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BackStory

"His Accidency"

Friday, December 05, 2014

With the American History Guys

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Meddling Ex-Presidents during the Civil War

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Five former presidents were still alive when Abraham Lincoln took office. Chris DeRose tells how this ex-Presidents’ Club maneuvered, plotted, advised, and aided during the Civil War.

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PRI's The World

Nixon thought he'd be the only one to ever hear his secret recordings

Friday, August 08, 2014

Forty years ago today, President Richard Nixon resigned after incriminating tape recordings from a high-tech audio system he installed in his offices came to light. Is presidential decision-making less transparent today, or will secrets always find a way to be heard?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Hollywood Smile That Lifted the Conservative Brand

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The controversies of Watergate and Vietnam, and the resignation of Richard Nixon, tempered America's patriotism... until Ronald Reagan came along.

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On The Media

Beware SHRTURL, A Tool Which Makes It Very, Very, Easy to Create Hoax Versions of Real Websites

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Shrturl.co is a site that lets you 'edit' any existing website and create a fake version of it with your own text. 

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The Takeaway

A Sneak Peak of the George W. Bush Library

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

George W. Bush is back in the press with his Presidential Center scheduled to open on May 1st. According to Dallas Morning News Staff Writer Tom Benning, this new presence in the media is a reluctant one. And what can we expect to see in the library itself? Brendan Miniter, Senior Editorial Director of the George W. Bush Institute, offers a few sneak peeks.

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The Takeaway

Remembering the Country's Forgotten Presidents

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt: The names and legacies of our country’s greatest presidents are ingrained in the minds of every American. But what of the forgotten presidents?

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The Takeaway

Gun Manufacturers on Gun Control, Inventing Jobs, the Forgotten Presidents

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

A Gun Manufacturer's Take on Tougher Gun Laws | Inventing a Job: Advice from a Doer to a Dreamer | Remembering the Country's Forgotten Presidents

The Takeaway

Young Abraham Lincoln

Monday, February 18, 2013

Before he was our sixteenth president and the man who kept our union together, Abraham Lincoln was sort of a regular guy who made mistakes and had ambitions. In honor of President’s Day, we’re looking at that other Lincoln, that not-yet-famous Lincoln, with Chris DeRose, author of “Congressman Lincoln: The Making of America’s Greatest President.”

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The Takeaway

Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Long before Richard Nixon was president or he and Dwight D. Eisenhower were in-laws, the two were allies and adversaries. Their relationship lasted for 20 years, and brought out both the best and worst in each other. The story of their complicated relationship is told in the new book, "Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage." The author, Jeffrey Frank, is former senior editor of The New Yorker.

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WQXR Blog

Listen: Pianist Improvises a Debate Between Obama and Romney

Monday, November 05, 2012

Gabriela Montero, a classical pianist known for her signature improvisations on themes suggested by audience members, dramatizes a debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

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The Takeaway

How Much Do You Know About the American Presidents?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Do you know the first president to write a memoir? Or the one to host the first White House Easter Egg Roll? And if we were to grade each president, would Reagan really come out on top — as many modern Republicans suggest? Kenneth C. Davis knows plenty about the commander-in-chiefs. He's the author the new book, in stores this week, “Don’t Know Much About the American Presidents.”

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The Takeaway

June 14, 1922: An Important Day for Radio

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ninety years ago today, President Warren G. Harding made history by being the first President to deliver an address on the radio. What was the immediate impact of the broadcast of President Harding's address and how do we continue to feel that impact in today's media environment?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Inside the Presidents Club

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Nancy Gibbs, deputy managing editor of Time Magazine and Michael Duffy, executive editor of Time Magazine are the co-authors of The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity.  They explain what it's like inside the brotherhood of former Presidents.  

EVENT: May 1st, 12 p.m. at 92Y Tribeca Lecture Hall | More Information 

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The Takeaway

Questioning the Accuracy of Bill O'Reilly's 'Killing Lincoln'

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly has never shied away from controversy. This time it is the commentator's new history book, "Killing Lincoln," that's in the eye of the storm. A reviewer for the National Park Service's bookstore at Ford's Theatre has recommended that the store pull the book due to "lack of documentation" and "factual errors." O'Reilly responded to his critics on his show. (Video after the jump.)

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Lies and Scandals of President Grover Cleveland

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Charles Lachman, executive producer of Inside Edition, explains how a sex scandal nearly took down a president. A Secret Life: The Lies and Scandals of President Grover Cleveland is the story of how the man who held the nation’s highest honor eventually came to take responsibility for his son. It’s a thrilling, sordid tale, which includes allegations of rape, physical violence, and prostitution.

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The Takeaway

Nation Building: Obama Echoes Lyndon Johnson's Great Society

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

In his speech to the nation last Wednesday, announcing troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, President Obama said we needed to refocus on nation-building here at home. This idea echoes the massive ambitions of President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society in the 1960s. Johnson’s situation seems to somewhat mirror President Obama’s: Johnson brought us the Civil Rights Act, Medicare and Medicaid, but his broader ambitions were eventually sidelined by the fiscal necessity of Vietnam.

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The Takeaway

Larry Flynt on Sex Scandals that Changed American History

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

In recent decades, the public has been inundated with headlines of political sex scandals from former senator Larry Craig’s bathroom antics to president Bill Clinton’s numerous liaisons. While we’re encouraged to believe that sex scandals in politics are the exception, not the rule, a new book says that, in fact, great leadership and great promiscuity regularly go hand-in-hand.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Stump the Historian

Monday, February 21, 2011

Kenneth Davis, author of the Don't Know Much About Nothing series including Don't Know Much About the Presidents, has his knowledge of U.S. Presidents tested by listeners.

Here's how it works: Call in with two truths and one lie about any US President - you'll have to do a little research - and Ken will try to guess which one is made up. Stump him, win a tote bag!

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The Takeaway

Three Presidents Walk Into a Bar...

Friday, January 28, 2011

The lobby of Washington, D.C.'s Mayflower Hotel has seen more than its fair share of presidents and political elite. The hotel's piano bar has become a social scene for presidents within the hotel, from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Harry Truman, Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter. Our partners at the BBC spoke with the one man who's seen it all go down, and provided the entertainment along the way — Dan Ruskin, the piano man.

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