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This American President

This American President delves into the lives and legacies of U.S. presidents through long form stories and interviews. It will challenge the way you look at American history. Hosted by Richard Lim and produced by Michael Neal. Art by NipRogers.com.

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Who Is History's Most Underrated Figure? | Parthenon Roundup
The history of the world is full of unsung heroes and misunderstood figures who have shaped our lives in profound ways. Their contributions to history are, simply put, underrated. A couple of months ago, the guys from Parthenon Podcast Network (Joshua Cohen, Eyewitness History; Steve Guerra, History of the Papacy; Richard Lim, This American President; and Scott Rank, History Unplugged) discussed who they believe is the most underrated person in all of history. PARTHENON PODCASTSListen to the other great podcasts in the Parthenon Podcast Network at https://www.spreaker.com/user/10740198JOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.com
44:32 11/16/2022
Guarding the Most Famous Woman in the World: Clint Hill's Travels With Jacqueline Kennedy
Secret Service Agent Clint Hill personally knew and protected First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, as well as five American presidents. He and his wife, author Lisa McCubbin Hill, have just released a new book, My Travels With Mrs. Kennedy, where they share what it was like guarding the most popular American woman in the world. In this episode, we interview Mr. and Mrs. Hill about their book and Mr. Hill's personal journey through history.MY TRAVELS WITH MRS. KENNEDYwww.simonandschuster.com/books/My-Travels-with-Mrs-Kennedy/Clint-Hill/9781982181116JOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.com
44:36 10/26/2022
Zachary Taylor, America's Only Homeless President
Zachary Taylor might be America's most forgotten president. Most Americans don't know anything about him. There have been no major biographies on Taylor in decades. He doesn't even have a historic home that you can visit--something his successor Millard Fillmore does have. And yet, Theodore Roosevelt considered him one of America's great presidents. Cameron Coyle, founder of the Zachary Taylor Project explains why Taylor deserves better.CAMERON COYLE | ZACHARY TAYLOR PROJECTwww.thezacharytaylorproject.comJOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.com
72:45 10/11/2022
The Turbulent Life and Improbable Presidency of Grover Cleveland
Grover Cleveland’s political career—a dizzying journey that saw him rise from obscure lawyer to president of the United States in just three years—was marked by contradictions. A politician of uncharacteristic honesty and principle, he was nevertheless dogged by secrets from his personal life. A believer in limited government, he pushed presidential power to its limits to combat a crippling depression, suppress labor unrest, and resist the forces of American imperialism. A headstrong executive who alienated Congress, political bosses, and even his own party, his stubbornness nevertheless became the key to his political appeal. The most successful Democratic politician of his era, he came to be remembered most fondly by Republicans. In this episode we are joined by Troy Senik to discuss the improbable presidency of Grover Gleveland.TROY SENIK | A MAN OF IRONhttps://www.simonandschuster.com/books/A-Man-of-Iron/Troy-Senik/9781982140748JOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.com
76:24 09/19/2022
History of the Papacy | Freemasonry, The Catholic Church and the Modern World
This episode is a preview of History of the Papacy by Stephen Guerra, a podcast in the Parthenon Podcast network. Today we begin a two part conversation on the history of Freemasonry during the 19th century. We are joined by author and historian John Dickie to find out who the Freemasons are and why the church and particularly the Catholic Church of the 19th century had so much conflict with Freemasonry.Listen to the rest of the episode at https://www.spreaker.com/user/10740198/119i-freemasonry-1012-2115-sf-rx
19:55 09/17/2022
Why the Cold War Was America’s Longest and Weirdest War
The Cold War was America's longest and most bizarre war. It was full of unlikely heroes and villains--people like Vasily Arkhipov who, although is little remembered today, literally saved the world from destruction. Commentator/podcaster Bill Whittle joins us on a tour of the personalities and moments that made the Cold War and shows that even Pizza Hut played a role in America's battle against communism.BILL WHITTLEhttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-cold-war-prelude-to-the-present/id1471188269JOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.com
93:00 08/31/2022
Mankind's Greatest Adventure with Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise
What is it like to travel to the moon? Only 24 human beings in all of history have known the answer to that question. One of those individuals is astronaut Fred Haise. Haise was a test pilot and astronaut during the Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle programs. Most famously, he was the lunar module pilot on the Apollo 13 mission. As we celebrate the 53rd anniversary of the first moon landing, we are pleased to present our interview with Fred Haise about his remarkable life and career.FRED HAISE, NEVER PANIC EARLYhttps://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/702777/never-panic-early-by-fred-haise-with-bill-moore/JOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.com
