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American Elections: Wicked Game (Ad-free)

By: Airship / Wondery
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  • On Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020, the citizens of the United States will cast ballots to elect their president, and it feels like the country couldn’t be more divided. America will have to endure another 58 weeks of shouting, outrage, and the worst sort of political rancor. How has it come to this? It turns out, it’s almost always been this way. And the 58 weeks we have remaining is just enough time to 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 (Lindsay Graham), this new podcast will explore all 58 presidential elections to discover if there ever was a “good ol’ days,” or if presidential politics have always been played dirty.
    ©2019 Airship / Wondery (P)2019 Airship / Wondery
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Episodes
  • Oct 8 2019
    As the fate of the nation hangs in the balance, General George Washington struggles with his personal desire to retire from public life and the duty he feels to save his country in its hour of need. Ultimately, Washington rises to the occasion to become America’s first president.  Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Co-Executive produced by Steven Walters in association with Ritual Productions. Written and researched by Steven Walters. Fact checking by Gregory Jackson and Cielle Salazar from the podcast History That Doesn’t Suck. Music by Lindsay Graham. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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    41 mins
  • Oct 8 2019
    As President Washington grapples with the idea of a second term, Vice President John Adams gears up for a fight to keep the vice presidency. Adams will find help from an unlikely ally, the very man who conspired to deny him votes in the election of 1789: Alexander Hamilton.   Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Co-Executive produced by Steven Walters in association with Ritual Productions. Written and researched by Steven Walters. Fact checking by Gregory Jackson and Cielle Salazar from the podcast History That Doesn’t Suck. Music by Lindsay Graham. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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    40 mins
  • Oct 15 2019
    In the 1796 election, two political forces of nature collide: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. As the supporters of Adams and Jefferson vie for their candidate, the machinery of America’s nascent political parties is unleashed in the first contested election in American history. Created, hosted and executive produced by Lindsay Graham for Airship. Sound design by Derek Behrens. Co-Executive produced by Steven Walters in association with Ritual Productions. Written and researched by Steven Walters. Fact checking by Gregory Jackson and Cielle Salazar from the podcast History That Doesn’t Suck. Music by Lindsay Graham. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.
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    40 mins

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Brilliant

My favorite podcast ever. It is through and through a terrific overview of American elections. Entertaining and educational.

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Should be Required Listening

Absolutely brilliant! I started at the first one and I'm currently making my way through the series. This should be required listening in school and for every American young or old.

It provides such a rich history lesson, and just shows that much of what we witness today was no different in times past.

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A Must Listen To Gain Perspective On Our Election System

This pod cast was a God send. I thought it would be interesting to get a feeling for how we got to the aggressive campaigning we have been experiencing for the past several decades and low and behold I now understand it has always been this way! This is American culture. Seems George Washington was the only president elected without an ugly fight. Without shenanigans and without malice. From TJ forward, nasty tactics have been unraveling and whatever we think is newly so horrible today is really nothing new at all. Thank you to Lindsay A-Graham for putting together such an enjoyable and informative account of our Wicked Game. Great name!!!

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Fantastic. Great production.

Just well done all around. Lindsay uses the same voice for each character and somehow the difference is never unclear. it completely works and I'm not sure how.

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You Need to Know This!

Every American should enlighten themselves with this history. You'll be amazed about our historical process.

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Great and informative 👍

I can appreciate this it is truly helping me understand politics better. I can't wait to take some time and get through it.

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Mostly accurate

The author did a great job until the 2016 election. From there on I felt like I was listening to an MSNBC broadcast.

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History Indeed Does Repeat! Insightful!

Absolutely entertaining and educational! Learning about the experiences from the past actually makes me realize how truly great this country ~ our country is!

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Fantastic

Very good. Very educational and entertaining! Definatley worth while! Highly recommend. Never knew the politics were so nasty back in the day.

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Navigating the Course of American Politics

It has been really interesting learning about how each of the American presidents came into power, what challenges they faced and by extension what challenges the country was facing at the time. This podcast allows us to see how they navigated their presidency, and the motivations of supporters and detractors with more than a little political intrigue.

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