The leaders you thought you knew.

This American President is a history podcast that delves into the lives and legacies of the men who have occupied the White House. Each episode immerses you in an era of history by examining the life of a U.S. President. Hosted by Richard Lim and produced by Michael Neal.

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David S. Reynolds on Abraham Lincoln

How was Abraham Lincoln influenced by the culture and everyday life in pre-civil war America? David S. Reynolds explores this in his new book, Abe: Abraham Lincoln in His Times.

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The Price of Ambition Part III (John F. Kennedy)

This American President | E:36
John F. Kennedy often gets high marks for his leadership during the Cuban Missile Crisis, but he agonized over what to do in Southeast Asia.
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Fredrik Logevall on John F. Kennedy

This American President | E:35
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Fredrik Logevall has written a new biography about the 35th president, titled JFK: Coming of Age in the American Century.
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The Price of Ambition Part II (John F. Kennedy)

This American President | E:34
In October of 1962, John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev went to the brink of nuclear armageddon.
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Lindsay Chervinsky on Washington's Cabinet

This American President | E:33
Now that the election is over, attention is focusing on what the new cabinet will look like.
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