Whistlestop: Presidential History and Trivia

Whistlestop: Presidential History and Trivia

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Bite-sized stories from presidential history
The Making of the American Presidency (Part 3)
Mar 13 • 40 min
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…
The Making of the American Presidency (Part 2)
Feb 27 • 36 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels to June 1st, 1787 when America’s founders faced a challenge: the nation couldn’t depend on the good will of the states to keep itself unified but there wasn’t a mandate for new rules to be made either. Whistlestop is…
The Making of the American Presidency (Part 1)
Feb 13 • 26 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels to the spring of 1787 when fifty-five men of property and elite status argued in Philadelphia at the Constitutional Convention for what President John Adams called “the greatest single effort of national deliberation…
A ’90s-Style Government Shutdown (Part 2)
Jan 30 • 31 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels to November 7, 1995, when a long and uncomfortable plane ride helped fire up Speaker Gingrich to deliver a dramatic set of budget demands that President Bill Clinton did not expect.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about…
A ‘90’s Style Government Shutdown (Part 1)
Jan 16 • 33 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels to April 1995 as President Bill Clinton and Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich battle to define American democracy.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John…
If a Wall Falls
Dec 12, 2018 • 47 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels back to November 9, 1989, when East and West Berliners took sledgehammers to the Berlin Wall and President H.W. George Bush refrained from making grandiose statements about American-style Democracy.Whistlestop is…
Tip and the Gip Part 2, Social Security
Nov 28, 2018 • 49 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels back to December 16, 1981 when President Ronald Reagan signs Executive Order 12335, creating the National Commission on Social Security Reform.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by…
Tip and the Gip Part 1
Nov 14, 2018 • 48 min
This episode of Whistlestop visits 1981 when Republican President Ronald Reagan, after surviving an assassination attempt, received a warm visit from the Democratic Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill. Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential…
Doing the Midterm Shuffle
Oct 31, 2018 • 46 min
This episode of Whistlestop visits 1982, 1986, 1994, 2006 and 2010 when former sitting U.S. Presidents all scrambled to respond to displeasing midterm election results. Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest…
Taking Aim at the New Guy
Oct 3, 2018 • 26 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels back to October 18, 1938 when former President Hoover picked on the new President with gusto. Many U.S. Presidents to follow were also publicly critical of the new one in office. Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about…
The Nomination of Judge Bork Part 2
Sep 5, 2018 • 50 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels back to September 15, 1987 and into the Senate Caucus Room where Associate Justice Designee Robert Bork begins his five days of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about…
Special Re-Air: John McCain’s Surprise 2000 Primary Win in New Hampshire
Aug 26, 2018 • 40 min
With John McCain’s passing, we are republishing this episode about John McCain’s surprise win in the 2000 New Hampshire Republican primary. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Bidding of Biden to Boo Bork
Aug 22, 2018 • 40 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels back to June 26, 1987, when President Reagan learned that the swing vote Justice on the Supreme Court, Justice Lewis Powell, was going to step down and so a judicial nomination would be due.Whistlestop is Slate’s…
Whistlestop Presents: Slow Burn
Aug 8, 2018 • 37 min
With John Dickerson out on vacation, we’re here to bring you something special: Slow Burn. In each episode of this hit Slate podcast, host Leon Neyfakh excavates the strange subplots and forgotten characters of recent political history—and finds…
Kennedy and Communism (Part 3)
Jul 25, 2018 • 40 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels back to June 1961, in the aftermath of President John F. Kennedy’s meeting Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in Vienna.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kennedy and Communism (Part 2)
Jul 11, 2018 • 40 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels back to June 1961 when President John F. Kennedy sits down with Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in Vienna.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each…
Kennedy and Communism (Part 1 of 2)
Jun 27, 2018 • 33 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels back to June 3, 1961 as President John F. Kennedy prepared to hobble on stage for his first high-stakes summit with a soviet leader.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest…
Nixon Goes to China (Part 3 of 3)
