The Vanquished

The Vanquished

A podcast about failed Presidential candidates hosted by Anders J. Lee and produced by Jules Taylor. Full episode catalog and bonus content available at Special thanks to Jose Carneiro for the logo and Don Lee for the intro.


July 18, 2024 69 mins

We're joined by Emil DeRosa of the "Ben & Emil Show" to discuss billionaire publishing tycoon, flat-tax enthusiast and 1996 and 2000 Republican Presidential candidate, Steve Forbes.

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We continue the discussion with Jaffer Khan on Henry Wallace's relationship with Truman, his 1948 campaign, "Russian comprimat" and what kind of world we'd be living in had he been renominated in 1944.

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July 3, 2024 72 mins

Comedian and former Redacted Tonight correspondent, Jaffer Khan joins Anders and Freddy for a breakdown of Henry Wallace. Not to be confused with the segregationist Governor George Wallace, Henry was also a third party candidate but from the other end of the spectrum.

In addition to running as the Progressive Party Presidential nominee in 1948, Henry Wallace played a fascinating role in the Roosevelt Administration, as FDR's Ag...

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June 24, 2024 3 mins

Anders and Freddy continue the discussion about Mitt Romney, covering his role in the 2002 Winter Olympics, more on 2012 and his conversion to anti-Trump Republican.

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June 12, 2024 78 mins

We're joined by elections whiz Ettingermentum aka Josh to discuss the life and campaigns of Willard "Mitt" Romney! We cover the flipping Mormon's youth, his time as a corporate raider, Massachusetts Governor and, of course, 2008 and 2012 campaigns. Stay tuned for part 2!

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We are joined by comedian Naomi Karavani from the "Cargo Cult" podcast, as well as Rocz and Liam from "Well There's Your Problem" to talk about the Prohibition Party. We cover the conditions that lead to the party's 1869 founding, its response to the 18th and 21st amendments as well as its obscure and adorable modern incarnation.

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We welcome comedians and Massachusetts natives Alex Ptak and Andrew Durso on to talk about former MA Governor and 1988 Democratic nominee, Michael Dukakis.

Main Sources:

"Brutal Campaign" by Robert L. Fleegler

"What it Takes" by Richard Ben Cramer

PBS Frontline "The Choice 1988"

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May 21, 2024 53 mins

Anders and Freddy talk about 3 time Presidential loser (or 5 time depending on how you count) Henry "The Great Compromiser" Clay.

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May 6, 2024 63 mins

Comedian Kate Willett joins the show to talk about Massachusetts Senator, incumbent Democratic President primary challenger, party boy and brother of Jack and Bobby, Ted Kennedy.

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Anders and Freddy continue the discussion about legendary orator, populist and loser William Jennings Bryan.

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April 23, 2024 63 mins

Anders talks to historian Michael Kazin about fundamentalist Christian, economic populist and loser of the 1896, 1900 and 1908 elections, William Jennings Bryan.

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April 11, 2024 51 mins

Anders is joined by Professor of Economics Rob Larson to discuss Texas billionaire and two-time Presidential candidate, Ross Perot. To hear our full conversation with Rob and a bonus chat with Freddy, unlock the full episode and more bonus content at

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April 2, 2024 47 mins

We introduce co-host Freddy G to the show with an emergency pod commemorating the passing of Connecticut Senator, 2000 VP nominee and 2004 also-ran, Joseph Lieberman.

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March 27, 2024 61 mins

On our third episode, The Vanquished tackles the maverick, the myth, the legend, John McCain. Anders is joined by historian and podcaster David Parsons to discuss the Vietnam era, McCain's career, Presidential campaigns and place in American culture.

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March 19, 2024 5 mins

With our second episode, The Vanquished takes on conservative icon and Arizona Senator, Barry Goldwater. We dive into Goldwater's life, the Republican Party's modern history and political dynamics of the 1960s, with University of Utah historian and Goldwater biographer, Robert Alan Goldberg.

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March 9, 2024 67 mins

In our premiere episode, The Vanquished takes on perhaps the most legendary Presidential loser of all time: Walter Mondale.  We go from Fritz's humble beginnings in Farmer-Labor Party controlled Minnesota, all the way up to his 49 state blowout loss in 1984.

Special thanks to our guests, Walter Shapiro and Tim Barker, producer Jules Taylor, graphic designer Jose Carneiro and voiceover artist Don Lee.

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