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Come on down the rabbit hole with us as we answer real questions from visitors to President Lincoln’s Cottage that we wish we could spend a half hour answering. We always start with Lincoln and the Cottage, but we often end up in unexpected places… 
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Q & Abe President Lincoln's Cottage

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Come on down the rabbit hole with us as we answer real questions from visitors to President Lincoln’s Cottage that we wish we could spend a half hour answering. We always start with Lincoln and the Cottage, but we often end up in unexpected places… 
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    Bonus: Leadership After the Election

    Bonus: Leadership After the Election

    This bonus episode accompanies episode 3.4, "Did Lincoln ever worry he was unqualified to be president?"
    Normally, for a bonus episode, we share with you portions of our initial conversation with our guests, but today’s episode is a little different. We checked back in for a new conversation with Jared Peatman and Nancy Belmont just yesterday, after the election. What is the responsibility of the people being led?
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    • 9 min
    Did Lincoln ever worry he was unqualified to be president?

    Did Lincoln ever worry he was unqualified to be president?

    In this episode, we're exploring a question from a friend of the Cottage about Lincoln's self doubt and what it means to be qualified for the presidency. Encounters along the way include rowdy 1860s politics, imposter syndrome, the Constitution, and a formula for courage. Come along with us!
    Guests:
    Michael Green
    Jared Peatman
    Nancy Belmont
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    • 40 min
    Bonus: Lincoln in the Bardo

    Bonus: Lincoln in the Bardo

    This bonus episode accompanies episode 3.3, "Willie was his favorite, right?"
    As we work on answering the questions for the show, we sometimes have fascinating encounters that are outside the main episode, but we still want to get them in your hands. About two and a half years ago, our Executive Director Erin Carlson Mast was in conversation with George Saunders, the author of Lincoln in the Bardo, on the Kojo Nnamdi show. The Kojo Show and American University were gracious enough to allow us to share with you some excerpts from the conversation.  
    You can hear the full show at: https://thekojonnamdishow.org/shows/2018-02-14/george-saunders-introduces-us-to-166-singular-ghosts-and-another-side-of-president-lincoln
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    • 12 min
    Willie was his favorite, right?

    Willie was his favorite, right?

    In this episode, we're investigating a visitor question about Lincoln's relationship with his four sons, including Willie. While we're looking around, we run into mischief in the telegraph office, our innate need to be loved, and a new reflection on Lincoln's oldest son, Robert. Come along with us!
    Guests:
    Alan Manning
    Michael Mintz
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    • 37 min
    Bonus: Brain Questions and Neuroaesthetics

    Bonus: Brain Questions and Neuroaesthetics

    This bonus episode accompanies episode 3.2, "Wasn't she crazy?"
    As we talk to our experts looking for answers to the questions for the show, we run into fascinating things sometimes that don’t quite fit within the main episode - but we still want to share them with you all. We asked Anjan Chatterjee an existential question, and also to explain a little more about his field of neuroaesthetics as it might apply to a place like the Cottage. 
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    • 10 min
    Wasn't she crazy?

    Wasn't she crazy?

    In this episode, we're digging into a question we often get from visitors about Mary Lincoln and her mental health. Along the way we stop off at the orbitofrontal cortex, what it's like to lose an election, the physiology of grief, and the connection between spiritualism and the telegraph. Come along with us!
    Guests:
    Catherine Clinton
    Anjan Chatterjee
    Joanne Cacciatore
    Emily Cain
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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20 Ratings

historic america ,

Just found this great podcast!

Q&Abe is a tremendous Lincoln resource. We run our own podcast (A Place in Time) and needed to learn as much as possible about Abraham Lincoln’s Civil War life & times. Q&Abe helped us fill in the gaps! Plus we really enjoyed the episodes where they focus on questions asked to them by museum guests. “Who did Lincoln trust the most?,” was a particular favorite. Well done!

Pickaclover ,

Answers all my burning questions about Lincoln

I came across Q and Abe after listening to an interview on the A Place in Time podcast. These vignettes are stimulating, clearly well researched, and compelling. Excited to subscribe and hear more!

Sat26 ,

Had no idea

Had no idea this was a podcast until I got an email today. I loved Lincoln’s cottage when I visited and can’t wait to dive into this. I already know this is going to be 5 stars

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