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Presidents Day

The Takeaway

President: From the Origins of the Word to a Crazy Rabbit Attack

Monday, February 17, 2014

In honor of President's Day, we take two historical looks at the American presidency. First Mark Forsyth looks back at the word's humble origins and traces just how it came to have the heft it has today. The second recounts how a small angry mammal changed the course of history. WNYC reporter Jim O'Grady says that President Jimmy Carter's bizarre encounter with a crazed swimming rabbit on a Georgia lake crystallized an emerging sense that Carter was a man in over his head.

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The Brothers Balliett

Happy President's Day – oh, and Valentine's as well

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Ah, the sweet mid-February – a time when love blooms, greeting card companies experience a windfall, and congress is in full swing. Today at 3 pm, join the Brothers Balliett for presidential homages from Jennifer Higdon, Nico Muhly and Milton Babbitt as well an opera selection about a great first lady.

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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 Brian Lehrer Show

Almost Presidents

Monday, February 18, 2013

Scott Farris, the author of Almost President: Men Who Lost the Race But Changed the Nation talks about candidates who have lost their bid for the presidency on this Presidents Day, and what their political legacy has been.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Universal Pre-K; Tom Allon; Almost Presidents; Widowhood

Monday, February 18, 2013

 

President Obama proposed Universal Pre-K in his State of the Union address. Motoko Rich, education reporter for The New York Times, talks about what’s known about pre-k education. Then, a panel of principals talk about education in their schools. Plus: Susan Page of USA Today on the latest political news; Tom Allon on his bid to become the Republican candidate for New York City mayor; how to move past grief with optimism; and a President’s Day look of the legacy of the men who lost their bid for president, and how they

President Obama proposed Universal Pre-K in his State of the Union address. Motoko Rich, education reporter for The New York Times, talks about what’s known about pre-k education. Then, a panel of principals talk about education in their schools. Plus: Susan Page of USA Today on the latest political news; Tom Allon on his bid to become the Republican candidate for New York City mayor; how to move past grief with optimism; and a President’s Day look of the legacy of the men who lost their bid for president, and how they stayed relevant.

 

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President Obama proposed Universal Pre-K in his State of the Union address. Motoko Rich, education reporter for The New York Times, talks about what’s known about pre-k education. Then, a panel of principals talk about education in their schools. Plus: Susan Page of USA Today on the latest political news; Tom Allon on his bid to become the Republican candidate for New York City mayor; how to move past grief with optimism; and a President’s Day look of the legacy of the men who lost their bid for president, and how they stayed relevant.