06:35 | Jul 24th, 2017
In the premier episode of “Constitutional,” we go back in time to that hot Philadelphia summer in 1787 when a group of revolutionary Americans drafted the U.S. Constitution. Subscribe to the "Constitutional" podcast for the full episode!
03:36 | Jul 17th, 2017
In order to form a more perfect podcast, we created this overview of what you can expect from "Constitutional" when it launches July 24. Make sure to subscribe to "Constitutional" if you want to receive full episodes when the new series debuts.
54:36 | Nov 9th, 2016
In this final episode of the podcast, Library of Congress historians Michelle Krowl and Julie Miller return--along with Washington Post journalist Dan Balz--to reflect on the changing nature of the American presidency.
49:37 | Oct 16th, 2016
David Maraniss, who won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on Bill Clinton, explores how his core character traits had both a bright and a dark side. And Washington Post reporter Jim Tankersley examines how his policy legacy has had a similar duali...Show More
53:08 | Oct 9th, 2016
Historians Jon Meacham and Jeffrey Engel discuss President Bush's unique form of presidential leadership--a vintage combination of public service, conservatism and emotional restraint--and examine why his legacy has grown more positive over time.
58:45 | Sep 25th, 2016
Longtime Carter political adviser Pat Caddell, theologian and biographer Randall Balmer, and Washington Post reporter Robert Costa examine how Jimmy Carter's faith has shaped his leadership in and out of the White House.
56:55 | Sep 18th, 2016
The president's son Steven Ford joins White House photographer David Hume Kennerly and Berkeley professor Daniel Sargent to talk about how Gerald Ford's experience working across the aisle in Congress affected his leadership style as president.
43:41 | Sep 11th, 2016
Bob Woodward, one of the Washington Post investigative reporters who helped uncover the Watergate scandal, examines what was at the heart of Richard Nixon's presidential downfall. The Washington Post's current executive editor, Marty Baron, joins as ...Show More
37:54 | Aug 15th, 2016
Biographer David McCullough looks at some of the most difficult decisions President Truman made during his time in the White House, and Washington Post polling manager Scott Clement examines the biggest polling failure in presidential history.
54:11 | Aug 8th, 2016
Allida Black, editor of the Eleanor Roosevelt papers, along with FDR Library Director Paul Sparrow and White Ho use speechwriter Sarada Peri, examine Franklin Roosevelt's leadership through the lens of the first lady's own contributions to his presid...Show More
40:25 | Jul 31st, 2016
Herbert Hoover entered the White House with an array of high-profile experiences leading disaster relief. So why was his handling of the Great Depression considered a failure? Biographer Charles Rappleye guest stars.
47:03 | Jul 25th, 2016
Former politician Michael Dukakis, biographer Amity Shlaes and political scientist Robert Gilbert join Washington Post economics reporter Steven Pearlstein to offer alternative reads on Calvin Coolidge's legacy.
39:10 | Jul 3rd, 2016
Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of 'The Bully Pulpit,' along with historian Michelle Krowl and Supreme Court reporter Robert Barnes discuss why President Taft made a better chief justice than commander-in-chief.
40:57 | Jun 20th, 2016
Republican political strategist Karl Rove dissects what was so transformative about William McKinley's 1896 presidential campaign. And Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig discusses how his assassination modernized the Secret Service.
38:22 | Jun 12th, 2016
Benjamin Harrison was the first U.S. president to use his position to try to save a species, the fur seal. He also set aside more than 13 million acres of forest reserves. This episode looks at the roots of conservation as a presidential responsibili...Show More
38:21 | Jun 5th, 2016
Known for his forthrightness, Cleveland came clean when news broke about him fathering an illegitimate child; yet he later covered up a cancer surgery at sea. Biographer Matthew Algeo, Library of Congress historian Michelle Krowl and 99 Percent Invis...Show More
39:36 | May 29th, 2016
How does one of the greatest beneficiaries of the spoils system end up being the president who passes civil service reform? Post reporter David Fahrenthold and Stateline editor Scott Greenberger tell the amazing story of Arthur's personal transformat...Show More
40:50 | May 23rd, 2016
Only 100 days into office, President Garfield was shot down in a train station by a disturbed office seeker. 'Destiny of the Republic' author Candice Millard along with Michelle Krowl, of the Library of Congress, examine the life cut short. Particula...Show More
41:53 | May 15th, 2016
How does a vicious, close and disputed election spill over into a presidency? We examine the razor-thin election results for Rutherford B. Hayes, and the equally fine line he then had to tread as president during the end of Reconstruction. Historian ...Show More
41:52 | May 8th, 2016
Ulysses S. Grant's memoirs are considered the best ever written by a president. In this episode, Washington Post nonfiction book critic Carlos Lozada and biographer David Maraniss discuss what they found funny, touching and illuminating about the wor...Show More
35:32 | May 2nd, 2016
What kind of president can repair America's deepest divisions? Michelle Krowl of the Library of Congress walks us through Andrew Johnson's time in office right after the Civil War and sheds light on why he struggled to bring the country together.
