From Washington to Obama, 10 American Presidents a podcast narrated by guest hosts.
The life and legacy of an American President. Each show is intercut with music and where possible archive news clips or dramatisations to set a feeling of place and time.
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What a tumultuous last three months I’ve had. Unbeknownst to just about everyone, my Visa application to live and work in the US was turned down in May, simply the immigration officer said I didn't have strong enough ties to the UK! This prompted a prolonged period of panic, when I thought, the walls were literally closing in.... . .
Imagine it's 1754. The British had developed thirteen colonies along the eastern seaboard of the American continent. Meanwhile, the French had quietly colonized a strip down the center, with a line of settlements along the Mississippi River.This threw the American colonies in the middle of a global power struggle between England and France that eventually led to a revolution.. . .
Abraham Lincoln(February 12, 1809– April 15, 1865) was an American statesman andlawyerwho served as the16th President of the United Statesfrom March 1861 untilhis assassinationin April 1865. Lincoln led theUnited States through theAmerican Civil War—its bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved theUnion,abolished slavery, strengthened thefederal government, and modernised theeconomy.Born inHodgenville, Kentucky, Lincoln grew up on thewestern frontierinKentuckyandIndiana. Largely self-educated, he became a lawyer inIllinois, aWhig Partyleader, and was elected to theIllinois House of Representatives, in which he served for eight years.. . .
Sarada Peri is a speechwriter and communications strategist. She was Special Assistant to the President and Senior Speechwriter for President Barack Obama. Prior to joining the White House, she was a Principal at West Wing Writers, where she worked with corporate, political and nonprofit clients on speechwriting, speech delivery, op-eds, books, and message strategy.She was also a member of the 2012 and 2016 Democratic National Convention speechwriting teams.As the political season heated up in the fall of 2015, the rhetoric against minorities and immigrants got ugly. Many people, including the White House, were concerned and even fearful. So when President Obama was asked to speak at a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives, we speechwriters saw an opportunity.On this episode she discusses the speech she wrote for President Obama and what it meant for her.. . .
Racial diversity is one of many facets that separates England from the other parts of the United Kingdom. While the UK’s White population totals over 55,010,359 or 87.1% according the 2011 census, just under 13% or over 7.5 million are non white. Over 90% of all British ethnic minorities live in England and most of them can be found in its cities of Birmingham, London, Leicester, Luton, Manchester, Wolverhampton, Bradford, Coventry and Watford. It’s the arrival of the first mass wave of non white immigrants in 1948 on the Empire Windrush, that really started modern England, a country comfortable enough to say its favourite food is curry and where “Jafacian” is could displace cockney as the dialect of the capitol’s kids. This episode is broadly about that viewed through the prism of one aspect of English culture, Ska.. . .
Steve VGuerra Given that it was a definitely possible that McKinley could have survived, what would have happened to TR?It’s hard not to think that TR would be against some domestic tenants of the Trump administration as he was against Trusts and pro conservation is his reputation as a Trust Buster deserved?Joe Jamsky I mostly just want to know how racist, and religious every president was, his impact on Natives and such?New York Governor Charles Evans Hughes was potentially a candidate to follow TR in 1908 who shared Roosevelt's progressivism, but Roosevelt disliked him and considered him to be too independent, why?The 1912 primaries represented the first extensive use of the presidential primary, why was this important for the progressive movement?Why did TR run as a third party candidate in 1912?Brent Hamoud What role did Elliot play?Niall Gargan I'd be interested to know a bit more about TR's relationship with FDR. Mostly looking at the reason why they are from opposing political parties. I know the old story that FDR ran as a Democrat simply because he said they asked to run for them in the state senate. I'm wondering how true this is or if the two family factions had a bigger part. I would have thought that FDR would have followed the same political ideology or had TR's troubles with the Republican Party in latter year dissuaded him from joining them?James R. Early If Roosevelt had survived long enough to run for president in 1920, do you think he would have won?If he had won in 1920 would he have continued the US isolationist policy after WW1?Joe Jamsky I would be curious to know if Roosevelt said anything interesting about the second amendment?Joe Jamsky Which president would win a WWE royal rumble?Brent Hamoud have we overlooked TR’s mind?Adam Vonnahme When was he happiest?Adam Vonnahme What was his legacy?. . .
