Ranking U.S. Presidents

By Bradley Cooper

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We rank U.S. presidents. We also look at their policies, personalities and term(s) in the White House.

Episode Date
LBJ Part 2: Presidential years

LBJ inherited a heavy burden, taking over for JFK. But was he up to the challenge? How did he handle Civil Rights crises, the war in Vietnam and growing poverty in America?

Listen to find out!

Jan 13, 2022
LBJ Part 1: Early life, political career and the LBJ treatment

Before LBJ became president, he led an interesting political life, engaging in a good deal of questionable campaigns to rise to his station. He was particularly infamous for what became known as the LBJ Treatment, a method of intimidation that involved close contact and public nudity. In this episode, we will look at his early life, career and his beliefs on matters of religion and...race. 

Jan 04, 2022
JFK Part Two: Presidency

Despite only being President from 1961 to 1963 due to his assassination, a lot happened during JFK's presidency. He presided over massive Civil Rights protests and segregationist riots and the infamous Cuban Missile Crisis. How did he handle these events and where does he rank as a President? Does he live up to the legend of Camelot? 

Dec 21, 2021
JFK Part One: Life, Sex, Death and Conspiracy

For the Camelot era of JFK, we are going to need more than one episode. In part one, we will be looking at his life before the presidency, his personality and his many many affairs both before and during his presidency. We will also be skipping ahead to look at his assassination and take a look at some of the conspiracy theories surrounding his death. 

Dec 18, 2021
Dwight D Eisenhower

Eisenhower was many things: war hero, anticommunist and President. As president he oversaw the birth of the atomic arms race, the end of the Korean War and various Civil Rights issues such as the Little Rock desegregation case. But the real question is do we like Ike? Give us a listen and find out!

Dec 10, 2021
Harry S. Truman

To say Harry S. Truman's presidency started off with a bang would be an understatement. As president following the death of FDR, Truman had to bring WWII to a close, convert a wartime economy to a peacetime one, handle the rising power of Communism and try to keep FDR's legacy alive. And that's not even all he dealt with!  How did he handle all these things...and where does he rank?

Dec 01, 2021
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Part Three: 1941 to 1945

This week we are covering FDR's final years as President as he takes on Hitler and Hirohito and Mussolini in WW2! And we finally see where he ranks.

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Nov 10, 2021
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: 1933 to 1941

In this episode, we are covering the first two thirds of FDR's administration as he tackles both the Great Depression and rising tensions in Europe and the Pacific. We will examine not only his avalanche of new policies as part of the New Deal but also his struggle with the Supreme Court and how he attempts to balance neutrality with support for the Allies as World War II begins.

Oct 26, 2021
Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Part 1: Early Life

We are finally tackling one of the most influential presidents of the 20th century: FDR. For this four term president, we are going to take our time. For the first episode, we will be looking at his early life and political career. What made this man tick? And how did he rise to become America's leader during both the Great Depression and WW2?

Oct 19, 2021
Herbert Hoover

He's the president who was at the helm for the first four years of the most devastating economic disaster in modern times: the Great Depression. Was he up to the task? And what other policies did he pursue when he wasn't handling the Depression? Find out here! 

Oct 11, 2021
Calvin Coolidge

This week we are discussing Silent Cal, America's 30th President. He's the sixth VP to take over after the President dies in office. But is he up to the task for tackling the roaring 20s? And what role does he play in the Great Depression that will hit during Hoover? Find out in this week's episode!

Oct 06, 2021
Warren G Harding

It's time to review the president who gambled the White House china and had more affairs than perhaps any other president. It's Warren G Harding time. His cabinet was infamously corrupt, but was he just as crooked? We shall see on this episode of Ranking Presidents. 

Sep 29, 2021
Woodrow Wilson: 1915-1921

It's Woodrow Wilson time..again. This time we are looking at how this president handles the sinking of the Lusitania, the U.S. entry into World War 1, women's suffrage and so much more. And finally we will get to see where this controversial president ranks!