90:44 07/20/2022
If You Could Witness Any Five Events In History, What Would You Chose? With Steph Guerra
It's every history nerd's fantasy: going back in time and personally witnessing a historical event. In this episode, our host Richard Lim and Stephen Guerra (History of the Papacy and Beyond the Big Screen) reveal which events they would choose.STEVE GUERRAhttp://www.beyondthebigscreen.com/JOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.com
65:50 07/08/2022
What Event Would You Eliminate From History? (And You Can't Choose 9/11) | Parthenon Roundup
In the Marvel series Loki, the all-powerful Time Variance Authority preserves the sacred timeline by "pruning" undesirable events from the timeline. In this roundup episode, the hosts of Parthenon Podcasts discuss which events from history they would "prune" to clean up our timeline and why it would be better, the only rule is they can't choose 9/11.Events such as:•The American Civil War•Saddam Hussein seizing power in Iraq•The assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald•The Bronze Age CollapseFeaturing James Early from Key Battles of American History, Josh Cohen from Eyewitness History, Steve Guerra from History of the Papacy and Beyond the Big Screen, Scott Rank from History Unplugged and Richard Lim from This American President.PARTHENON PODCASTSwww.parthenonpodcast.comJOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.com
61:54 07/01/2022
Nixon Refuses to Resign and Other Undelivered Speeches That Would Have Rewritten History
Great speeches can change the course of history. Not every speech, however, ends up getting delivered. Many, by twist of fate or some last-minute decision, end up being lost to history, such as Hillary Clinton's 2016 Election acceptance speech or Emperor Hirohito's speech of remorse following WWII. Thankfully, prominent speechwriter Jeff Nussbaum has published a book to recover these lost documents, titled Undelivered: The Never-Heard Speeches That Would Have Re-Written History. In this episode, we discuss with Mr. Nussbaum the words that almost became history.UNDELIVERED | JEFF NUSSBAUMhttps://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250791825/undeliveredJOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.com
50:27 06/24/2022
The Great American Progressives (Roosevelt, Wilson, and Addams) and the Dawn of World War I
In the first two decades of the 20th century, America stood poised to dominate the world economically and geopolitically--a fact underscore by the key role the United States played in World War I. During this time, three Americans rose to prominence, seeking to transform their country so it could cope with the challenges of a new age: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Jane Addams. In this episode, we discuss their competing progressive agendas with Neil Lanctot, author of The Approaching Storm: Roosevelt, Wilson, Addams, and Their Clash over America's Future.JOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.com
56:25 06/17/2022
Queen Elizabeth II and Monarchy in the Modern World
In the aftermath of the Queen's spectacular Platinum Jubilee, some might be asking some questions, such as why the United Kingdom still has a monarchy in the 21st century or what will history say about Queen Elizabeth II's record-breaking reign? In this episode, we interview Deborah Hart Strober and Gerald Strober to answer these questions and discuss their new book book, titled Queen Elizabeth II: An Oral History. JOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.com
65:00 06/08/2022
History Unplugged | War Isn’t the Natural State of Human Affairs: It Shouldn’t Happen, and Most of the Time It Doesn't
This episode is a preview of History Unplugged hosted by Scott Rank, a podcast in the Parthenon Podcast network.War is assumed to be one of the chief features of human history. Plenty of ancient and modern writers back up this perspective (Plato said that only the dead have seen the end of war; John Steinbeck said all war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal, suggesting it was hard-wired into our brutish nature). But what if the conventional wisdom is wrong? What if war isn’t the status quo? This is the argument made by today’s guest, who says prolonged violence between groups isn’t normal. Wars shouldn’t happen, and most of the time they don’t.Listen to the rest of the episode at https://www.spreaker.com/user/10740198/history-unplugged-why-we-fight-with-adsLearn more about History Unplugged and subscribe at:https://www.parthenonpodcast.com/history-unplugged-podcast/
20:50 06/06/2022
George H. W. Bush's Inaugural Address | January 20, 1989
In his first and only Inaugural Address, President George H. W. Bush stressed the importance of strengthening America through community involvement, a balanced budget, and bipartisanship.JOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.com
23:19 05/23/2022
The Women of the Bush Dynasty
The Bush family has arguably been the most successful political dynasty in modern American history. But while much has been written about presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, less is known about the women in their family, specifically the matriarch Dorothy Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush. In this episode, we interview J. Randy Taraborrelli about his book Grace & Steel: Dorothy, Barbara, Laura and the Women of the Bush Dynasty.J. RANDY TARABORRELLIwww.jrandytaraborrelli.comJOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.com
