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American Elections: Wicked Game

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On February 10th, 1796, Vice President John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail, lamenting the state of discourse in the country. The election was nearing—and becoming heated. Newspapers screamed, factions warred, and John Adams was dismayed with what he called “the wicked Game.”

Americans in 2020 can relate. They still have to endure weeks of shouting, outrage, and the worst sort of political rancor as the country once again chooses its president.

But it’s almost always been this way. And to prove it, American Elections: Wicked Game will review the entire history of presidential elections, from the unanimous and inevitable election of George Washington in 1789 to Donald Trump’s surprise electoral victory in 2016.

From the host of the American History Tellers and American Scandal, this new podcast will explore all 58 presidential elections to discover that there never never was a “good ol’ days,” and that presidential politics has always been played dirty.

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Wondery Presents: Will Be Wild

April 25, 2022 08:00 - 6 minutes - 5.57 MB

Will Be Wild is a new 8-part series about the forces that led to the January 6th insurrection and what comes next. Through in-depth stories from a wide range of characters – from people who tried to stop the attack to those who took part – hosts Andrea Bernstein and Ilya Marritz explore the ongoing effort to bring autocracy to America, the lasting damage that effort is doing to our democracy, and the fate of our attempts to combat those anti-democratic forces. Because January 6th wa...

Introducing 'History Daily' From Host Lindsay Graham

November 03, 2021 08:00 - 16 minutes - 14.8 MB

'History Daily' is a new podcast from host Lindsay Graham which does history, daily. Every weekday beginning November 1st—the same day President John Adams first moved into the White House—this new podcast will bring you a slice of the history that happened that day. Whether it’s to remember the tragedy of December 7th, 1941, the day “that will live in infamy,” or to celebrate that 20th day in July, 1969, when mankind reached the moon, History Daily is there to tell you the true st...

Wondery Presents: Spy Affair

March 29, 2021 08:00 - 5 minutes - 5.13 MB

A charismatic Russian woman arrives in the US on a mission to improve relations between the two countries, and she soon makes some powerful friends. But who is Maria Butina? And who is she working for? As Maria gets closer to the rich and connected she also attracts the attention of the FBI. In the politically charged world of US-Russia relations, everyone has secrets and almost nothing is what it seems. From Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and Dr. Death comes SPY AFFAIR...

2020, Biden vs. Trump: The Soul of America

December 15, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 69.4 MB

President Donald Trump faces off with President Obama’s political wingman: Vice President Joe Biden. In a contest defined by partisan rancor, congressional investigations and a global pandemic, Donald Trump claims he is the man to “Keep America Great” while Joe Biden claims he is the man to win the battle for the “Soul of America.”  Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Audio editing by Mollie Baack. Co-Executive produc...

2016, Clinton vs. Trump: The Omega and the Alpha

November 03, 2020 10:00 - 1 hour - 66.4 MB

Donald J. Trump returns to the political arena. First as a longshot candidate and then as an improbable frontrunner, Trump makes his way through a crowded Republican primary field to take on Democratic nominee, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Trump and Clinton go head to head in a divisive election that upends political norms and further deepens the divide between Right and Left. Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens...

2012, Romney vs. Obama: The Rich Boy

October 27, 2020 09:00 - 46 minutes - 42.4 MB

As Barack Obama fends off attacks on everything from his foreign policy to the color of his suits, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney defends his religion and fights his way through a crowded Republican primary to secure the GOP nomination. As the 2012 election takes shape, both sides see a narrow path to victory. In the midst of the divisive campaign, a New York businessman turned reality television star helps reignite an old conspiracy theory in an effort to deprive Obama o...

Wondery Presents: Dr. Death Season 2

October 27, 2020 06:30 - 4 minutes - 3.91 MB

If someone you love is diagnosed with cancer you want them to get the best treatment from the best doctors. In 2013, patients in Michigan thought Farid Fata was that doctor. Between his prestigious education, years of experience and pleasant bedside manner, Fata was everything you could want in a doctor. But he was not who he appeared to be. From Wondery, this is the story of hundreds of patients in Michigan, a doctor, and a poisonous secret. Laura Beil, returns with a second seaso...