Sep 10, 2021
Woodrow Wilson: Part One

It's time for one of America's most controversial presidents of the modern era: the President of Princeton himself: Woodrow Wilson. We are looking at his life, personality, beliefs on religion and race and his presidency up till the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. 

Sep 03, 2021
William Howard Taft

It's Taft time baby. We are talking about America's favorite president to get stuck a tub. But Taft was more than just a big man, he was also the inheritor of Roosevelt's legacy and busted more trusts than even Teddy. But can he live up to the legacy of Theodore? We shall see. 

Aug 30, 2021
Theodore Roosevelt: Part Two, The President

We are back with Theodore Roosevelt! This time we are discussing his two terms as President. During his time, he radically expanded the power of the office...but did he do a good job? How effective was he? And...where does the Rough Rider rank?

Aug 20, 2021
Theodore Roosevelt: Part One, the Rough Rider

It's the man, the myth, the legend, ole Teddy Rough Rider Roosevelt himself! Today we are looking at the personality, beliefs and early career of Theodore Roosevelt before he became President. Because for the fourth member of Mt. Rushmore, we are going to need two parts to cover his story!

Aug 10, 2021
William McKinley

Say goodbye to the 19th century, it's the 20th century folks and we have our first modern president: William McKinley. Although often remembered as the prequel to Theodore Roosevelt, he left his mark as well with labor policies and the Spanish American War and the birth of American imperialism. He was also assassinated, the second to last American president in history to suffer such a fate.

Let's find out more about his presidency and where he ranks!

Jul 30, 2021
Benjamin Harrison

It's the president who came between two Clevelands! He's probably the least well known of any president, which is a real shame considering all he accomplished. One law he passed is still in effect today!

But...where does this Hoosier rank? Find out!

Jul 23, 2021
Grover Cleveland

It's Big Steve time. We are talking about Grover Cleveland of course, the only president to serve two non consecutive terms. But did he deserve those terms? And where does he rank?

Jul 13, 2021
Chester A Arthur

Arthur was the kingpin of the New York political machine...but then became known as an anticorruption champion in the White House. This little-known president was also around for one of the most influential immigration bills in American history.

So...where does he rank?

Jul 02, 2021
James Garfield

This president led a fascinating life. Unfortunately his time in office was cut short by an assassin's bullet. Let's explore the life of death of America's second president to be assassinated...and see where he ranks.

Jun 17, 2021
Rutherford B Hayes

Known as his Fraudulency or Rutherfraud, this president came to power during the most contested election in American history. He was the last Reconstruction era President and the first of the Gilded Age. He had to handle corruption, racism and a general strike. How did he handle it? Well....

Jun 02, 2021
Ulysses S Grant

Today we have a very interesting president, another general everyone knows by name, but usually knows nothing about his presidency. We are talking about Ulysses S. Grant, the man who beat the Confederacy. But can he handle the Presidency? We shall see.

May 26, 2021
Andrew Johnson

Last week we had Lincoln...now we have...Andrew Johnson, America's "plebian president." Can this VP take up the mantle of Lincoln and handle reconstruction of the defeated southern states? Find out in this week's episode.

May 19, 2021
Abraham Lincoln part 2

It's Lincoln again! This time we are discussing his presidency, the Civil War and his legacy. Does he live up to the hype? Also we have a special guest Matt to talk about the battles, generals and how they related to Lincoln.

May 12, 2021
Abraham Lincoln part 1

At long last, we have made it..to Honest Abe himself. This week we are looking at Lincoln's personality, his religion, his views on slavery and his early political career. There's so much to talk about Lincoln that we won't be ranking him this week. That will have to wait for part 2!

In this episode, you'll learn about Abe's sex life, his dislike of religion and his rather....complicated relationship with slavery. 

