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We are obsessed with the presidency at American POTUS. We believe that the 46 imperfect patriots who have held our nation’s highest office all have something to offer today’s electorate – a perspective that appropriately grounds today’s political conversations in truth and context. To help us reveal the many layers of each administration, we’ll be joined by the nation’s most influential historians, scholars and experts who have studied every facet of the presidents and the presidency. Not on ...
 
A little bit of bourbon, a little bit of history, and a whole lot of trying to figure out how to not say, "Washington" too many times in an episode. POTUS Life is podcast of indefinite length that digs into the lives of the almost all white, rich, and dead club of US Presidents. We explore what paths these dumb dumbs took to the Oval Office. The show starts with Washington and his gross teeth.
 
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POTUS er den første podcastserie om amerikanske præsidenter. Anders Agner og Lars Græsborg Mathiasen ser sammen med deres gæster nærmere på disse store personligheder, der har stået i spidsen for USA på godt og ondt. Du får både politik, personer, glæder og sorger, sejre og nederlag. Alt sammen fortalt af folk med både indsigt og passion. Det er med andre ord podcast i præsidentklassen.
 
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1 year, 50+ episodes, 50+ remarkable historians, 47+ hours of content...and most importantly - thousands & thousands & thousands of downloads from great fans like you. We’re celebrating our 1st Birthday with a look back at our favorite episodes, a test of POTUS Trivia, and what we have planned for the future! (we think you're going to like it!) HBD…
 
Harry Truman was a smart, humble, confident midwestern VP who woke up one day to find himself running the country! But it was no time to sit back and let issues and policies just play out. He faced one of the most tumultuous periods in global history, wrapping up a world war and attempting to manage a new cold war. We're looking at the personal sid…
 
The men and women of The Secret Service put their lives on the line, regardless of who the president is, what party he’s from, and how many enemies he has out there. For the POTUS, it’s part of the job, where you go, they go. And that’s where it can get tricky, balancing the importance of national security with private, family time. They don’t alwa…
 
James Monroe dropped out of college to join the Continental Army, fighting alongside Washington in some of the most famous fights of the Revolution. From there, he became qualified, immensely qualified to take over the White House. And the nation agreed, giving him 80% of the vote the first term, and winning a nearly unanimous victory for his 2nd t…
 
The story of Ulysses S. Grant is an All-American tale - a physically small and modestly ambitious young lad from rural Ohio, grows up to lead the Union to victory and wins the White House for a full 2 terms. Of course, the nation’s top historians have written this story, but the best version is notably by Grant’s own pen. His memoirs not only revea…
 
POTUS John Adams was a crotchety, stubborn, out-spoken lawyer who just might be the MVP of the Founding Father team! He used the power of his mind and his sharp tongue to inspire our revolution and help create the constitution. He became President under tough conditions, never quite able to get out of the long shadow of George Washington. He lost h…
 
The U.S. was booming when William McKinley took office, and that opened the door to expansion, global expansion! Cuba, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Guam – they all became part of the U.S. in one form or another, a move that turned us into a true global power. He was easily reelected for a 2nd term, but it was cut tragically short by an ass…
 
John Tyler became the first VicePOTUS to become POTUS when his boss died after just 31 days in The White House. While the country and the Congress weren’t sure if he should even be in power, he took the reins and charged ahead at a full gallop. Displaying his own strategic vision and a healthy bit of confidence, he turned a lot of folks off. In fac…
 
Gerald Ford wasn’t elected President, he wasn’t even elected Vice President! But this all-around nice guy that everyone loved, just happen to be in the right place at the right time. When Nixon resigned and Ford stepped in, he inherited a huge mess both at home and abroad. So just a month after taking office, his first move was pardoning his old bo…
 
From the beginning, the job of President was supposed to be limited. Leadership skills were necessary, but the real decisions were to be made by Congress. As time rolled on, the office grew past its humble beginnings and became the most powerful in the world. On this episode, we get into the awesome responsibility of today’s Chief Executive – why t…
 
