31 episodes

Comedians Trent Thomson and Marissa Macy gossip their way through U.S. History by examining the personalities, bad behavior, and astrological charts of the nation’s presidents. Join us every other week for hot takes on the country’s highest office and juicy tidbits about U.S. History that we uncover along the way.

Pardon Me?! A Presidential History Podcast Marissa Macy & Trent Thomson

    • History
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Comedians Trent Thomson and Marissa Macy gossip their way through U.S. History by examining the personalities, bad behavior, and astrological charts of the nation’s presidents. Join us every other week for hot takes on the country’s highest office and juicy tidbits about U.S. History that we uncover along the way.

    James Buchanan: The Queer One

    James Buchanan: The Queer One

    S2E17 - Oh, how we wish the queerest president wasn’t one of our nation’s worst! So gay, so terrible, y’all. Trent and Marissa talk out Buchanan’s long-term relationship with Rufus King, the many scandals of his administration, and his chronic inaction in the lead up to the Civil War. Plus, gallons of oysters, Russian czarinas, slippery leather pumps, and a D.C. love shack! This is the end of Season Two, but we’ll be back in the spring with Lincoln and his (allegedly) beautiful thighs! 
    Email pardonme.presidentialpod@gmail.com to contact us or issue corrections (with sources, please)!
     
    Produced and Edited by Trent Thomson and Marissa MacyOriginal music by Noise of Approval Graphic design by Darcey Mckinney
     
    Sources
    The Worst President – The Story of James Buchanan by Gary Boulard
    Bosom Friends: The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King by Thomas J. Balcerski
    https://open.spotify.com/episode/3xLd0ePyZ4m0SF2Kw6Nmym?si=ea13bea683c9451f
    https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/james-buchanan-why-is-he-considered-americas-worst-president#:~:text=Buchanan%20supported%20the%20theory%20that,wedge%20into%20the%20Democratic%20Party.
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/president-james-buchanan-directly-influenced-outcome-dred-scott-decision-180962329/
    https://www.battlefields.org/learn/topics/john-browns-harpers-ferry-raid

    • 1 hr 29 min
    FLASHCARD: Bleeding Kansas

    FLASHCARD: Bleeding Kansas

    S2E16 - Tune in as Trent and Marissa break down the infamous Kansas-Nebraska Act and its bloody consequences.  Signed into law by hot loser Franklin Pierce in 1854, it allowed the people themselves to decide whether or not to allow slavery in the territories. What could possibly go wrong? Well, just voter fraud, the beating of a congressman, broadswords, fleeing governors, killing sprees, the death of a political party, the birth of a political party… and the inevitability of civil war. 
    Email pardonme.presidentialpod@gmail.com to contact us or issue corrections (with sources, please)!
     
    Produced and Edited by Trent Thomson and Marissa MacyOriginal music by Noise of Approval Graphic design by Darcey Mckinney
     
    Sources
    Franklin Pierce by Michael F. Holt
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-law-that-ripped-america-in-two-99723670/
    https://www.archives.gov/milestone-documents/kansas-nebraska-act
    https://www.battlefields.org/learn/articles/caning-charles-sumner
    https://www.history.com/topics/19th-century/bleeding-kansas 

    • 37 min
    Franklin Pierce: Tragically Hot

    Franklin Pierce: Tragically Hot

    S2E15 - Known for being one of our hottest presidents but also one of the worst, the story of Franklin Pierce is full of tragedies, horse accidents, drinking, bad timing, and fainting. President during a time of deepening political divides, Pierce made all the wrong choices and hung out with all the wrong people. Trent and Marissa talk through it all, including the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the Gadsden Purchase, why Nathaniel Hawthorne sucks, and more! 
     
    Email pardonme.presidentialpod@gmail.com to contact us or issue corrections (with sources, please)!
    Produced and Edited by Trent Thomson and Marissa MacyOriginal music by Noise of Approval Graphic design by Darcey Mckinney
     
    Sources 
    Franklin Pierce by Michael F. Holt
    https://millercenter.org/president/pierce/essays/king-1853-vicepresident#:~:text=In%20March%201853%2C%20King%20became,reaching%20his%20home%20in%20Alabama.
    https://open.spotify.com/episode/36KKuLl9HvQkT1zhcbUOV1?si=d03545ccaced4933
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?si=eXjhS8pjy6RXMIHH&v=2X6-eGSd0LA&feature=youtu.be

    • 1 hr 11 min
    FLASHCARD: The Know Nothing Party

    FLASHCARD: The Know Nothing Party

    S2E14 - As the Whig Party dies and the Republican Party begins forming, a party based on bigotry and xenophobia surges in popularity. Trent and Marissa track the secret societies that end up creating the Know Nothing Party, profile its major players, and analyze the impact the party had on American History. Plus, a best-selling book that turns out to be a hoax, Martin Scorcese’s Gangs of New York, trains taking jobs, voter fraud, and more! 
    Email pardonme.presidentialpod@gmail.com to contact us or issue corrections (with sources, please)!
    Produced and Edited by Trent Thomson and Marissa MacyOriginal music by Noise of Approval Graphic design by Darcey Mckinney
     
    Sources
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qA5i4AQ7lB8
    https://www.jstor.org/stable/25012185?typeAccessWorkflow=login&seq=6
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/immigrants-conspiracies-and-secret-society-launched-american-nativism-180961915/

    • 37 min
    Millard Fillmore: Silly Name, Serious Bigot

    Millard Fillmore: Silly Name, Serious Bigot

    S2E13 - A political nobody, Fillmore rose to the presidency when Zachary Taylor died in office, and then promptly screwed everything up! Listen in as Trent and Marissa talk sh*t about this guy’s Nativist views, his whiny baby behavior, and his idiotic choices as president. This episode also features an explanation of the Compromise of 1850, appearances from Queen Victoria and the Pope, plus a scandalous spilling of the Masons’ secrets!!!
     
    Email pardonme.presidentialpod@gmail.com to contact us or issue corrections (with sources, please)!
     
    Produced and Edited by Trent Thomson and Marissa MacyOriginal music by Noise of Approval Graphic design by Darcey McKinney
     
    Sources 
    Millard Fillmore by Paul Finkelman
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/about-the-white-house/first-families/abigail-powers-fillmore/
    https://millercenter.org/president/fillmore

    • 1 hr 17 min
    FLASHCARD: The California Gold Rush

    FLASHCARD: The California Gold Rush

    S2E12 - Think you know the Gold Rush? Think again! Trent and Marissa discuss the scams, the schemes, the gambling, the price-gouging, and the really, really long boat rides to California. The Gold Rush and its population boom caused a genocide of the Native Californian Peoples, the destruction of land, the growth of San Francisco and Sacramento, the construction of railroads, a wave of Chinese immigration, and many broken dreams.
    Email pardonme.presidentialpod@gmail.com to contact us or issue corrections (with sources, please)!
     
    Produced and Edited by Trent Thomson and Marissa MacyOriginal music by Noise of Approval Graphic design by Darcey Mckinney
     
    Sources 
    The California Gold Rush and the Coming of the Civil War by Leonard L. Richards
    https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/goldrush-california/
    https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/goldrush-samuel-brannan/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2bpBAXvJewhttps://open.spotify.com/episode/4ZONGwfOoZxP9CnaWVw9Yn?si=1bf24a0ddd2145e4https://open.spotify.com/episode/1f44sphaUmOAKlOgjAhJ9O?si=670f5fee2f724a89
     

    • 53 min

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So fun!

So much great info in a fun, conversational way, I forget I’m learning! Presidents are jerks but Marissa and Trent are not! Wonderful podcast!

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