October 19, 2016 as Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, the defeated GOP aspirant for the presidency, is asking his party not to play by the modern rules of politics.

Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

Love Slate podcasts?Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email: whistlestop@slate.com. 

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. 

Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson. 

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Aug 28 2019

45mins

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The Presidency as a Consumer Experience (Part 1)

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This episode of Whistlestop travels to October 12, 2012 when Democratic candidate Barack Obama was declared the loser at the first Presidential debate against Mitt Romney and Twitter won.

Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

Love Slate podcasts?

Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email: whistlestop@slate.com. 

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. 

Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson. 

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Jun 06 2019

29mins

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Avoiding A Great Re-Recession

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This episode of Whistlestop travels to March 12, 2008 as President George W. Bush goes over the text of his speech to address the financial crisis in the housing market and Treasury Secretary Paulson makes a warning that becomes an unfortunately accurate prediction.

Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

Love Slate podcasts?

Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email: whistlestop@slate.com. 

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson. 

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May 23 2019

44mins

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Introducing Charged: A True Punishment Story

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For two and a half years, Emily Bazelon has been following people through a special court in New York designed to be a speedy machine for the harsh punishment of illegal gun possession. Along the way, a strange thing happened — the politics outside the courtroom started to change when a new generation of activists and insiders began challenging the old system the gun court was part of. Season 1 of Slate Presents brought you the story of Ruby Ridge, and Season 2 brings you a fight to transform one big-city justice system.

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Apr 18 2019

29mins

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The Making of the American Presidency (Part 4)

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This episode of Whistlestop travels to December 23, 1783 when the commander in chief of the Continental Army sat before the president of the Confederation Congress and prepared to step away from the job. 

Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

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Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email: whistlestop@slate.com. 

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson. 

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Mar 27 2019

1hr 1min

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The Making of the American Presidency (Part 3)

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This episode of Whistlestop travels to March 4, 2019 when Senator Rand Paul quoted from Montesquieu on Twitter: “When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person or in the same body of magistrates, there can be no liberty.” A statement that helped guide the founders towards a valuable separation of power.

Whistlestop is Slate's podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

Love Slate podcasts?

Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email: whistlestop@slate.com. 

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson. 

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Mar 13 2019

40mins

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The Making of the American Presidency (Part 2)

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This episode of Whistlestop travels to June 1st, 1787 when America’s founders faced a challenge: the nation couldn’t depend on the good will of the states to keep itself unified but there wasn’t a mandate for new rules to be made either.

Whistlestop is Slate's podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

Love Slate podcasts?

Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email: whistlestop@slate.com. 

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson. 

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Feb 27 2019

36mins

Play

The Making of the American Presidency (Part 1)

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This episode of Whistlestop travels to the spring of 1787 when fifty-five men of property and elite status argued in Philadelphia at the Constitutional Convention for what President John Adams called  "the greatest single effort of national deliberation that the world has ever seen,” and soon the American Presidency was born.

Whistlestop is Slate's podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email: whistlestop@slate.com

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson. 

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Feb 14 2019

26mins

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A ’90s-Style Government Shutdown (Part 2)

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This episode of Whistlestop travels to November 7, 1995, when a long and uncomfortable plane ride helped fire up Speaker Gingrich to deliver a dramatic set of budget demands that President Bill Clinton did not expect.

Whistlestop is Slate's podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email: whistlestop@slate.com

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson. 

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Jan 30 2019

31mins

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A ‘90’s Style Government Shutdown (Part 1)

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This episode of Whistlestop travels to April 1995 as President Bill Clinton and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich battle to define American democracy.

Whistlestop is Slate's podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email: whistlestop@slate.com

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson. 

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Jan 16 2019

33mins

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If a Wall Falls

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This episode of Whistlestop travels back to November 9, 1989, when East and West Berliners took sledgehammers to the Berlin Wall and President H.W. George Bush refrained from making grandiose statements about American-style Democracy.

Whistlestop is Slate's podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email: whistlestop@slate.com

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson

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Dec 12 2018

47mins

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Tip and the Gip Part 2, Social Security

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This episode of Whistlestop travels back to December 16, 1981 when President Ronald Reagan signs Executive Order 12335, creating the National Commission on Social Security Reform.

Whistlestop is Slate's podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

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Email: whistlestop@slate.com

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson

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Nov 28 2018

49mins

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Tip and the Gip Part 1

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This episode of Whistlestop visits 1981 when Republican President Ronald Reagan, after surviving an assassination attempt, received a warm visit from the Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill.

Whistlestop is Slate's podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email: whistlestop@slate.com

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson

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Nov 14 2018

48mins

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Doing the Midterm Shuffle

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This episode of Whistlestop visits 1982, 1986, 1994, 2006 and 2010 when former sitting U.S. Presidents all scrambled to respond to displeasing midterm election results. 

Whistlestop is Slate's podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email: whistlestop@slate.com

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson

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Oct 31 2018

46mins

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Taking Aim at the New Guy

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This episode of Whistlestop travels back to October 18, 1938 when former President Hoover picked on the new President with gusto. Many U.S. Presidents to follow were also publicly critical of the new one in office.

Whistlestop is Slate's podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email: whistlestop@slate.com

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson

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Oct 03 2018

26mins

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The Nomination of Judge Bork Part 2

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This episode of Whistlestop travels back to September 15, 1987 and into the Senate Caucus Room where Associate Justice Designee Robert Bork begins his five days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Whistlestop is Slate's podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

Email: whistlestop@slate.com

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald with help from Elizabeth Hinson. Engineering by Allen Peng.

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Sep 05 2018

50mins

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Special Re-Air: John McCain's Surprise 2000 Primary Win in New Hampshire

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With John McCain's passing, we are republishing this episode about John McCain's surprise win in the 2000 New Hampshire Republican primary. 

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Aug 26 2018

40mins

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The Bidding of Biden to Boo Bork

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This episode of Whistlestop travels back to June 26, 1987, when President Reagan learned that the swing vote Justice on the Supreme Court, Justice Lewis Powell, was going to step down and so a judicial nomination would be due.

Whistlestop is Slate's podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.

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Email: whistlestop@slate.com

Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald with help from Elizabeth Hinson.

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Aug 22 2018

40mins

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Whistlestop Presents: Slow Burn

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With John Dickerson out on vacation, we're here to bring you something special: Slow Burn. In each episode of this hit Slate podcast, host Leon Neyfakh excavates the strange subplots and forgotten characters of recent political history—and finds surprising parallels to the present. Season 1 of Slow Burn captured what it felt like to live through Watergate; Season 2 does the same with the saga of Bill Clinton’s impeachment. Subscribe to Slow Burn here

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Aug 08 2018

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Kennedy and Communism (Part 3)

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This episode of Whistlestop travels back to June 1961, in the aftermath of President John F. Kennedy’s meeting Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in Vienna.

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Jul 25 2018

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