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This American President delves into the lives and legacies of U.S. presidents through long form stories and interviews. It will challenge the way you look at American history. Hosted by Richard Lim and produced by Michael Neal. Art by NipRogers.com.

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Parthenon Roundtable: Which Person Would You Eliminate From History? (And You Can’t Choose Hitler)
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Today is a group discussion in which the four guys that make up Parthenon Podcast Network (Steve Guerra from Beyond the Big Screen, Richard Lim from This American President, James Early from Key Battles of American History, and Scott Rank from History Unplugged) discuss a beloved hypothetical that our listeners have separately asked each of us many times: if you could eliminate one person from our timeline, who would it be? And sorry, Hitler is not an option. That choice is far too easy because the argument essentially makes itself. We put forward far more effort than that.
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Jan 05, 2022
Ronald Reagan's Address at Moscow State University | May 31, 1988
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On May 31, 1988, President Ronald Reagan delivered a speech to students at Moscow State University. While standing in the heart of a Soviet Union he once described as the "Evil Empire," President Reagan spoke about his optimism about a new era of peace and freedom around the world. During the speech, he also urged Russians to reject totalitarianism and embrace the opportunities offered by a new era of unprecedented technological change.
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Dec 23, 2021
Cold War | Ronald Reagan: The Voice in the Wilderness Part 3
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After entering office in 1981, Ronald Reagan insisted he wanted to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons. His critics scoffed at him, not believing he was sincere. In 1987, he stunned them by signing the INF Treaty with the Soviets, eliminating an entire class of nuclear weapons. In this episode, we cover how Reagan did just that and how his policies led to the end of the Cold War.
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Dec 16, 2021
Rebroadcast | George Washington: The First American Action Hero
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He might look like an old man on the one-dollar bill, but George Washington was once a bona fide action hero. This episode explores our first president’s legendary exploits during the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.
This is a rebroadcast of an episode originally published on 4/4/2017.
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Dec 01, 2021
The Last King of America with Andrew Roberts
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George III is known to history as the mad, tyrannical British king whose stubbornness and incompetence led to a humiliating defeat in the American Revolution. Renowned historian Andrew Roberts challenges that narrative in his new book, The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of George III. In this episode, we explore the enigmatic life of this consequential British monarch.
ANDREW ROBERTS
www.andrew-roberts.net/
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Nov 19, 2021
Fighting Misinformation with Sharon McMahon, America’s Government Teacher
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How do you combat political misinformation in the era of fake news and hyper-partisanship? With non-partisan facts according to Sharon McMahon. In this episode we talk to Sharon McMahon, a former high school government and law teacher who earned a reputation as "America’s Government Teacher" amidst the historic 2020 election proceedings for her viral efforts on Instagram to educate the general public on political misinformation. She is the host of the podcast "Sharon Says So".
SHARON MCMAHON
www.sharonmcmahon.com
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Nov 10, 2021
The Man Who Saved Ronald Reagan with Carolyn Parr
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On March 30, 1981, Secret Service agent Jerry Parr saved President Ronald Reagan's life during an assassination attempt in Washington, DC. By sheer coincidence, Jerry's wife Carolyn was working right across the street and witnessed the entire incident. In this episode, we interview Mrs. Parr about her and her late husband's experiences.
CAROLYN PARR
www.carolynmillerparr.com
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Nov 05, 2021
Ronald Reagan's Address on the Reykjavik Summit with Mikhail Gorbachev | October 13, 1986
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On October 13, 1986, President Ronald Reagan spoke to the American people on his recent summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland. During the speech, he discussed how close he and Gorbachev came to signing an agreement eliminating a large number of nuclear weapons and why he refused to give in to the Soviet leader's demands that he limit research on his Strategic Defense Initiative. Despite this stumbling block, Reagan conveyed his optimism that he and Gorbachev were working to create a more peaceful world.
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Oct 27, 2021
Cold War | Ronald Reagan: The Voice in the Wilderness Part 2
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When Ronald Reagan was elected president, his critics worried he would escalate the Cold War--maybe even provoke World War III. Reagan, however, was planning the exact opposite: yes, he wanted to defeat the Soviet Union but he had an audacious plan to work with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and abolish nuclear weapons from the face of the earth. In this episode, we discuss Reagan's bold vision and its impact on the world.