2008, McCain vs. Obama: Hope and Change

October 20, 2020 09:00 - 44 minutes - 40.9 MB

New York Senator and former First Lady Hillary Clinton enters the 2008 election as the presumptive favorite to win the Democratic nomination. But Barack Obama, a first-term senator from Illinois, creates a groundswell in the Party and leaves Clinton behind. To win the White House, Obama must overcome racist attacks from both sides, conspiracy theories about his birth, and a veteran Republican senator: John McCain. But as George W. Bush’s presidency comes to an end, an impending fina...

2004, Bush vs. Kerry: Do or Die

October 13, 2020 09:00 - 52 minutes - 48 MB

As President George W. Bush navigates the challenges of his first year in office, he is confronted by one of the gravest, most horrific tragedies ever to reach American shores. But Bush’s response to 9/11 puts his presidency under fire. In the wake of the United States’ invasion of Afghanistan, Bush’s decision to go to war with Iraq costs him politically, and it leads the Democrats to look for a war hero candidate to lead them through a wartime election: Massachusetts Senator John K...

2000, Bush vs. Gore vs. Nader: Gettin’ Snippy

October 06, 2020 09:00 - 44 minutes - 40.4 MB

With Bill Clinton’s tenure as president coming to an end, Vice President Al Gore takes up the mantle for the Democrats. Gore tries to distance himself from the Clinton scandals while Republicans look to the son of a former president to get them back into the White House. In November of 2000, Vice President Al Gore and Texas Governor George W. Bush find themselves embroiled in one of the most controversial presidential elections in modern history. Created, hosted and executive produ...

Wondery presents Kamala: Next In Line

October 05, 2020 07:30 - 6 minutes - 5.66 MB

Subscribe today: http://wondery.fm/KamalaNextInLine If she wins in November, Kamala Harris would become Vice President after one of the most consequential and tumultuous elections in American history. Harris would be the most significant player to help Joe Biden manage a country in crisis. So who is she? Kamala: Next in Line goes inside the cross-cultural journey that led Harris from her humble roots to become the first African-American woman to represent California in the Senate ...

1996, Dole vs. Clinton: The Comeback Kid

September 29, 2020 09:00 - 42 minutes - 38.6 MB

Bill Clinton bounces back from early problems in his presidency and looks to become the first two-term Democratic president since Franklin Roosevelt. To stop him, Republicans turn to Senator Bob Dole and try to conjure images of a glorious American past that only they can bring back. But Dole won’t be the Democrats’ biggest problem: with re-election on the line, Bill and Hillary Clinton will find themselves at the center of multiple scandals. Created, hosted and executive produced ...

1992, Bush vs. Clinton vs. Perot: The Baby Boomer and the Independent

September 22, 2020 09:00 - 42 minutes - 39.2 MB

President George H.W. Bush tries to shore up his Republican coalition and offer the American people a clear picture of what a second Bush term will look like. Meanwhile, down South, a young saxophone-playing Democratic governor from Arkansas and an Independent Texas businessman will make a second term for Bush seem like an impossibility.  Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Audio editing by Mollie Baack. Co-Executive ...

1988, Bush vs. Dukakis: Character Assassinations

September 15, 2020 09:00 - 44 minutes - 41.1 MB

Vice President George H. W. Bush is Ronald Reagan’s heir apparent. But in order to defeat Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis, Bush must embrace Reagan’s conservatism, get the best of a respected primary challenger named Bob Dole, and escape the shadow of what many call the biggest political scandal since Watergate. Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Audio editing by Mollie Baack. Co-Executive produced by Steven Walte...

1984, Mondale vs. Reagan: The Teflon President

September 08, 2020 09:00 - 46 minutes - 42.2 MB

With a Republican-controlled Senate and a clear mandate from the American people, Ronald Reagan sets out to show American strength abroad and to reduce the role of “big government” at home. The idea that his political future will ever be in question seems impossible, but a widening wealth gap and a lone gunman’s bullet will threaten his first term and his prospects for re-election.  Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens....

