Whistlestop explores 104 years of messy presidential press conferences.

The 104-Year-Old Mistake

The 104-Year-Old Mistake

Bite-sized stories from presidential campaign history.
March 8 2017 2:31 PM

The 104-Year-Old Mistake

John Dickerson visits March 15, 1913—when President Woodrow Wilson convened the very first presidential press conference.


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Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable (or even forgotten) moments from America’s presidential carnival.

Podcast production and edit by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.

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John Dickerson is a co-anchor of CBS This Morning, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and author of Whistlestop and On Her Trail.