George Herbert Walker Bush was a WW2 pilot, Congressman, Ambassador, Vice President and President – his entire life was laser-focused on the service to his country! When he lost reelection and was forced into retirement, he saw the next opportunity to help the nation, eagerly stepping in when his voice and his actions would help the most. We'll sha…
 
Sir Winston Churchill's stubborn but smart political philosophies, combined with his distinctive way with words, inspired millions around the globe just when the world needed it most. But to strengthen and save his own country, he had to have a reliable ally in the White House, and it’s no secret – the Prime Minister could be a tough one to get alo…
 
Tensions had been getting worse for years. As the nation expanded, the fight over slavery in the new states caused this growing issue to flare up into a full-blown inferno. There was no turning back, and it was up to each President to see what they could do. They each tried to make peace and avert hostility, but in reality, they just kicked the pro…
 
Just like his father, John Quincy Adams was smart, ambitious and literally would not stop fighting until he achieved what he thought was right. His 1-term in the White House was a bust, but his post-presidency life as a Congressman – well that’s where he really made a difference. He was absolutely relentless, taking on slavery, women’s rights and N…
 
2 Presidents on the same team with the curious name, the Whig Party. For this brief moment of time in the mid-1800’s, it was the powerful and divisive home for Zachary Taylor and his VP Millard Fillmore. But just as soon as this party came to power, they disappeared due to infighting, regional division and…the impending Civil War! Old rough-n-ready…
 
William Henry Harrison found a fair amount of success on the battlefield, which turned into a successful career as a Governor, which turned into the first “modern” presidential campaign. Slogans, songs, and some creative spinning of the truth gave him the keys to The White House. But before he could really make a difference, his very long speech on…
 
From the outside, the White House appears to be a shining, peaceful center of American governance. But inside, there’s a rowdy history of backstabbing, slander, deception, cheating, double-crossing, scamming and swindling! But what do you expect when you combine powerful personalities with the most powerful office in the world?! The colorful charac…
 
As Americans began driving more and more, the need for gas was growing faster than our own supply. Next thing you know, we had to turn to the Middle East, which resulted in a whole different set of problems that still cross the President’s desk today. The administrations of Nixon, Ford and Carter – how they all tackled the problem with their own cr…
 
In 1952, Dwight Eisenhower's run at the Presidency was a sure thing, but who he would pick as his running mate – it was the question everyone had. After a lot of deliberation and consultation, he ended up picking a young, smart upstart from California to balance the ticket and get him ready for his own run at the White House. 2 of the most famous p…
 
In late 1918, World War 1 was winding down, but the fighting over what exactly peace would look like, was just getting started. Woodrow Wilson stepped in with 14-points that he thought would create lasting peace not just then, but for future generations. He faced an uphill battle though, getting our European allies and our own Congress to back the …
 
Chief Justice John Marshall was one of those guys, always in the middle of things - fighting alongside Washington, and helping create the constitution. But where he really shined, was when our 2nd POTUS asked him to sit on the Supreme Court. He took the new job and ran with it, creating new procedures used to this day, and most importantly, elevati…
 
Asking which President was the worst, will get you many different answers, but most historians and experts will agree – the title goes to James Buchanan. His resume was one of the most impressive in the history of the White House, but his obsession with being a Presidential People Pleaser may have ultimately been his demise. He flip-flopped a lot o…
 
From the time James Garfield took office, he was focused on cleaning up the dirty politics of Washington. And he was making progress, ensuring those that held lucrative government jobs, were actually qualified for those jobs – something that didn’t always happen. But before he could really make his mark, two gun shots left him fighting for his life…
 
Chester Arthur was the dirty politician who shocked the nation with an honest presidency. As VP, he was considered harmless with an inconsequential role, but when Garfield was shot, he suddenly found himself in the top job. The country was full of doubt and fear over what this man with the terrible reputation might do. But the weight of Presidentia…
 
