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
3.4K Ratings

3.4K 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.

ByeFelicia777 ,

Not great

The structure jumps all over the place. The narration isn’t great, it sounds kind of like a high school project presentation. The worst though are the many episodes that don’t discuss much of anything about their presidential impact on the contract. I would love it if they would redo it with better structure. Some background about their life before being president and after, but focus more on the facts of impact on the country/world.

kayyserasera ,

Thank you

Just finished listening to this podcast and I loved obsessing about the presidents over the course of the last two weeks as I took in each president. I now have all the presidents names memorized in order, and feel like I have a better grasp of American history as a presidency can reveal a lot about what Americans are concerned about at any given time. It’s given me some hope that while the world is changing a lot, in many ways, America isn’t all that different from its beginning. I saw a lot of reviews grumbling about audio quality which might be more of an issue if you’re listening with headphones, I listened on a stereo speaker and didn’t notice anything too off putting. I also think the host over all does a great job of bringing out the relateable, human qualities of every president, regardless of their politics. I found myself having a greater respect for US Grant (definitely want to read his autobiography now!), Benjamin Harrison, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter-all presidents I knew virtually nothing about before this podcast.The format and content was just what I needed from a podcast like this-those complaining about the content may just want something a little different, and that’s OK. And don’t let the haters hate-I loved the blind date question!!

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