This episode takes a look at president number 23, Benjamin Harrison, grandson of President William Henry Harrison, and the meat in the Grover Cleveland sandwich. Elliott chats with Harrison biographer Charles Calhoun about Harrison’s impressive legislative advancements, and his role as the missing link between early American politics and the modern presidency. Alexis and Elliott speak with Harrison re-enactor Charles Braun, and reveal two remarkable examples of Harrison’s bravery under fire. Comedian Wyatt Cenac and others reimagine the Harrison White House years as a 1980s TV sitcom.
Presidents Are People Too!, an Audible Original, recasts each of the American presidents as real-life people, complete with flaws, quirks, triumphs, scandals and bodily ailments. Hosts Elliott Kalan, former Daily Show head writer, and American historian and author Alexis Coe talk to experts, comedians, journalists, actors and re-enactors to better understand the men memorialized on the Washington Mall and those all but forgotten.