Jun 13, 2018 • 40 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels back to February 1972, when President Nixon abandoned a much-needed shower in order to rush off and meet Chairman Mao for the first time.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political…
Nixon Goes to China (Part 2 of 3)
May 30, 2018 • 23 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels back to July 10, 1971 when Henry Kissinger is reported to have had a terrible stomach ache while abroad but was really working covertly to promote President Nixon’s international agenda.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast…
Nixon Goes to China (Part 1)
May 23, 2018 • 33 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels back to February 21, 1972 when President Nixon, a staunch anti-communist, begins the thawing of relations with China with a personal visit to the country.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted…
Roosevelt v. The Gorgon
May 2, 2018 • 37 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels back to Feb 22, 1902, as Theodore Roosevelt prepares to receive the unhappy company of angry executives hoping to strong-arm the White House into ignoring their monopolies.Show Notes: The elitist men’s club, the Corsair…
The Lighthearted Leanings of Leadership
Apr 18, 2018 • 29 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels back to April 30, 2011 when President Obama stepped up to the podium at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner to deliver a dig and dig for a laugh. Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential campaign history.…
Four Score and Seven Years of Presidential Golfing
Apr 4, 2018 • 33 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels back to April 13, 1953 when Washington DC’s baseball team, the Senators, hoped the nation’s new President would deliver the first pitch of the season. Instead, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was on the links of Augusta,…
Griever-in-Chief and Guardian of Common Ground
Mar 7, 2018 • 30 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels back to April 19, 1995 when the Oklahoma City Bombing shocked the nation and the President stepped up to offer emotional and political guidance.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential campaign history. Hosted…
Retiring for Peace
Feb 21, 2018 • 42 min
When President Johnson delivered his State of the Union speech on January 17, 1968 he surprised those closest to him when he didn’t step down.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential campaign history. Hosted by our political correspondent and…
Carter Withdraws From U.S. Olympics
Feb 7, 2018 • 41 min
America boycotted the Moscow Summer Olympics in 1980 in response to the Russian occupation of Afghanistan. Here on the eve of the next winter Olympiad we’ll have the story of that decision by President Jimmy Carter.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about…
The 25th Amendment
Jan 24, 2018 • 33 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels back to April 4, 1841, the death of president William Henry Harrison, and a flaw in the Constitution that needed fixing. Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential campaign history. Hosted by our political…
Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate
Dec 27, 2017 • 24 min
Whistlestop presents a preview of Slow Burn, an eight-episode miniseries about Watergate. People called her crazy, and to be fair she must have seemed crazy. But she was onto something. How Martha Mitchell, the celebrity wife of one of Nixon’s closest…
Special Re-Broadcast of The Entanglements of the Mega Rich: Vice President Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller
Dec 27, 2017 • 33 min
Host John Dickerson visits January 11, 2017 and also the campaign of Gerald R. Ford and Nelson Rockefeller. With it came along concerns of economic entanglements that a rich family might not be able to untangle.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about…
The Air Traffic Take Down
Dec 13, 2017 • 34 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels back to August 3, 1981 when 12,000 air traffic controllers walked off their jobs.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential campaign history. Hosted by our political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist…
The Partial Truths of the Presidency
Nov 29, 2017 • 34 min
Presidents FDR, Bush, Obama and others delivered partial truths to the American people. Were they good leaders?Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential campaign history. Hosted by our political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John…
Harry S. Truman’s Battles with the Bosses (an encore presentation)
Nov 15, 2017 • 47 min
Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidentialcampaign history. Hosted by our political correspondent and PoliticalGabfest panelist JohnDickerson, each installment will revisit amemorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America’s…
FDR’s Purge
Nov 1, 2017 • 44 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels back to June 24, 1938, to a fireside chat with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as he prepared to attempt to purge the congressional leadership in order to push forward the executive office’s agendaWhistlestop is…
At the Heart of the President’s Heart
