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Informative, thought provoking, and engaging, This American President is a history podcast that delves into the lives and legacies of the men who have occupied the White House. Each episode immerses you in an era of history by examining the life of an U.S. President. Hosted by Richard Lim and produced by Michael Neal, This American President will challenge the way you look at U.S. history.

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Informative, thought provoking, and engaging, This American President is a history podcast that delves into the lives and legacies of the men who have occupied the White House. Each episode immerses you in an era of history by examining the life of an U.S. President. Hosted by Richard Lim and produced by Michael Neal, This American President will challenge the way you look at U.S. history.

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Great podcast

By stormville - Jan 15 2020
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I like this podcast a lot. Richard Lim is an excellent historian and narrator. Highly recommended.

Need more!!!

By his_mrs_aup - Jan 02 2020
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Need more episodes! Loved these!!

iTunes Ratings

175 Ratings
Average Ratings
154
9
7
4
1

Great podcast

By stormville - Jan 15 2020
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I like this podcast a lot. Richard Lim is an excellent historian and narrator. Highly recommended.

Need more!!!

By his_mrs_aup - Jan 02 2020
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Need more episodes! Loved these!!
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This American President

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Informative, thought provoking, and engaging, This American President is a history podcast that delves into the lives and legacies of the men who have occupied the White House. Each episode immerses you in an era of history by examining the life of an U.S. President. Hosted by Richard Lim and produced by Michael Neal, This American President will challenge the way you look at U.S. history.

Rank #1: 3: Fake News and Nasty Men (1876 Election)

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Historians have often noted that our Founding Fathers didn’t like democracy. Our second president, John Adams, once said, “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” Our fourth president, James Madison, wrote, “Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.”

The election of 1876 would prove to be one of the greatest tests of American democracy. Learn about this pivotal moment in American history in this episode of This American President.

If you want to learn more about today’s episode, check out the book Fraud of the Century: Rutherford B. Hayes, Samuel Tilden, and the Stolen Election of 1876 by Roy Morris Jr and By One Vote: The Disputed Presidential Election of 1876  by Michael Holt.

May 16 2017

1hr 10mins

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Rank #2: 5: The Inscrutable Man Part I (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

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If we were to do an episode on the entire life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, it would have to be at least a 12 hour series. Instead, we will focus on a short period of his life that is one of the most fascinating—the end of it. This isn’t the FDR of the famous 100 days—the one who captivated the nation by the sheer power of his strength and charisma. Instead, this is the FDR who, after years of leading the nation through depression and war, found himself physically exhausted, racing against his own mortality to build his vision for a new world.

The final photograph of President Franklin D. Roosevelt – taken at Warm Springs, Georgia on April 11, 1945 – the day before his death.

By then he believed he was working to save the world from future catastrophe. What we will find is a man who appeared to remain the master politician, mentally still at the top of his game, orchestrating events from behind-the-scenes. But those abilities were put to their greatest test when he faced an agonizing dilemma in the realm of world politics—whether to pursue that vision of a new world at the expense of our deepest values and in cooperation with one of the greatest mass murderers in all of history. And all the while, he was physically at his weakest point and was hiding a secret from the American people—a secret that exposed his country to great risk at a critical time. This is the FDR—whose actions were both inspiring and unsettling—who we will explore in this episode of This American President.

Show Notes

If you want to learn more about today’s episode, check out the book His Final Battle: The Last months of Franklin Roosevelt by Joseph Lelyveld, Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt by H W Brands, and American Dreamer: A Life of Henry A Wallace by John C Culver and John Hyde.

President Roosevelt, Vice President-elect Truman and Vice President Wallace, November 10, 1944, after the Democratic ticket’s election victory.

Jun 27 2017

1hr 17mins

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Rank #3: 9: The Art of the Steal (Thomas Jefferson)

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There is one event, in particular, that we will focus on in this episode. It’s an event of critical importance to our country and the world; without which we may never have become a world power. It’s a story that challenges our historical bias towards inevitability and the very meaning of what it means to be an American. It involves four of our presidents, all of whom played indispensable roles in this story. It involves a great deal of trickery, deception, and spur-of-the-moment decisions. And it’s a story with enormous implications for the world today. That story, the Louisiana Purchase, is the subject of this episode of This American President.

