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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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The Making of the American Presidency (Part 1)

26:41 | Feb 14th

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 deliberat...Show More

If a Wall Falls

47:32 | Dec 12th, 2018

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 S...Show More

Kennedy and Communism (Part 3)

40:05 | Jul 25th, 2018

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.

Kennedy and Communism (Part 2)

40:43 | Jul 11th, 2018

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,...Show More

Kennedy and Communism (Part 1 of 2)

33:09 | Jun 27th, 2018

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 Gab...Show More

Four Score and Seven Years of Presidential Golfing

33:49 | Apr 4th, 2018

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 Aug...Show More

Carter Withdraws From U.S. Olympics

41:06 | Feb 8th, 2018

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 abou...Show More

The 25th Amendment

33:43 | Jan 24th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Slow Burn: A Podcast About Watergate

24:44 | Dec 27th, 2017

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 close...Show More

The Making of the American Presidency (Part 4)

1:01:37 | Mar 27th

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 presiden...Show More

The Making of the American Presidency (Part 3)

40:16 | Mar 13th

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 s...Show More

The Making of the American Presidency (Part 2)

36:44 | Feb 27th

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 ...Show More

A ’90s-Style Government Shutdown (Part 2)

31:03 | Jan 30th

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 ab...Show More

A ‘90’s Style Government Shutdown (Part 1)

33:13 | Jan 16th

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 Di...Show More

Tip and the Gip Part 2, Social Security

49:38 | Nov 28th, 2018

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 Po...Show More

Tip and the Gip Part 1

48:40 | Nov 14th, 2018

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 h...Show More

Doing the Midterm Shuffle

46:37 | Oct 31st, 2018

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 G...Show More

Taking Aim at the New Guy

26:24 | Oct 3rd, 2018

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 abou...Show More

The Nomination of Judge Bork Part 2

50:09 | Sep 5th, 2018

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 p...Show More

Special Re-Air: John McCain's Surprise 2000 Primary Win in New Hampshire

40:43 | Aug 26th, 2018

With John McCain's passing, we are republishing this episode about John McCain's surprise win in the 2000 New Hampshire Republican primary. 

The Bidding of Biden to Boo Bork

40:37 | Aug 22nd, 2018

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 p...Show More

Whistlestop Presents: Slow Burn

37:42 | Aug 8th, 2018

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 surp...Show More

Nixon Goes to China (Part 3 of 3)

40:27 | Jun 13th, 2018

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 Politica...Show More

Nixon Goes to China (Part 2 of 3)

23:46 | May 30th, 2018

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 podca...Show More

Nixon Goes to China (Part 1)

33:34 | May 23rd, 2018

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. H...Show More

Roosevelt v. The Gorgon

37:36 | May 2nd, 2018

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 Co...Show More

The Lighthearted Leanings of Leadership

29:37 | Apr 19th, 2018

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 histor...Show More

Griever-in-Chief and Guardian of Common Ground

30:52 | Mar 7th, 2018

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. Ho...Show More

Retiring for Peace

42:36 | Feb 21st, 2018

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 an...Show More

Special Re-Broadcast of The Entanglements of the Mega Rich: Vice President Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller

33:25 | Dec 27th, 2017

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 pr...Show More

The Air Traffic Take Down

34:41 | Dec 13th, 2017

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 panel...Show More

The Partial Truths of the Presidency

34:14 | Nov 29th, 2017

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 Jo...Show More

Harry S. Truman's Battles with the Bosses (an encore presentation)

47:56 | Nov 15th, 2017

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 quadrennialcarn...Show More

FDR's Purge

44:16 | Nov 1st, 2017

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 ...Show More

At the Heart of the President's Heart

37:22 | Oct 18th, 2017

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.Podca...Show More

Responder in Chief

42:57 | Oct 4th, 2017

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.Podca...Show More

A High Point in Bipartisan Deal-Making

43:49 | Sep 20th, 2017

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.Podca...Show More

Riding the Oratory Train

42:16 | Aug 10th, 2017

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 pane...Show More

Loyalty Tests and The Bridge of Death

43:05 | Jul 26th, 2017

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 Ga...Show More

Foreign Collusion and the Dragon Lady

36:58 | Jul 12th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Lady Lincoln and the Leak