Oct 18, 2017 • 37 min
Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable (or even forgotten) moments from America’s Presidential carnival.Podcast…
Responder in Chief
Oct 4, 2017 • 42 min
Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable (or even forgotten) moments from America’s Presidential carnival.Podcast…
A High Point in Bipartisan Deal-Making
Sep 20, 2017 • 48 min
Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable (or even forgotten) moments from America’s Presidential carnival.Podcast…
Riding the Oratory Train
Aug 9, 2017 • 45 min
This episode of Whistlestop revisits September 25, 1919 and the collapse of grand speeches for peace delivered by President Wilson.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist…
Loyalty Tests and The Bridge of Death
Jul 26, 2017 • 46 min
This episode of Whistlestop revisits July 1979 when President Carter prepared to cut a number of his cabinet members free and start afresh. Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by political correspondent and Political Gabfest…
Foreign Collusion and the Dragon Lady
Jul 12, 2017 • 40 min
Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by John Dickerson, each installment revisits a memorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America’s past.Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank.Research by Brian Rosenwald.Love Slate…
Lady Lincoln and the Leak
Jun 28, 2017 • 33 min
This episode of Whistlestop revisits an era of mischievous accounting by first lady Mary Todd Lincoln and the work of a leaker who helped distract the press.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by political correspondent and…
A Powerful Pardon
Jun 14, 2017 • 39 min
This episode of Whistlestop revisits Sunday September 8, 1974 when President Ford announced his pardon of Richard Nixon.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John…
Oliver North Master Crafter of the Political Lie
May 31, 2017 • 56 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels back to October 5, 1986 when an American plane went down as it was carrying arms to “Contra” guerrillas fighting the communist regime in Nicaragua and the lies about the Iran Contra affair flared up.Whistlestop is…
Recording from the Oval
May 17, 2017 • 45 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels back to February 1971 when President Nixon asks his Chief of Staff if they can record conversations in the Oval Office for posterity.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by political…
A Recipe for a Presidential Speech
Apr 19, 2017 • 42 min
This episode of Whistlestop travels to June 11, 1962 when President Kennedy receives an honorary degree from Yale University and delivers the commencement address.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by political correspondent…
The Fire of Agnew
Apr 5, 2017 • 52 min
This episode of Whistlestop revisits October 15, 1969 and the divisive words of then Vice President Spiro Agnew.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson,…
The Bricker Amendment and Stories of Migratory Birds
Mar 22, 2017 • 46 min
Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable (or even forgotten) moments from America’s Presidential carnival.Podcast…
The 104-Year-Old Mistake
Mar 8, 2017 • 39 min
Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable (or even forgotten) moments from America’s presidential carnival.Podcast…
Steely Executive Orders from Presidents Truman and Trump
Feb 22, 2017 • 53 min
This Whistlestop visits April 24, 1952 when President Truman’s executive powers are challenged by the courts. Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each…
When a Supreme Court Justice Leaves a Seat Earlier than Expected, June 13, 1968,
Feb 7, 2017 • 58 min
Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable (or even forgotten) moments from America’s presidential carnival.Podcast…
The Entanglements of the Mega Rich: Vice President Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller
Jan 25, 2017 • 32 min
Host John Dickerson visits January 11, 2017 and also the campaign of Gerald R. Ford and Nelson Rockefeller. With it came along concerns of economic entanglements that a rich family might not be able to untangle.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about…
The Inauguration of the People’s President
Jan 11, 2017 • 53 min
Whistlestop takes a journey to 1829 and the inauguration of President Andrew Jackson, the people’s President. Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about political history. Hosted by our political correspondent and PoliticalGabfest panelist JohnDickerson, each…
Harry S. Truman’s Battles with the Bosses
Dec 14, 2016 • 46 min
Host John Dickerson visits May 24, 1946 and President Harry S. Truman’s challenges to labor bosses and his action-hero-style presidency.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidentialcampaign history. Hosted by our political correspondent and…
Whistlestop: The Presidential Greatness Edition
Nov 30, 2016 • 20 min
Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about political history. Hosted by our political correspondent and PoliticalGabfest panelist JohnDickerson, each installment will revisit amemorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America’s Presidential…
October Surprise, the 1964 Edition
