51 episodes

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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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]

    Joe Biden: Triumph, tragedy and the fate of the center

    Joe Biden: Triumph, tragedy and the fate of the center

    Four years later, the “Presidential” podcast adds a new biography to its cadre of American presidents. This special episode explores Joe Biden's decades-long, hard-fought personal and political path to the White House, with the New Yorker’s Evan Osnos.

    • 53 min
    BONUS | What books about Trump say about America

    BONUS | What books about Trump say about America

    Books published in the Trump era reveal the battles over, and changes in, the American presidency today. In this special episode of “Presidential,” Post nonfiction book critic Carlos Lozada shares what he’s learned from reading more than 150 of them.

    • 30 min
    BONUS | Pandemic, propaganda and the presidency

    BONUS | Pandemic, propaganda and the presidency

    The 1918 influenza pandemic killed more than 675,000 Americans, but President Woodrow Wilson never made a single public statement about it. Why? Here’s what happens when efforts to promote patriotism and suppress free speech collide with a deadly virus.

    • 40 min
    BONUS | When a VP pick changes history

    BONUS | When a VP pick changes history

    In ’84, a former VP got the Democratic presidential nomination, faced a Republican incumbent and chose the first female running mate in U.S. history. Sound familiar? Go behind history in this special episode, featuring an interview with Walter Mondale.

    • 39 min
    BONUS | Binding up the nation's wounds

    BONUS | Binding up the nation's wounds

    A special episode of “Presidential” explores how a 1939 concert transformed the Lincoln Memorial into a stage for civil rights protests. Featuring Molefi Kete Asante, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Philip Kennicott.

    • 29 min
    LIVE EVENT | 'Unprecedented Presidents' live from WBUR CitySpace

    LIVE EVENT | 'Unprecedented Presidents' live from WBUR CitySpace

    Four years after making Presidential, host Lillian Cunningham led a panel examining what's really unprecedented--or not--about Donald Trump's presidency. Historians Alexis Coe, Drew Gilpin Faust and Julian Zelizer joined for this live event in Boston.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
3.2K Ratings

3.2K Ratings

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Outstanding and unbiased look at our presidents

This podcast is great journey through history and a wonderful in-depth look at our presidents.

Lillian Cunningham does a wonderful job of talking politics without getting political. She presents each prez in a fair and thoughtful way so we can learn who they were as people and better understand the decisions they had to make. Well done!

Dimenysys ,

History through the eyes of a SJW

Literally the entire episode of Woodrow Wilson is about how he was a “racist”. Hot garbage, this is history for blue-haired feminists in their freshman year of college.

nicole.leonida ,

Great podcast

Each episode was fantastic, so much information! It was nice to hear about the Presidents as people.

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