29:57 | Jun 28th, 2017

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 ...Show More

A Powerful Pardon

36:41 | Jun 14th, 2017

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 D...Show More

Oliver North Master Crafter of the Political Lie

52:46 | Jun 1st, 2017

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 ...Show More

Recording from the Oval

42:25 | May 17th, 2017

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 co...Show More

A Recipe for a Presidential Speech

39:43 | Apr 19th, 2017

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 correspo...Show More

The Fire of Agnew

49:38 | Apr 5th, 2017

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...Show More

The Bricker Amendment and Stories of Migratory Birds

43:26 | Mar 22nd, 2017

 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.Podc...Show More

The 104-Year-Old Mistake

36:20 | Mar 8th, 2017

 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.Podc...Show More

Steely Executive Orders from Presidents Truman and Trump

50:02 | Feb 22nd, 2017

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, ...Show More

When a Supreme Court Justice Leaves a Seat Earlier than Expected, June 13, 1968,

55:40 | Feb 7th, 2017

 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.Podc...Show More

The Entanglements of the Mega Rich: Vice President Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller

28:55 | Jan 25th, 2017

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 pr...Show More

The Inauguration of the People's President

50:19 | Jan 11th, 2017

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, e...Show More

Harry S. Truman's Battles with the Bosses

44:32 | Dec 14th, 2016

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 Polit...Show More

Whistlestop: The Presidential Greatness Edition

14:12 | Nov 30th, 2016

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 carnival.Podc...Show More

October Surprise, the 1964 Edition

47:48 | Nov 2nd, 2016

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 PoliticalGa...Show More

Debategate

43:36 | Oct 19th, 2016

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...Show More

The Candor of Betty Ford

37:01 | Oct 5th, 2016

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 ins...Show More

The Birth of Barack

1:02:45 | Sep 21st, 2016

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 JohnDicker...Show More

Goldwater v. Fact Magazine

45:38 | Sep 7th, 2016

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 inst...Show More

Whistlestop: Live Book Tour Mashup

55:52 | Aug 24th, 2016

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 podc...Show More

Andrew Jackson: The Dangerous Candidate

45:54 | Aug 17th, 2016

Andrew Jackson and Donald Trump cut from the same cloth?

Keep Your Attack Dog Fed

55:01 | Jul 27th, 2016

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.  

We Want Willkie

51:48 | Jul 13th, 2016

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.

Stand Up for America

44:15 | Apr 12th, 2016

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, exc...Show More

Goldwater’s Contested Convention

31:04 | Mar 23rd, 2016

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 ...Show More

The Reagan-Ford Vice-Presidential Dance

37:26 | Feb 24th, 2016

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 Squares...Show More

The Straight Talk Express

40:43 | Feb 9th, 2016

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 ...Show More

The Dean Scream

41:36 | Jan 27th, 2016

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 beginning...Show More

Hurrah and Hokum

34:20 | Dec 16th, 2015

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 whistlestop@slate.com...Show More

Fighting the Wimp Factor

40:07 | Dec 2nd, 2015

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 wha...Show More

JFK in West Virginia

32:12 | Nov 11th, 2015

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...Show More

Waiting for Mario

44:51 | Oct 28th, 2015

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 Th...Show More

Feeling Your Pain

43:48 | Oct 14th, 2015

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...Show More

The Biggest Debate Gaffe Ever

38:23 | Sep 30th, 2015

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 le...Show More

Donald Trump vs. Ross Perot

29:53 | Sep 16th, 2015

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 se...Show More

Ted Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, and the Battle of the Robot Rule

48:17 | Sep 2nd, 2015

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. Whistle...Show More

The Worst Answer to "Why Do You Want to Be President?" in Campaign History

28:34 | Jul 22nd, 2015

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? L...Show More

Bill Clinton, There for You Till the Last Dog Dies

28:05 | Jul 8th, 2015

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 Plu...Show More

Truman Defeats Dewey, an Upset for the Ages

32:06 | Jun 25th, 2015

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 lo...Show More

One of the Great Train Wrecks of All Time

30:28 | Jun 10th, 2015

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 McGo...Show More

Ford, Reagan, and the 1976 RNC

29:49 | May 27th, 2015

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 in...Show More

Ford, Reagan, and the Halloween Massacre

27:59 | May 13th, 2015

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, Slat...Show More

The Mulligan Letters

29:48 | Apr 29th, 2015

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 t...Show More

Ma, Ma, Where's My Pa?

29:02 | Apr 22nd, 2015

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: podcasts@slate....Show More

Eisenhower, Taft, and the Wizard of Ooze

24:46 | Apr 8th, 2015

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 Rep...Show More

Eisenhower, Taft, and the Texas Steal

21:17 | Apr 1st, 2015

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 pres...Show More

Vote for Muskie or He'll Cry

26:37 | Mar 18th, 2015

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.  ...Show More

The Art of Political Umbrage-Taking

22:23 | Mar 11th, 2015

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...Show More

George Romney's "Ghetto Tour"

12:53 | Mar 4th, 2015

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 f...Show More

Reagan's Nashua Moment

12:39 | Feb 23rd, 2015

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. Recommende...Show More

Slate's Whistlestop: Coming Feb. 23

01:10 | Feb 21st, 2015

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 backsta...Show More