52 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]

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    BONUS | Happy Presidents’ Day! Or … not?

    BONUS | Happy Presidents’ Day! Or … not?

    Students, teachers and historians reflect on what has changed — and should change — about the way we teach presidential history today. This special episode features presidential experts Barbara Perry and Julian Zelizer, “How the Word Is Passed” author Clint Smith, and the AP government and politics class of teacher Michael Martirone.

    • 26 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
3.5K Ratings

3.5K Ratings

krrb1135 ,

Presidential

I’ve enjoyed every episode of this podcast and feel sorry that it has ended. Narration is important along with content. The narrator is eloquent and steady in her delivery and so easy to listen to! I found the historical content to be excellent.

Cool Firework🧨 ,

Love it

Monroe was very interesting. Actually, this whole podcast was very interesting. Now go listen to it, get informed and interested about the US presidents, and stop reading this review.

Jamey1559 ,

Exceptional

Absolutely loved this podcast. It was interesting and informative and appreciated the telling of facts we might never have heard before were it not for this podcast.

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