Visiting the Presidents

Visiting the Presidents

Visiting the Presidents will take listeners through the birthplaces, homes, gravesites, libraries, and other historical sites associated with the Presidents of the United States. We will also be exploring the childhoods, lives, loves, careers, and deaths of these presidents through the sites that were touched by them.

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October 18, 2021 40 min

Heading to the Prairie State for the first and only time, for the birthplace of Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States! Like many before him, Ronald used his sunny optimism and ambition to cover some dark times in his past. Learn about his difficult childhood, his sudden fame, and turn to politics, as well as what happened to his birthplace!

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We are on the road to Georgia and the birthplace of the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter! The first president to be born in a hospital, and someone renowned for his honesty and integrity, learn about how his childhood and education shaped his political life, as well as what happened to his birthplace!

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October 4, 2021 31 min

We are heading back to the Plains State for the birthplace of Gerald Ford (or Leslie Lynch King, Jr.), 38th President of the United States, in Omaha, Nebraska! The presidential birthplace occupied for the least amount of time, and the site for some tragedy in the President's life: Learn about Gerald's resilience, his education and youth, and how his later efforts at playing peacemaker were first seeded, as well as what happ...

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September 27, 2021 35 min

Heading out West to the Golden State and the birthplace of Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States in Yorba Linda. Few Presidents had as tortured a mindset and we will explore the roots of that: in his childhood trauma, his education, and his quest for power that led him to the Oval Office, as well as what happened to his birthplace cottage!
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BONUS episode featuring my summer of presidential travels as I fit in as many birthplaces, gravesites, homes, and other sites into one history professor's summer break. The first of two parts, join me as I drive through Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, and Nebraska to Visit, and Re-Visit, the Presidents!
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September 20, 2021 35 min

Heading back to the Lone Star State for the birthplace of our 36th President, Lyndon Baines Johnson along the Pedernales River, in Stonewall! Learn about Lyndon's childhood and the imprint both of his parents made, his education and energy for back-slapping, and how he applied the art of politics to get to the seat of power, as well as what happened to his birthplace!
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September 13, 2021 39 min

We are heading back to the East Coast for Brookline, Massachusetts, and the birthplace of John F. Kennedy, our 35th President! Few First Families have had as many connections, wealth, and access as the Kennedys, and none have had the amount of tragedy and heartbreak. Learn about John's childhood, dominated by his father and older brother, his childhood illnesses and mischievous streak, and his transformative experience in the P...

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September 6, 2021 32 min

At long last, we head to the Lone Star State for the birthplace of Dwight Eisenhower, 34th President, in Denison! Learn about Ike's childhood and the family's struggles in Texas and Kansas, and how Dwight found his place at West Point and in the military. Truly a man shaped by his time, ready when his country needed him, hear how Ike worked his way to the top as well as what happened to Eisenhower's birthplace!
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August 30, 2021 31 min

We are heading to the Show-Me State for the only time this season for the birthplace of Harry S Truman, 33rd President, in Lamar! One of the most unlikely rises to the Presidency, and overshadowed by his predecessor, learn about how Harry Truman's childhood in Missouri shaped the man and President he would become, as well as what happened to his birthplace!
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August 23, 2021 48 min

Heading back to the Empire State for the fourth time to visit the birthplace of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President, in one of the elite homes of the Hudson River, Springwood in Hyde Park! Learn about how Franklin's childhood of privilege shaped his early worldview, and what happens to change his course and provide him some of the tools that will make him one of the most beloved presidents! Also, we will discuss this one-...

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August 16, 2021 36 min

We are finally crossing the Mississippi for the first time, visiting the rolling hills of Iowa and the birthplace of Herbert Hoover, 31st President, in West Branch! Truly a child born to poverty and heartbreak, learn about how the childhood of Bert shaped the adult and president he was to become, as well as what happened to his birthplace!
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Our second trip to the Green Mountain State, and the birthplace of maybe our quietest President, Silent Cal himself! Learn about Calvin Coolidge, 30th President, and his childhood in this idyllic setting and how his childhood tragedies and upbringing shaped the politician and leader, as well as what has happened to his birthplace and town, Plymouth Notch, Vermont!
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Time to Regulate...Warren G! The last of our Ohio Presidents, and a strong contender for one of the most corrupt administrations. Our 29th President, Warren Harding's strengths were always in his politicking, if not his managerial style, so learn about how these were shaped by his childhood, as well what happened to his birthsite in Blooming Grove!
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July 26, 2021 44 min

On the road to the last of our Virginia Presidents, an unreconstructed product of the Old South, in Woodrow Wilson (28th President) and his birthplace in Staunton! Learn about Wilson's childhood and how it shaped his later views, as well as what happened to his home in Staunton!
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Back to the Buckeye State for one of our most reluctant presidents, known more today for the size of his body than the size of his ambition, William Howard Taft, 27th President! Learn about his birthplace in Cincinnati, and how his father helped the pave the way for William, as well as what happened to his birthplace!
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A Visiting the Presidents Bonus! My friend Matt Hochstetler and I have had an annual meet-up to some presidential sites the last few years, and it's usually one of the highlights of my summer. Get his version of visiting some of these sites as well as his take on travel, presidents, and more! You'll love Matt!  

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Rough Riders have to be born somewhere, and Teddy Roosevelt, 26th President, picked a whopper: right in the heart of Manhattan, in a lovely brownstone and surrounded by wealth and wonder. Perhaps no president had as many opportunities, and no president exhibited as deep a love for life as Theodore Roosevelt, our third New York-born President, and the man who transformed the Presidency!
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July 5, 2021 32 min

Back to the Buckeye State for the 25th President, William McKinley, born in Niles, OH! McKinley is a bridge between the two eras, one of steward presidents (like his fellow Ohioans) and the more dynamic presidents who followed him. Learn about his childhood, service in the Civil War, and rise in Ohio politics, plus what happened to his birthplace in Niles, and what you will find when you visit!
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To keep our numbering for the season, Episode 24 is a Question & Answer Episode, featuring questions from some of the top fans of "Visiting the Presidents"! Included in this episode are:

-"Which zodiac sign made the best president?"

-"What was the coolest presidential pet?"

-"Do wars make great presidents?"

-"What did the presidents carry in their pockets?"

-"Which is my favorite presi...

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Let's hit the road and visit Benjamin Harrison, 23rd President, in North Bend, OH, the only town that claims two presidents (other than New York City and Quincy, Mass)! North Bend was the home of William Henry and his grandson was born in his house. Learn about Benjamin's childhood, the offspring of the famous Harrison clan, and his unique rise to the presidency, as well as what happened to his birthplace and childhood home...

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