53:56 | Apr 24th, 2016
Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of 'Team of Rivals,' and Michelle Krowl of the Library of Congress guide us through Lincoln's love for language--and how his gift for writing and oratory became one of his greatest presidential leadership tools.
37:42 | Apr 18th, 2016
America is on the eve of civil war, and James Buchanan is alone in the White House as our first and only bachelor president. Historians Jean Baker and Jim Loewen, and The Washington Post's Jim Tankersley, explore the lack of personal and political un...Show More
29:59 | Apr 10th, 2016
Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer James McPherson and historian Edna Greene Medford discuss Franklin Pierce's role in the country's progression toward civil war, as well as the personal tragedy that unfolded right before he took office.
37:45 | Apr 3rd, 2016
Should we teach the presidency of Millard Fillmore? What do we lose if we don't? Historians Jean Baker and James McPherson, along with researcher Henry Roediger and Washington Post education reporter T. Rees Shapiro, tackle these questions in our 13t...Show More
29:22 | Mar 27th, 2016
In the 12th episode of the Presidential podcast, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank joins historians Catherine Clinton and Joseph Uscinski to talk about military hero Zachary Taylor and the assassination theories that swirled around his death in ...Show More
35:00 | Mar 20th, 2016
Through hard work and strategic lying, the 11th president managed to accomplish everything on his agenda. But is being effective the same as being great? We discuss Polk's life and leadership style with historian Amy Greenberg. And musician John Linn...Show More
32:14 | Mar 13th, 2016
When Vice President Tyler takes over the White House following the death of William Henry Harrison, he sets a precedent that would forever shape presidential succession. This episode features grandson Harrison Tyler and his family, who talk about the...Show More
29:05 | Mar 6th, 2016
Longest inaugural address, shortest presidency. Washington Post humor columnist Alexandra Petri, along with Barbara Bair and Dr. Philip Mackowiak, deconstruct the origins of Harrison's famous campaign slogan "Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too" and debunk the...Show More
37:35 | Feb 29th, 2016
He may not have been a very memorable president, but Van Buren did much to create the party establishments we have today--the idea of national parties, nominating conventions and grassroots organizing. Experts Barbara Bair and Mark Cheathem, along wi...Show More
44:56 | Feb 21st, 2016
Barbara Bair of the Library of Congress, Steve Inskeep of NPR and biographer Jon Meacham examine the violent life and leadership of Andrew Jackson: the tragedy of his personal life, the brutality of his battles and his policies against Native America...Show More
37:27 | Jan 31st, 2016
Though he's our first wartime president, James Madison is usually better remembered for his work on the constitution rather than his time as commander-in-chief while the White House went up in flames. But Madison scholar Jack Rakove says there's a ke...Show More
41:59 | Jan 25th, 2016
The great contradiction of Thomas Jefferson -- that he wrote the famous words "all men are created equal" and yet held more than 600 slaves -- sits at the heart of his complex and controversial legacy today. Experts Annette Gordon-Reed, Paul Finkelma...Show More
32:07 | Jan 18th, 2016
Biographer David McCullough, Julie Miller of the Library of Congress, Philip Kennicott of The Washington Post, and Kirk Savage of the University of Pittsburgh give us the backstory on why there's no monument to John Adams in the nation's capital.
48:29 | Jan 10th, 2016
In the first episode of Presidential, we take a look at George Washington's personality and leadership traits--from fearless action hero to charismatic dancer, to insecure and reluctant president. Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Joel Achen...Show More
03:12 | Jan 5th, 2016
Leading up to Election Day 2016, The Washington Post's Presidential podcast explores how each former American president reached office, made decisions, handled crises and redefined the role of commander-in-chief, starting with George Washington in we...Show More