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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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Thank You, John Dickerson

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Lots of stuff about American presidents I never knew, presented with humor and erudition.

iTunes Ratings

1256 Ratings
Average Ratings
1142
65
18
17
14

Missed attribution

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

Thank You, John Dickerson

By Annbury - May 07 2019
Read more
Lots of stuff about American presidents I never knew, presented with humor and erudition.
Cover image of Whistlestop: Presidential History and Trivia

Whistlestop: Presidential History and Trivia

Updated 9 days ago

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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.

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
24 mins
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Rank #2: 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
33 mins
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Rank #3: 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
26 mins
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Rank #4: 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
29 mins
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Rank #5: Hurrah and Hokum

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John Dickerson remembers the election of 1840, when both Whigs and Democrats turned out record numbers of voters by appealing to the raw emotions of their followers. 

Please let us know what you think of Whistlestop. Our email is whistlestop@slate.com.

Subscribe to our podcast here. You can find past episodes of our show here.

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Podcast production by Tony Field.

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Dec 16 2015
36 mins
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Rank #6: 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
37 mins
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Rank #7: Fighting the Wimp Factor

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John Dickerson remembers the presidential campaign of 1988, when George Bush’s handlers worked from a playbook known as “The Hazards of Duke” to spin Michael Dukakis as soft on crime, weak on defense, and generally out of touch.

Please let us know what you think of Whistlestop. Our email is: whistlestop@slate.com. You can subscribe to our podcast here. All past episodes of our show can be found here

Whistlestop is sponsored by The Great Courses, now offering 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.

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Dec 02 2015
42 mins
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Rank #8: The Dean Scream

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After a meteoric rise to the top of the polls, Howard Dean’s presidential bid fizzled in 2004, following his infamous speech in Iowa. On this episode, John Dickerson explains why the seeds of the campaign’s demise were present from its very beginning.

Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential campaign history. Hosted by our political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment revisits a memorable (though sometimes forgotten) moment from America’s quadrennial carnival. This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website today at Squarespace.com. Enter order code WHISTLESTOP at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace—Build it Beautiful.

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We’d love to hear what you think of Whistlestop. Our email is whistlestop@slate.com.

Podcast production by Tony Field.

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Jan 27 2016
44 mins
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Rank #9: 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
40 mins
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Rank #10: 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
57 mins
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Rank #11: Feeling Your Pain

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In this episode of Slate's podcast about campaign history, John Dickerson remembers the 1992 presidential debate, in which candidate Bill Clinton convinced Americans that he really cared… about them. 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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Oct 14 2015
46 mins
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Rank #12: 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.
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 21 2016
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #13: 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
49 mins
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Rank #14: Reagan's Nashua Moment

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In the inaugural episode of Slate's bite-sized podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson returns to the New Hampshire debate that electrified Ronald Reagan's race for the White House in 1980. 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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Feb 23 2015
15 mins
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Rank #15: We Want Willkie

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In a shocker, the GOP nominates a businessman who only the year before had been a registered Democrat. John Dickerson explains how the affable Indiana utility executive rose to clinch the nomination at the last minute.

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Jul 13 2016
54 mins
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Rank #16: The Lighthearted Leanings of Leadership

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This episode of Whistlestop travels back to April 30, 2011 when President Obama stepped up to the podium at the White House Correspondents' Dinner to deliver a dig and dig for a laugh.

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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Apr 19 2018
29 mins
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Rank #17: 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
32 mins
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Rank #18: 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
36 mins
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Rank #19: 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
49 mins
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Rank #20: Ted Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, and the Battle of the Robot Rule

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In this episode of Slate's podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson concludes the tale of the 1980 Democratic primary fight between challenger Ted Kennedy and incumbent President Jimmy Carter. Whistlestop is sponsored by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. Casper mattresses come with free delivery and returns within a 100-day period. Right now, get 50 dollars toward any mattress by visiting Casper.com/whistlestop and using the promo code 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 02 2015
50 mins
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