I've had a busy month, Jeff Shesol the American historian and speechwriter for President Bill Clinton will host a show on great Presidential speeches at the end of AprilI need your help There will be a Q&A show on Teddy Roosevelt with the always brilliant David Pietrusza which I will record it at the end of next week. So If you have a question about the 26th President you can either, email me firstname.lastname@example.org or record your message by clicking on the speakpipe link on our website 10USP.comPS. I prefer the recorded questions!Lastly acclaimed Lincoln author Jonathan F. Putnam is going to narrate the life of young Lincoln in Illinois. His books are full of detail about Lincoln the upstart lawyer in Springfield before he started his political career.A raw look at the combat and homecoming experience from American veterans who have been deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. “This Is War” chronicles the trials of combat vets both abroad and at home.Listen today onwondery.fm/10. . .
Theodore Roosevelt Jr.(October 27, 1858– January 6, 1919) was an American statesman and writer who served as the 26thPresident of the United Statesfrom 1901 to 1909. He also served as the 25thVice President of the United Statesfrom March to September 1901 and as the 33rdGovernor of New Yorkfrom 1899 to 1900. As a leader of theRepublican Partyduring this time, he became a driving force for theProgressive Erain the United States in the early 20th century. His face is depicted onMount Rushmore, alongside those ofGeorge Washington,Thomas Jefferson, andAbraham Lincoln.. . .
Roifield Brown hosts the Thomas Jefferson show and questions President Thomas Jefferson (as portrayed by humanities scholar Clay S. Jenkinson) about the failure of America to realize Jefferson's vision.. . .
America is a nation steeped in tradition, and the words we speak, ideas we share, values we admire and the freedoms we defend can all be traced to our shared history.The podcast is called American History Tellers.They will take you to the events, times, and people that shaped America and the Americans, through a sound design and scripts written by PhD historians. They’ll put you in the shoes of everyday citizens living through the Cold War, for example, or the Revolution, Prohibition, the Space Race, or the Gold Rush. And they show you how our history affected them, their families… and affects you.Here’s a special preview and be sure to subscribe and to American History Tellers wherever you’re listening to this.. . .
TheUnited States presidential election of 1800was the fourth quadrennialpresidential election. It was held from Friday, October 31 to Wednesday, December 3, 1800. In what is sometimes referred to as the "Revolution of 1800",Vice PresidentThomas Jeffersondefeated PresidentJohn Adams. The election was arealigning electionthat ushered in a generation ofDemocratic-Republican Partyrule and the eventual demise of theFederalist Partyin theFirst Party System.Also thanks to narrators Diane Telford, Lonny Behar, Thomas Daly, Keith F. Shovlin and Zanna Ace. . .
Always be there is a searing track on Remedy the debut studio album by the English electronic music duo Basement Jaxx which was released in 1999 Number one for six consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart "Call Me" is a song by the American new wave band Blondie and the theme to the 1980 film American Gigolo. "Crying Over, reached #11 on the UK Singles charts in 1974 and was featured on the seventh studio album by Jamaican recording artist Ken Boothe.. . .
Ulysses S. Grant (born Hiram Ulysses Grant; April 27, 1822 – July 23, 1885) was the 18th President of the United States (1869–77). As Commanding General (1864–69), Grant worked closely with President Abraham Lincoln to lead the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy in the American Civil War. He implemented Congressional Reconstruction, often at odds with President Andrew Johnson. Twice elected president, Grant led the Republicans in their effort to remove the vestiges of Confederate nationalism and slavery, protect African American citizenship, and support economic prosperity. His presidency has often been criticized for tolerating corruption and for the severe economic depression in his second term.. . .
The United States presidential election of 1948 was the 41st quadrennial presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 2, 1948. Incumbent President Harry S. Truman, the Democratic nominee, who had succeeded to the presidency after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1945, successfully ran for election for a full term against Thomas E. Dewey, the Republican nominee. The election is considered to be the greatest election upset in American history. Virtually every prediction (with or without public opinion polls) indicated that Truman would be defeated by Dewey. The Democratic Party had a severe three-way ideological split, with both the far left and far right of the Party running third-party campaigns. Truman's surprise victory was the fifth consecutive presidential win for the Democratic Party, the longest winning streak in the history of the party, and second-longest in the history of both modern parties (surpassed only by the Republicans' six consecutive victories from 1860 to 1880). With.... . .
Kevin Stroud from The History of English, looks at the development of American English and how its presidents have helped its development. Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Franklin Roosevelt, FDR, John F Kennedy, JFK, Lyndon Johnson, LBJ and George W Bush. 10 American Presidents is part of the Agora Podcast Network. . .