Dec 05 2017

1hr 42mins

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Rank #4: 10: The Great American Conqueror Part I (James K. Polk)

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In this episode we continue the theme of expansion in early America, telling the story of the Mexican-American War and the president who, though largely forgotten and little understood, remains a giant in the annals of American history.

Mar 21 2018

1hr 19mins

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Rank #5: 16: A Gulf of Civil Horror (George Washington)

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For over 200 years, the US military has subordinated itself to civilian authority. But in 1783, that authority was challenged. This is the story of how George Washington restored that civilian rule and saved the young republic.

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Jun 15 2019

1hr 39mins

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Rank #6: 4: Peggy Grande on President Reagan

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This week on This American President we interview author, public speaker, and former executive assistant to President Ronald Reagan, Peggy Grande. Peggy recently wrote a book titled The President Will See You Now: My Stories and Lessons from Ronald Reagan’s Final Years. It’s a wonderful book about her time serving President and Mrs. Reagan and how she and her family became very close with them. To find out more, please visit peggygrande.com and order her book.

Peggy Grande and President Ronald Reagan

Jun 06 2017

1hr 9mins

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Rank #7: 8: The Women Who Would Be President

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We just lived through the first election in which a woman won the nomination of a major political party to be President of the United States and came close to being elected. To many, this was a sign of major progress . In fact, there are more women today in American government than ever before. But despite the fact that women have had the right to vote for almost a century and the fact that they consist of half of the country’s population, no woman has ever served as President of the United States.

But that doesn’t mean that no woman has ever tried. In fact, many actually have. When Hillary Clinton announced her runs for the presidency in 2008 and 2016, many people discussed the topic of a woman president—what it could mean and how it might play out. But I noticed that few, including those who hoped for a woman president, knew much about the history of women running for President or even knew their names. So, I decided to investigate. Since 1872, there are have been several dozen women who have run, almost all of them long shots with little chance of winning; but that doesn’t mean they weren’t important or interesting. And many of them achieved other firsts in American history. If so many people want a woman president, isn’t it worth knowing the story of how we got to where we are today?

This episode is not a comprehensive history of every woman candidate, but it will focus on those who made the biggest strides to put a woman in the White House: Victoria Woodhull, Margaret Chase Smith, Shirley Chisholm, and Edith Wilson. They were all strong-willed individuals who faced ridicule and resistance. And most of them, by virtue of their background, were unlikely figures in the annals of American history. Their stories—and their dream to attain the nation’s highest office—are the subjects of this episode of This American President.

Sep 26 2017

2hr 5mins

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Rank #8: 13: Will and Ted’s Imperial Adventure Part II (William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt)

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The Spanish-American War is at hand and America faces even more temptations towards imperialism in the Philippine-American War.

Feb 11 2019

1hr 58mins

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Rank #9: 12: Will and Ted’s Imperial Adventure Part I (William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt)

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Should republics build empires? William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt and the path to the Spanish–American War.

Oct 17 2018

1hr 23mins

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Rank #10: 6: The Inscrutable Man Part II (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

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In the first episode of this two-part series on FDR, we explored the man, his times, and the unusual circumstances surrounding the 1944 Democratic Convention. We discussed FDR’s legendary poker face, his deteriorating health, the fact that his doctor warned him that he couldn’t survive a fourth term, and his dream to create the United Nations; an organization he hoped would make future world wars impossible. We also discussed the Democratic Party bosses’ successful effort to remove Henry Wallace as Vice President from the ticket in 1944. But as we said earlier, big questions remained. Could the Allies secure a long-lasting peace in the postwar world? Could the United States work with the Soviet Union? Would the United Nations work? Could FDR achieve his vision despite his failing health? We will explore the answers to these questions on this episode of This American President.

Conference of the Big Three at Yalta makes final plans for the defeat of Germany. Here the “Big Three” sit on the patio together, Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Premier Josef Stalin. February 1945. (Army)

Support

We’re very excited what we are creating here at This American President, and want to continue bringing you more fascinating stories about American Presidents. Creating a podcast takes a lot of work: researching, writing, recording, editing, etc. When we started this podcast we made a goal of producing an episode every three weeks, and we’ve been successful for 6 episodes so far.

