The Presidential Greatness Edition
John Dickerson introduces a new podcast season of campaign curiosities focused on presidents past.
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.
Ted Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, and the Battle of the Robot RuleSlate’s podcast concludes the tale of the 1980 Democratic primary fight between challenger Ted Kennedy and incumbent President Jimmy Carter.
Bill Clinton, There for You Till the Last Dog DiesSlate’s podcast about presidential campaign history explains how Bill Clinton earned the nickname the Comeback Kid during the 1992 Democratic primary.
One of the Great Train Wrecks of All TimeSlate’s podcast about campaign history looks back at George McGovern’s disastrous handling of the Eagleton Affair in 1972.
Ford, Reagan, and the Halloween MassacreSlate's podcast about campaign history revisits the Republican primary election of 1976.
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?
Donald Trump vs. Ross PerotSlate’s podcast about presidential campaign history compares the presidential ambitions of two ego-driven billionaires.
The Worst Answer to “Why Do You Want to Be President?” in Campaign HistorySlate’s podcast about presidential campaign history remembers when Ted Kennedy challenged incumbent President Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination in 1980.
Truman Defeats Dewey, an Upset for the AgesSlate’s podcast about presidential campaign history explains how Harry Truman pulled off an improbable victory over Thomas Dewey in the election of 1948.
Ford, Reagan, and the 1976 RNCSlate’s podcast about campaign history offers up the second part of its look at the rise of Ronald Reagan.
The Mulligan LettersSlate's podcast about campaign history reminds us that Hillary Clinton wasn't the first front-runner to wrestle with a correspondence scandal.