It’s the spring of 1945, and POTUS 32 is exhausted, but still determined to achieve his self-imposed lofty goals. He sets off on a 14,000 mile journey to the other side of the world, to work with our allies and secure immediate peace, and peace for future generations. The trip was a success, he came home, made a historic address to congress, then s…
 
We’ve all seen the picture, a smiling Harry Truman holding up the Chicago Daily Tribune’s front page with the headline “Dewey Defeats Truman”. But as with most headlines, there’s a lot of story behind the big bold print. At the end of the day, it all really came down to overconfidence versus confidence, one side relishing in a supposedly insurmount…
 
He was the President who had it all, then lost it all, only to gain a lot of it back – Richard Nixon. By most accounts, Tricky Dick had a successful run in the White House, but it was all cut short by the Watergate Cover-Up. Today, the perspective of history has shown us that his might just be the ultimate comeback story - the president who went fr…
 
Theodore Roosevelt was a sickly child who found relief in the great outdoors and then preserved it for future generations as our 26th President. He always loved a good challenge; personal health, running a ranch, and fighting off the reckless use of our nation’s most impressive wild lands. It took a lot of political capital to make it happen, and o…
 
Thaddeus Stevens was a defiant man who challenged 4 different Presidents of the Civil War era. Fillmore, Buchanan, Lincoln and Douglas – they were all forced to deal with this head strong political heavyweight, bargaining and negotiating to make positive change in a very difficult time. It’s an important story of how political influence from Congre…
 
This Hollywood Hero achieved the biggest role on the world’s biggest stage and went on to literally change the world. To a majority, his 8 years were successful but also full of challenges inside and outside of our borders. Ultimately, he’s received the biggest award any actor-slash-president could ever want, the everlasting admiration of millions …
 
If you thought modern elections were tight, we present to you – the election of 1876! The outcome was so close and so contested, some say a back room deal ultimately gave Hayes the White House by a margin of just 1 electoral vote. Hayes did the best he could with his 4 years in office, but the formidable challenges of Southern reconstruction have t…
 
Sharing presidential history with your kids that’s both fun & accurate is vitally important. Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt, JFK – their All-American stories are ripe with genuinely heroic tales…but also some embarrassing missteps that every young American can learn from. Put the standard issue school history books aside, we’re looking at the presi…
 
Sinds vorige week maakt de Volkskrant een nieuwe podcast over de Tweede Kamerverkiezingen: Koorts. Met onder meer Sheila Sitalsing en Gijs Groenteman. Nu staat ook de tweede aflevering online. Hij is te vinden in je favoriete podcast-app. Support the show: https://krant.nl/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
From a young age, life kept throwing hurdles in front of a determined Bill Clinton, but he always worked and charmed his way over, around or through them – finding success and new opportunities. And when he ultimately won the presidency in 92, when no one thought it was possible, he brought the same tenacity to his 8 years in The White House. The p…
 
De Amerikaanse verkiezingen zijn voorbij en Joe Biden is de nieuwe bewoner van het Witte Huis. Nu is het tijd voor de Nederlandse verkiezingen. En daar hoort ook een podcast bij: Koorts. Hier de eerste aflevering als voorproefje. Net als POTUS vind je de podcast Koorts in je favoriete podcastapp. Support the show: https://krant.nl/ See omnystudio.c…
 
The Supreme Allied Commander who would become Commander-in-Chief, Dwight Eisenhower. If titles were a true description of the man, you’d think his ego would shine as bright as the stars on his old uniform. But this quiet statesman seemed to find the perfect balance between gentle and tough, cautioning the world’s communist leaders he would fight th…
 
Jimmy Carter's 1 term was full of challenges foreign and domestic; including inflation, fuel shortages and The Iran Hostage Crisis. Ultimately, those issues were too big to overcome and he was shown the White House door a bit earlier than he would’ve liked. But his idea of retirement is different than most, working around the globe to ensure fair e…
 