Wondry Presents: Bunga Bunga

September 08, 2020 08:30 - 5 minutes - 5.12 MB

Silvio Berlusconi was a charismatic multi-millionaire real-estate mogul who upended the Italian political order and hypnotized an entire nation. He was the longest-serving prime minister of one of the world’s wealthiest countries, until he was brought down by three powerful women - and two words: “Bunga Bunga.” From Wondery, the makers of Dirty John and The Shrink Next Door, and hosted by comedian Whitney Cummings, “Bunga Bunga” is an eight part series on the incredible true story o...

1980, Carter vs. Reagan: Let’s Make America Great Again

September 01, 2020 09:00 - 43 minutes - 40 MB

President Jimmy Carter fights to keep the White House in a trial by fire of domestic recession and international turmoil. Carter defends his presidency against the rise of a softer, more approachable brand of conservatism embodied by the skillful optimism and powerful charisma of Republican nominee Ronald Reagan. Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Audio editing by Mollie Baack. Co-Executive produced by Steven Walters...

1976, Ford vs. Carter: Unimpeachable

August 25, 2020 09:00 - 45 minutes - 41.4 MB

When Nixon gets caught up in the biggest presidential scandal in American History, he enlists the help of a man with unimpeachable character: Gerald R. Ford Jr. In the wake of Watergate, Ford becomes the only man to ever be appointed to the presidency. In his reelection bid for an office he was never elected to, Ford must prove himself worthy of his party’s nomination and fight off a Washington outsider: Georgia Democrat Jimmy Carter.  Created, hosted and executive produced by Lind...

1972, McGovern vs. Nixon: Failure Comes Easy At Times Like This

August 18, 2020 09:00 - 47 minutes - 43.4 MB

In a contest largely defined by the Vietnam War, Republican President Richard Nixon fights to keep the White House out of the hands of Democratic nominee Senator George McGovern. In order to give Nixon a run for his money, McGovern and his anti-war message must survive a political scandal that threatens to bring McGovern’s judgment and leadership skills into question.  Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Audio editing...

1968, Nixon vs. Humphrey vs. Wallace: Law and Order

August 11, 2020 09:00 - 50 minutes - 46.4 MB

Against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement, President Johnson declares his intention not to run in the 1968 contest, leaving the door open for Former Vice President Richard Nixon to stage a political comeback. In order to win the White House, Nixon must win the hearts and minds of a divided electorate and a political system teetering on the brink.  Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Audio e...

1964, Johnson vs. Goldwater: A Choice, Not An Echo

August 04, 2020 09:00 - 49 minutes - 44.9 MB

In the aftermath of JFK’s assassination, Lyndon Johnson fights to shed the mantle of accidental president. But as he strives to carry forward Kennedy’s legacy, he faces a barrage of opposition from a divided Democratic party. Meanwhile, across the aisle, the Republicans fight to mount a defense as they rally around a conservative candidate who hopes to redefine the word Republican: Barry Goldwater. Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design b...

1960, Nixon vs. Kennedy: Behind the Curtain

July 28, 2020 09:00 - 42 minutes - 38.9 MB

Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican Richard Nixon fight for the White House on new technological turf: the rise of television sets the stage for an unprecedented campaign defined by race, religion and dirty tricks. But on the campaign trail, “Tricky Dick” Nixon meets his match in John F. Kennedy’s relentless brother, Bobby Kennedy.   Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Audio editing by Mollie Baack. Co-Executive p...

1956, Stevenson vs. Eisenhower: A Chance for Peace

July 21, 2020 09:00 - 39 minutes - 36.3 MB

In the run up to the 1956 contest, Ike battles severe health issues, an intensifying Cold War and enemies in the Democratic party. But his greatest struggle during the campaign isn’t with Adlai Stevenson and the Democrats, it’s with his Secretary of State: John Foster Dulles. The conflict between these two political titans comes to a head in the middle of a contentious domestic election largely defined by foreign affairs.    Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham ...

1952, Stevenson vs. Eisenhower: The Fund Crisis

July 14, 2020 09:00 - 43 minutes - 39.7 MB

Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower takes on a determined Democratic party united behind the popular Illinois governor, Adlai Stevenson. But in the run up to the 1952 contest, Ike’s biggest cross to bear is not the Democrats; it’s a member of his own party. As Ike defies the Republican establishment and fights for the White House on his own terms, he does his best to reign in his Vice President; a political power house named Richard Nixon.  Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Gra...