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Oct 21, 2021
The Making of Ronald Reagan with Paul Kengor
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When Ronald Reagan became president in 1981, he brought with him a mix of old-fashioned Midwestern values with the glitz and glamour of Golden Age Hollywood. In this episode, we interview Professor Paul Kengor about Reagan’s unique, yet quintessentially American background. Paul Kengor is an author and professor of political science at Grove City College, a private Christian liberal arts college in Grove City, Pennsylvania. He is the executive director of Institute for Faith and Freedom, a Grove City College conservative think tank/policy center.
PAUL KENGOR
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Sep 21, 2021
Ronald Reagan's "A Time for Choosing" Speech | October 27, 1964
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On October 27, 1964, in a speech supporting the Republican presidential nominee Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan speaks of big government, high taxation, and the "war on poverty." He addresses foreign policy issues including the risk of appeasement, "peace through strength," and the Vietnam War. The speech changed his life, establishing him as a rising star in the emerging conservative movement.
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Sep 16, 2021
The Disaster in Afghanistan: How We Got Here with Christopher Paul Meyer
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Over the past week, the world has seen and heard about horrible things coming out of Afghanistan. Decisions that were made in the White House over the past few administrations are now being scrutinized in light of these events, and as a podcast on presidents we wanted to provide some of that perspective given the news. To help to sift through all of this is Christopher Paul Meyer, a former Army intelligence soldier, recipient of a Bronze Star in Afghanistan, Artistic Director of Veterans Repertory Theater, and President of the Griesa Center for Veterans in the Arts.
CHRISTOPHER PAUL MEYER
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Aug 30, 2021
Cold War | Ronald Reagan: The Voice in the Wilderness Part 1
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“Ronald Reagan, the actor?!” exclaimed Doc Brown in the film Back to the Future when he learned that Ronald Reagan was President of the United States in 1985. Indeed, to many, the idea of the former B-movie actor as leader of the free world was an absurd idea. Few, however, would predict that this unlikeliest of presidents would alter the course of American history. In this episode, we cover Ronald Reagan’s rise to power and how he sought to do the unthinkable: win the Cold War and destroy Soviet communism forever.
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Aug 24, 2021
In the Arena: American Presidential Hopefuls with Peter Shea and Tom Maday
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Every four years, someone loses the election for president of the United States. What is it like to suffer such an epic defeat? What do you do with yourself after suffering heartbreak on the world stage? In this episode, we interview Peter Shea and Tom Maday on their new book, In the Arena: A History of American Presidential Hopefuls, to find answers to these questions. Along the way, we learn about the fascinating figures who sought the nation's highest office and, fairly or unfairly, are forever remembered for coming up short.
IN THE ARENA
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Jul 29, 2021
Richard Nixon's Address to the Nation Announcing His Resignation | August 8, 1974
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On August 8, 1974, President Nixon addressed the country to announce his resignation as President of the United States. In his address he concludes that it is evident he no longer has a strong enough political base in Congress to justify continuing his efforts to carry out his term. He acknowledges that the interests of the nation should come before personal considerations. He concedes that America needs a full-time President and full-time Congress and that it would be a distraction for him to continue as President. He ends by advocating for future peace among nations abroad and prosperity, justice, and opportunity for all at home. This is a part of a series of bonus episodes featuring full length presidential speeches.
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Jul 08, 2021
King Richard: Nixon and Watergate with Michael Dobbs
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In 1972, Richard Nixon was reelected as the 37th president in one of the greatest landslides in American history. Nixon had reached the pinnacle of his career yet this record breaking campaign had also planted the seeds of his spectacular downfall. That June, a group of operatives were arrested after a burglary into the Democratic National Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel. In time, it was revealed that these operatives were connected to Nixon's reelection campaign and that Nixon had personally conspired to cover up the entire affair. The Watergate scandal would consume Nixon's second term, and in the end he would resign in disgrace. In this episode, we interview Michael Dobbs, author of the new book King Richard: Nixon and Watergate--An American Tragedy.
