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The White House Historical Association presents The 1600 Sessions, a podcast that explores the history, untold stories and personal accounts of America’s most iconic residence and office – The White House.

The 1600 Sessions The White House Historical Association

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8, 107 Ratings

The White House Historical Association presents The 1600 Sessions, a podcast that explores the history, untold stories and personal accounts of America’s most iconic residence and office – The White House.

    43 White House Fellows

    43 White House Fellows

    Every year, the White House Fellows program gives young, talented Americans the opportunity to work in the White House alongside White House staff, cabinet members and senior officials. In this episode, White House Historical Association President Stewart McLaurin speaks with Elizabeth Pinkerton, Director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellows, Stephanie Ferguson, President of the White House Fellows Alumni Association, and Andy Ku, a recent White House Fellow, about their experience with the program and how its members shape the history of the White House and our country.

    • 49 min
    42 Our Work and Recent Events: A Q&A with David M. Rubenstein

    42 Our Work and Recent Events: A Q&A with David M. Rubenstein

    In this special episode of The 1600 Sessions, financier and philanthropist David Rubenstein interviews White House Historical Association President Stewart McLaurin to discuss the work of the Association during the recent period of the COVID-19 pandemic and protests in Lafayette Square, and how the history of “The People’s House” provides context to the challenges of the present day.

    • 48 min
    41 Founding Mother, Mary Ball Washington

    41 Founding Mother, Mary Ball Washington

    George Washington might not have become the Founding Father we know today if not for the influence of his mother. For Mother’s Day, Association President Stewart McLaurin interviews Craig Shirley, author of “Mary Ball Washington: The Untold Story of Washington’s Mother,” about how our first president’s life and personality was shaped by the unique character of his mother.

    • 42 min
    40 Presidential Leadership in Times of Challenge: FDR and LBJ

    40 Presidential Leadership in Times of Challenge: FDR and LBJ

    Throughout our history, presidents have faced crises that have gripped both the nation and the world. In this episode, Association President Stewart McLaurin speaks to Paul Sparrow, Director of the FDR Library and Museum, and Mark Updegrove, President & CEO of the LBJ Foundation, about the unique challenges these two presidents faced, and the leadership skills that helped them navigate these challenges.

    • 57 min
    39 Researching Slavery in the President’s Neighborhood

    39 Researching Slavery in the President’s Neighborhood

    The White House is a symbol of freedom and democracy, but from its very conception it had a paradoxical relationship with the institution of slavery. In this episode, Association President Stewart McLaurin speaks to Association historians Matthew Costello, Lindsay Chervinsky, and Lina Mann about their groundbreaking work researching and telling the stories of the enslaved individuals that built, worked at, and lived in or near the White House.
    To Learn more about our Slavery in the President’s Neighborhood initiative, visit our landing page. 

    • 47 min
    38 White House History with David Rubenstein: Slavery in the President’s Neighborhood

    38 White House History with David Rubenstein: Slavery in the President’s Neighborhood

    The institution of slavery and the stories of enslaved people have always been a part of the fabric of White House history. In this episode, White House Historical Association President Stewart McLaurin introduces a conversation between financier and philanthropist David Rubenstein and the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Dr. Lonnie G. Bunch III, about the history and legacy of slavery in the nation’s capital, held at St. John’s Church on February 5, 2020.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
107 Ratings

107 Ratings

ThePrinceIsaac ,

Highly Informative and Interesting

I was so excited to have discovered this professional and official podcast by the White House Historical Association. It goes into depth about a whole list of different and important subjects in White House history

NCmetal ,

Excellent

Stewart is a great host and each guest is very interesting, no matter what the topic.

Lkg4Character ,

Dry but worthwhile.

The host merely asks dry, predetermined questions. There’s no discussion, per se, but it’s often new information for us history geeks.

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