Taking a look at the wit and wisdom of Gore Vidal in his own words, from Ryan Breegle.
10: The Wartime President
In the tenth and final episode, Vidalotry explores Gore Vidal's ridicule of George W. Bush and the title 'Wartime President' which Bush bestowed upon himself. Host Ryan Breegle looks at the accusations of voting fraud in 2000 and 2004, Gore's fears during the Bush Presidency, and his thoughts on the politicians that followed, namely Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John McCain.
9: Ronnie and Nancy
In Episode Nine, Vidalotry explores Gore Vidal's humorous criticism of the Reagan administration. Host Ryan Breegle looks at Gore's initial dismissal of Ronald as a convincing politician, his good-natured jabs at Nancy, and his overall concern that the United States was governed for eight years by a talented cue card reader.
8: Gore’s Watergate Fix
In Episode Eight, Vidalotry explores Gore Vidal's fascination with the downfall of Richard Nixon. Host Ryan Breegle looks at Gore's early wariness of Nixon, the play he wrote using words directly from the President's mouth, and Gore's suspicions that were finally proven correct.
7: The Three Kennedys
In Episode Seven, Vidalotry explores Gore Vidal's entrance into the Kennedy inner circle. Host Ryan Breegle looks at Gore's family ties to Jackie, the bad blood between Gore and Bobby, and his thoughts on what really led to the assassination of John F Kennedy.
6: Tennessee and Truman
In Episode Six, Vidalotry explores Gore Vidal's relationship with two gay authors; one friendly, the other contentious. Host Ryan Breegle looks at Gore's adventures with Tennessee Williams and their involvement in a film featuring lobotomies and cannibalism. And he examines Gore's detest for Truman Capote, culminating in lies and lawsuits.
5: Mean Mad Mailer
In Episode Five, Vidalotry explores the tumultuous friendship of Gore Vidal and author Norman Mailer. Host Ryan Breegle looks at Mailer's history of violence toward women and how it took Gore, a legendary female journalist, and a late night TV show to finally put him in his place.
A fascinating listen.
Thoroughly researched, evenly paced, insanely listenable. So sad this series has reached its end, but I hope to hear more from Ryan Breegle in the future!
Despite the time period in which he was active, Gore Vidal was prescient in his thoughts on celebrity, politicians and what's wrong with the world. Loved hearing each episode and the masterful weaving of narration through each clip.
Eloquent and well researched
This show is an web of intrigue meticulously sewn together by a true fan and cultural historian... and Gore Vidal himself. Well researched and quite engaging. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the self proclaimed hell-raiser that shook the culture in the 1940’s and beyond by being eloquently honest.