1948, Dewey vs. Truman: The Gangbuster

July 07, 2020 09:00 - 40 minutes - 37.2 MB

In the wake of World War II, as President Truman fights to establish a new peace, Republican Governor Thomas Dewey gears up for a second run at the White House. As Truman strives to fulfill Franklin D. Roosevelt’s progressive legacy with his “Fair Deal” for America, Dewey tries to capitalize on a growing anti-Truman sentiment brewing all across the nation.  Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Audio editing by Mollie B...

1944, Dewey vs. Roosevelt: The Last Stand

June 30, 2020 09:00 - 45 minutes - 41.7 MB

As World War II rages on, FDR is in the political fight of his life against a young political newcomer, Republican Thomas Dewey. Riding the wave of Republican gains in the 1942 midterms, the youthful, fresh-faced Dewey attacks the tired old man in the White House by promising to bring about a swift end to the war. Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Audio editing by Mollie Black. Co-Executive produced by Steven Walter...

1940, Willkie vs. Roosevelt: Storm on the Horizon

June 23, 2020 09:00 - 43 minutes - 40 MB

Against the backdrop of World War II, FDR’s position of neutrality is threatened as he seeks to become the first president to serve three terms in office. To win the White House in the 1940 contest, FDR must get the best of business tycoon Wendell Willkie, a former Democrat and an affable political outsider with an axe to grind. Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Co-Executive produced by Steven Walters in association...

1936, Landon vs. Roosevelt: New Deal on Trial

June 16, 2020 09:00 - 45 minutes - 41.5 MB

As FDR pushes his progressive agenda, Republicans turn to a progressive candidate of their own: Kansas Governor Al Landon. Landon and the Republicans fight to make the election a referendum on fiscal responsibility, while FDR defends his New Deal against a slew of opponents, including the infamous media mogul and scandal machine, William Randolph Hearst. Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Co-Executive produced by Ste...

1932, Hoover vs. Roosevelt vs. Smith: Two Governors

June 09, 2020 09:00 - 45 minutes - 41.3 MB

As President Hoover and the Republicans scramble to rescue the country from the Great Depression, Democratic nominee Franklin Delano Roosevelt strives to take the country in a bold new direction on the promise of a New Deal for America. But to win his party’s nomination, FDR will have to go toe to toe with one of the most powerful Democrats in the country: former New York Governor Al Smith. Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek...

1928, Hoover vs. Smith: Master of Emergencies

June 03, 2020 09:00 - 40 minutes - 37.2 MB

In the wake of an unprecedented natural disaster, Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover lives up to his reputation as a Master of Emergencies and solidifies his status as the presumptive Republican nominee. To beat him, Democratic Governor Al Smith of New York will have to face off against the Republicans and the forces of opposition in the South. Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Co-Executive produced by Steven Walters...

1928: Hoover vs. Smith: Master of Emergencies

June 03, 2020 09:00 - 40 minutes - 37.2 MB

In the wake of an unprecedented natural disaster, Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover lives up to his reputation as a Master of Emergencies and solidifies his status as the presumptive Republican nominee. To beat him, Democratic Governor Al Smith of New York will have to face off against the Republicans and the forces of opposition in the South. Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Co-Executive produced by Steven Walters...

1924, Coolidge vs. Davis vs. La Follette: Silence is Golden

May 26, 2020 09:00 - 41 minutes - 37.6 MB

After the death of Warren G Harding, Vice President Calvin Coolidge inherits a booming economy, but he also inherits one of the biggest political scandals in American history. To win his party’s nomination and overcome the Teapot Dome scandal, Calvin Coolidge must live up to his nickname: Silent Cal. To beat Coolidge, Democratic nominee John W. Davis must overcome a bitterly divided Democratic party and a third party challenger, the Progressive Party’s Robert M LaFollette. Created,...

