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Andrew Johnson: The Drunken Demagogue

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  • 6 months ago
  • 36:38

He was the follow-up act no one wanted: Johnson took office after Lincoln was assassinated, and spent his presidency making every sloppy, chaotic move he was capable of. Everything he did — from empowering ex-Confederates to spearheading a deranged speaking tour to calling for a Congressman to be hanged — led to disaster, death, and ultimately his own disgrace.   To view this episode’s full list of sources, please visit parcast.com/verypresidential

Richard Nixon: Tricky Dick

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  • 6 months ago
  • 43:04

He was a paranoid president who wiretapped the White House, kept actual lists of enemies, popped pills, shoved aides, and might've secretly been in love with his best friend. Nixon’s always going to be tied to the Watergate scandal, but there’s so much more to know about the so-called “Tricky Dick.”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: 12 Years In Power

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  • 7 months ago
  • 37:19

FDR was president for over a decade — plenty of time to curate a rotating cast of love interests, including the Princess of Norway and his own daughter-in-law. But if the White House living arrangements were made somewhat awkward by his constant need for companionship, FDR didn’t seem to notice. He was busy handling crisis after crisis… and manufacturing a few of his own, too. To view this episode’s full list of sources, please visit parcast.com/verypresidential

John Tyler: The President Without A Party

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  • 7 months ago
  • 27:38

He wanted to be a low-key VP, and instead became one of the most disliked presidents in history. John Tyler was booted from his own party, burned in effigy on the White House lawn, and rejected even in death by America’s most prominent politicians. 

Teddy Roosevelt: The Bull Moose President

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  • 7 months ago
  • 32:18

The youngest president to ever take office was full of tough-guy machismo, and famous for his vigor. Where’d he pour all that energy? Breaking up his brother’s marriage, getting off the grid for wild excursions, and trophy hunting to his heart’s content.