When Reagan got angry, his campaign got moving.

Slate’s New Podcast Tells Tales From the Campaign Trail

Slate’s New Podcast Tells Tales From the Campaign Trail

Bite-sized stories from presidential campaign history.
Feb. 23 2015 12:52 PM

Reagan’s Nashua Moment

Slate’s new podcast about presidential campaign history revisits Ronald Reagan’s show-stealing performance at a 1980 Republican debate.


Listen to Episode 1 of Whistlestop:

Whistlestop is Slate’s new bite-size podcast about presidential campaign history. Hosted by our chief political correspondent and Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each weekly installment will revisit a memorable (or even a forgotten) moment from America’s quadrennial carnival.


The inaugural episode marks Monday’s anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s so-called Nashua Moment during the 1980 campaign. The former California governor’s fiery declaration into a microphone at a New Hampshire primary debate sent the crowd into a frenzy—and energized his race for the White House.

This week’s show is sponsored by The Great Courses and its series “Turning Points in American History.” Get it at 80 percent off the original price by visiting Whistlestop’s page at TheGreatCourses.com.

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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.