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This American President delves into the lives and legacies of U.S. presidents through long form stories and interviews. It will challenge the way you look at American history. Hosted by Richard Lim and produced by Michael Neal. Art by NipRogers.com.

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    • 4.7 • 378 Ratings

This American President delves into the lives and legacies of U.S. presidents through long form stories and interviews. It will challenge the way you look at American history. Hosted by Richard Lim and produced by Michael Neal. Art by NipRogers.com.

    The Triumph of Nancy Reagan with Karen Tumulty

    The Triumph of Nancy Reagan with Karen Tumulty

    The made-in-Hollywood marriage of Ronald and Nancy Reagan is more than a love story—it’s the partnership that made him president. Of the pair, Nancy was the one with the sharper instincts about people, the superior radar for trouble, and the keen sense of how to secure his place in history. The only person in the world to whom Ronald Reagan felt truly close, Nancy understood how to foster his strengths and compensate for his weaknesses. Neither timid nor apologetic about wielding her power, Nancy Reagan made herself a place in history. In this episode we interview the Karen Tumulty, the author of The Triumph of Nancy Reagan.
    KAREN TUMULTY
    https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Triumph-of-Nancy-Reagan/Karen-Tumulty/9781501165191
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    • 49 min
    Parthenon Roundtable: Which Person Would You Eliminate From History? (And You Can’t Choose Hitler)

    Parthenon Roundtable: Which Person Would You Eliminate From History? (And You Can’t Choose Hitler)

    Today is a group discussion in which the four guys that make up Parthenon Podcast Network (Steve Guerra from Beyond the Big Screen, Richard Lim from This American President, James Early from Key Battles of American History, and Scott Rank from History Unplugged) discuss a beloved hypothetical that our listeners have separately asked each of us many times: if you could eliminate one person from our timeline, who would it be? And sorry, Hitler is not an option. That choice is far too easy because the argument essentially makes itself. We put forward far more effort than that.
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    • 52 min
    Ronald Reagan's Address at Moscow State University | May 31, 1988

    Ronald Reagan's Address at Moscow State University | May 31, 1988

    On May 31, 1988, President Ronald Reagan delivered a speech to students at Moscow State University. While standing in the heart of a Soviet Union he once described as the "Evil Empire," President Reagan spoke about his optimism about a new era of peace and freedom around the world. During the speech, he also urged Russians to reject totalitarianism and embrace the opportunities offered by a new era of unprecedented technological change.
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    • 33 min
    Cold War | Ronald Reagan: The Voice in the Wilderness Part 3

    Cold War | Ronald Reagan: The Voice in the Wilderness Part 3

    After entering office in 1981, Ronald Reagan insisted he wanted to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons. His critics scoffed at him, not believing he was sincere. In 1987, he stunned them by signing the INF Treaty with the Soviets, eliminating an entire class of nuclear weapons. In this episode, we cover how Reagan did just that and how his policies led to the end of the Cold War.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Rebroadcast | George Washington: The First American Action Hero

    Rebroadcast | George Washington: The First American Action Hero

    He might look like an old man on the one-dollar bill, but George Washington was once a bona fide action hero. This episode explores our first president’s legendary exploits during the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.
    This is a rebroadcast of an episode originally published on 4/4/2017.
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    • 46 min
    The Last King of America with Andrew Roberts

    The Last King of America with Andrew Roberts

    George III is known to history as the mad, tyrannical British king whose stubbornness and incompetence led to a humiliating defeat in the American Revolution. Renowned historian Andrew Roberts challenges that narrative in his new book, The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of George III. In this episode, we explore the enigmatic life of this consequential British monarch.
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
378 Ratings

378 Ratings

DPSSM ,

Great Podcast

I consider myself a history buff. I recommend this podcast for similar people. I learned a lot from the Jefferson “Art of the Deal” episode in particular. Cherry-picking episodes of interest now. I know a fair bit and I haven’t heard anything wrong yet. It seems pretty “fair and balanced” so far.

dankpeeples ,

Yep

Five stars despite the recent Paul Kengor episode. Felt more like Paul talking about himself and his fandom of Reagan vs a balanced conversation about “The Making of Reagan”. The whole recap Kengor does of Reagan’s acting career was repulsively subjective, and didn’t align w/ Reagan’s actual career. I like how this podcast normally doesn’t deify presidents (guests list pros and cons and oftentimes pushback against presidential decisions) but Kengor tends to fawn over the gold-polished image of Reagan he describes. Reagan’s acting experience played a major role in his political success, no doubt, but why no mention of McCarthyism and Reagan’s role in demonizing communism in Hollywood - and how that contributed to the McCarthy Trials and the derailment of dozens of Hollywood stars who were friends of Reagan? Whole episode felt unbalanced.

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Excellent and balanced view of US History

One of the best podcasts in us presidents

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