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Presidential

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Presidential
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Presidential

The Washington Post

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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. Hosted by Lillian Cunningham, the series features Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers like David McCullough and Washington Post journalists like Bob Woodward.

Latest Episodes

Introduction: Welcome to Presidential

Preview the Washington Post podcast, with clips from upcoming episodes and an overview of the series by host Lillian Cunningham.

3 MIN2016 JAN 6
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Introduction: Welcome to Presidential

George Washington: The man, the myth, the legend

Who exactly was our first president? Bob Woodward, Joel Achenbach and Julie Miller kick off our first episode of Presidential.

48 MIN2016 JAN 11
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George Washington: The man, the myth, the legend

John Adams: The case of the missing monument

In the second episode of Presidential, biographer David McCullough as well as noted art and architecture experts explore why there's no monument to John Adams in Washington, DC -- and how that omission shapes our sense of his legacy.

32 MIN2016 JAN 18
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John Adams: The case of the missing monument

Thomas Jefferson: On food and freedom

Jon Meacham and Annette Gordon-Reed are among the experts who take us through the best and worst of our third president's complex and controversial legacy.

41 MIN2016 JAN 25
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Thomas Jefferson: On food and freedom

James Madison: Burning down the house

Though he's our first wartime president, James Madison is usually better remembered for his work on the Constitution rather than his time as commander-in-chief while the White House went up in flames. But maybe that's the wrong way to look at it.

37 MIN2016 FEB 1
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James Madison: Burning down the house

James Monroe: The Forrest Gump of presidents

In the latest episode of Presidential, we look at our fifth president's knack for being present at famous moments in history.

39 MIN2016 FEB 8
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James Monroe: The Forrest Gump of presidents

John Quincy Adams: The trait that broke a presidency

We're about to witness how the inability to compromise can tank any hope of being an effective president.

43 MIN2016 FEB 15
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John Quincy Adams: The trait that broke a presidency

Andrew Jackson: The violence, the fight

Barbara Bair, Steve Inskeep and Jon Meacham examine the tragedy of Andrew Jackson's personal life, the brutality of his battles and his policies against Native Americans, and the conflict that makes up a dynamic democracy.

44 MIN2016 FEB 22
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Andrew Jackson: The violence, the fight

Martin Van Buren: The story of our two-party system

Martin Van Buren did much to create the political party establishments we have today. Experts Barbara Bair and Mark Cheathem, along with Washington Post reporter Chris Cillizza, examine his mark on modern politics.

37 MIN2016 FEB 29
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Martin Van Buren: The story of our two-party system

William Henry Harrison: Great song, horrible death

Washington Post humor columnist Alexandra Petri, along with Barbara Bair and Dr. Philip Mackowiak, deconstruct Harrison's transformative presidential campaign and debunk the myth of what killed him after only 32 days in office.

29 MIN2016 MAR 7
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William Henry Harrison: Great song, horrible death

Latest Episodes

Introduction: Welcome to Presidential

Preview the Washington Post podcast, with clips from upcoming episodes and an overview of the series by host Lillian Cunningham.

3 MIN2016 JAN 6
Comments
Introduction: Welcome to Presidential

George Washington: The man, the myth, the legend

Who exactly was our first president? Bob Woodward, Joel Achenbach and Julie Miller kick off our first episode of Presidential.

48 MIN2016 JAN 11
Comments
George Washington: The man, the myth, the legend

John Adams: The case of the missing monument

In the second episode of Presidential, biographer David McCullough as well as noted art and architecture experts explore why there's no monument to John Adams in Washington, DC -- and how that omission shapes our sense of his legacy.

32 MIN2016 JAN 18
Comments
John Adams: The case of the missing monument

Thomas Jefferson: On food and freedom

Jon Meacham and Annette Gordon-Reed are among the experts who take us through the best and worst of our third president's complex and controversial legacy.

41 MIN2016 JAN 25
Comments
Thomas Jefferson: On food and freedom

James Madison: Burning down the house

Though he's our first wartime president, James Madison is usually better remembered for his work on the Constitution rather than his time as commander-in-chief while the White House went up in flames. But maybe that's the wrong way to look at it.

37 MIN2016 FEB 1
Comments
James Madison: Burning down the house

James Monroe: The Forrest Gump of presidents

In the latest episode of Presidential, we look at our fifth president's knack for being present at famous moments in history.

39 MIN2016 FEB 8
Comments
James Monroe: The Forrest Gump of presidents

John Quincy Adams: The trait that broke a presidency

We're about to witness how the inability to compromise can tank any hope of being an effective president.

43 MIN2016 FEB 15
Comments
John Quincy Adams: The trait that broke a presidency

Andrew Jackson: The violence, the fight

Barbara Bair, Steve Inskeep and Jon Meacham examine the tragedy of Andrew Jackson's personal life, the brutality of his battles and his policies against Native Americans, and the conflict that makes up a dynamic democracy.

44 MIN2016 FEB 22
Comments
Andrew Jackson: The violence, the fight

Martin Van Buren: The story of our two-party system

Martin Van Buren did much to create the political party establishments we have today. Experts Barbara Bair and Mark Cheathem, along with Washington Post reporter Chris Cillizza, examine his mark on modern politics.

37 MIN2016 FEB 29
Comments
Martin Van Buren: The story of our two-party system

William Henry Harrison: Great song, horrible death

Washington Post humor columnist Alexandra Petri, along with Barbara Bair and Dr. Philip Mackowiak, deconstruct Harrison's transformative presidential campaign and debunk the myth of what killed him after only 32 days in office.

29 MIN2016 MAR 7
Comments
William Henry Harrison: Great song, horrible death

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