This American President
By This American President
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We’ve had 45 presidents and each one represents a unique chapter in our country’s history. Those chapters are filled with triumphs and tragedies, successes and failures. Some of our presidents were brilliant and others were just plain bizarre. But they all have a story to tell and helped to shape the country we have today. In every episode of This American President, we will try to tell one of those stories. Find all of our episodes at thisamericanpresident.com and follow us on Twitter @ThisAmerPres.
||CleanEp. 12 – Will and Ted’s Imperial Adventure Part I (William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt)||Should republics build empires? William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt and the path to the Spanish–American War.||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 11 – The Great American Conqueror Part II (James K. Polk)||In our last episode, we discussed President Polk’s unlikely rise to the White House and his success in annexing Texas and settling the Oregon territory. But by late April 1846, he was leading his nation...||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 10 – The Great American Conqueror Part I (James K. Polk)||In this episode we continue the theme of expansion in early America, telling the story of the Mexican-American War and the president who, though largely forgotten and little understood, remains a giant in the annals...||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 9 – The Art of the Steal (Thomas Jefferson)||History often seems inevitable. When we look back at a historical event, we usually look at it with the outcomes or the results in mind. For example, when we think of World War II, we...||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 8 – The Women Who Would Be President||We just lived through the first election in which a woman won the nomination of a major political party to be President of the United States and came close to being elected. To many, this...||9/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 7 – Perspectives: Bob Knudsen on Photographing the President||In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was a little-known politician running for president. In February of that year, he was in New York City to deliver a speech at the Cooper Union building. Just before his remarks,...||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 6 – The Inscrutable Man Part II (Franklin D. Roosevelt)||In the first episode of this two-part series on FDR, we explored the man, his times, and the unusual circumstances surrounding the 1944 Democratic Convention. We discussed FDR’s legendary poker face, his deteriorating health, the...||7/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 5 – The Inscrutable Man Part I (Franklin D. Roosevelt)||If we were to do an episode on the entire life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, it would have to be at least a 12 hour series. Instead, we will focus on a short period of...||6/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 4 – Perspectives: Peggy Grande on President Reagan||This week on This American President we interview author, public speaker, and former executive assistant to President Ronald Reagan, Peggy Grande. Peggy recently wrote a book titled The President Will See You Now: My Stories and Lessons...||6/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 3 – Fake News and Nasty Men (1876 Election)||Historians have often noted that our Founding Fathers didn’t like democracy. Our second president, John Adams, once said, “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy yet...||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 2 – Smile of the Demagogue (Andrew Johnson)||He came from humble beginnings. He was born in a log cabin and had virtually no education. Through hard work, he rose to become a successful businessman. He fell in love and was married for...||4/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 1 – The First American Action Hero (George Washington)||We all know that George Washington was our first president, that he “could not tell a lie,” and that he supposedly had wooden teeth (he didn’t). However, to us, he seems to be a distant...||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
An Insightful, Accessible Take on Our Presidents
Anyone wanting an introduction to our nation's most powerful leaders need look no further. Fun, easy to follow, and full of interesting details, this podcast invites listeners into the worlds of our past Presidents, in all of their drama and uncertainty.
Brings the history to life!
I highly recommend this riveting and informative discussion of the American Presidency - it brings our history to life!
One of the best perspective pieces I've heard
This takes a deep look at the human side of the most illuminated person in the free world. Great analytical takes and refreshingly novel perspective.