61:25 05/16/2022
Cold War | George H.W. Bush: Father of the New World Order
Nine US presidents led America during its struggle against communism, but it would be George H.W Bush who would preside over the final collapse of the Soviet Union. In this episode, we cover how Bush used these circumstances to create a new world order.JOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSWritten by: Owen FlanaganHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.com
92:01 04/27/2022
Ukraine and Russia: The Long March to War with Geoff Weber
Just two weeks after the Russian invasion, the world is horrified as it sees images of death and destruction in Ukraine and is left guessing as to what President Vladimir Putin's next move will be. This conflict, however, is just the latest chapter in the long, tumultuous, and shared history between Ukraine and Russia. In this episode, our host sits down with retired U.S. Navy Commander Geoff Weber to discuss the thousand-year relationship between these two nations. In addition, they discuss key decisions made by recent American presidents that contributed to the situation. Weber, having served in the US Embassy in Moscow for several years, shared his insights on the Ukrainian and Russian people.JOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.com
73:56 03/10/2022
Key Battles of American History | The Rise of Imperial Japan
This is a preview of Key Battles of American History hosted by James Early, a podcast in Parthenon Podcasts.As late as the 1860s, Japan was a semi-feudal nation, largely cut off from the rest of the world. But within a few decades, the nation had transformed itself into a major industrial power with one of the world’s most well-trained, well-equipped, and well-led militaries. Between 1905 and 1941, Japan defeated Russia, gained several former German colonies in the Pacific, seized Manchuria, and invaded and conquered much of coastal China. How did Japan accomplish all this? In this episode, James and Scott explain Japan’s meteoric rise to world power status.Listen to the rest of the episode at https://www.spreaker.com/user/10740198/the-rise-of-imperial-japan-with-ads_2Learn more about Key Battles of American History and subscribe at:https://www.parthenonpodcast.com/key-battles-of-american-history/https://www.spreaker.com/show/key-battles-of-american-history
18:52 03/09/2022
The Blueprint: Washington’s Farewell Address and His Advice for Every American [Full]
In 1796, George Washington decided to retire after decades of public service, but he was worried for his nation’s future. This episode explores his Farewell Address, which he hoped would guide Americans beyond his own lifetime.WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAYDid you know that Presidents' Day is officially called Washington's Birthday? The federal holiday was established by an act of Congress in 1879 and was celebrated every February 22 until 1971 when the holiday was shifted to the third Monday in February. This places it between February 15 and 21, which makes "Washington's Birthday" something of a misnomer, since it never occurs on Washington's actual birthday, February 22. With the proximity of the holiday to Abraham Lincoln's birthday on February 12, the name "Presidents' Day" emerged in the 1980s with a push from advertisers.JOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.comRebroadcast, originally published: 10/20/2020
92:36 02/21/2022
Parthenon Roundup | Who would you save from an untimely death? (and you can’t choose JFK)
A couple of months ago, the guys from Parthenon Podcast Network (James Early, Key Battles of American History; Steve Guerra, History of the Papacy; Richard Lim, This American President; and Scott Rank, History Unplugged) discussed who they would erase from history of they could. This time, instead of destroying, we are going to do some saving. If you could save one person in history from an untimely death, who would it be? How would their survival make a positive impact The only ground rule is that you can’t choose JFK. Stephen King already showed us this was impossible in 11/22/63.PARTHENON PODCASTSListen to the other great podcasts in the Parthenon Podcast Network at https://www.spreaker.com/user/10740198JOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.com
70:17 02/15/2022
Beyond the Big Screen | The Legend of 2001: A Space Odyssey
This episode is a preview of Beyond the Big Screen hosted by Steve Guerra, a podcast in Parthenon Podcasts. 2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the greatest films ever created. Erik Fogg of the Reconsider Podcast and Steve dive into this great movie to try and find the big themes that were important when the film was made and still are to this day.Listen to the rest of the episode at https://www.spreaker.com/user/10740198/2001-space-oddysey.Learn more about Beyond the Big Screen and subscribe at:www.parthenonpodcast.com/beyond-the-big-screen/www.spreaker.com/show/beyond-the-big-screenwww.beyondthebigscreen.com
20:40 02/04/2022
The Triumph of Nancy Reagan with Karen Tumulty
