American history, George Washington, John Adams, Julie Miller, Lillian Cunningham, presidential podcast, Washington Post
In case you’re not getting enough of the presidency (or presidential politics), The Washington Post might have the perfect solution for you: a weekly podcast covering each of the 44 US presidencies!
Between January 10th and November 8th (Election Day), Lillian Cunningham is hosting a weekly podcast covering each of the presidents in chronological order. Cunningham is editor of the “On Leadership” section of the Post.
The first podcast (“George Washington: The man, the myth, the legend“) appeared January 10th and features 48 minutes of insight by Cunningham, Bob Woodward and Library of Congress historian Julie Miller.
The second podcast (appearing later today) covers John Adams. I will not be surprised if it is filled with the wisdom of David McCullough.
You can find a repository of each of the presidential podcasts HERE and you can set up an iTunes podcast subscription if you desire. (Just how much of the presidency can you handle?)
In the meantime…I’m almost finished with my first biography of Herbert Hoover; review coming soon!
Presidential Seal courtesy of the U.S. Government via Wikimedia Commons.
Thank you for the alert. It reminds me of the C-SPAN series from 1999.
The podcast makes Mount Vernon in winter sound pretty nice!
very nice site. i’ve recently had the idea of doing a crash course on american history. i think i’ll begin with ron chernow’s bio of washington.
Good luck on your crash course – I think you’ll like Chernow’s bio of Washington! That’s a great place to start – I just wish every presidential biography could be that good!
James Salerno said:
I’ve been listening to these and they’re all nice, quick snapshots of each president. My own presidential journey has led me on some interesting tangents, namely figuring out where they found those neat little president figurines for each podcast.
Turns out they’re from the “Lewis Marx Toy Company.” They made every president through Nixon, then the line was discontinued. The podcast must have used customized figurines from this guy for all the presidents post-Nixon: https://www.wired.com/2009/10/st_verrone_futurama/
I’m now obsessed with finding all of these. I have an art background and I plan on painting/sculpting modern-quality versions of each. The Marx company made non-painted versions and these are the ones I’m now collecting to touch-up. So far I’ve painted Washington, Taylor, McKinley and Coolidge. It’s a fun side project I’ve taken on to accompany my goal of reading one bio of each president!