Nov 1, 2016 • 49 min
With this Whistlestop John Dickerson revisits October 7, 1964 and the October surprise of the Johnson-Goldwater Presidential race.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidentialcampaign history. Hosted by our political correspondent and PoliticalGabfest…
Debategate
Oct 19, 2016 • 45 min
Whistlestop host John Dickerson revisits October 28, 1980 and the lies, blame and competitive advantage that were swirling around during the Carter-Reagan Debategate scandal.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidentialcampaign history. Hosted by our…
The Candor of Betty Ford
Oct 5, 2016 • 40 min
With this Whistlestop John Dickerson revisits August 10, 1975 and the candor of Betty Ford.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidentialcampaign history. Hosted by our political correspondent and PoliticalGabfest panelist JohnDickerson, each…
The Birth of Barack
Sep 21, 2016 • 66 min
First stop is November 10, 2007, host John Dickerson outlines Barack Obama’s ascension to the Presidency.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidentialcampaign history. Hosted by our political correspondent and PoliticalGabfest panelist JohnDickerson,…
Goldwater v. Fact Magazine
Sep 7, 2016 • 49 min
John Dickerson tells the tale of the 1960’s battle of Barry Goldwater versus Fact Magazine.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidentialcampaign history. Hosted by our political correspondent and PoliticalGabfest panelist JohnDickerson, each…
Whistlestop: Live Book Tour Mashup
Aug 24, 2016 • 59 min
John Dickerson is live on the road in New York and San Francisco sharing snipets and highlights from the newly published Whistlestop book.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts,…
Andrew Jackson: The Dangerous Candidate
Aug 17, 2016 • 49 min
Andrew Jackson and Donald Trump cut from the same cloth?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Keep Your Attack Dog Fed
Jul 27, 2016 • 57 min
One thing Jefferson and Hamilton could agree on: they hated James Callender. The scandalmonger journalist uncovered the first two great sex scandals of the early Republic and helped Jefferson win the election of 1800. Learn more about your ad choices.…
We Want Willkie
Jul 13, 2016 • 54 min
In a shocker, the GOP nominates a businessman who only the year before had been a registered Democrat. John Dickerson explains how the affable Indiana utility executive rose to clinch the nomination at the last minute.Learn more about your ad choices.…
Stand Up for America
Apr 12, 2016 • 46 min
In 1968, Alabama governor George Wallace appealed to segregationists and blue collar workers during his presidential bid as a third-party candidate. Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions,…
Goldwater’s Contested Convention
Mar 23, 2016 • 33 min
In this episode of Slate’s podcast about campaign history, John Dickerson explains how, despite the efforts of many establishment Republicans, Sen. Barry Goldwater clinched the GOP nomination for president in 1964. Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with…
The Reagan-Ford Vice-Presidential Dance
Feb 24, 2016 • 39 min
In this episode of Slate’s podcast about campaign history, John Dickerson explains how Ronald Reagan almost became Gerald Ford’s vice president and vice-versa.This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website today at…
The Straight Talk Express
Feb 9, 2016 • 43 min
In this episode of Slate’s podcast about campaign history, John Dickerson explains how retail politics won the day in the 2000 Republican primary in New Hampshire.This week’s This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website today…
The Dean Scream
Jan 27, 2016 • 44 min
After a meteoric rise to the top of the polls, Howard Dean’s presidential bid fizzled in 2004, following his infamous speech in Iowa. On this episode, John Dickerson explains why the seeds of the campaign’s demise were present from its very…
Hurrah and Hokum
Dec 16, 2015 • 36 min
John Dickerson remembers the election of 1840, when both Whigs and Democrats turned out record numbers of voters by appealing to the raw emotions of their followers. Please let us know what you think of Whistlestop. Our email is…
Fighting the Wimp Factor
Dec 2, 2015 • 42 min
John Dickerson remembers the presidential campaign of 1988, when George Bush’s handlers worked from a playbook known as “The Hazards of Duke” to spin Michael Dukakis as soft on crime, weak on defense, and generally out of touch.Please let us know what you…
JFK in West Virginia
Nov 11, 2015 • 34 min
In this episode of Slate’s podcast about campaign history, John Dickerson tells the story of JFK’s masterful counterattack in his 1960 primary campaign, in which he turned criticism of his faith into one of his greatest strengths. This week’s show is…
Waiting for Mario
Oct 27, 2015 • 47 min
In this episode of Slate’s podcast about campaign history, John Dickerson remembers Mario Cuomo’s excruciatingly long and drawn-out process of public indecision about whether to enter the presidential race in 1992. This week’s show is sponsored by The…
Feeling Your Pain
Oct 14, 2015 • 46 min
In this episode of Slate’s podcast about campaign history, John Dickerson remembers the 1992 presidential debate, in which candidate Bill Clinton convinced Americans that he really cared… about them. This week’s show is sponsored by The Great Courses and…