The made-in-Hollywood marriage of Ronald and Nancy Reagan is more than a love story—it’s the partnership that made him president. Of the pair, Nancy was the one with the sharper instincts about people, the superior radar for trouble, and the keen sense of how to secure his place in history. The only person in the world to whom Ronald Reagan felt truly close, Nancy understood how to foster his strengths and compensate for his weaknesses. Neither timid nor apologetic about wielding her power, Nancy Reagan made herself a place in history. In this episode we interview the Karen Tumulty, the author of The Triumph of Nancy Reagan.KAREN TUMULTYhttps://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Triumph-of-Nancy-Reagan/Karen-Tumulty/9781501165191JOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.com
49:02 01/21/2022
Parthenon Roundup | Who would you eliminate from history? (and you can’t choose Hitler)
Today is a group discussion in which the four guys that make up Parthenon Podcast Network (Steve Guerra from Beyond the Big Screen, Richard Lim from This American President, James Early from Key Battles of American History, and Scott Rank from History Unplugged) discuss a beloved hypothetical that our listeners have separately asked each of us many times: if you could eliminate one person from our timeline, who would it be? And sorry, Hitler is not an option. That choice is far too easy because the argument essentially makes itself. We put forward far more effort than that.PARTHENON PODCASTSListen to the other great podcasts in the Parthenon Podcast Network at https://www.spreaker.com/user/10740198JOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.com
52:30 01/05/2022
Ronald Reagan's Address at Moscow State University | May 31, 1988
On May 31, 1988, President Ronald Reagan delivered a speech to students at Moscow State University. While standing in the heart of a Soviet Union he once described as the "Evil Empire," President Reagan spoke about his optimism about a new era of peace and freedom around the world. During the speech, he also urged Russians to reject totalitarianism and embrace the opportunities offered by a new era of unprecedented technological change.JOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.com
33:04 12/23/2021
Cold War | Ronald Reagan: The Voice in the Wilderness Part 3
After entering office in 1981, Ronald Reagan insisted he wanted to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons. His critics scoffed at him, not believing he was sincere. In 1987, he stunned them by signing the INF Treaty with the Soviets, eliminating an entire class of nuclear weapons. In this episode, we cover how Reagan did just that and how his policies led to the end of the Cold War.JOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealScript Editor: Jennifer MazzellaArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.com
67:45 12/16/2021
George Washington: The First American Action Hero [Rebroadcast]
He might look like an old man on the one-dollar bill, but George Washington was once a bona fide action hero. This episode explores our first president’s legendary exploits during the French and Indian War and the American Revolution.JOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.comRebroadcast, originally published: 4/4/2017
46:28 12/01/2021
The Last King of America with Andrew Roberts
George III is known to history as the mad, tyrannical British king whose stubbornness and incompetence led to a humiliating defeat in the American Revolution. Renowned historian Andrew Roberts challenges that narrative in his new book, The Last King of America: The Misunderstood Reign of George III. In this episode, we explore the enigmatic life of this consequential British monarch.ANDREW ROBERTSwww.andrew-roberts.net/JOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.com
48:40 11/19/2021
Fighting Misinformation with Sharon McMahon, America’s Government Teacher
How do you combat political misinformation in the era of fake news and hyper-partisanship? With non-partisan facts according to Sharon McMahon. In this episode we talk to Sharon McMahon, a former high school government and law teacher who earned a reputation as "America’s Government Teacher" amidst the historic 2020 election proceedings for her viral efforts on Instagram to educate the general public on political misinformation. She is the host of the podcast "Sharon Says So".SHARON MCMAHONwww.sharonmcmahon.comJOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.com
65:46 11/10/2021
The Man Who Saved Ronald Reagan with Carolyn Parr
On March 30, 1981, Secret Service agent Jerry Parr saved President Ronald Reagan's life during an assassination attempt in Washington, DC. By sheer coincidence, Jerry's wife Carolyn was working right across the street and witnessed the entire incident. In this episode, we interview Mrs. Parr about her and her late husband's experiences.CAROLYN PARRwww.carolynmillerparr.comJOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.com
78:42 11/05/2021
Ronald Reagan's Address on the Reykjavik Summit with Mikhail Gorbachev | October 13, 1986
On October 13, 1986, President Ronald Reagan spoke to the American people on his recent summit with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland. During the speech, he discussed how close he and Gorbachev came to signing an agreement eliminating a large number of nuclear weapons and why he refused to give in to the Soviet leader's demands that he limit research on his Strategic Defense Initiative. Despite this stumbling block, Reagan conveyed his optimism that he and Gorbachev were working to create a more peaceful world.JOIN PREMIUMListen ad-free for only $5/month at www.bit.ly/TAPpremiumFOLLOW USwww.linktr.ee/thisamericanpresidentCREDITSHost: Richard LimProducer: Michael NealProduction Intern: Kolyo VanchevContent Intern: Melina SpatharisArtist: Nip Rogers, www.NipRogers.com
22:45 10/27/2021