By George W. Bush Presidential Center
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There is so much more to the elite sorority of first ladies than fashion and state dinners, and that is what Ladies, First and its lineup of guest experts will explore. This podcast will take an informative and entertaining look at our first ladies’ legacies and how their leadership has shaped our nation and the international community.
||CleanEp. 11 The Controversies of Julia Gardiner Tyler||The media loved airing Julia Gardiner Tyler’s dirty laundry and after leaving the White House she fought to reclaim her title of first lady. Dr. Christopher Leahy and his wife and fellow historian, Sharon Williams Leahy, spoke with us about one of Ame||7/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 10 Clementine Churchill: The Woman Behind the “British Bulldog”||Sir Winston Churchill remains one of the most well-known world leaders, but few realize the impact his wife had on his political career. Clementine Churchill both tamed and empowered the “British Bulldog”. We spoke with Sonia Purnell, author of Clem||6/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 9 Service Above Self– The Leadership of Barbara Bush||Barbara Bush’s dedication to faith, family, and friends captured the hearts of Americans. We sat down for a conversation with her daughter, Doro Bush Koch, to celebrate a first lady and family matriarch who had an unwavering devotion to the United Sta||6/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 8 The Celebrity Status of a First Lady||When Frances Clara Folsom married President Stephen Grover Cleveland on June 2nd, 1886, the media descended upon Washington. Frances garnered attention and scrutiny that no first family had seen before. A few years later, Edith Roosevelt, with six-chil||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 7 Dolley Madison, The Political Genius||Bridging political divides, Dolley Madison and her fellow political spouses taught our politicians a thing or two about civility, manners, and the art of conversation. We chatted with Massachusetts Historical Society President Dr. Catherine Allgor ab||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 6 The Power of Collaboration||The community of first ladies may be small, but it is powerful. The women who make up this group understand its uniqueness and collaborate to amplify critical issues. We revisited conversations with Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, and Cherie Blair to expl||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 5 From Galas to Garden Parties: The White House Social Scene||Easter Egg Rolls, picnics, and dinners at the White House may not sound like urgent matters, but they are opportunities to reach across the aisle and build relationships thanks to the influence of first ladies. We chatted with co-author of Treating Pe||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 4 Laura Bush and the Policy of Compassion||On Sept. 11, 2001 the United States was forever changed. It marked the beginning of a new chapter for the presidency and American history. The public eye turned to Afghanistan and Laura Bush used her voice to be an advocate for those who were silenced.||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 3 Jackie Kennedy and the Art of Soft Power||While Jacqueline Kennedy is credited with changing the fashion industry, she also modernized the Office of First Lady. If we look beyond the fashion headlines and extravagant events, we find that Jackie used soft power to influence and advance policy. W||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 2 Hollywood and Florence Harding's Legacy||When most people think of first ladies who were activists, they look to women like Eleanor Roosevelt, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama. But, women like Florence Harding, Nellie Taft, and Ellen Wilson warrant greater attention for how they challenged the s||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 1 A Role Without a Rulebook||From Martha Washington to Melania Trump, each first lady has changed, and is changing, the role for the first ladies that follow them. We chatted with Anita McBride, executive-in-residence at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies in the||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 0 Introduction||On March 5th the George W. Bush Institute is launching its first podcast, Ladies, First, hosted by Natalie Gonnella-Platts, Deputy Director of the Bush Institute's Women's Initiative. There is so much more to the elite sorority of first ladies than fas||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Lovely- please produce more!
Thoroughly enjoyed this, well presented, relevant, and fun. How about going back in history even a little more? My daughter recently came home from her eighth grade class with a wonderful project on Martha Washington, I learned some things I did not know about her, and saw for the first time a portrait of her as a young woman. She was simply beautiful and had a tremendous strength of character and spirit. I hope there will be more episodes. Keep up the excellent work!
I wish the episodes were longer!! I love hearing about these women who were put in these roles-not by choice-but still make the best out of it and leave their mark on the world.
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This is a wonderful, informative look at the First Ladies of our country. I can’t wait for more!