Andrew Jackson (March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845) was an American statesman who served as the seventh President of the United States from 1829 to 1837. He was born near the end of the colonial era, somewhere near the then-unmarked border between North and South Carolina, into a recently immigrated Scots-Irish farming family of relatively modest means. During the American Revolutionary War, Jackson, whose family supported the revolutionary cause, acted as a courier. At age 13, he was captured and mistreated by his British captors. He later became a lawyer. He was also elected to Congressional office, first to the U.S. House of Representatives and twice to the U.S. Senate. In 1801, Jackson was appointed colonel in the Tennessee militia, which became his political as well as military base. He owned hundreds of slaves who worked on the Hermitage Plantation. In 1806, he killed a man in a duel over a matter of honor regarding his wife Rachel. He gained national fame through his role in the War of 1812, most.... . .
The Monroe Doctrine was a U.S. foreign policy regarding domination of the Americas in 1823. It stated that further efforts by European nations to colonise land or interfere with states in North or South America would be viewed as acts of aggression, requiring U.S. intervention. The Doctrine was issued in 1823 at a time when nearly all Latin American colonies of Spain and Portugal had achieved or were at the point of gaining independence from the Portuguese and Spanish Empires. The United States, working in agreement with Great Britain, wanted to guarantee that no European power would move in. President James Monroe first stated the doctrine during his seventh annual State of the Union Address to Congress. The term "Monroe Doctrine" itself was coined in 1850. By the end of the 19th century, Monroe's declaration was seen as a defining moment in the foreign policy of the United States and one of its longest-standing tenets. It would be invoked by many U.S. statesmen and several U.S. presidents, including.... . .
A caucus is a meeting of supporters or members of a specific political party or movement. The term originated in the United States, but has spread to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and Nepal. As the use of the term has been expanded, the exact definition has come to vary among political cultures. The origin of the word caucus is debated, but it is generally agreed that it first came into use in the British colonies of North America. A February 1763 entry in the diary of John Adams of Braintree, Massachusetts, is one of the earliest appearances of Caucas, already with its modern connotations of a "smoke-filled room" where candidates for public election are pre-selected in private: This day learned that the Caucas Clubb meets at certain Times in the Garret of Tom Daws, the Adjutant of the Boston Regiment. He has a large House, and he has a moveable Partition in his Garrett, which he takes down and the whole Clubb meets in one Room. There they smoke tobacco till you cannot see from one End of.... . .
The United States presidential election of 1964 was the 45th quadrennial presidential election. It was held on Tuesday, November 3, 1964. Democratic candidate and incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson had come to office less than a year earlier following the assassination of his predecessor John F. Kennedy. Johnson, who had successfully associated himself with Kennedy's popularity, won 61.1% of the popular vote, the highest won by a candidate since James Monroe's re-election in 1820. It was the most lopsided US presidential election in terms of popular votes; and the sixth-most lopsided presidential election in the history of the United States in terms of electoral votes. No candidate for president since has equaled or surpassed Johnson's percentage of the popular vote, and only Richard Nixon in 1972 has won by a greater popular vote margin. The Republican candidate, Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona, suffered from a lack of support from his own party and his deeply unpopular conservative political.... . .
Narrated by David Pietrusza Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), commonly known as FDR, was a American statesman and political leader who served as the President of the United States 1933-1945. A Democrat, he won a record four elections and dominated his party for many years as a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic depression and total war.. . .
Colin Luther Powell born April 5, 1937 is an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under U.S. President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005, the first African American to serve in that position. During his military career, Powell also served as National Security Advisor (1987–1989), as Commander of the U.S. Army Forces Command (1989) and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–1993), holding the latter position during the Persian Gulf War. He almost ran for the Republican ticket for president in 1996. Born in Harlem as the son of Jamaican immigrants, Powell was the first, and so far the only, Jamaican American to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the first of two consecutive black office-holders to serve as U.S. Secretary of State. Also this show features Roifield Brown talking to Michael Goldwasser explaining how the shows are made.. . .
George Washington (February 22, 1732 [O.S. February 11, 1731] – December 14, 1799) was the first President of the United States (1789–97), the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the convention that drafted the current United States Constitution and during his lifetime was called the "father of his country". History is narrated by Mike Duncan.. . .
Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974 when he became the only U.S. president to resign the office. Nixon had previously served as a U.S. Representative and Senator from California and as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961. His story is narrated by Dan Carlin.. . .
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