MICHAEL DOBBS
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Jun 24, 2021
Richard Nixon's Remarks upon Returning from People's Republic of China | February 28, 1972
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On February 28, 1972, President Richard Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon were welcomed home by Vice President Spiro Agnew after landing at Andrews Air Force Base following the return of their historic trip to the People's Republic of China. China had been closed off for over two decades from the rest of the world and many saw them as espousing a radical version of communism, one that was even more dangerous than that espoused by the Soviet Union. Richard Nixon had risen to the presidency with the reputation as a stern anti-communist, and yet he became the first American president to visit the People's Republic of China. The former anti-communist firebrand now saw himself as a statesman who would usher in a new era of peace. He had said in his first inaugural address, that "the greatest honor history can bestow is that of peacemaker", and when Richard Nixon returned from China, he believed he had attained that very title. This is a part of a series of bonus episodes featuring full length presidential speeches.
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Jun 15, 2021
Cold War | Richard Nixon: His Own Worst Enemy Part 3
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When Richard Nixon took office in 1969, he sought nothing less than to remake American foreign policy. He sought to forge a new balance of power and earn a place among history’s greatest peacemakers. He would go on to monumental achievements, opening relations with China and signing treaties with the Soviet Union, but he would also suffer one of the greatest downfalls in modern history. In this episode, we cover his greatest triumphs and tragic end in the Watergate scandal.
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Jun 07, 2021
Photographic Presidents with Cara A. Finnegan
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Photography plays an indelible role in how we remember and define American presidents. Throughout history, presidents have actively participated in all aspects of photography, not only by sitting for photos but by taking and consuming them. In this episode, we interview Cara A. Finnegan on her newly released book Photographic Presidents: Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital. We discuss many iconic photos and the stories behind them, including the earliest photo of Abraham Lincoln, Richard Nixon's tense relationship with his photographer, and a curious story about photography's connection to George Washington.
CARA A. FINNEGAN
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May 18, 2021
Richard Nixon's "Silent Majority" Speech on the Vietnam War | November 3, 1969
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On November 3, 1969, Richard Nixon delivered this address to the nation on the war in Vietnam. In this speech he assures the American people that he is taking all necessary measures to push towards peace and end the Vietnam War. He does not advocate withdrawing troops, but instead negotiating peace. President Nixon remains sympathetic to the American call for peace but pushes forward with steadfast intention to end the war and ensure stability in South Vietnam, seeking the support of the great silent majority. This is a part of a series of bonus episodes featuring full length presidential speeches.
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May 12, 2021
Cold War | Richard Nixon: His Own Worst Enemy Part 2
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Richard Nixon entered office during one of the most tumultuous times in American history. And he had a bold agenda to remake his country’s foreign policy. For the first time, a new form of realism would dictate America’s Cold War strategy. The first test of this new worldview would occur in the jungles of Vietnam.
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May 06, 2021
Fan in Chief: Richard Nixon and American Sports with Nicholas Sarantakes
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Sports are as American as apple pie, yet even they have become a part of the political landscape. For decades, presidents have appeared at sporting events, and championship teams and gold medal winners have been invited to visit the White House. This wasn't always the case and you may be surprised to know that Richard Nixon was a pivotal figure in the nexus between American politics and sports. In this episode, we interview Nicholas Evan Sarantakes on his book, Fan in Chief: Richard Nixon and American Sports.
NICHOLAS EVAN SARANTAKES
www.sarantakes.com/
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Apr 26, 2021
Richard Nixon's First Inaugural Address | January 20, 1969
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On January 20, 1969, Richard Nixon delivered his first inaugural address—the culmination of one of the greatest comebacks in American political history. After losing the 1960 election to John F. Kennedy and then the 1962 California gubernatorial election, Nixon's political career was all but over. Although history remembers him as a controversial president, in this speech, he sought to unite a country in turmoil, ravaged by racial and generational divisions.
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Apr 21, 2021
Cold War | Richard Nixon: His Own Worst Enemy Part 1
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Richard M. Nixon is one of the country's most vilified presidents, and yet the American people entrusted him twice as vice president and twice as president. In this episode, we cover the highs and lows of Nixon‘s pre-presidential career and his tortuous path to the White House. We also cover his transformation, from America’s foremost anti-communist to its most prominent advocate for coexistence with the Soviet Union. Richard Nixon aspired to the status of a great statesman but the Vietnam War would put his strategic skills to the test and his realist philosophy would pit him against decades of Cold War thinking in the United States.
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Apr 12, 2021
Joseph Stalin's Formative Years with Ronald G. Suny
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He was one of the most ruthless tyrants who has ever lived. He is an icon of totalitarian oppression--and yet, he was also as human as you and me. In this episode, we interview Ronald G. Suny on his new book about the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, Stalin: Passage to Revolution.