1924: Coolidge vs. Davis vs. La Follette: Silence is Golden

May 26, 2020 09:00 - 41 minutes - 37.6 MB

After the death of Warren G Harding, Vice President Calvin Coolidge inherits a booming economy, but he also inherits one of the biggest political scandals in American history. To win his party’s nomination and overcome the Teapot Dome scandal, Calvin Coolidge must live up to his nickname: Silent Cal. To beat Coolidge, Democratic nominee John W. Davis must overcome a bitterly divided Democratic party and a third party challenger, the Progressive Party’s Robert M LaFollette. Created,...

1920, Harding vs. Cox vs. Debs: A Return to Normal

May 19, 2020 09:00 - 42 minutes - 38.8 MB

In the aftermath of a bloody world war and a catastrophic global pandemic, the Democrats shun President Woodrow Wilson and dash his hopes to be the first American president to serve three terms. While the Democrats go to war over the future of their party, Republican nominee Warren G. Harding seeks to give the American people something they truly crave: normalcy. Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Co-Executive produc...

1916, Hughes vs. Wilson: He Kept Us Out of War!

May 12, 2020 09:00 - 39 minutes - 36.1 MB

As war brews overseas in Europe, Democratic President Woodrow Wilson strives to keep America out of the war and to keep his prospects for a second term alive. To keep the White House, Wilson goes toe to toe with Republican Supreme Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes in a contest that is defined by domestic turmoil, international strife and personal animus.  Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Co-Executive produced by S...

1912, Wilson vs. Taft vs. Roosevelt: The Bull Moose

May 05, 2020 09:00 - 46 minutes - 42.8 MB

Teddy Roosevelt comes out of retirement and returns to the political fold to unseat his longtime political friend and ally, President William Howard Taft. As both parties struggle to hold their progressive and conservative factions together, Democrat Woodrow Wilson seeks to ride the wave of progressivism, capitalize on a divided Republican party, and win first place in a heated three way race.  Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by De...

1908, Taft vs. Bryan: A Significant Loser

April 28, 2020 09:00 - 39 minutes - 36.6 MB

Teddy Roosevelt’s hand-picked successor, Republican William Howard Taft, faces off against Democrat William Jennings Bryan. In his third and final presidential campaign, Bryan preaches the gospel of populism. In the end, his progressive ideas are no match for Roosevelt’s legacy, but Bryan’s failed campaign pushes the Democrat party out of the past and into the 20th Century.  Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Co-Exec...

1908, Taft vs Bryan: A Significant Loser

April 28, 2020 09:00 - 39 minutes - 36.6 MB

Teddy Roosevelt’s hand-picked successor, Republican William Howard Taft, faces off against Democrat William Jennings Bryan. In his third and final presidential campaign, Bryan preaches the gospel of populism. In the end, his progressive ideas are no match for Roosevelt’s legacy, but Bryan’s failed campaign pushes the Democrat party out of the past and into the 20th Century.  Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Co-Exec...

1904, Parker vs Roosevelt: Rough Rider

April 21, 2020 09:00 - 42 minutes - 39.3 MB

In the aftermath of President McKinley’s assassination at the hands of an anarchist, Vice President Teddy Roosevelt, a man known for his physical and mental strength, rises to power and to the occasion. In the 1904 contest, the Democrats, and their candidate Judge Alton B Parker, learn a hard lesson about Teddy Roosevelt: anyone standing in his way is bound to suffer a beating.  Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Co-...

1904, Parker vs. Roosevelt: Rough Rider

April 21, 2020 09:00 - 42 minutes - 39.3 MB

In the aftermath of President McKinley’s assassination at the hands of an anarchist, Vice President Teddy Roosevelt, a man known for his physical and mental strength, rises to power and to the occasion. In the 1904 contest, the Democrats, and their candidate Judge Alton B Parker, learn a hard lesson about Teddy Roosevelt: anyone standing in his way is bound to suffer a beating.  Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Co-...

1900, McKinley vs. Bryan: The Rise and Fall of Empires

April 14, 2020 09:00 - 41 minutes - 38.3 MB

In a tumultuous period defined by change, innovation, expansion and war, the stage is set for a rematch between incumbent Republican William McKinley and Democrat William Jennings Bryan. After McKinley’s Vice President dies in office, a new star rises to power in the Republican Party. Teddy Roosevelt comes to Washington and on the heels of a new age in American politics: the Progressive Era. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Zip Recruiter - ziprecruiter.com/worktogether. Gre...

