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Whistlestop: Presidential History and Trivia

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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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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, enjoying the sport he loved best of all.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential campaign history. Hosted by our political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit a memorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America's quadrennial carnival. Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald. Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplusEmail:whistlestop@slate.com

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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 presidential campaign history. Hosted by our political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit a memorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America's quadrennial carnival. Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald. Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email:whistlestop@slate.com

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The 25th Amendment

Jan 24th33:43

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 correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit a memorable (or maybe forgotten) moment from America's quadrennial carnival. Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald. Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email:whistlestop@slate.com

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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 henchmen, tried to blow the whistle on Watergate—and ended up ruining her life. Find out more at slate.com/slowburn. 

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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 Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.com. Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson

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Tip and the Gip Part 1

Nov 14th48:40

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 history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.com. Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth HinsonThis episode is brought to you by Enemies: The President, Justice and The FBI. Streaming Saturday, only on Showtime.

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Doing the Midterm Shuffle

Oct 31st46:37

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 host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.com. Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson

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Taking Aim at the New Guy

Oct 3rd26:24

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 presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.com. Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald and Elizabeth Hinson

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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 presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.com. Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald with help from Elizabeth Hinson. Engineering by Allen Peng.

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

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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 podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.com. Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald with help from Elizabeth Hinson.

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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 surprising parallels to the present. Season 1 of Slow Burn captured what it felt like to live through Watergate; Season 2 does the same with the saga of Bill Clinton’s impeachment. Subscribe to Slow Burn here. 

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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.

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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 installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.com. Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.

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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 host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.com. Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.

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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 Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.comPodcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.

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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 about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.comPodcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.

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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 by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.comPodcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.

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Roosevelt v. The Gorgon

May 2nd37:36

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 Club, was reviewed by The New York TImes in 1913.  Whistlestop is Slate's podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.comPodcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.

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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. Hosted by our political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit a memorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America's quadrennial carnival. Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald. Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email:whistlestop@slate.com

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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 by our political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit a memorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America's quadrennial carnival. Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald. Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email:whistlestop@slate.comPlease fill out the Slate podcast survey at slate.com/podcastsurvey

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Retiring for Peace

Feb 21st42:36

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 Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit a memorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America's quadrennial carnival. Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald. Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email:whistlestop@slate.com

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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 presidential history. Hosted by political correspondent and PoliticalGabfest panelist JohnDickerson, each installment revisitsmemorable (or even forgotten) moments from America's presidentialcarnival.Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank.Research by Brian Rosenwald.Love Slatepodcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonussegments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start yourtwo-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email:whistlestop@slate.com

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The Air Traffic Take Down

Dec 13th, 201734:41

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 John Dickerson, each installment will revisit a memorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America's quadrennial carnival. Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald. Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email:whistlestop@slate.com

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The Partial Truths of the Presidency

Nov 29th, 201734:14

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 Dickerson, each installment will revisit a memorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America's quadrennial carnival. Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald. Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email:whistlestop@slate.com

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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 quadrennialcarnival.Podcastproduction and edit by Jocelyn Frank.Research byBrian Rosenwald.Love Slatepodcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonussegments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start yourtwo-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email:whistlestop@slate.com

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FDR's Purge

Nov 1st, 201744:16

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 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 production and edit by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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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 production and edit by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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Responder in Chief

Oct 4th, 201742:57

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 production and edit by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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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 production and edit by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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Riding the Oratory Train

Aug 10th, 201742:16

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 John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable (or even forgotten) moments from America's Presidential carnival.Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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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 panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable (or even forgotten) moments from America's Presidential carnival.Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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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 podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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Lady Lincoln and the Leak

Jun 28th, 201729:57

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 Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable (or even forgotten) moments from America's Presidential carnival.Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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A Powerful Pardon

Jun 14th, 201736:41

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 Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable (or even forgotten) moments from America's Presidential carnival.Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank.Research by Brian Rosenwald.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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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 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 production and edit by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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Recording from the Oval

May 17th, 201742:25

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 correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable (or even forgotten) moments from America's Presidential carnival.Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank.Research by Brian Rosenwald.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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A Recipe for a Presidential Speech

Apr 19th, 201739:43

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 and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable (or even forgotten) moments from America's Presidential carnival.Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank.Research by Brian Rosenwald.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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The Fire of Agnew

Apr 5th, 201749:38

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, each installment will revisit memorable (or even forgotten) moments from America's Presidential carnival.Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank.Research by Brian Rosenwald.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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 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 production and edit by Jocelyn Frank.Research by Brian Rosenwald.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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The 104-Year-Old Mistake

Mar 8th, 201736:20

 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 production and edit by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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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 installment will revisit memorable (or even forgotten) moments from America’s presidential carnival.Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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 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 production and edit by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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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 presidential history. Hosted by political correspondent and PoliticalGabfest panelist JohnDickerson, each installment revisitsmemorable (or even forgotten) moments from America's presidentialcarnival.Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank.Research by Brian Rosenwald.Love Slatepodcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonussegments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start yourtwo-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email:whistlestop@slate.com

