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On The Sidelines Of The Lincoln Assassination

April 13th, 2021


The facts of Abraham Lincoln's assassination are well-known — the president was shot and killed by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theatre, on April 14, …

American Presidents And Royal Weddings

March 6th, 2021


How have American presidents interacted with the British Royal Family when one of the "Firm" weds? 

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White House Weddings

February 27th, 2021


Is the presidency romantic? Well, couples throughout history have thought so—multiple people have gotten married at the White House since the …

When Gerald Ford Pardoned Richard Nixon

January 21st, 2021


When Gerald Ford assumed the presidency following Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974, he had to decide whether not to pardon his predecessor. …

The First Inauguration of Abraham Lincoln

January 13th, 2021


When it comes to Inauguration Days, nothing quite tops Abraham Lincoln’s first inauguration in 1861. By the time Lincoln took the oath of office on …

What Was Life Like In 1921?

January 4th, 2021


In this episode, we check in with three American presidents—Warren G. Harding, William Howard Taft, and Franklin Roosevelt—who all had an eventful …

Grover Cleveland: The Only President to Serve Non-Consecutive Terms

December 9th, 2020


If President Trump were to run again in 2024, and win, he would become only the second president to serve two, non-consecutive terms. The first was …

Awkward Presidential Transitions

November 26th, 2020


We take a look back at a few awkward Inauguration Days in the 20th-century. We'll discuss the transition from Harry Truman to Dwight D. Eisenhower; Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan; and Bill Clinton to George W. Bush

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Ghosts of the White House

October 30th, 2020


Happy Halloween! Here's a short episode about White House ghosts. Presidents, first ladies, and White House visitors have reported supernatural sightings at the executive mansion. 

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When Presidents Hide Health Scares

October 15th, 2020


At the beginning of the month, President Trump was diagnoses with coronavirus—and questions quickly followed. For several days, the truth about the …

Calvin Coolidge Goes to Cuba (And it Gets Crazy)

October 8th, 2020


Today, we’re going to delve into Calvin Coolidge’s 1928 trip to Cuba. At the time, it seemed like a rather serene affair. The wild truth about the …

4 Memorable Moments from US Political Conventions

September 8th, 2020


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

The 25th Amendment: What Is It and What Does It Do?

February 14th, 2019


It took the United States a long time to formally add an amendment to the Constitution outlining the path of succession. So, what does the 25th amendment do?

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Bachelors, Boos, and Cory Booker

February 12th, 2019


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


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


“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


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


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


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


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



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Polk, Trump, and Politics at the Border

January 8th, 2019


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


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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