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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.

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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.

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4.4 out of 5
2.3K Ratings

2.3K Ratings

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Good podcast. I do like the host gets very knowledgable commentators. I do not like she mispronunciations library as lie berry.

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Wish more podcasts were like this!

Found out about ‘Presidential’ and was immutably hooked! I love Lillian’s historical, educational, and poetic way of showing each of presidents.

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I was hiking the PCT this summer and was desperate for something to listen to I started on this. I’m always interested in learning more about history and my schools never taught that much about past presidents - seemed like a great idea for a podcast.

I am tempted to give it one star due to the HIGHLY ANNOYING commercial just before the end of each episode. I don’t mind that there’s a commercial. I get it. You need to promote stuff. What I mind is the commercial is MANY TIMES LOUDER than the actual podcast. So loud I have to desperately pull my headphones out of my ears or RISK HEARING DAMAGE!!!!!! Why? Why?? Why??? I often listen to podcasts while biking. It would be dangerous for me to have to suddenly need a free hand.

I remember several years ago there was actually a bill passed to prevent TV commercials to be played at a higher volume than the TV show it was inserted into. I’m guessing podcasts weren’t covered by this bill but I’m kinda surprised that the Washington Post of all media organizations would do this. Seriously. PLEASE STOP TRYING TO DAMAGE MY HEARING!!!!

So, I learned to stop listening to the end of the podcast. Then came the Harding episode. This is when I stopped listening altogether. Why are private and salacious correspondences the ONLY the thing you mentioned about this human? The whole publication of these letters is such an invasion of his privacy. I get that he’s dead now but it was just gross. Imagine at your funeral that the only thing they mentioned was to describe in detail one private detail of your sex life? Yes, this is now part of his story so mentioning the letters exists and how they became public is an understandable part of his story you might want to tell. But no, instead you went into gleeful detail about the letters. I haven’t listened to any episodes after this one.

Not giving one star because I listed and enjoyed much of the content prior. I just couldn’t stomach anymore.

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