Eisenhower’s heart attack changed the relationship between the press and the presidency.

When Did the Media Start Caring About Presidential Hearts?

When Did the Media Start Caring About Presidential Hearts?

Bite-sized stories from presidential campaign history.
Oct. 18 2017 5:13 PM

At the Heart of the President’s Heart

In 1955, a presidential heart attack changed the relationship between the press and the presidency.

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This episode of Whistlestop travels back to mid-September 1955, when a presidential heart attack, kept secret for a short time, changed the relationship between the press and the presidency.

Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America’s presidential carnival.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.