RONALD G. SUNY
press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691182032/stalin
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Mar 18, 2021
The History of WWII Podcast | 316-FDR: The Man with No Fear [Preview]
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Ray Harris Jr of The History of WWII Podcast is joined by Richard Lim to discuss Franklin D. Roosevelt. Now that the Japanese have struck at Pearl Harbor, FDR must lead the U.S. to victory. But what kind of man and politician was FDR? Join us to find out. This is a preview of an episode of The History of WWII Podcast, hosted by Ray Harris Jr.
RAY HARRIS JR
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Mar 08, 2021
James Garfield: The Last Lincoln Republican with Todd Arrington
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When he was shot by assassin Charles Guiteau, President James Garfield was robbed of his place in history. He would forever be relegated to obscurity. In this episode, we interview Todd Arrington on his book on the 20th president and how Garfield deserves a better place in the annals of American history. Check out Todd Arrington's book, The Last Lincoln Republican: The Presidential Election of 1880.
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Mar 03, 2021
Abraham Lincoln in His Times with David S. Reynolds
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An enduring theme of Abraham Lincoln's life was his genius for striking a balance between opposing forces. Lacking formal schooling but with an unquenchable thirst for self-improvement, Lincoln had a talent for wrestling and bawdy jokes that made him popular with his peers, even as his appetite for poetry and prodigious gifts for memorization set him apart from them through his childhood, his years as a lawyer, and his entrance into politics. In this episode, we interview David S. Reynolds on his new book, Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times.
DAVID S. REYNOLDS
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Feb 16, 2021
Cold War | John F. Kennedy: The Price of Ambition Part 3
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John F. Kennedy often gets high marks for his leadership during the Cuban Missile Crisis, but he agonized over what to do in Southeast Asia. This episode covers the origins of America's disastrous intervention in Vietnam—and JFK’s own tragic demise.
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Feb 05, 2021
John F. Kennedy's Early Years with Fredrik Logevall
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John F. Kennedy's early years were formative for his knowledge of international relations, and provided him the ability to steer the nation through perilous events in the Cold War during his presidency. In this episode, we interview Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Fredrik Logevall about insights he uncovered about JFK’s early life and career in his new biography, JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century, 1917–1956.
FREDRIK LOGEVALL
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Jan 19, 2021
Cold War | John F. Kennedy: The Price of Ambition Part 2
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In October of 1962, John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev went to the brink of nuclear armageddon. In this episode, we cover how they managed the most dangerous moment in human history, the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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Jan 05, 2021
Washington's Cabinet with Lindsay Chervinsky
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Now that the 2020 election is over, attention is focusing on the new president's cabinet. We take the president’s cabinet for granted but it’s creation wasn’t a foregone conclusion. In this episode, we interview Professor Lindsay M. Chervinsky on how George Washington created this uniquely American institution in her new book, The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution.
LINDSAY CHERVINSKY
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Dec 16, 2020
Jackie Kennedy Onassis with Paul Brandus
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Jackie Kennedy was widowed at the age of 34, forever traumatized by her husband’s assassination. In this episode, we interview Paul Brandus on how Jackie sought to build a new life without JFK in his new book, Jackie: Her Transformation from First Lady to Jackie O.
PAUL BRANDUS
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Dec 01, 2020
Cold War | John F. Kennedy: The Price of Ambition Part 1
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John F. Kennedy entered office amid great expectations and high ambitions. But his idealism would soon crash into the realities of the Cold War. This episode examines the complex situations JFK encountered in the Third World.
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Nov 17, 2020
The World According to Vladimir Putin with Brian Taylor
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Vladimir Putin remains one of the world’s most enigmatic leaders, but Professor Brian Taylor has spent years studying what makes the Russian president tick. In this episode, Dr. Taylor discusses his book, The Code of Putinism.
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Nov 03, 2020
Abraham Lincoln: The Master of Fake News with Elizabeth Mitchell
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They called him Honest Abe, but according to author Elizabeth Mitchell, Abraham Lincoln wasn't always honest. In fact, few presidents have more effectively manipulated the media. In this episode, Ms. Mitchell discusses her new book, Lincoln's Lie: A True Civil War Caper Through Fake News, Wall Street, and the White House.
