Recording From the Oval
In February 1971, President Nixon asked his chief of staff if they could record conversations in the Oval Office for posterity.
A Recipe for a Presidential SpeechOn June 11, 1962, President Kennedy made a speech he thought would sway his audience at Yale.
The Bricker Amendment and Stories of Migratory BirdsWhistlestop travels back to Jan. 7, 1953, and the introduction of the Bricker Amendment.
Steely Executive Orders From Presidents Truman and TrumpWhen a president’s executive powers are challenged by the courts.
The Entanglements of the Mega RichHost John Dickerson on the echoes of economic entanglements from Vice President Nelson Rockefeller to President Donald Trump.
Harry S. Truman’s Battles With the BossesHost John Dickerson discusses President Harry S. Truman’s face-offs with labor bosses in 1946.
October Surprise, the 1964 EditionSlate’s podcast about presidential campaign history chronicles the October surprise of the presidential campaign of 1964.
Goldwater vs. Fact MagazineSlate’s podcast about presidential campaign history tells the story of the famous 1960s battle of Barry Goldwater versus Fact Magazine.
Andrew Jackson: The Dangerous CandidateSlate’s podcast about presidential campaign history digs into the similarities between the people’s candidate Andrew Jackson and today’s Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Stand Up for AmericaIn 1968, Alabama Gov. George Wallace appealed to segregationists and blue-collar workers during his presidential bid as a third-party candidate.
The Reagan-Ford Vice Presidential DanceRonald Reagan was almost Gerald Ford’s vice president and vice-versa. Which is strange, since neither man cared much for the other.
The Dean ScreamThe downfall of Howard Dean’s groundbreaking campaign started long before his infamous TV moment in Iowa.
Whistlestop: Fighting the Wimp FactorIn 1988, George H.W. Bush had an image problem. His handlers beat it by spinning the image … of his opponent.
Waiting for MarioThe nail-biting story of the maybe-candidate with “no plans to make plans” … until the bitter end.
The Fiery Words of Spiro AgnewRevisiting Oct. 15, 1969, and the then–vice president’s divisive language.
The 104-Year-Old MistakeJohn Dickerson visits March 15, 1913—when President Woodrow Wilson convened the very first presidential press conference.
When a Supreme Court Justice Leaves a Seat Earlier Than ExpectedHow the U.S. government filled the seat Chief Justice Earl Warren left behind.
The Inauguration of the People’s PresidentHost John Dickerson travels back to 1829 and the inauguration of President Andrew Jackson.
The Presidential Greatness EditionJohn Dickerson introduces a new podcast season of campaign curiosities focused on presidents past.
DebategateA re-examination of when President Jimmy Carter’s strategy notebook fell into the hands of Ronald Reagan’s team ahead of the presidential debate.
How Barack Obama Became the Candidate of ChangeThe speech that turned Iowa—and the 2008 election—around for Barack Obama.
Whistlestop: Live Book Tour MashupSlate’s podcast about presidential campaign history has a special show live from the road in New York and San Francisco with highlights from the newly published Whistlestop book.
Keep Your Attack Dog FedOne thing Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton could agree on: They hated scandalmonger journalist James Callender.
Goldwater’s Contested Convention—How 2016 Is Like 1964In 1964, despite the efforts of many establishment Republicans, Sen. Barry Goldwater clinched the GOP nomination for president.
When the Straight Talk Express Rolled Through New HampshireAhead of the 2000 Republican primary, Sen. John McCain held 114 town hall meetings in the Granite State and visited every town.
Hurrah and HokumIn the 1840 election, Whigs and Democrats turned out record numbers of voters by appealing to the raw emotions of their followers.
JFK in West VirginiaIn 1960, Kennedy demonstrated that in primary season, what doesn’t kill candidates makes them stronger.
Feeling Your PainWhere did our fixation with the empathetic capacity of presidential candidates come from?