This American President

This American President
The leaders you thought you knew

22: On the Edge of Armageddon Part II (Dwight D. Eisenhower)
Jul 8 • 107 min
Dwight D. Eisenhower, hardened by years of war, now seeks to lead American a decade of peace. But the logic of the Cold War forces him to go to the brink of nuclear destruction to attain it.
21: On the Edge of Armageddon Part I (Dwight D. Eisenhower)
Apr 16 • 58 min
Few people today can recall the major events or accomplishments of Eisenhower’s presidency. To many, he is a mere transitional figure, the president who served during the stale and cookie cutter 1950s, between years of war under FDR and Truman and social…
Pandemics, Presidents, and Prophets
Apr 14 • 33 min
Richard Lim and Joey Brown talk about the coronavirus pandemic, the 1918 flu, and life under lockdown.
20: The Power of the Universe Part II (Harry S. Truman)
Feb 29 • 106 min
World War II was over and America and the world now looked to an era of peace. But new problems were on the horizon. The victorious allies were now forging a new world order, but couldn’t agree on what that order should look like. The world had suffered…
State of the Podcast + Kickstarter Project
Feb 3 • 34 min
Richard and Michael answer questions from listeners including the origin story of the podcast and what goes into making an episode. They also announce a Kickstarter Project to fund a podcast studio. To become a backer of our Kickstarter visit:…
19: The Power of the Universe Part I (Harry S. Truman)
Oct 23, 2019 • 73 min
How did a haberdasher from Missouri end up changing the world? Upon FDR’s death, Harry Truman was thrust into the presidency in the middle of WWII. Soon he would face the hard decision of how to use the atomic bombs. Harry S. Truman, April 19, 1945, one…
18: Nigel Hamilton on FDR
Sep 28, 2019 • 71 min
Interview with Nigel Hamilton regarding his new FDR book, War and Peace: FDR’s Final Odyssey: D-Day to Yalta, 1943–1945.
17: Apollo 11 Splashdown with Navy Frogman John Wolfram
Jul 18, 2019 • 43 min
When John Wolfram joined the US Navy in 1967, he didn’t imagine he would become the first frogman in the water to rescue the Apollo 11 astronauts after the moon landing. John tells us about the Apollo 11 rescue, serving in Vietnam, and his incredible…
16: A Gulf of Civil Horror (George Washington)
Jun 15, 2019 • 99 min
For over 200 years, the US military has subordinated itself to civilian authority. But in 1783, that authority was challenged. This is the story of how George Washington restored that civilian rule and saved the young republic. Read Transcript
15: Presidential Fight Club with Scott Rank
May 8, 2019 • 58 min
Scott Rank visits to discuss his podcast Presidential Fight Club, which seeks to answer the question “If all of the presidents fought each other one-on-one, who would win?” Scott Michael Rank, Ph.D., is the editor of History on the Net and host of the…
14: Gen. Michael Hayden, Director of the NSA and CIA under George W. Bush
Mar 30, 2019 • 68 min
Interview with General Michael Hayden, former Director of the NSA and CIA, on the dilemmas the Bush Administration faced in the War on Terror.
13: Will and Ted’s Imperial Adventure Part II (William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt)
Feb 10, 2019 • 118 min
The Spanish-American War is at hand and America faces even more temptations towards imperialism in the Philippine-American War.
12: Will and Ted’s Imperial Adventure Part I (William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt)
Oct 17, 2018 • 83 min
Should republics build empires? William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt and the path to the Spanish–American War.
11: The Great American Conqueror Part II (James K. Polk)
Jun 11, 2018 • 65 min
In our last episode, we discussed President Polk’s unlikely rise to the White House and his success in annexing Texas and settling the Oregon territory. But by late April 1846, he was leading his nation to war with its southern neighbor, Mexico. As a…
10: The Great American Conqueror Part I (James K. Polk)
Mar 21, 2018 • 79 min
In this episode we continue the theme of expansion in early America, telling the story of the Mexican-American War and the president who, though largely forgotten and little understood, remains a giant in the annals of American history.
9: The Art of the Steal (Thomas Jefferson)
Dec 5, 2017 • 102 min
There is one event, in particular, that we will focus on in this episode. It’s an event of critical importance to our country and the world; without which we may never have become a world power. It’s a story that challenges our historical bias towards…
8: The Women Who Would Be President
Sep 26, 2017 • 125 min
We just lived through the first election in which a woman won the nomination of a major political party to be President of the United States and came close to being elected. To many, this was a sign of major progress . In fact, there are more women today…
7: Bob Knudsen on Photographing the President
Aug 15, 2017 • 74 min
In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was a little-known politician running for president. In February of that year, he was in New York City to deliver a speech at the Cooper Union building. Just before his remarks, Lincoln stopped by the office of photographer…
6: The Inscrutable Man Part II (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
Jul 19, 2017 • 65 min
In the first episode of this two-part series on FDR, we explored the man, his times, and the unusual circumstances surrounding the 1944 Democratic Convention. We discussed FDR’s legendary poker face, his deteriorating health, the fact that his doctor…
5: The Inscrutable Man Part I (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
Jun 27, 2017 • 77 min
If we were to do an episode on the entire life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, it would have to be at least a 12 hour series. Instead, we will focus on a short period of his life that is one of the most fascinating—the end of it. This isn’t the FDR of the…
4: Peggy Grande on President Reagan
Jun 6, 2017 • 69 min
This week on This American President we interview author, public speaker, and former executive assistant to President Ronald Reagan, Peggy Grande. Peggy recently wrote a book titled The President Will See You Now: My Stories and Lessons from Ronald…
3: Fake News and Nasty Men (1876 Election)
May 16, 2017 • 70 min
Historians have often noted that our Founding Fathers didn’t like democracy. Our second president, John Adams, once said, “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself. There was never a democracy yet that did not commit…
2: Smile of the Demagogue (Andrew Johnson)
Apr 25, 2017 • 66 min
He came from humble beginnings. He was born in a log cabin and had virtually no education. Through hard work, he rose to become a successful businessman. He fell in love and was married for almost 50 years. His life was the epitome of the American dream.…
1: The First American Action Hero (George Washington)
Apr 4, 2017 • 47 min
George Washington was the first U.S. president, but he seems to be a distant figure akin to Pharaohs and ancient kings; more monument than man. Is this the real George Washington? You might be surprised to find out that his contemporaries saw him very…