De inauguratie van de nieuwe POTUS was waardig, het is duidelijk dat Biden een rol boven de partijen ambieert. Bij Trump staan de eerste schuldeisers al op de stoep. En hoe gaat het verder met de impeachment en zijn vele rechtszaken? Pieter Klok en Natalie Righton praten met Gijs Groenteman over de toekomst van Amerika. Michael Persson reed na de i…
 
The 2 founding fathers who would be friends, enemies and then friends again – John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. The 51-year relationship between these Frienemies is complicated but telling, offering critical insight into the very delicate and increasingly political first couple decades of our nation. Looking back, it’s proven to be one of our republ…
 
By all accounts FDR appeared to have every advantage in life: family prestige, money, wit, and wisdom. But it may have been his life-changing disadvantage that gave him the inspiration to win The White House. And once he got there, it was no easy task – dealing with a global war on 2 fronts and an economic mess at home. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s …
 
Correspondent Michael Persson is nog steeds in Washington en ziet de auto’s met Trump-vlaggetjes huiswaarts keren. De aanhangers vertellen hem triomfantelijk dat dit nog maar het begin is. Vanuit de ‘Oval Office’ van De Volkskrant praat Gijs Groenteman met Michael, Pieter Klok en Natalie Righton na over de krankzinnige gebeurtenissen in en rond het…
 
As we look back on our first 13 episodes, we’ve learned that while the personalities and political parties may be vastly different, the patriotism of each POTUS is the common denominator. In every case, these office holders & the people they’ve surrounded themselves with, have all had one goal in mind – to further the great American experiment the …
 
The presidency and tragic ending to the JFK era is well known, but how did POTUS 35 grow into the legend that inspires and haunts many to this day? His path to the White House included family privilege, luck, disease, heartbreak, but most of all – personal perseverance. We're covering the All-American story of how a young John Fitzgerald Kennedy we…
 
A multi-million dollar post-presidency book deal hasn’t always been the norm for an ex-President. Believe it or not, there was a time when who-wrote-what didn’t really matter – it was more about the importance of the document and ultimately the effect it had on advancing the nation. But times have certainly changed, and so has the appetite to know …
 
From the first First Lady on, these unelected but essential White House residents have each made their own mark on the presidency. Charm, etiquette, culture and champions of social causes, they’ve brought attention to our nation’s most important challenges and unique qualities - all while raising a family and being their husbands most trusted advis…
 
From his very modest beginning, folks knew young Abe was going to be someone big, and boy did he prove them right. When he took office, he was dealt probably the worst cards any president could imagine. But his personality, patience and persistence helped him lead our nation through a terrible Civil War and to a new birth of freedom. And while his …
 
He was the first to raise his hand and take the oath, George Washington. When this national hero reluctantly took the job, he quickly realized he wasn’t just a figurehead, he had to figure out what exactly the presidency was. So like any good leader, he recruited some of the country’s best and brightest to help him, and while they didn’t always get…
 
Hoe gaat het er in de VS nu aan toe? Met 70 miljoen stemmen voor Trump durven veel Republikeinen de zittende president niet te laten vallen. Correspondent Michael Persson liep mee met de protestmarsen in Washington en zag nog steeds een ongekende felheid bij zijn aanhang over de vermeende verkiezingsfraude. Vanuit de hoofdredactionele ‘oval office’…
 
Calvin Coolidge was a man who achieved resounding success by famously saying very little! His accidental presidency began with an unexpected middle-of-the-night swearing-in ceremony. By morning, this small-government minded politician was cutting the budget and reducing taxes. And when government action was called for, he stepped in when he had to,…
 
The very first political dark horse, James K. Polk. He paid his dues in state government and in the US Congress before unexpectedly finding himself up for the top spot in the 1844 election. He went on to win, and changed the make-up of the country quite literally from sea to shining sea. Expansion, War, Banking, he even implemented the whole idea o…
 
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