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  • Ep. 1: James K. Polk | Alexis Coe,Elliott Kalan,Jon Stewart,John Hodgman,Regina Mason,Simon Doonan,Isaac Margolis

    Ep. 1: James K. Polk

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    Free for a limited time. Alexis and Elliott begin the series with the largely overlooked 11th president, James K. Polk, and are joined by America's favorite satirist, Jon Stewart, writer and comedian John Hodgman, author Regina Mason, and Barney's Creative Ambassador-at-Large Simon Doonan. To hear the series in full, log in to the Audible app and click on the “Channels” icon.

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    Alexis and Elliott are going on vacation and will be back with a brand new episode on September 5. In the meantime, here's a clip of retired Secret Service Agent Clint Hill reflecting on President Eisenhower's preferred vacation spot, the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

  • Ep. 2: Warren G. Harding | Alexis Coe,Elliott Kalan,Jane Mayer,John Dean,Faith Salie,Paula Poundstone,Robert Krulwich

    Ep. 2: Warren G. Harding

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    Alexis and Elliott take a closer look at the man many consider to be one of the country's worst presidents, #29 — Warren G. Harding. They talk with The New Yorker writer Jane Mayer, former Nixon counsel John Dean, and enlist the help of comedian Paula Poundstone, Radiolab's Robert Krulwich, and others, to bring Harding's raunchiest scandal to life.

  • Ep. 23: Gerald Ford | Alexis Coe,Elliott Kalan

    Ep. 23: Gerald Ford

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    Alexis and Elliott get to know the all-American football star who stepped into office after Nixon’s resignation and served less than a full term, president #38 Gerald Ford. They examine his childhood, imagine his life as a pro-football player, explore his controversial decision to pardon Nixon a month after he left office in disgrace, and peek inside the East Wing with Betty Ford’s White House press secretary.

  • Ep. 5: Theodore Roosevelt | Alexis Coe,Elliott Kalan,H.W. Brands,Thomas Whittington,John Youngaitis

    Ep. 5: Theodore Roosevelt

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    Alexis and Elliott get to know our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt. They speak to biographer H.W. Brands about a peculiar presidential pet peeve, Elliott visits a taxidermist in Queens to learn more about Teddy's appreciation for mounted game, and Thomas Whittington gives voice to our most macho of presidents.

  • Ep. 24: Franklin Pierce | Alexis Coe,Elliott Kalan

    Ep. 24: Franklin Pierce

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    Alexis and Elliott delve into the life of a handsome yet disappointing president, number 14, Franklin Pierce. They speak to a presidential grief specialist about how Pierce dealt with a tragic death two months before his inauguration, examine how the Kansas-Nebraska Act—an act that was meant to defuse tension over slavery—ended up blowing up the country, and explore Pierce’s lifelong friendship with the acclaimed novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne.

  • Ep. 8: John F. Kennedy | Alexis Coe,Elliott Kalan,Clint Hill,Stacey Bredhoff

    Ep. 8: John F. Kennedy

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    Alexis and Elliott examine the pre-presidential life of our most dazzling president, number 35, John F. Kennedy. They're taken on a tour of "Young Jack’s" less-than-stellar high school days and his heroic acts during WWII by Stacey Bredhoff, curator at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. And retired Secret Service agent Clint Hill shares anecdotes from his days protecting the man he describes as "electrifying.”

  • Ep. 15: Calvin Coolidge | Alexis Coe,Elliott Kalan

    Ep. 15: Calvin Coolidge

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    Alexis and Elliott get to know the Vermonter with a maligned legacy, number 30, Calvin Coolidge. Coolidge’s hands-off style of governing has been blamed for paving the way to the devastation of the Great Depression, but personal tragedy may be as much to blame as his fiscal conservatism. Alexis speaks to political scientist Robert E. Gilbert about Coolidge’s long-time struggle with depression.

  • Ep. 1: James K. Polk | Alexis Coe,Elliott Kalan,Jon Stewart,John Hodgman,Regina Mason,Simon Doonan,Isaac Margolis

    Ep. 1: James K. Polk

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    Alexis and Elliott begin the series with the largely overlooked 11th president, James K. Polk, and are joined by America's favorite satirist, Jon Stewart, writer and comedian John Hodgman, author Regina Mason, and Barney's Creative Ambassador-at-Large Simon Doonan.

  • Ep. 11: Martin Van Buren | Alexis Coe,Elliott Kalan

    Ep. 11: Martin Van Buren

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    Alexis and Elliott get to know the man behind America’s most famous pair of mutton chops: president number eight, Martin Van Buren. Nicknamed "Old Kinderhook," after his hometown in upstate New York, Van Buren was born to humble tavern-keeper parents and grew up speaking Dutch. Alexis speaks to Dr. Patricia West at the Van Buren Historical Site about the poor little Dutch boy's meteoric rise to president of the United States.