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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 installment will revisit amemorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America's Presidential carnival.Podcastproduction and edit by Jocelyn Frank.Research byBrian Rosenwald.Love Slatepodcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonussegments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start yourtwo-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email:whistlestop@slate.com

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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 PoliticalGabfest panelist JohnDickerson, each installment will revisit amemorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America's quadrennialcarnival.Podcastproduction and edit by Jocelyn Frank.Research byBrian Rosenwald.Love Slatepodcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonussegments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start yourtwo-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email:whistlestop@slate.com

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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.Podcastproduction and edit by Jocelyn Frank.Research byBrian Rosenwald.Love Slatepodcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonussegments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start yourtwo-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email:whistlestop@slate.com

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October Surprise, the 1964 Edition

Nov 2nd, 201647:48

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 panelist JohnDickerson, each installment will revisit amemorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America's quadrennialcarnival.Podcastproduction and edit by Jocelyn Frank.Research byBrian Rosenwald.Love Slatepodcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonussegments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start yourtwo-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email:whistlestop@slate.com

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Debategate

Oct 19th, 201643:36

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 political correspondent and PoliticalGabfest panelist JohnDickerson, each installment will revisit amemorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America's quadrennialcarnival.Podcastproduction and edit by Jocelyn Frank.Research byBrian Rosenwald.Love Slatepodcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonussegments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start yourtwo-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email:whistlestop@slate.com

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The Candor of Betty Ford

Oct 5th, 201637:01

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 installment will revisit amemorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America's quadrennialcarnival.Podcastproduction and edit by Jocelyn Frank.Research byBrian Rosenwald.Love Slatepodcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonussegments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start yourtwo-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email:whistlestop@slate.com

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The Birth of Barack

Sep 21st, 20161:02:45

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, each installment will revisit amemorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America's quadrennialcarnival.Podcastproduction and edit by Jocelyn Frank.Research byBrian Rosenwald.Love Slatepodcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonussegments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start yourtwo-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email:whistlestop@slate.com

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Goldwater v. Fact Magazine

Sep 7th, 201645:38

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 installment will revisit amemorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America's quadrennialcarnival.Podcastproduction and edit by Jocelyn Frank.Research byBrian Rosenwald.Love Slatepodcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonussegments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start yourtwo-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.Email:whistlestop@slate.com

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Whistlestop: Live Book Tour Mashup

Aug 24th, 201655:52

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, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastsplus.Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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Andrew Jackson and Donald Trump cut from the same cloth?

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Keep Your Attack Dog Fed

Jul 27th, 201655:01

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.  

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We Want Willkie

Jul 13th, 201651:48

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.

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Stand Up for America

Apr 12th, 201644:15

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, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastsplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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Goldwater’s Contested Convention

Mar 23rd, 201631:04

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 Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastsplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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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 Squarespace.com. Enter order code WHISTLESTOP at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace—Build it Beautiful.And by CNN’s riveting six-part documentary Race for the White House, an original mini-series that digs deep to reveal the most controversial tactics and game changing strategies used throughout presidential elections in American history. Race for the White House premieres Sunday, March 6 at 10 p.m. ET, only on CNN.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastsplus.Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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The Straight Talk Express

Feb 9th, 201640:43

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 at Squarespace.com. Enter the order code WHISTLESTOP at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace—Build it Beautiful.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastsplus.Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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The Dean Scream

Jan 27th, 201641:36

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.Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential campaign history. Hosted by our political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment revisits a memorable (though sometimes forgotten) moment from America’s quadrennial carnival. This episode is brought to you by Squarespace. Start building your website today at Squarespace.com. Enter order code WHISTLESTOP at checkout to get 10% off. Squarespace—Build it Beautiful.Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts and more. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus. We’d love to hear what you think of Whistlestop. Our email is whistlestop@slate.com. Podcast production by Tony Field.

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Hurrah and Hokum

Dec 16th, 201534:20

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.Subscribe to our podcast here. You can find past episodes of our show here.Amicus is sponsored by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. Casper mattresses come with free delivery and returns within a one hundred day period. Right now, get 50 dollars toward any mattress by visiting Casper.com/whistlestop and using the promo code WHISTLESTOP.Podcast production by Tony Field.

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Fighting the Wimp Factor

Dec 2nd, 201540:07

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 think of Whistlestop. Our email is: whistlestop@slate.com. You can subscribe to our podcast here. All past episodes of our show can be found here. Whistlestop is sponsored by The Great Courses, now offering the lecture series "The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas." Order from eight of their best-selling courses at up to 80% of the original price by visiting thegreatcourses.com/whistlestop.

