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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Photographic Presidents with Cara A. Finnegan

Photography plays an indelible role in how we remember and define American presidents. Throughout history, presidents have actively participated in all aspects of photography, not only by sitting for photos but by taking and consuming them. In this episode, we interview Cara A. Finnegan on her newly released book Photographic Presidents: Making History from Daguerreotype to Digital (https://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/93cpx6fr9780252043796.html). We discuss many iconic photos and the stories behind them, including the earliest photo of Abraham Lincoln, Richard Nixon's tense relationship with his photographer, and a curious story about photography's connection to George Washington.

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Ronald Reagan's "A Time for Choosing" Speech | October 27, 1964

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Ronald Reagan’s rise to power and how he sought to do the unthinkable: win the Cold War and destroy Soviet communism forever.
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Every four years, someone loses the election for president of the United States. What is it like to suffer such an epic defeat?
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