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This American President

with Richard Lim and Michael Neal

This American President Episodes
The Progressive Presidents Part 1 | Theodore Roosevelt and the Pursuit of Greatness
January 4, 2023 - 77 min
It has been said that "Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." In his youth, there was little to indicate that Theodore Roosevelt was destined for greatness. He spent much of his childhood bedridden, suffering from asthma. Roosevelt, however, overcame his ailments and dedicated his life to achieving greatness in every aspect of his life: physically, intellectually, and professionally. When Roosevelt became president in 1901, he implemented progressive policies chiefly to make America a great nation. In this episode, we cover how Roosevelt's personal crusade changed the course of American history.

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History Unplugged: Alexander's Postwar Plans
December 26, 2022 - 15 min
If Alexander The Great Hadn’t Died, He Might Have Conquered Europe, Circumnavigated Africa, and Built His Own Silk Road


“And Alexander wept, seeing as he had no more worlds to conquer.” That’s a quote from Hans Gruber in Die Hard, which is a very convoluted paraphrase from Plutarch’s essay collection “Moralia.” Despite the questionable sourcing, there’s plenty of truth in that unattributed quote from Mr. Gruber.

Alexander the Great’s death at 323 BC in Babylon marked the end of the most consequential military campaign in antiquity. He left behind an empire that stretched from Greece to India, planted the seeds of the Silk Road, and made Greek an international language across Eurasia, all in 13 short years. He became and remained the biggest celebrity in the ancient world, probably only replaced by Jesus a few centuries into the Christian era.

But what if he had not died as a young man? What if he had lived years or decades more? How much more influence could he have had? We have clues about Alexander’s plans for the future – and they come from Greek chroniclers Diodorus and Arrian, writing centuries after his death. They include conquering the Mediterranean coast all the way to the Pillars of Hercules (Rock of Gibraltar), building a tomb for his father Philp that would be as large as the Great Pyramid of Giza, and transplanting populations from Greece to Persia and vice versa to unite his domains through intermarriage.

To explore this hypothetical scenario is Anthony Everitt, author of “Alexander the Great: His Life and Mysterious Death.” We look at the life of the most influential person in the ancient world, and explore the ramifications of his life having even more influence.

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Lost Airmen: The Epic Rescue of WWII U.S. Bomber Crews Stranded in the Yugoslavian Mountains: https://apple.co/3Weu5wr / https://spoti.fi/3Hunolz
The Way that Lincoln Financed the Civil War Led to Transcontinental Railroads, Public Colleges, the Homestead Act, and Income Tax: https://apple.co/3iVtpxs / https://spoti.fi/3iYxtx6
After Custer’s Last Stand, Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse Fought an Impossible Battle To Preserve the Sioux Nation: https://apple.co/3uKbc8F / https://spoti.fi/3BvFLTk
Almost President: Stephen Douglas, Thomas Dewey, and Other Failed Candidates That Would’ve Altered History Most by Winning: https://apple.co/3hgdVDZ / https://spoti.fi/3FlO2uj
No Supply Chain Was More Complicated Than the Allies’ During WW2. How Did They Maintain It?: https://apple.co/3VWxHmT / https://spoti.fi/3iYuJ2w
Eyewitness History | "I Sprinted Toward the Gunman": Josh Cohen Speaks to the Former Columbine Principal
December 21, 2022 - 7 min
In this episode of the Eyewitness History Podcast, Host Josh Cohen speaks with the former principal of Columbine High School, Frank DeAngelis. Frank and Josh discuss the events of the tragic shooting, what the police were doing at the time of the shooting, as well as the potential motivations of the two shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. They also discuss the infamous basement tapes, as well as seeing Klebold the previous week at prom, in addition to a lot more.
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America's first Wartime President: James Madison and the War of 1812 with James Early
December 6, 2022 - 69 min
James Madison was shy, bookish, and a dainty five-feet-four inches. He was more of a deep thinker than he was a warrior, but he was the first president to lead the United States into war. In this episode, we interview James Early, host of Key Battles of the Revolutionary War and Key Battles of American History, to learn more about his leadership during the War of 1812.

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Who Is History's Most Underrated Figure? | Parthenon Roundup
November 16, 2022 - 44 min
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.
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Guarding the Most Famous Woman in the World: Clint Hill's Travels With Jacqueline Kennedy
October 26, 2022 - 44 min
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. KENNEDY
www.simonandschuster.com/books/My-Travels-with-Mrs-Kennedy/Clint-Hill/9781982181116
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Zachary Taylor, America's Only Homeless President
October 11, 2022 - 72 min
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 PROJECT
www.thezacharytaylorproject.com
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The Turbulent Life and Improbable Presidency of Grover Cleveland
September 19, 2022 - 76 min
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 IRON
https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/A-Man-of-Iron/Troy-Senik/9781982140748
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History of the Papacy | Freemasonry, The Catholic Church and the Modern World
September 17, 2022 - 19 min
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.
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Why the Cold War Was America’s Longest and Weirdest War
August 31, 2022 - 93 min
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 WHITTLE
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-cold-war-prelude-to-the-present/id1471188269
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