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American Elections: Wicked Game

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On Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020, the citizens of the United States will cast ballots to elect their president, and it feels like the country couldn’t be more divided.

America will have to endure another 58 weeks of shouting, outrage, and the worst sort of political rancor. How has it come to this?

It turns out, it’s almost always been this way. And the 58 weeks we have remaining is just enough time to review the entire history of presidential elections, from the unanimous and inevitable election of George Washington in 1789, to Donald Trump’s surprise electoral victory in 2016. 

From the host of the American History Tellers and American Scandal (Lindsay Graham), this new podcast will explore all 58 presidential elections to discover if there ever was a “good ol’ days,” or if presidential politics have always been played dirty.

8 Episodes
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During Madison’s first term, US neutrality in the ongoing conflict between France and Britain is put to the test. Madison has no choice but to defend his country against British oppression; and to defend his presidency against a threat growing within the ranks of his own party; a rising political star from New York named DeWitt Clinton.Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Co-Executive produced by Steven Walters in association with Ritual Productions. Written and researched by Steven Walters. Fact checking by Gregory Jackson and Cielle Salazar from the podcast History That Doesn’t Suck. Music by Lindsay Graham.If you like this show, please support it! Become a patron at Patreon.com/wickedgamepodcast. Find out more at www.wickedgamepodcast.com
James Madison is Thomas Jefferson’s heir apparent. To win the presidency, Madison will have to deal with a growing threat inside his own party: the Tertium Quids. Upset by Madison’s actions as Jefferson’s Secretary of State, the Quids turn their back on Madison and embrace another political powerhouse from the state of Virginia: James Monroe. 
To maintain his grip on power and win the election of 1804, Thomas Jefferson, the so called “Man of the People”, will have to survive brutal attacks in the press, ideological pushback from his own party and a violent scandal that plagues his administration.Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Co-Executive produced by Steven Walters in association with Ritual Productions. Written and researched by Steven Walters. Fact checking by Gregory Jackson and Cielle Salazar from the podcast History That Doesn’t Suck. Music by Lindsay Graham.If you like this show, please support it! Become a patron at Patreon.com/wickedgamepodcast. Find out more at www.wickedgamepodcast.com.
1800: Tiebreaker

1800: Tiebreaker

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As Thomas Jefferson and John Adams part ways over the issue of France, history sets the stage for one of America’s oldest, and bloodiest political rivalries: Burr versus Hamilton. These two foes go to war in New York in one of the wildest elections in American history; an election that will ultimately be decided in the House of Representatives and that will end in bloodshed.  Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Co-Executive produced by Steven Walters in association with Ritual Productions. Written and researched by Steven Walters. Fact checking by Gregory Jackson and Cielle Salazar from the podcast History That Doesn’t Suck. Music by Lindsay Graham.If you like this show, please support it! Become a patron at Patreon.com/wickedgamepodcast. Find out more at www.wickedgamepodcast.com.
In the 1796 election, two political forces of nature collide: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. As the supporters of Adams and Jefferson vie for their candidate, the machinery of America’s nascent political parties is unleashed in the first contested election in American history.Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Co-Executive produced by Steven Walters in association with Ritual Productions. Written and researched by Steven Walters. Fact checking by Gregory Jackson and Cielle Salazar from the podcast History That Doesn’t Suck. Music by Lindsay Graham.If you like this show, please support it! Become a patron at Patreon.com/wickedgamepodcast. Find out more at www.wickedgamepodcast.com.
As President Washington grapples with the idea of a second term, Vice President John Adams gears up for a fight to keep the vice presidency. Adams will find help from an unlikely ally, the very man who conspired to deny him votes in the election of 1789: Alexander Hamilton.  Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Co-Executive produced by Steven Walters in association with Ritual Productions. Written and researched by Steven Walters. Fact checking by Gregory Jackson and Cielle Salazar from the podcast History That Doesn’t Suck. Music by Lindsay Graham.If you like this show, please support it! Become a patron at Patreon.com/wickedgamepodcast. Find out more at www.wickedgamepodcast.com.
As the fate of the nation hangs in the balance, General George Washington struggles with his personal desire to retire from public life and the duty he feels to save his country in its hour of need. Ultimately, Washington rises to the occasion to become America’s first president. Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Co-Executive produced by Steven Walters in association with Ritual Productions. Written and researched by Steven Walters. Fact checking by Gregory Jackson and Cielle Salazar from the podcast History That Doesn’t Suck. Music by Lindsay Graham.If you like this show, please support it! Become a patron at Patreon.com/wickedgamepodcast. Find out more at www.wickedgamepodcast.com.
American Elections: Wicked Game premieres Tuesday, October 8th.
Comments (44)

KCC

Excellent podcast!!!

Nov 13th
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Daniel DeTorrice

So good!! The drama!

Nov 12th
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Promaxius

How did we get here? Because of corporate and Establishment influence, in addition to Citizens United v. FEC (2010)! Go to wolf-pac.com to fight this political corruption!

Nov 11th
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Promaxius

Bernie Sanders is the only candidate that can defeat Donald Trump!

Nov 11th
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Linda Rogge

Eye opening

Nov 6th
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Adam Kay

I'm surprised by some of the history that was not in history books in school, but then again sometimes not surprised. I think some has been taken out depending on how it looked for the left.

Nov 6th
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Adam Kay

A great podcast as we move into election year. Educational, informative and entertaining. Love the history in these stories.

Nov 3rd
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Robert Jones

Bravo! Another fine episode. Fascinating telling of presidential history.

Oct 30th
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Dirty.D🇺🇸

TRUMP 2020

Oct 29th
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Bob Jones

The Alpha and Omega is a treasure. Washington was such an honorable person. Too bad that the seeds of ambition drive our candidates today.

Oct 29th
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Bob Jones

What a journey you are taking us on. Thanks for the hard work that has gone into the creation and production of this fine podcast

Oct 29th
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Bob Jones

I can hardly wait. This is great.

Oct 29th
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zedean starshdaow

trump 2020 🤘😉🤙

Oct 29th
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Foaad Soleymany

I am enjoying this series. good pace and vibe. Interesting topic for me. looking forward to listening to all of them moving towards 2020 elections.

Oct 28th
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Christy M

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Oct 24th
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JM CPSHW

Would love to know if there is any bias at all? I just want context driven entirely whole facts. I love Lindsey Graham but I love true AMERICAN HISTORY more. I dont want either podcaster or history tainted. Honestly would rather no responses than bias driven responses 🙂🙂🙂🙂

Oct 23rd
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Alicia Esparza

This had my Attention within 30 seconds!!!

Oct 23rd
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Rick Stewart

excellent series!

Oct 21st
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Mae Cajun

Masterly narrated...

Oct 18th
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Kimberly Nicole

Hell yeah! this sounds fun!

Oct 18th
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