May 03, 2021
James Buchanan

It's time for ole Aunt Nancy himself: James Buchanan. He was the man at the helm when the Civil War was brewing. How responsible was he for the war? We shall see when we rank him. 

Apr 29, 2021
Franklin Pierce

It's Frank time. And by Frank time, we mean Bleeding Kansas. Let's check out America's 14th president Franklin Pierce, the man at the helm during the infamous Bleeding Kansas incident. He was also around for some free booter coupes in Central America. Let's see how he handles all of this.

Apr 21, 2021
Millard Fillmore

Of all our presidents, Fillmore was one of them. He was Zachary Taylor's VP and would serve out the remainder of his term when he died. He was the president during the infamous Fugitive Slave Act. But is he as bad as history makes him out to be? We shall see!

Apr 14, 2021
Zachary Taylor

Are you rough and ready? Zachary Taylor certainly was! He was our nation's second Whig president, the last Whig to be elected as president actually and just like William Henry Harrison, he died before completing his first term. Unlike Harrison, he did manage to get a few things done in his 16 month time in office, mainly tackling the issue of new Western states and slavery. But the real question is: Where does he rank?

Apr 05, 2021
James Polk

Grab your accordions, it's Polk time. We are talking about the president who had set goals when he entered the White House, which included conquering territory from Mexico and handling the slavery issue and he accomplished them all in one term...or so he claimed. Let's see where he ranks.

Mar 31, 2021
John Tyler

He's the first VP to take the reigns as president after the current president kicked the bucket. But is he up to the task? Strap in folks, it's John Tyler time.

Mar 25, 2021
William Henry Harrison

He was president for 31 days, and our first Whig president and the first to die in office. What were his ideas for the nation? If he had had a chance to perform his presidential duties, would he have been successful? And ultimately where does he rank?

Mar 18, 2021
Martin Van Buren

It's the mutton-chop episode. We are discussing Martin Van Buren, a man known by children for his amazing sideburns and not much else. In reality, Van Buren was the successor to Andrew Jackson, but found himself immediately dealing with an economic depression called the Panic of 1837. Was he up to the challenge, or was he another disappointing president? Find out in this week's episode!

Mar 10, 2021
Andrew Jackson

The man, the myth the legend: Andrew Jackson. Was this man a beast of legend or a rampaging racist worthy of our disdain? And how many guys did he kill? Strap in folks, this is gonna be a wild episode.

Mar 01, 2021
John Quincy Adams

It's Adams part 2! The first father/son presidential duo! John Quincy Adams was a one term just like his dad, but he was also our first truly anti-slavery president(at least after he left office). How does this son of Adams rank against the rest of the Virginian boys and his old man? Give it a listen to find out!

Feb 24, 2021
James Monroe

Out of all the founding fathers, James Monroe is the least well known, but his legacy left behind an "era of good feelings. He was the only president other Washington to win reelection without major opposition. But who was this man deep down? And where does this forgotten founding father rank?

Feb 18, 2021
James Madison

One of the forgotten founding fathers who also lowkey wrote the Constitution, and led the U.S. through the American Revolution part 2: War of 1812. But how does he size up next to the other three founders? And what were his views on slavery? 

Feb 11, 2021
Thomas Jefferson

The best things come in threes, but does that hold true for America's presidents? Thomas Jefferson is one of America's most beloved but also controversial presidents. Was he a champion of liberty or a hypocritical racist? Find out more and where he ranks in our list.

Feb 01, 2021
John Adams

We take a look at the second President of the U.S. John Adams and rank him. Does he topple George Washington's position as number 1 or does he fall short?

And what was Adams all about? What was his personality, policy and presidency all about? We can say this much: Adams really surprised us!

Jan 15, 2021
George Washington

When it comes to U.S. presidents, George Washington was certainly the first. People know a lot about his time as a general, but what did he do while he was president? And what type of person was our founding daddy? Learn more and whether we think he will earn top ranking as we rank the presidents.

Dec 28, 2020