  • Ep. 13: Bill Clinton | Alexis Coe,Elliott Kalan

    Ep. 13: Bill Clinton

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    Alexis and Elliott go back to the '90s to look at the president they grew up with. Bill Clinton has been in the public eye for more than a quarter-century, and rather than re-tell his familiar story, they pose three questions: What was it like to share the stage with Clinton when he played the saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show in 1992? What did Toni Morrison mean when she described Clinton as the "first black president"? And finally, does Clinton really have a photographic memory?

  • Ep. 3: Franklin Delano Roosevelt | Alexis Coe,Elliott Kalan,Francesca Urbin,Itzhak Perlman

    Ep. 3: Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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    Alexis and Elliott visit Hyde Park, N.Y., home of #32, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. While there, they chat with National Park Ranger Francesca Urbin about FDR's bartending skills and examine Eleanor's contentious relationship with her mother-in-law. And Grammy Award-winning violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, who survived polio as a child, helps shed light on the challenges of being a public figure with a disability.

  • Ep. 9: Thomas Jefferson | Alexis Coe,Elliott Kalan

    Ep. 9: Thomas Jefferson

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    Alexis and Elliott take a fresh look at one of our most studied and well-documented presidents, number three, Thomas Jefferson. They explore everything from his obsession with finding the elusive woolly mammoth, to his love of music, to the troubling side of his legacy: his long-time secret relationship with his slave Sally Hemings. Novelist Stephen O’Connor discusses his new novel Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings.

  • Ep. 22: Chester A. Arthur | Alexis Coe,Elliott Kalan

    Ep. 22: Chester A. Arthur

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    Alexis and Elliott explore the life of our oft-forgotten 21st president, Chester Alan Arthur. Author Esther Crain explains why Arthur was the quintessential Gilded Age New Yorker, Elliott digs into a complicated relationship with NY senator Roscoe Conkling, and Alexis investigates his involvement in a significant civil rights case.

  • Ep. 14: Jimmy Carter | Alexis Coe,Elliott Kalan

    Ep. 14: Jimmy Carter

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    Alexis and Elliott re-examine the legacy of our country’s most famous peanut farmer-turned president, number 39, Jimmy Carter. Carter may have served for only one lackluster term in the Oval Office, but he’s had the longest post-presidential career of any former POTUS. Our hosts take a closer look at Carter's humanitarian work with the Carter Center, and Alexis visits his hometown of Plains, Georgia where she attends a Sunday school class taught by Carter himself.

  • Ep. 4: William Henry Harrison | Alexis Coe,Elliott Kalan,Gail Collins,Major Rory McGovern,Seth Reiss,Peter Grosz

    Ep. 4: William Henry Harrison

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    Alexis and Elliott learn more about our most fleeting president, number nine, William Henry Harrison, who died after only a month in office. They speak to New York Times columnist Gail Collins about her personal connection to Harrison and examine Harrison the military man with the help of Major Rory McGovern of West Point Academy.

  • Ep. 12: Richard Nixon | Alexis Coe,Elliott Kalan

    Ep. 12: Richard Nixon

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    Alexis and Elliott peek at the man behind the scary Richard Nixon Halloween mask: Richard Nixon. Alexis takes a trip to southern California to visit young Dick’s alma mater, and the hotel where he and Pat Nixon were married. We get a refresher on the Watergate scandal from Quinn and Dev, hosts of the Reductress podcast “Mouth Time.” Elliott and Alexis examine Nixon’s environmental policies, and Cecil Baldwin, narrator of “Welcome to Night Vale."

  • Ep. 10: Dwight D. Eisenhower | Alexis Coe,Elliott Kalan

    Ep. 10: Dwight D. Eisenhower

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    Alexis and Elliott visit The United States Military Academy at West Point to find out more about a mischievous young cadet named Dwight D. Eisenhower, future 34th president. Alexis talks to historian Kevin Kruse about Ike’s religious revival and Susan Eisenhower reveals a lighter side of the man she called “Granddad.”

  • Ep. 6: John Adams | Alexis Coe,Elliott Kalan,Natalie MacMillan,Caroline Keinath,Sara Georgini,John Overholt

    Ep. 6: John Adams

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    Alexis and Elliott explore the life of our second President, John Adams. Alexis travels to Massachusetts, home of the Adams family, to visit their farm in Quincy. In Boston, Alexis reads through original diaries and letters with historians Sara Georgini and John Overholt. Meanwhile, Elliott interviews his college friend Natalie MacMillan about her lifelong crush on Adams, and has a eureka moment about our second president.

  • Ep. 7: John Quincy Adams | Alexis Coe,Elliott Kalan,Mayor Tom Koch,Sara Georgini,Caroline Keinath,Brian Stack,Jen Spyra

    Ep. 7: John Quincy Adams

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    Alexis and Elliott explore the life of president number six, John Quincy Adams, son of John Adams, and member of the first American political dynasty. They follow Quincy’s journey from child diplomat, emerging from under the shadow of his overbearing parents, to the halls of Congress where he spent his last years advocating for causes ahead of his time. But first, Mayor Tom Koch of Quincy, Massachusetts, teaches Alexis and Elliott an important lesson.

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