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Rank #32 in History category

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The Washington Post's Presidential podcast explores how each former American president reached office, made decisions, handled crises and redefined the role of commander-in-chief. It was released leading up to up to Election Day 2016, starting with George Washington in week one and ending on week 44 with the president-elect. New special episodes in the countdown to the 2020 presidential election highlight other stories from U.S. presidential history that can help illuminate our current moment. Hosted by Lillian Cunningham, the series features Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers like David McCullough and Washington Post journalists like Bob Woodward. [When you're done, listen to Lillian's other historical podcasts: Constitutional and Moonrise]

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The Washington Post's Presidential podcast explores how each former American president reached office, made decisions, handled crises and redefined the role of commander-in-chief. It was released leading up to up to Election Day 2016, starting with George Washington in week one and ending on week 44 with the president-elect. New special episodes in the countdown to the 2020 presidential election highlight other stories from U.S. presidential history that can help illuminate our current moment. Hosted by Lillian Cunningham, the series features Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers like David McCullough and Washington Post journalists like Bob Woodward. [When you're done, listen to Lillian's other historical podcasts: Constitutional and Moonrise]

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Love it!

By joehattison - May 06 2020
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Such a great idea for a show!

Pretty fun!

By Scarecrowmonster - Apr 24 2020
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A great introduction to some fun facts about presidents.

iTunes Ratings

2624 Ratings
Average Ratings
1840
423
140
116
105

Love it!

By joehattison - May 06 2020
Read more
Such a great idea for a show!

Pretty fun!

By Scarecrowmonster - Apr 24 2020
Read more
A great introduction to some fun facts about presidents.
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Presidential

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The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: John Adams: The case of the missing monument

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In the second episode of Presidential, biographer David McCullough as well as noted art and architecture experts explore why there's no monument to John Adams in Washington, DC -- and how that omission shapes our sense of his legacy.

Jan 18 2016

33mins

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Rank #2: Thomas Jefferson: On food and freedom

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Jon Meacham and Annette Gordon-Reed are among the experts who take us through the best and worst of our third president's complex and controversial legacy.

Jan 25 2016

43mins

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Rank #3: James Madison: Burning down the house

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Though he's our first wartime president, James Madison is usually better remembered for his work on the Constitution rather than his time as commander-in-chief while the White House went up in flames. But maybe that's the wrong way to look at it.

Jan 31 2016

38mins

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Rank #4: Abraham Lincoln: His hand and his pen

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Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of 'Team of Rivals,' and Michelle Krowl of the Library of Congress guide us through Lincoln's love for language--and how his gift for writing and oratory became one of his greatest presidential leadership tools.

Apr 24 2016

55mins

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Rank #5: Theodore Roosevelt: Exuberance

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Biographer David McCullough and historian Michelle Krowl take us inside the wild, unstoppable dynamism of Teddy Roosevelt, whose energy and activism redefined the role of American president.

Jun 26 2016

42mins

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Rank #6: James Monroe: The Forrest Gump of presidents

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In the latest episode of Presidential, we look at our fifth president's knack for being present at famous moments in history.

Feb 07 2016

40mins

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Rank #7: Franklin D. Roosevelt: Through Eleanor's eyes

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Allida Black, editor of the Eleanor Roosevelt papers, along with FDR Library Director Paul Sparrow and White House speechwriter Sarada Peri, examine Franklin Roosevelt's leadership through the lens of the first lady's own contributions to his presidency.

Aug 07 2016

53mins

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Rank #8: Andrew Jackson: The violence, the fight

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Barbara Bair, Steve Inskeep and Jon Meacham examine the tragedy of Andrew Jackson's personal life, the brutality of his battles and his policies against Native Americans, and the conflict that makes up a dynamic democracy.

Feb 21 2016

46mins

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Rank #9: Ronald Reagan: Myths and truths

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Lou Cannon, biographer and senior White House correspondent for The Washington Post during President Reagan's administration, helps us separate the fact from fiction about who Ronald Reagan really was.

Oct 02 2016

43mins

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Rank #10: Ulysses S. Grant: Lover, fighter, writer

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Ulysses S. Grant's memoirs are considered the best ever written by a president. In this episode, Washington Post nonfiction book critic Carlos Lozada and biographer David Maraniss discuss what they found funny, touching and illuminating about the work.

May 08 2016

43mins

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Rank #11: Dwight D. Eisenhower: Covert action

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Stephen Kinzer, author of "The Brothers," and historian Will Hitchcock explore President Eisenhower's predilection for covert action--both in foreign affairs and in his own leadership style.

Aug 21 2016

51mins

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Rank #12: John F. Kennedy: We are all mortal

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Robert Dallek, Michael Beschloss and Fredrik Logevall--three major Kennedy historians and biographers--join us on this week's episode to talk about JFK and death. But not his assassination...

Aug 28 2016

47mins

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Rank #13: John Quincy Adams: The trait that broke a presidency

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We're about to witness how the inability to compromise can tank any hope of being an effective president.

Feb 14 2016

45mins

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Rank #14: Richard Nixon: Looking inward

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Bob Woodward, one of the Washington Post investigative reporters who helped uncover the Watergate scandal, examines what was at the heart of Richard Nixon's presidential downfall. The Washington Post's current executive editor, Marty Baron, joins as well.

Sep 11 2016

42mins

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Rank #15: Woodrow Wilson: A complicated legacy

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Racism, diplomacy, women's suffrage...historian John Milton Cooper and Woodrow Wilson House executive director Robert Enholm lead us through Wilson's complicated personal and presidential legacy.

Jul 11 2016

45mins

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Rank #16: James Buchanan: The bachelor and the bloodshed

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America is on the eve of civil war, and James Buchanan is alone in the White House as our first and only bachelor president. Historians Jean Baker and Jim Loewen, and The Washington Post's Jim Tankersley, explore the lack of personal and political union.

Apr 18 2016

39mins

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Rank #17: Rutherford B. Hayes: The most contested election

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How does a vicious, close and disputed election spill over into a presidency? We examine the razor-thin election results for Rutherford B. Hayes, and the equally fine line he then had to tread as president during the end of Reconstruction.

May 15 2016

43mins

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Rank #18: Andrew Johnson: Stitching up a torn country

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What kind of president can repair America's deepest divisions? Michelle Krowl of the Library of Congress walks us through Andrew Johnson's time in office right after the Civil War and sheds light on why he struggled to bring the country together.

May 02 2016

36mins

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Rank #19: Lyndon B. Johnson: Power

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The LBJ Presidential Library's director, Mark Updegrove, helps us examine how Johnson worked his will--at times darkly--to get some of the most transformative legislation of the 20th century through Congress.

Sep 04 2016

39mins

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Rank #20: Jimmy Carter: Keeping the faith

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Longtime Carter political adviser Pat Caddell, theologian and biographer Randall Balmer, and Washington Post reporter Robert Costa examine how Jimmy Carter's faith has shaped his leadership in and out of the White House.

Sep 25 2016

57mins

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