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This American President

A History, Society and Culture podcast featuring Richard Lim
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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 neve
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 historia
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 W
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 Sh
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
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
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
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 promi
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
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 (Plat
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.l
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, specificall
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 wor
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 cha
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 h
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 BIRT
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 woul
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 movi
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 ke
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
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
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
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 PREMI
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
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 earne
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