If you like what you’ve been hearing, we now have two ways for you to support our podcast: Patreon and Paypal. Patreon is a service that allows you to support content creators like podcasters, with any amount you choose. You can set up automatic payments that will only be sent when we release a new episode. You can also send one-time payments to our Paypal account.

We expect to continue producing episodes about every 3 weeks, mostly monologue stories featuring by host Richard Lim and occasional interviews with special guests.

Please visit our Patreon account at www.patreon.com/thisamericanpresident to support us regularly or our Paypal at www.paypal.me/thisamerpres to send us a one time payment.

We want to thank everyone for their support!

Show Notes

If you want to learn more about today’s episode, check out the book His Final Battle: The Last months of Franklin Roosevelt by Joseph Lelyveld, Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt by H W Brands, and American Dreamer: A Life of Henry A Wallace by John C Culver and John Hyde.

Jul 19 2017

1hr 5mins

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They were some of the most powerful men who’ve ever lived. They’ve waged war, forged peace, and altered the fates of billions of people. And yet they were just as human and as flawed as you and me. They were the presidents of the United States and are the subjects of the history podcast, This American President.

The power of the presidency is more than any one person can bear - and perhaps should bear - and yet Americans entrust that power to a single individual every four years. In each episode of This American President, we explore how flawed men have managed this awesome responsibility and sought to live up to ideals of the American experiment. And we examine what the lessons of history can teach us about our world today. 

This American President is a part of the Evergreen Podcast Network and is available on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Join me, your host Richard Lim, as I share stories and interview guests, revealing insights that will challenge the way you look at history.

Aug 02 2020

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22: On the Edge of Armageddon Part II (Dwight D. Eisenhower)

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Dwight D. Eisenhower, hardened by years of war, now seeks to lead American a decade of peace. But the logic of the Cold War forces him to go to the brink of nuclear destruction to attain it.

Jul 08 2020

1hr 47mins

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21: On the Edge of Armageddon Part I (Dwight D. Eisenhower)

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Few people today can recall the major events or accomplishments of Eisenhower’s presidency. To many, he is a mere transitional figure, the president who served during the stale and cookie cutter 1950s, between years of war under FDR and Truman and social upheaval under Kennedy and Johnson. But Eisenhower was no mere interlude. Like Truman, his presidency was one of crises—when American credibility and nuclear war were constantly at stake. Every decision he made involved the delicate balance of terror that could mean either peace or annihilation. How Eisenhower maintained that peace and avoided Armageddon is the subject of this episode of This American President.

Apr 16 2020

58mins

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Pandemics, Presidents, and Prophets

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Richard Lim and Joey Brown talk about the coronavirus pandemic, the 1918 flu, and life under lockdown.

Apr 15 2020

33mins

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20: The Power of the Universe Part II (Harry S. Truman)

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World War II was over and America and the world now looked to an era of peace. But new problems were on the horizon. The victorious allies were now forging a new world order, but couldn’t agree on what that order should look like. The world had suffered through two world wars and desperately feared a third one, especially now that the atomic genie was out of the bottle. How President Truman handled these challenges is the subject of this episode of This American President.

Back our Kickstarter for a podcast studio at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thisamerpres/podcast-studio-0?ref=20g1q0

Feb 29 2020

1hr 46mins

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Richard and Michael answer questions from listeners including the origin story of the podcast and what goes into making an episode. They also announce a Kickstarter Project to fund a podcast studio. To become a backer of our Kickstarter visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thisamerpres/podcast-studio-0

or search “This American President Podcast Studio” on Kickstarter.com.

Feb 03 2020

34mins

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19: The Power of the Universe Part I (Harry S. Truman)

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How did a haberdasher from Missouri end up changing the world? Upon FDR’s death, Harry Truman was thrust into the presidency in the middle of WWII. Soon he would face the hard decision of how to use the atomic bombs.

Harry S. Truman, April 19, 1945, one week after beginning his presidency.

Oct 24 2019

1hr 13mins

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18: Nigel Hamilton on FDR

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Interview with Nigel Hamilton regarding his new FDR book, War and Peace: FDR’s Final Odyssey: D-Day to Yalta, 1943–1945.

