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History First

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A podcast about presidential history and trivia. Based on the blog, history-first.com Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/historyfirst/support

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4 Memorable Moments from US Political Conventions

September 8th, 2020

16:18

Conventions are historically pretty wild. (This has changed in the last several election cycles…they’ve become much more predictable). We look back at four memorable convention moments from the 20th-century—from the …

Woodrow Wilson and the 1918 Flu Pandemic

August 25th, 2020

8:11

These days, all anyone can talk about is coronavirus. Our conversations are consumed with social-distancing, quarantine measures, and questions about testing. Many have drawn similarities between the pandemic of today …

From Villain to Vice President

August 12th, 2020

13:57

Joe Biden has officially picked Kamala Harris to be his running mate. This came after some grumbling within Biden's circle that Harris was "too ambitious" and "lacked remorse" for her attacks on Biden during the …

American Military Parades, A History

July 4th, 2019

4:59

Today, Donald Trump is throwing a huge military style parade to celebrate the 4th of July in DC. So what have American military parades looked like …

Just a Number: Kennedy, Reagan, and the “Age Question” in 2020

March 26th, 2019

12:52

The youngest candidate running for president in 2020 is 37. The oldest is 77. So what role has age played in past campaigns?

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The President and the Radio: FDR’s First Fireside Chat

March 12th, 2019

6:52

On this day in 1933 FDR gave the first of his fireside chats. It *completely* transformed how presidents communicate with the country.

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Pete Buttigieg, Franklin Roosevelt, and Reshaping the Supreme Court

March 6th, 2019

6:30

Is changing the size of the Supreme Court a radical idea? The short answer is no. We take a look at the history of the Court’s changing size, and how this may be an issue in 2020.

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From the Sidelines: The Role of Former Political Stars in New Campaigns

March 1st, 2019

9:33

Those who have run for either successfully or not, play a curious role during new campaigns.

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The Life and Death of John Quincy Adams

February 25th, 2019

8:42

This weekend marked the death of John Quincy Adams in 1848. JQA led a dramatic life, closely interwoven with the early years of a young United States.

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New Kids in Town: Nixon, Kennedy, and the 116th Congress

February 21st, 2019

5:42

The 80th Congress saw the start of Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy’s political careers. We take a look at their parallel divergent paths, and …

George Washington and the Myth of Wooden Teeth

February 18th, 2019

4:01

Today we celebrate George Washington’s birthday. Name a fact, any fact about him—first President? Revolutionary War General? Something about a cherry …

EMERGENCY POD: The 25th Amendment

February 14th, 2019

4:34

News broke today that the deputy director of the FBI discussed trying to invoke the 25th amendment to remove President Trump from office. So what exactly does the 25th amendment do?

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Bachelors, Boos, and Cory Booker

February 12th, 2019

6:38

If elected president, Cory Booker would join the small club of men who held the presidency without a wife.

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Will, We Hardly Knew Ye: The Legacy of William Henry Harrison

February 9th, 2019

6:00

Happy birthday to William Henry Harrison! Yes, his presidency was only a month long. Yet it, and his campaign, were deeply consequential in American …

Ted Kennedy & “The Question”

February 4th, 2019

5:05

“Why do you want to be president?” This question should have an easy answer. Ted Kennedy learned the hard way what happens when you aren’t prepared …

Origin Stories: Where Do Presidents Come From?

February 2nd, 2019

8:30

There are a lot of senators running in 2020. But only three sitting senators have ever become president. This got us thinking—where do presidents come from?

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Predictability of the Unpredictable: Dark Horse Candidates and 2020

January 24th, 2019

6:05

American presidential history is filled with twists and turns, and surprise success stories. Today we take a look at a few of the dark horse candidates that changed the game—and what that means for 2020

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Inauguration! Drama

January 20th, 2019

5:25

Inaugurations can be dramatic affairs. Today, we take a look back at the end of Harry Truman's presidency, and his involvement in the inaugurations …

Trump, Pelosi, and the State of the Union

January 16th, 2019

3:28

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has written the president asking him to submit a written State of the Union in lieu of a speech. A written address isn't all that unusual. The tradition of a speech has only been set in the last 100 …

To Biden or not to Biden

January 10th, 2019

4:13

THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT HAS RUN BEFORE, NEVER SUCCESSFULLY. COULD 2020 BE DIFFERENT?

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Polk, Trump, and Politics at the Border

January 8th, 2019

3:17

President Trump isn’t the first president to manufacture a crisis at the border as a means to an end. He follows in the footsteps of James K. Polk. …

Instagram Live & Front Porch Campaigns

January 8th, 2019

4:11

Presidential hopefuls are increasingly relying on Instagram to get their message across. Is it so different from the front porch campaigns or …

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