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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. 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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Preview the Washington Post podcast, with clips from upcoming episodes and an overview of the series by host Lillian Cunningham.
Who exactly was our first president? Bob Woodward, Joel Achenbach and Julie Miller kick off our first episode of Presidential.
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.
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.
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.
In the latest episode of Presidential, we look at our fifth president's knack for being present at famous moments in history.
We're about to witness how the inability to compromise can tank any hope of being an effective president.
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.
Martin Van Buren did much to create the political party establishments we have today. Experts Barbara Bair and Mark Cheathem, along with Washington Post reporter Chris Cillizza, examine his mark on modern politics.
Washington Post humor columnist Alexandra Petri, along with Barbara Bair and Dr. Philip Mackowiak, deconstruct Harrison's transformative presidential campaign and debunk the myth of what killed him after only 32 days in office.
When Vice President Tyler took over the White House, he set a precedent that would forever shape the office. This episode features experts Barbara Bair and Joel Goldstein, as well as descendants who talk about the ghost who haunts the Tyler home.
They Might Be Giants singer John Linnell and historian Amy Greenberg are guests on this episode. Through hard work and strategic lying, the 11th president managed to accomplish everything on his agenda. But is being effective the same as being great?
Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank joins historians Catherine Clinton and Joseph Uscinski to talk about military hero Zachary Taylor and the assassination theories that swirled around his death in the White House.
Should we teach the presidency of Millard Fillmore? What do we lose if we don't? Historians Jean Baker and James McPherson, along with Washington Post education reporter T. Rees Shapiro, tackle these questions in our 13th episode.
Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer James McPherson and historian Edna Greene Medford discuss Franklin Pierce's role in the country's progression toward civil war, as well as the personal tragedy that unfolded right before he took office.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Aug 4th
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John Kim

Can someone tell me what this word is? I can't hear it. 6:23 "i would start with the definition of "???" president."

Jan 3rd
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Sally Swift

very educational and interesting

Oct 10th
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Atalia Taylor

Let's get a memorial for John Adams!

Jun 5th
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Márcio Bertelli

Exelent!

Apr 26th
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lols XD

R.I.P Mr.Bush

Dec 1st
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wlmath 1963

i am so sorry for the Bush family lost I know that it is hard to lose a father I also have lost my parents I Sher your pain he was a very good man and great Leader to our country as president we all feel great lost are Prayers are with your family.

Dec 1st
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Gayl Stockman

our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Dec 1st
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Renee Harpole

Love the information and tone of this podcast. Very heartfelt ❣

Dec 1st
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Sean Wipf

responsible for the death of hundreds....May God judge justly

Dec 1st
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Shawnte Nix

thanks m God there are men like Clinton...whom I'd believed they were referring roo

Dec 1st
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Shawnte Nix

thank God that priceless biggot I'd dead

Dec 1st
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Shawnte Nix

I call bullshit!!!

Dec 1st
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Sergio Ruiz

Miguel, Ryan, Josh, I am very glad that you are alive, despite your hatred to others.

Dec 1st
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lols XD

and you guys disrespect a man who fought in WW2 some of you were nice enough to honor him but you guys who didn't and thank God hes dead well you guys are the most disrespectful pieces of shit.

Dec 1st
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e bruce

Compared to 45, GHWB, was a measured, thoughtful, and compassionate man. Did not agree with hardly any of his policy perspectives; but he tried to ba man with a moral compass. Something about which 45 knows NOTHING!!!

Dec 1st
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lols XD

think you got the wrong guy he had a son George H bush

Dec 1st
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Ryan Fletcher

agreed

Dec 1st
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carrie dehart

really i know he wasmt the best but have reapect for the deceasef

Dec 1st
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