Sep 28 2019

1hr 11mins

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17: Apollo 11 Splashdown with Navy Frogman John Wolfram

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When John Wolfram joined the US Navy in 1967, he didn’t imagine he would become the first frogman in the water to rescue the Apollo 11 astronauts after the moon landing.

John tells us about the Apollo 11 rescue, serving in Vietnam, and his incredible life.

John Wolfram on top of Apollo 11 Command Module Columbia

Read more about John Wolfram’s life and ministry at www.johnwolfram.com

Jul 18 2019

43mins

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16: A Gulf of Civil Horror (George Washington)

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For over 200 years, the US military has subordinated itself to civilian authority. But in 1783, that authority was challenged. This is the story of how George Washington restored that civilian rule and saved the young republic.

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Jun 15 2019

1hr 39mins

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15: Presidential Fight Club with Scott Rank

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Scott Rank visits to discuss his podcast Presidential Fight Club, which seeks to answer the question “If all of the presidents fought each other one-on-one, who would win?”


Scott Michael Rank, Ph.D., is the editor of History on the Net and host of the History Unplugged podcast. A historian of the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey, he is a publisher of popular history, a podcaster, and online course creator.

May 09 2019

58mins

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14: Gen. Michael Hayden, Director of the NSA and CIA under George W. Bush

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Interview with General Michael Hayden, former Director of the NSA and CIA, on the dilemmas the Bush Administration faced in the War on Terror.

Mar 31 2019

1hr 8mins

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13: Will and Ted’s Imperial Adventure Part II (William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt)

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The Spanish-American War is at hand and America faces even more temptations towards imperialism in the Philippine-American War.

Feb 11 2019

1hr 58mins

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12: Will and Ted’s Imperial Adventure Part I (William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt)

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Should republics build empires? William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt and the path to the Spanish–American War.

Oct 17 2018

1hr 23mins

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11: The Great American Conqueror Part II (James K. Polk)

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In our last episode, we discussed President Polk’s unlikely rise to the White House and his success in annexing Texas and settling the Oregon territory. But by late April 1846, he was leading his nation to war with its southern neighbor, Mexico. As a former dark horse candidate with no military experience, many wondered whether Polk had what it took to win the war. And even more questioned whether Polk’s war was a just war. At stake were his presidency and the future of his country. The story of that war and its legacy for our nation is the subject of this episode of This American President, The Great American Conqueror Part II.

Jun 11 2018

1hr 5mins

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10: The Great American Conqueror Part I (James K. Polk)

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In this episode we continue the theme of expansion in early America, telling the story of the Mexican-American War and the president who, though largely forgotten and little understood, remains a giant in the annals of American history.

Mar 21 2018

1hr 19mins

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9: The Art of the Steal (Thomas Jefferson)

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There is one event, in particular, that we will focus on in this episode. It’s an event of critical importance to our country and the world; without which we may never have become a world power. It’s a story that challenges our historical bias towards inevitability and the very meaning of what it means to be an American. It involves four of our presidents, all of whom played indispensable roles in this story. It involves a great deal of trickery, deception, and spur-of-the-moment decisions. And it’s a story with enormous implications for the world today. That story, the Louisiana Purchase, is the subject of this episode of This American President.

Dec 05 2017

1hr 42mins

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8: The Women Who Would Be President

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We just lived through the first election in which a woman won the nomination of a major political party to be President of the United States and came close to being elected. To many, this was a sign of major progress . In fact, there are more women today in American government than ever before. But despite the fact that women have had the right to vote for almost a century and the fact that they consist of half of the country’s population, no woman has ever served as President of the United States.

But that doesn’t mean that no woman has ever tried. In fact, many actually have. When Hillary Clinton announced her runs for the presidency in 2008 and 2016, many people discussed the topic of a woman president—what it could mean and how it might play out. But I noticed that few, including those who hoped for a woman president, knew much about the history of women running for President or even knew their names. So, I decided to investigate. Since 1872, there are have been several dozen women who have run, almost all of them long shots with little chance of winning; but that doesn’t mean they weren’t important or interesting. And many of them achieved other firsts in American history. If so many people want a woman president, isn’t it worth knowing the story of how we got to where we are today?

