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The Washington Post's Presidential podcast explores how each former American president reached office, made decisions, handled crises and redefined the role of commander-in-chief. It was released leading up to up to Election Day 2016, starting with George Washington in week one and ending on week 44 with the president-elect. New special episodes in the countdown to the 2020 presidential election highlight other stories from U.S. presidential history that can help illuminate our current moment. Hosted by Lillian Cunningham, the series features Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers like David McCullough and Washington Post journalists like Bob Woodward. [When you're done, listen to Lillian's other historical podcasts: Constitutional and Moonrise]


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4.4 out of 5 stars from 4k ratings
  • Not as informative as I thought it would be

    I only listened to the first 2 episodes, while there were some interesting facts the second episode really only talked about a monument. I was hoping to learn more about their time in office.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • Great Ended With Bias

    Great podcast until the Trump episode. Whether you like the guy or not, in the very first episode you stated you would give an honest report even if the president was not necessarily good or bad. You ended by spending 10 minutes bashing Trump in an hour long episode. Otherwise its a decent podcast

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • Solid content, OK production

    Overall this is a very informative podcast. The only outlier is the Trump episode. It was published just 3 days after the 2016 election, so it can be forgiven for being so different. However, since the Biden episode follows the general format of the series, an updated Trump episode would be great. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • I watched the William Henry Harrison episode, and it was mostly informational with a little bit of an interview. I learned about Harrison's background, his campaign, and the actual cause of his death. This podcast really helped me understand Harrison's campaign of "hard cider and log cabin" better. Overall, I thought this podcast was pretty interesting, and I highly recommend it to those who want to learn more about Harrison, who is often just known as the "president who died in 30 days".

    Podcast Addict
    4 months ago
  • Thank You!!!

    A friend recommended this podcast to me and I have not been disappointed!!! more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States6 months ago

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