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JFK in West Virginia

Nov 11th, 201532:12

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 sponsored by The Great Courses, featuring the lecture series The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas. Order from eight of their best-selling courses at up to 80% of the original price by visiting thegreatcourses.com/whistlestop. Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastsplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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Waiting for Mario

Oct 28th, 201544:51

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 Great Courses, featuring the lecture series The Modern Political Tradition: Hobbes to Habermas. Order from eight of their best-selling courses at up to 80% of the original price by visiting thegreatcourses.com/whistlestop. Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastsplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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Feeling Your Pain

Oct 14th, 201543:48

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 its collection of lecture series geared toward business professionals, including Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory, How Conversation Works, Art of Public Speaking, and Influence: Mastering Life's Most Powerful Skill. Order any of these courses for just $9.95 by visiting thegreatcourses.com/whistlestop. Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastsplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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The Biggest Debate Gaffe Ever

Sep 30th, 201538:23

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 series geared toward business professionals, including Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory, How Conversation Works, Art of Public Speaking, and Influence: Mastering Life's Most Powerful Skill. Order any of these courses for just $9.95 by visiting thegreatcourses.com/whistlestop. Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastsplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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Donald Trump vs. Ross Perot

Sep 16th, 201529:53

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 geared toward business professionals, including Scientific Secrets for a Powerful Memory, How Conversation Works, Art of Public Speaking, and Influence: Mastering Life's Most Powerful Skill. Order any of these courses for just $9.95 by visiting thegreatcourses.com/whistlestop. Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastsplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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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 is sponsored by Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. Casper mattresses come with free delivery and returns within a 100-day period. Right now, get 50 dollars toward any mattress by visiting Casper.com/whistlestop and using the promo code WHISTLESTOP. Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastsplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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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 longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastsplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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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! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastsplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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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 with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastsplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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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 tapped Missouri Sen. Tom Eagleton for the ticket with minimal vetting. Then, after Eagleton was compelled to reveal his history of hospitalizations and electroconvulsive therapy.  McGovern vowed to back his running mate "one thousand percent," but Eagleton withdrew after just 18 days. Described by McGovern strategist Bob Shrum as "one of the great train wrecks of all time," the so-called Eagleton Affair left its mark on liberal politics for generations to come.  Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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Ford, Reagan, and the 1976 RNC

May 27th, 201529:49

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 installment, Reagan boldly challenged President Gerald Ford for the 1976 Republican nomination.  Today, Dickerson describes the political maneuvering that took place at the Republican National Convention that summer. Ford secured the party's nomination, but Reagan ultimately won the hearts of Republicans for decades to come. Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus. Email: whistlestop@slate.com

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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 political correspondent John Dickerson gives the background of the Gipper's ascendency to hero status in the conservative movement. For more episodes, visit the Whistlestop page.

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The Mulligan Letters

Apr 29th, 201529:48

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 talking about Hillary Clinton's emails. The year is 1884, the candidate is James G. Blaine, and the correspondence became known as The Mulligan Letters.  Recommended for fans of Slate's Political Gabfest and American political history. This week's show is sponsored by The Great Courses and its series The Great Presidents. Get up to 80% off the original price by visiting thegreatcourses.com/whistlestop. Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

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Ma, Ma, Where's My Pa?

Apr 22nd, 201529:02

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.com     This week's show is sponsored by The Great Courses and its series "The Great Presidents." Order it at 80% off the original price by visiting thegreatcourses.com/whistlestop.     Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastsplus.

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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 Republican presidential nomination.     Email: podcasts@slate.com     This week's show is sponsored by The Great Courses and its series "The Great Presidents." Order it at 80% off the original price by visiting thegreatcourses.com/whistlestop.     Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastsplus.

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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 presidential nomination.     Email: podcasts@slate.com     This week's show is sponsored by The Great Courses and its series "Turning Points in American History." Order it at 80% off the original price by visiting thegreatcourses.com/whistlestop.     Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

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Vote for Muskie or He'll Cry

Mar 18th, 201526:37

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 week's show is sponsored by The Great Courses and its series "Turning Points in American History." Order it at 80% off the original price by visiting thegreatcourses.com/whistlestop.     Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

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The Art of Political Umbrage-Taking

Mar 11th, 201522:23

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 Slate's Political Gabfest and American political history.     This week's show is sponsored by The Great Courses and its series "Turning Points in American History." Order it at 80% off the original price by visiting thegreatcourses.com/whistlestop.     Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

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George Romney's "Ghetto Tour"

Mar 4th, 201512:53

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 of Slate's Political Gabfest and American political history.     This week's show is sponsored by The Great Courses and its series "Turning Points in American History." Order it at 80% off the original price by visiting thegreatcourses.com/whistlestop.     Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus.

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Reagan's Nashua Moment

Feb 23rd, 201512:39

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 fans of Slate's Political Gabfest and American political history.  This week's show is sponsored by The Great Courses and its series "Turning Points in American History." Order it at 80% off the original price by visiting thegreatcourses.com/whistlestop Love Slate podcasts? Listen longer with Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, ad-free versions, exclusive podcasts, and more. Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/podcastplus

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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 that make each presidential election cycle so fascinating.

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