16 episodes

Join history enthusiast and blogger Howard Dorre and his wife Jessica Dorre for an irreverent dive into lesser-known stories about the early American presidents. They explore myths, mysteries, scandals, and other oddities that shed light on the personalities of the founders and their families.

Plodding Through The President‪s‬ Howard & Jessica Dorre

    • History
    • 4.8 • 73 Ratings

Join history enthusiast and blogger Howard Dorre and his wife Jessica Dorre for an irreverent dive into lesser-known stories about the early American presidents. They explore myths, mysteries, scandals, and other oddities that shed light on the personalities of the founders and their families.

    Season 1 Trailer

    Season 1 Trailer

    Introducing Season 1 of Plodding Through The Presidents with presidential history blogger Howard Dorre and his wife Jessica Dorre.

    • 1 min
    The Sauciest Presidential Love Letters

    The Sauciest Presidential Love Letters

    In this Valentine's Day/Presidents Day bonus episode, we discuss a few sweet and weird love letters from early presidents like John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson before diving into the raunchy trove of letters borne of Warren G. Harding's semi-treasonous affair with Carrie Fulton Phillips. Listener discretion advised.
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    • 48 min
    The Peacemaker and the Cradle Robber

    The Peacemaker and the Cradle Robber

    In our Season 2 finale, we take on the single deadliest disaster to befall a presidential cabinet – the explosion aboard the USS Princeton in 1844. We look at four of the key players aboard and how they got there - President John Tyler, Secretary of State Abel Upshur, Captain Robert Stockton, and Julia Gardiner, "The Rose of Long Island" – and how this tragedy shook up Tyler's plans for love and Texas.
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Gouverneur Morris and the Vampire of Bizarre

    Gouverneur Morris and the Vampire of Bizarre

    We delve into the big penman energy of founding father Gouverneur Morris, the peg-legged sex-positive anti-slavery aristocrat who penned multiple constitutions and sailed through life with care-free confidence. We also explore the story of his wife, Ann Cary "Nancy" Randolph Morris and the sensational scandal at Bizarre that she struggled to overcome.
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Finding Madison's Funny Bone

    Finding Madison's Funny Bone

    We go on a hunt for the often-mentioned but little-documented wicked sense of humor of James Madison. That hunt includes his abusive college poetry, his weird experimentation with animals and humans, and his special relationship with Thomas Jefferson.
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    • 46 min
    Died On The Fourth Of July

    Died On The Fourth Of July

    We explore the unbelievable "coincidence" of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both dying on the Fourth of July on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the uncomfortable fact that James Monroe also died on the Fourth of July five years later, and the circumstances surrounding James Madison's deliberate choice to break with this weird tradition.
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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

ReadingHorses ,

A must listen to!

This podcast is by far one of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to. There is always such a good balance of history and humor that make it a joy to listen to. I’ve gotten friends who have no interest in history hooked on this. The material is presented in a way that if it was taught like this in school, everybody would love history. 10/10 highly recommend!

A_Sassenach ,

One of the best podcasts

I love this podcast. I first heard from Howard and Jessica when they were guests at another podcast. I got drawn in right away and subscribes. I was not disappointed. Both make learning about history fun. Can’t wait for season 3.

Potato Lady Bex ,

I usually hate history, but...

I love this podcast. It’s history I hadn’t heard of. It’s exciting and gruesome. Somehow it is also funny. Jessica and Howard have a great dynamic; they drew me in from the start.

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