The Gist: Andrew Burstein on Thomas Jefferson, and Debbie Walsh on female presidents.

We All Want a Piece of Thomas Jefferson

We All Want a Piece of Thomas Jefferson

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
April 13 2015 7:16 PM

Thomas Jefferson as Touchstone

As democracy’s hero celebrates his 272nd birthday, a look at how the late president’s words continue to inspire, despite being misconstrued.

Thomas Jefferson
What deeply held beliefs did Jefferson keep under that wig?

Photo Illustration by Slate. Image Courtesy Democracy's Muse: How Thomas Jefferson Became an FDR Liberal, a Reagan Republican, and a Tea Party Fanatic, All the While Being Dead

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Do women make better presidents? Today on The Gist, we talk with Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. Plus, we wish Thomas Jefferson a happy 272nd birthday by discussing how his name is evoked today. Historian Andrew Burstein is the author of Democracy's Muse: How Thomas Jefferson Became an FDR Liberal, a Reagan Republican, and a Tea Party Fanatic, All the While Being Dead. For the Spiel, vetting the vetting of Hillary Clinton.

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