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Oct 30, 2020
Confirming Supreme Court Justices In An Election Year with David Greenberg
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GOP senators are moving to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In light of their 2016 refusal to give Merrick Garland a hearing, is this historically sound or hypocrisy? Historian David Greenberg weighs in.
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Oct 26, 2020
The Blueprint: Washington’s Farewell Address and His Advice for Every American [Preview]
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In 1796, George Washington decided to retire after decades of public service, but he was worried for his nation’s future. This episode explores his Farewell Address, which he hoped would guide Americans beyond his own lifetime.
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Oct 20, 2020
What Happens if the President is Incapacitated?
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President Trump’s COVID diagnosis raises questions about what happens when the president is incapacitated. Jane Hampton Cook and our host Richard Lim discuss what history has to say about presidential illnesses.
JANE HAMPTON COOK
https://janecook.com/
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Oct 07, 2020
The History of Presidential Elections with Jarrett Stepman
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In the middle of a heated presidential election, historian Jarrett Stepman explains what lessons history has to offer about the electoral college, running mate selections, and televised debates. Jarrett Stepman is the cohost of The Right Side of History and author of The War on History: The Conspiracy to Rewrite America's Past.
JARRETT STEPMAN
https://ricochet.com/series/right-side-history/
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Sep 15, 2020
America’s Suffragists: 100 Years Later with Jane Hampton Cook
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100 years after the 19th amendment, Jane Hampton Cook’s book Resilience on Parade recounts the long struggle to secure women the right to vote nationwide. In this episode, Jane discusses the key figures and moments in the women’s suffrage movement.
JANE HAMPTON COOK
https://janecook.com/
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Aug 18, 2020
Dwight D. Eisenhower's Legacy with Merrill Eisenhower Atwater
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The grandson of the 34th president, Merrill Eisenhower Atwater continues his family’s tradition of public service as CEO of People to People International. In this episode, Merrill discusses his grandfather’s towering legacy.
MERRILL EISENHOWER ATWATER
https://www.peopletopeople.com/
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Aug 08, 2020
Cold War | Dwight D. Eisenhower: On the Edge of Armageddon Part 2
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Some remember Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidency as a time of peace and prosperity, but in reality, it was an era of constant global crises. This episode explores how Eisenhower skillfully navigated the perils of the Cold War.
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Jul 08, 2020
Cold War | Dwight D. Eisenhower: On the Edge of Armageddon Part 1
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Few men entered the presidency as prepared as Dwight D. Eisenhower, but the Cold War required exquisite statesmanship. This episode explores Eisenhower’s plans to contain communism and prevent nuclear holocaust.
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Apr 16, 2020
Presidents, Pandemics, and Prophets
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Our host Richard and Joey Brown discuss the smallpox pandemic during the American Revolution and the Spanish Flu and the lessons those events have to offer for the present COVID-19 pandemic.
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Apr 15, 2020
Cold War | Harry S. Truman: The Power of the Universe Part 2
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Harry S. Truman, a former haberdasher from Missouri, presided over the final victory in World War II, but a new conflict emerged: the Cold War. This episode explores how he responded to the unprecedented challenge of containing communism.
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Feb 29, 2020
State of the Podcast + Kickstarter Project
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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.
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Feb 03, 2020
Cold War | Harry S. Truman: The Power of the Universe Part 1
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In 1945, Harry S. Truman made one of the most fateful decisions any president has ever had to make: to use the atomic bomb as a weapon of war. This episode examines the unique circumstances and earthshaking consequences of that choice.
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Oct 24, 2019
FDR's Final Odyssey: D-Day to Yalta with Nigel Hamilton
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Nigel Hamilton is the author of an epic-three part biography on Franklin D. Roosevelt. In this episode, Hamilton discusses his new book, War and Peace: FDR's Final Odyssey: D-Day to Yalta, 1943–1945.
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Sep 28, 2019
Apollo 11 Splashdown with Navy Frogman John Wolfram
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When John Wolfram joined the US Navy in 1967, he did not know he would become the first person to see the Apollo 11 astronauts after the moon landing. John shares about his experiences of the Apollo 11 naval recovery and in Vietnam.
JOHN WOLFRAM
www.johnwolfram.com/
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Jul 18, 2019
George Washington: A Gulf of Civil Horror
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George Washington is known as the “Indispensable Man” of the American Revolution. That was never truer than in 1783, when a mysterious conspiracy in Newburgh, NY almost destroyed the young republic. The episode examines Washington’s role in that crucial moment.
