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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Lindsay Chervinsky on Washington's Cabinet

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Now that the election is over, attention is focusing on what the new cabinet will look like. We take the president’s cabinet for granted but Professor Lindsay M. Chervinsky shows that it’s creation wasn’t a foregone conclusion. We interview her about her new book on how George Washington created this uniquely American institution.

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