Presidential

Presidential

Leading up to Election Day 2016, The Washington Post's Presidential podcast explores how each former American president reached office, made decisions, handled crises and redefined the role of commander-in-chief, starting with George Washington in week one and ending on week 44 with the president-elect. Hosted by Lillian Cunningham, the series features Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers like David McCullough and Washington Post journalists like Bob Woodward. New episodes are released on Sundays.

Introduction: Welcome to Presidential

Jan. 5, 2016

3:12 Listen
George Washington: The man, the myth, the legend

Jan. 10, 2016

48:29 Listen
John Adams: The case of the missing monument

Jan. 18, 2016

32:07 Listen
Thomas Jefferson: On food and freedom

Jan. 25, 2016

41:59 Listen
James Madison: Burning down the house

Jan. 31, 2016

37:27 Listen
James Monroe: The Forrest Gump of presidents

Feb. 7, 2016

39:24 Listen
John Quincy Adams: The trait that broke a presidency

Feb. 14, 2016

44:05 Listen
Andrew Jackson: The violence, the fight

Feb. 21, 2016

44:56 Listen
Martin Van Buren: The story of our two-party system

Feb. 29, 2016

37:35 Listen
William Henry Harrison: Great song, horrible death

March 6, 2016

29:05 Listen
John Tyler: Ghosts and the vice presidency

March 13, 2016

32:14 Listen
James K. Polk: Getting it done

March 20, 2016

35:00 Listen
Zachary Taylor: War heroes and conspiracy theory

March 27, 2016

29:22 Listen
Millard Fillmore: Teaching the obscure presidents

April 3, 2016

37:45 Listen
Franklin Pierce: Rolling off the tracks

April 10, 2016

29:59 Listen
James Buchanan: The bachelor and the bloodshed

April 18, 2016

37:42 Listen
Abraham Lincoln: His hand and his pen

April 24, 2016

53:56 Listen
Andrew Johnson: Stitching up a torn country

May 2, 2016

35:32 Listen
Ulysses S. Grant: Lover, fighter, writer

May 8, 2016

41:52 Listen
Rutherford B. Hayes: The most contested election

May 15, 2016

41:53 Listen
James A. Garfield: Shot down

May 23, 2016

40:50 Listen
Chester A. Arthur: Redemption

May 29, 2016

39:36 Listen
Grover Cleveland: Tell the truth

June 5, 2016

38:21 Listen
Benjamin Harrison: The president as conservationist

June 12, 2016

38:22 Listen
William McKinley: The modern campaign

June 20, 2016

40:57 Listen
Theodore Roosevelt: Exuberance

June 26, 2016

43:40 Listen
William Howard Taft: This chief, not that chief

July 3, 2016

39:10 Listen
Woodrow Wilson: A complicated legacy

July 11, 2016

46:25 Listen
Warren G. Harding: Love and scandal

July 18, 2016

43:48 Listen
Calvin Coolidge: A tale of two Coolidges

July 25, 2016

47:03 Listen
Herbert Hoover: Dealing with disaster

July 31, 2016

40:25 Listen
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Through Eleanor's eyes

Aug. 8, 2016

54:11 Listen
Harry S. Truman: Trying to make the right call

Aug. 15, 2016

37:54 Listen
Dwight D. Eisenhower: Covert action

Aug. 21, 2016

52:56 Listen
John F. Kennedy: We are all mortal

Aug. 28, 2016

49:16 Listen
Lyndon B. Johnson: Power

Sept. 4, 2016

41:07 Listen
Richard Nixon: Looking inward

Sept. 11, 2016

43:41 Listen
Gerald Ford: It's personal

Sept. 18, 2016

56:55 Listen
Jimmy Carter: Keeping the faith

Sept. 25, 2016

58:45 Listen
Ronald Reagan: Myths and truths

Oct. 2, 2016

44:40 Listen
George H. W. Bush: Restraint

Oct. 9, 2016

53:08 Listen
Bill Clinton: The good and the bad

Oct. 16, 2016

49:37 Listen
George W. Bush: Changing course

Oct. 23, 2016

47:44 Listen
Barack Obama: The pursuit of identity

Oct. 30, 2016

56:49 Listen
Donald Trump: Division and union

Nov. 9, 2016

54:36 Listen
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