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    • Presidents Are People Too!

    • By: Alexis Coe, Elliott Kalan
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Original Recording
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      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 3
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      5 out of 5 stars 3

    Presidents Are People Too! transforms American presidents into real-life people - complete with flaws, quirks, and scandals you won’t find in history books. Comedian Elliott Kalan and historian Alexis Coe talk to experts, comedians, journalists, and re-enactors to better understand the leaders memorialized on the Washington Mall, as well as those who you may have forgotten.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Ep. 5: Theodore Roosevelt (Presidents Are People Too)

    • By: Alexis Coe, Elliott Kalan, H. W. Brands, and others
    • Length: 25 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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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.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 1: James K. Polk (Presidents Are People Too)

    • By: Alexis Coe, Elliott Kalan, Jon Stewart, and others
    • Length: 25 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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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. 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.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 12: Richard Nixon (Presidents Are People Too)

    • By: Alexis Coe, Elliott Kalan
    • Length: 31 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    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 gives us a glimpse into the mind of Tricky Dick during his twilight years.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 16: Abraham Lincoln (Presidents Are People Too)

    • By: Alexis Coe, Elliott Kalan
    • Length: 28 mins
    • Original Recording
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      5 out of 5 stars 1
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    This is the episode Elliott has been waiting for: number 16, Abraham Lincoln, his favorite president and personal hero. Elliott speaks to Lincoln scholar and former Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice Frank J. Williams about Lincoln’s 25-year legal career, while Alexis reexamines First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln’s complicated legacy with the help of historian Catherine Clinton. And author Mary Roach takes us behind the scenes of Lincoln's final train journey.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 2: Warren G. Harding (Presidents Are People Too)

    • By: Alexis Coe, Elliott Kalan, Jane Mayer, and others
    • Length: 25 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    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.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 20: William Howard Taft (Presidents Are People Too)

    • By: Alexis Coe, Elliott Kalan
    • Length: 26 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    This week, Alexis and Elliott get to know the sensitive soul behind our portly 27th president, William Howard Taft. They talk to historian H.W. Brands about Taft’s public break from his mentor, Theodore Roosevelt, and journalist Alexandra Robbins takes us back to Taft’s days as a member of Skull and Bones, Yale’s oldest secret society. Elsewhere, Alexis clears up some misinformation, and drops a bombshell on Chicago second grader Isaac Margolis.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 3: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Presidents Are People Too)

    • By: Alexis Coe, Elliott Kalan, Francesca Urbin, and others
    • Length: 27 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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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.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Teaser

    • By: Alexis Coe, Elliott Kalan
    • Length: 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    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.

    Regular price: $0.00

    • Ep. 8: John F. Kennedy (Presidents Are People Too)

    • By: Alexis Coe, Elliott Kalan, Clint Hill, and others
    • Length: 23 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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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.”

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 14: Jimmy Carter (Presidents Are People Too)

    • By: Alexis Coe, Elliott Kalan
    • Length: 29 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    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.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 10: Dwight D. Eisenhower (Presidents Are People Too)

    • By: Alexis Coe, Elliott Kalan
    • Length: 29 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    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."

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 18: George H.W. Bush (Presidents Are People Too)

    • By: Alexis Coe, Elliott Kalan
    • Length: 29 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Alexis and Elliott reexamine the life and presidency of the first President Bush, number 41, George Herbert Walker Bush, current most senior member of the Bush political dynasty and prolific thank-you note writer. Alexis speaks to journalist and unauthorized Bush biographer Kitty Kelley about Bush's surprising association with Planned Parenthood, while biographer Jon Meacham recounts his WWII experience and unrelenting drive to succeed.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 19: Rutherford B. Hayes (Presidents Are People Too)

    • By: Alexis Coe, Elliott Kalan
    • Length: 28 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Alexis and Elliott explore the life of president number 19, Rutherford B. Hayes, and investigate how a seemingly decent man turned into possibly the worst president ever. Alexis and Elliott speak to author and historian Roy Morris Jr. about the stolen election of 1876, and to David O. Stowell about Hayes’ involvement in the Great Railway Strike of 1877. They also enlist the help of comedian Kristen Schaal, in an attempt to find an entertaining way to talk about the silver coinage debate.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 6: John Adams (Presidents Are People Too)

    • By: Alexis Coe, Elliott Kalan, Natalie MacMillan, and others
    • Length: 24 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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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.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 15: Calvin Coolidge (Presidents Are People Too)

    • By: Alexis Coe, Elliott Kalan
    • Length: 26 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    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.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 23: Gerald Ford (Presidents Are People Too)

    • By: Alexis Coe, Elliott Kalan
    • Length: 28 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    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.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 4: William Henry Harrison (Presidents Are People Too)

    • By: Alexis Coe, Elliott Kalan, Gail Collins, and others
    • Length: 19 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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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. And lastly, comedians Seth Reiss and Peter Grosz imagine how Harrison’s infamous campaign slogan “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too” came about.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 22: Chester A. Arthur (Presidents Are People Too)

    • By: Alexis Coe, Elliott Kalan
    • Length: 29 mins
    • Original Recording
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    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.

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Ep. 13: Bill Clinton (Presidents Are People Too)

    • By: Alexis Coe, Elliott Kalan
    • Length: 28 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    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?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • No mention of Lewinsky and too much saxophone

    • By Olive G. on 03-07-18

    Regular price: $2.99

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