1896, Bryan vs. McKinley: The Battle of the Standard Bearers

April 07, 2020 09:00 - 43 minutes - 39.9 MB

In the wake of the greatest economic depression in the country’s history so far, the Democrats battle it out over the future of monetary policy. In the midst of the debate, former Nebraska congressman William Jennings Bryan emerges as the Democrat Candidate. To win the election, Bryan will have to get the best of an affable Governor from Ohio with a message of hope for a suffering nation: William McKinley. Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound ...

NBC News presents Into America

April 03, 2020 07:30 - 4 minutes - 4.52 MB

Into America is a new podcast about politics, about policy, and the power that both have in shaping the lives of the American people. Into America is hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Trymaine Lee, and features the journalists of NBC News. There are moments in life that call for celebration and communion. When a baby is born and when a loved one dies, we cook meals, share stories and help out where we can. These moments of life and death are the moments that pull us togeth...

1892, Harrison vs. Weaver vs. Cleveland: The Centennial President

March 31, 2020 09:00 - 41 minutes - 38 MB

Benjamin Harrison, the Centennial President, survives a deadly strike, an international conflict, and the massacre at Wounded Knee. On the campaign trail, Harrison fights to overcome these obstacles and get the best of not one, but two challengers: former Democrat President Grover Cleveland and James Weaver of the Populist Party. During his campaign for re-election, Harrison’s prospects are further threatened by the death of a loved one. Created, hosted and executive produced by Li...

1888, Cleveland vs. Harrison: Tariffs and Truths

March 24, 2020 09:00 - 43 minutes - 39.5 MB

Social unrest rocks the nation as labor riots, economic anxiety and widespread racial violence threaten Grover Cleveland’s chances for a second term. In the midst of the turmoil, President Cleveland faces off against the grandson of a former president, a deft campaigner, and a rising star in the Republican Party: Benjamin Harrison. Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Co-Executive produced by Steven Walters in associat...

1884, Blaine vs. Cleveland: Tell the Truth

March 17, 2020 09:00 - 41 minutes - 37.7 MB

In an era known for corruption in politics, two presidential candidates strive for honesty and transparency: Republican James Blaine and Democrat Grover Cleveland. But as Cleveland and Blaine each advocate for their version of change, the forces of resistance to change circle the wagons around the decades old Washington tradition of federal patronage, also known as “the Spoils System.” Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behre...

1880, Hancock vs. Garfield: Maelstrom

March 10, 2020 09:00 - 47 minutes - 43.2 MB

After Rutherford B Hayes steps aside, James Garfield rises to become the Republican nominee. To win the White House, Garfield fights to unite his party at the Republican Convention and get the best of a war hero Democrat. Hancock and Garfield battle it out for the presidency against the backdrop of the Gilded Age; an era infamous for greed, graft and corruption. Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Co-Executive produce...

1876, Tilden vs. Hayes: Faustian Bargain

March 03, 2020 10:00 - 47 minutes - 43.6 MB

Fed up with the scandals of the Grant Administration, Republicans find a new leader in Rutherford B Hayes. To keep the White House Republican, Hayes will have to get the best of a do-gooder Democrat from New York with a reputation for uncompromising honesty: Samuel J Tilden. With the election too close to call, and the country in chaos, Republicans and Democrats in Congress strike a back room bargain that has disastrous consequences for the millions of newly freed Black Americans in...

1872, Greeley vs. Grant: Progress Under Siege

February 25, 2020 10:00 - 49 minutes - 44.9 MB

As President Grant seeks to protect the rights of the Freedmen, the forces of opposition inside the Democratic party zero in on his administration. In the run up to the 1872 election Grant battles his personal demons, a never ending list of political scandals, and the enemies of progress. To make good on his promise to the Freedmen, Grant goes to war with violent forces inside the Democratic party hell bent on turning back the clock on progress, and keeping the Freedmen away from th...

Introducing The Dollop

February 20, 2020 09:30 - 6 minutes - 6.22 MB

The Dollop is a comedic history podcast hosted by Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds. Each episode centers around an unusual event or person from history selected for its humorousness and peculiarity.  Subscribe today at: 

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