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Jun 15, 2019
Presidential Fight Club with Scott Rank
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Scott Rank discusses 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 RANK
www.historyonthenet.com/scott-rank
www.historyonthenet.com/podcasts
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May 09, 2019
Gen. Michael Hayden, Director of the NSA and CIA under George W. Bush
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General Michael V. Hayden was on the front lines during President Bush’s War on Terror. In this episode, the former NSA and CIA director discusses the dilemmas presidents face in defending America from attack.
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Mar 31, 2019
US Expansion | McKinley and Roosevelt: Will and Ted’s Imperial Adventure Part 2
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William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt succeeded in building an American empire, but they found themselves in an unexpected war against the Philippines. This episode explores the horrors of America’s most forgotten war.
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Feb 11, 2019
US Expansion | McKinley and Roosevelt: Will and Ted’s Imperial Adventure Part 1
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The unlikely pair of William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt transformed their nation from an isolationist republic to a global empire. This episode examines how they remade the United States and what it means for Americans today.
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Oct 17, 2018
US Expansion | James K. Polk: The Great American Conqueror Part 2
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When James K. Polk left the presidency, he was exhausted with just months to live—but he left his nation a continental giant. This episode explores the obstacles he overcame so that America could become one of the great nations of the world.
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Jun 11, 2018
US Expansion | James K. Polk: The Great American Conqueror Part 1
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Politicians are known for breaking promises, but not James K. Polk. He entered the presidency promising to fulfill his nation’s “Manifest Destiny” and he succeeded beyond anyone’s imagination. This episode explores how he pulled it off.
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Mar 21, 2018
US Expansion | Thomas Jefferson: The Art of the Steal
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It took America a little bit of luck and the collective genius of Jefferson, Madison, and Monroe to secure the Louisiana Purchase from France. This episode explores how these three American giants pulled off the bargain of the century.
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Dec 05, 2017
The Women Who Would Be President
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No woman has ever served as president, but it isn’t for lack of trying. This episode examines the women who sought to shatter the ultimate glass ceiling in American politics and seeks to answer the question, why didn’t any of them succeed.
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Sep 26, 2017
Photographing the President with Bob Knudsen
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As a White House photographer for six presidents, Bob Knudsen had a front row seat for some of the most important events in modern history. In this episode, his son (also Bob Knudsen) shares anecdotes about the private side of America's presidents.
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Aug 15, 2017
Franklin D. Roosevelt: The Inscrutable Man Part 2
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Franklin D. Roosevelt spent his last years as president winning one world war while trying to prevent another. But one man stood in the way: Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. This episode explores FDR’s efforts to secure lasting peace.
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Jul 19, 2017
Franklin D. Roosevelt: The Inscrutable Man Part 1
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In 1944, Americans elected Franklin D. Roosevelt to an unprecedented fourth term as president, but few knew that he was a dying man. This episode explores decisions made that critical year that would alter the fates of millions of people.
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Jun 27, 2017
Ronald Reagan's Life After Presidency with Peggy Grande
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In 1989, Peggy Grande got the opportunity of a lifetime when she became the executive assistant to former President Ronald Reagan. In this episode, Mrs. Grande discusses her experience with one of America’s most consequential leaders.
PEGGY GRANDE
www.peggygrande.com
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Jun 06, 2017
Fake News and Nasty Men: The 1876 Election
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Before Bush v Gore and Trump v Biden, there was Hayes v Tilden, the nastiest presidential race in American history. This episode explores in 1876 election—a time when fraud, corruption, and the threat of violence overturned the will of the American people.
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May 16, 2017
Andrew Johnson: Smile of the Demagogue
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Fate put Andrew Johnson in the White House during a critical time in American history—a unique opportunity that he completely squandered. This episode examines America’s obscure 17th president and how his failures continue to haunt America to this day.
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Apr 26, 2017
George Washington: The First American Action Hero
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He might look like an old man on the one-dollar bill, but George Washington was once a bona fide action hero. This episode explores our first president’s legendary exploits during the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.
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Apr 04, 2017
Introducing This American President
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This American President delves into the lives and legacies of U.S. presidents through long form stories and interviews. It will challenge the way you look at American history.
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Mar 01, 2017