This episode is not a comprehensive history of every woman candidate, but it will focus on those who made the biggest strides to put a woman in the White House: Victoria Woodhull, Margaret Chase Smith, Shirley Chisholm, and Edith Wilson. They were all strong-willed individuals who faced ridicule and resistance. And most of them, by virtue of their background, were unlikely figures in the annals of American history. Their stories—and their dream to attain the nation’s highest office—are the subjects of this episode of This American President.

Sep 26 2017

2hr 5mins

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7: Bob Knudsen on Photographing the President

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In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was a little-known politician running for president. In February of that year, he was in New York City to deliver a speech at the Cooper Union building. Just before his remarks, Lincoln stopped by the office of photographer Matthew Brady. There, Brady took a photo of Lincoln to mark the occasion of his speech. At Cooper Union, Lincoln then delivered a rousing address where he strongly opposed the extension of slavery. Within weeks, the photograph and the speech were printed in magazines and newspapers across the country. Although awkward and gangly in real life, the photo depicted Lincoln in a statesmanlike pose. This was the first time Americans were introduced to the obscure rail-splitter from Illinois. By the end of the year, Lincoln had won the presidency of the United States. Later, Lincoln said, “Brady and the Cooper Union speech made me President.”

Stories like these demonstrate the power that photographers have over us and over history. Sometimes, all we remember about a historical event or figure is a single image. Think about World War II in the Pacific and you might picture the famous image of soldiers putting up the flag on Iwo Jima.

But what about the person behind the camera? Who are they and what is it like to document history? How do you capture an iconic image? Well, we are pleased to have one such individual as our guest. His name is Bob Knudsen and he has taken thousands of photographs over the years of many prominent people. And his father, Robert Knudsen, was one of the first official White House photographers, serving six presidents and capturing many iconic moments. We will explore his and his father’s stories on this episode of This American President.

Check out Bob’s website www.robertknudsenphoto.com to see his and his father’s photos.

Aug 15 2017

1hr 14mins

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6: The Inscrutable Man Part II (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

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In the first episode of this two-part series on FDR, we explored the man, his times, and the unusual circumstances surrounding the 1944 Democratic Convention. We discussed FDR’s legendary poker face, his deteriorating health, the fact that his doctor warned him that he couldn’t survive a fourth term, and his dream to create the United Nations; an organization he hoped would make future world wars impossible. We also discussed the Democratic Party bosses’ successful effort to remove Henry Wallace as Vice President from the ticket in 1944. But as we said earlier, big questions remained. Could the Allies secure a long-lasting peace in the postwar world? Could the United States work with the Soviet Union? Would the United Nations work? Could FDR achieve his vision despite his failing health? We will explore the answers to these questions on this episode of This American President.

Conference of the Big Three at Yalta makes final plans for the defeat of Germany. Here the “Big Three” sit on the patio together, Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Premier Josef Stalin. February 1945. (Army)

Support

We’re very excited what we are creating here at This American President, and want to continue bringing you more fascinating stories about American Presidents. Creating a podcast takes a lot of work: researching, writing, recording, editing, etc. When we started this podcast we made a goal of producing an episode every three weeks, and we’ve been successful for 6 episodes so far.

If you like what you’ve been hearing, we now have two ways for you to support our podcast: Patreon and Paypal. Patreon is a service that allows you to support content creators like podcasters, with any amount you choose. You can set up automatic payments that will only be sent when we release a new episode. You can also send one-time payments to our Paypal account.

We expect to continue producing episodes about every 3 weeks, mostly monologue stories featuring by host Richard Lim and occasional interviews with special guests.

Please visit our Patreon account at www.patreon.com/thisamericanpresident to support us regularly or our Paypal at www.paypal.me/thisamerpres to send us a one time payment.

We want to thank everyone for their support!

Show Notes

If you want to learn more about today’s episode, check out the book His Final Battle: The Last months of Franklin Roosevelt by Joseph Lelyveld, Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt by H W Brands, and American Dreamer: A Life of Henry A Wallace by John C Culver and John Hyde.

Jul 19 2017

1hr 5mins

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iTunes Ratings

175 Ratings
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154
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1

Great podcast

By stormville - Jan 15 2020
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I like this podcast a lot. Richard Lim is an excellent historian and narrator. Highly recommended.

Need more!!!

By his_mrs_aup - Jan 02 2020
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Need more episodes! Loved these!!