The Biggest Debate Gaffe Ever
Sep 30, 2015 • 40 min
In this episode of Slate’s podcast about campaign history, political correspondent John Dickerson explains why 1976 ushered in the kind of presidential debates we see today. This week’s show is sponsored by The Great Courses and its collection of lecture…
Donald Trump vs. Ross Perot
Sep 16, 2015 • 32 min
In this episode of Slate’s podcast about campaign history, political correspondent John Dickerson compares the presidential ambitions of two ego-driven billionaires. This week’s show is sponsored by The Great Courses and its collection of lecture series…
Ted Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, and the Battle of the Robot Rule
Sep 2, 2015 • 50 min
In this episode of Slate’s podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson concludes the tale of the 1980 Democratic primary fight between challenger Ted Kennedy and incumbent President Jimmy Carter. Whistlestop…
The Worst Answer to “Why Do You Want to Be President?” in Campaign History
Jul 22, 2015 • 31 min
In this episode of Slate’s podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson remembers when Ted Kennedy challenged incumbent President Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination in 1980. Love Slate podcasts? Listen…
Bill Clinton, There for You Till the Last Dog Dies
Jul 8, 2015 • 30 min
In this episode of Slate’s podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson revisits Bill Clinton’s rise and fall and rise during the 1992 Democratic primary. Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus!…
Truman Defeats Dewey, an Upset for the Ages
Jun 25, 2015 • 34 min
In this episode of Slate’s podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson explains how Harry Truman pulled off an improbable victory over Thomas Dewey in the election of 1948. Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer…
One of the Great Train Wrecks of All Time
Jun 10, 2015 • 32 min
In this episode of Slate’s podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson examines George McGovern’s hasty selection of a vice-presidential running mate during the 1972 campaign. Dickerson describes how McGovern…
Ford, Reagan, and the 1976 RNC
May 27, 2015 • 32 min
In this episode of Slate’s bite-sized podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson offers up Part Two in his look at Ronald Reagan’s rise to power in the conservative movement. As detailed in our first…
Ford, Reagan, and the Halloween Massacre
May 13, 2015 • 30 min
Thumbing his nose at both courtesy and convention, Ronald Reagan challenged incumbent Gerald Ford for the GOP presidential nomination in 1976. But why would Reagan run against a sitting president of his own party? On this episode of Whistlestop, Slate’s…
The Mulligan Letters
Apr 29, 2015 • 32 min
In this episode of Slate’s bite-sized podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson brings us a disturbingly familiar story of personal correspondence coming back to haunt the early favorite. No, he’s not…
Ma, Ma, Where’s My Pa?
Apr 22, 2015 • 31 min
In this episode of Slate’s bite-sized podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson tells the salacious tale of the love child that nearly cost Grover Cleveland the 1884 election. Email: [email protected] This…
Eisenhower, Taft, and the Wizard of Ooze
Apr 8, 2015 • 27 min
In this episode of Slate’s bite-sized podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson recounts part two of the acrimonious fight between Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower for the 1952…
Eisenhower, Taft, and the Texas Steal
Apr 1, 2015 • 23 min
In this episode of Slate’sbite-sized podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson remembers the acrimonious fight between Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower for the 1952 Republican…
Vote for Muskie or He’ll Cry
Mar 18, 2015 • 29 min
In this episode of Slate’sbite-sized podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson remembers the tears that washed away the presidential ambitions of Edmund Muskie, Democratic senator from Maine, in 1972. This…
The Art of Political Umbrage-Taking
Mar 11, 2015 • 24 min
In this episode of Slate’s bite-sized podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson recounts the election of 1840, during which a candidate took to the trail for the very first time. Recommended for fans of…
George Romney’s “Ghetto Tour”
Mar 4, 2015 • 15 min
In this episode of Slate’s bite-sized podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson recalls Michigan Gov. George Romney’s 1967 listening tour of America’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods. Recommended for fans…
Reagan’s Nashua Moment
Feb 23, 2015 • 15 min
In the inaugural episode of Slate’s bite-sized podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson returns to the New Hampshire debate that electrified Ronald Reagan’s race for the White House in 1980. Recommended for…
Slate’s Whistlestop: Coming Feb. 23
Feb 20, 2015 • 3 min
In this bite-sized podcast for fans of presidential campaign history, John Dickerson of Slate’s Political Gabfest revisits a moment from the American quadrennial carnival. Hear about the grand speeches, emergency strategies, baby kissing, and backstabbing…