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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His Own Worst Enemy Part 3 | Richard Nixon

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BONUS: Richard Nixon's "Silent Majority" Speech on the Vietnam War | November 3, 1969

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On November 3, 1969, Richard Nixon delivered this address to the nation on the war in Vietnam.
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His Own Worst Enemy Part 2 | Richard Nixon

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Richard Nixon entered office during one of the most tumultuous times in American history. And he had a bold agenda to remake his country’s foreign policy.
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Fan in Chief: Richard Nixon and American Sports

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Sports are as American as apple pie, yet even they have become a part of the political landscape.
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