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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.

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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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Very interesting

By Ncpalmat - Jan 03 2020
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John’s tells great stories in a unique way.

Fun politics/history podcast

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

iTunes Ratings

1317 Ratings
Average Ratings
1195
67
20
19
16

Very interesting

By Ncpalmat - Jan 03 2020
Read more
John’s tells great stories in a unique way.

Fun politics/history podcast

By Bort B. III - Aug 15 2019
Read more
Fun politics/history podcast
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Whistlestop: Presidential History and Trivia

Latest release on Aug 28, 2019

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: 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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Rank #2: 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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Rank #3: 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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Rank #4: 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.

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Jul 26 2017

46mins

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Rank #5: 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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Rank #6: 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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Rank #7: The Birth of Barack

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First stop is November 10, 2007, host John Dickerson outlines Barack Obama's ascension to the 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.

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podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus

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

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Sep 21 2016

1hr 6mins

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Rank #8: 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.

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Jul 12 2017

40mins

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Rank #9: 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.

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Jun 01 2017

56mins

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Rank #10: 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.

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May 17 2017

45mins

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Rank #11: The Biggest Debate Gaffe Ever

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In this episode of Slate's podcast about campaign history, political correspondent John Dickerson explains why 1976 ushered in the kind of presidential debates we see today. This week's show is sponsored by The Great Courses and its collection of lecture series geared toward business professionals, including Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory, How Conversation Works, Art of Public Speaking, and Influence: Mastering Life's Most Powerful Skill. Order any of these courses for just $9.95 by visiting thegreatcourses.com/whistlestop. 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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Sep 30 2015

40mins

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Rank #12: Lady Lincoln and the Leak

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This episode of Whistlestop revisits an era of mischievous accounting by first lady Mary Todd Lincoln and the work of a leaker who helped distract the press.

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.

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Jun 28 2017

33mins

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Rank #13: A Powerful Pardon

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This episode of Whistlestop revisits Sunday September 8, 1974 when President Ford announced his pardon of Richard Nixon.

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 14 2017

39mins

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Rank #14: 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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Rank #15: 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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Rank #16: JFK in West Virginia

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In this episode of Slate's podcast about campaign history, John Dickerson tells the story of JFK’s masterful counterattack in his 1960 primary campaign, in which he turned criticism of his faith into one of his greatest strengths.
This week's show is sponsored by The Great Courses, featuring the lecture series The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas. Order from eight of their best-selling courses at up to 80% of the original price by visiting thegreatcourses.com/whistlestop. 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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Nov 11 2015

34mins

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Rank #17: George Romney's "Ghetto Tour"

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In this episode of Slate's bite-sized podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson recalls Michigan Gov. George Romney's 1967 listening tour of America's most disadvantaged neighborhoods. Recommended for fans of Slate's Political Gabfest and American political history.
This week's show is sponsored by The Great Courses and its series "Turning Points in American History." Order it at 80% off the original price by visiting thegreatcourses.com/whistlestop.
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/podcastplus.
 

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Mar 04 2015

15mins

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Rank #18: The Straight Talk Express

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In this episode of Slate's podcast about campaign history, John Dickerson explains how retail politics won the day in the 2000 Republican primary in New Hampshire.

This week's This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website today at Squarespace.com. Enter the order code WHISTLESTOP at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace—Build it Beautiful.

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Feb 09 2016

43mins

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Rank #19: Donald Trump vs. Ross Perot

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In this episode of Slate's podcast about campaign history, political correspondent John Dickerson compares the presidential ambitions of two ego-driven billionaires. This week's show is sponsored by The Great Courses and its collection of lecture series geared toward business professionals, including Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory, How Conversation Works, Art of Public Speaking, and Influence: Mastering Life's Most Powerful Skill. Order any of these courses for just $9.95 by visiting thegreatcourses.com/whistlestop. 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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Sep 16 2015

32mins

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Rank #20: 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:

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Jan 11 2017

53mins

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