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John Dickerson of Slate’s Political Gabfest revisits a moment from the American carnival of politics. Hear about the grand speeches, emergency strategies, baby kissing, and backstabbing that make each presidential cycle so fascinating.

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John Dickerson of Slate’s Political Gabfest revisits a moment from the American carnival of politics. Hear about the grand speeches, emergency strategies, baby kissing, and backstabbing that make each presidential cycle so fascinating.

    The Presidency as a Consumer Experience (Part 2)

    The Presidency as a Consumer Experience (Part 2)

    This episode of Whistlestop travels to October 19, 2016 as Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, the defeated GOP aspirant for the presidency, is asking his party not to play by the modern rules of politics.
    Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.
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    Email: whistlestop@slate.com. 
    Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. 
    Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson. 
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    • 45 min
    The Presidency as a Consumer Experience (Part 1)

    The Presidency as a Consumer Experience (Part 1)

    This episode of Whistlestop travels to October 12, 2012 when Democratic candidate Barack Obama was declared the loser at the first Presidential debate against Mitt Romney and Twitter won.
    Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.
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    Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.
    Email: whistlestop@slate.com. 
    Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. 
    Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson. 
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    • 29 min
    Avoiding A Great Re-Recession

    Avoiding A Great Re-Recession

    This episode of Whistlestop travels to March 12, 2008 as President George W. Bush goes over the text of his speech to address the financial crisis in the housing market and Treasury Secretary Paulson makes a warning that becomes an unfortunately accurate prediction.
    Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.
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    Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.
    Email: whistlestop@slate.com. 
    Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson. 
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    • 44 min
    Introducing Charged: A True Punishment Story

    Introducing Charged: A True Punishment Story

    For two and a half years, Emily Bazelon has been following people through a special court in New York designed to be a speedy machine for the harsh punishment of illegal gun possession. Along the way, a strange thing happened — the politics outside the courtroom started to change when a new generation of activists and insiders began challenging the old system the gun court was part of. Season 1 of Slate Presents brought you the story of Ruby Ridge, and Season 2 brings you a fight to transform one big-city justice system.
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    • 29 min
    The Making of the American Presidency (Part 4)

    The Making of the American Presidency (Part 4)

    This episode of Whistlestop travels to December 23, 1783 when the commander in chief of the Continental Army sat before the president of the Confederation Congress and prepared to step away from the job. 
    Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.
    Love Slate podcasts?
    Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.
    Email: whistlestop@slate.com. 
    Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson. 
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Making of the American Presidency (Part 3)

    The Making of the American Presidency (Part 3)

    This episode of Whistlestop travels to March 4, 2019 when Senator Rand Paul quoted from Montesquieu on Twitter: “When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person or in the same body of magistrates, there can be no liberty.” A statement that helped guide the founders towards a valuable separation of power.
    Whistlestop is Slate's podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.
    Love Slate podcasts?
    Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.
    Email: whistlestop@slate.com. 
    Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson. 
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

Ncpalmat ,

Very interesting

John’s tells great stories in a unique way.

RainAnotherDay ,

Terrific history/politics insights

Always a fun listen to hear John connect the past to the present. I never miss an episode. I just wish he more time to publish more.

JS1076 ,

Interesting, but ...

Interesting podcast, but earlier incarnation was better. A few too many mistakes. Fairly obvious this is recorded in a rush without much editing

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