Will Warren G. Harding’s Love Letters Change How We See His Presidency?

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July 8 2014 5:23 PM

Warren G. Harding in Love

The Gist explores how the 29th president’s steamy love letters could change how we remember him.

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Handsome Warren G. Harding.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photograph from the Harris & Ewing Collection at the Library of Congress.

Listen to Episode 44 of Slate’s The Gist:

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Today on The Gist we discuss a new cache of steamy missives from Warren G. Harding to his mistress. The bootleg microfilms were first uncovered by James D. Robenalt, author of The Harding Affair: Love and Espionage During the Great War. But first, was Boston College’s oral history archive politically motivated? Kevin Cullen from the Boston Globe explains how the project, which recorded the raw details of life in the IRA, opened old wounds in Northern Ireland. In today’s Spiel, Mike’s done tooting his own horn.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.

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