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10: The Wartime President
In the tenth and final episode, Vidalotry explores Gore Vidal's ridicule of George W. Bush and the title 'Wartime President' which Bush bestowed upon himself. Host Ryan Breegle looks at the accusations of voting fraud in 2000 and 2004, Gore's fears during the Bush Presidency, and his thoughts on the politicians that followed, namely Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John McCain.
9: Ronnie and Nancy
In Episode Nine, Vidalotry explores Gore Vidal's humorous criticism of the Reagan administration. Host Ryan Breegle looks at Gore's initial dismissal of Ronald as a convincing politician, his good-natured jabs at Nancy, and his overall concern that the United States was governed for eight years by a talented cue card reader.
8: Gore’s Watergate Fix
In Episode Eight, Vidalotry explores Gore Vidal's fascination with the downfall of Richard Nixon. Host Ryan Breegle looks at Gore's early wariness of Nixon, the play he wrote using words directly from the President's mouth, and Gore's suspicions that were finally proven correct.
7: The Three Kennedys
In Episode Seven, Vidalotry explores Gore Vidal's entrance into the Kennedy inner circle. Host Ryan Breegle looks at Gore's family ties to Jackie, the bad blood between Gore and Bobby, and his thoughts on what really led to the assassination of John F Kennedy.
6: Tennessee and Truman
In Episode Six, Vidalotry explores Gore Vidal's relationship with two gay authors; one friendly, the other contentious. Host Ryan Breegle looks at Gore's adventures with Tennessee Williams and their involvement in a film featuring lobotomies and cannibalism. And he examines Gore's detest for Truman Capote, culminating in lies and lawsuits.
5: Mean Mad Mailer
In Episode Five, Vidalotry explores the tumultuous friendship of Gore Vidal and author Norman Mailer. Host Ryan Breegle looks at Mailer’s history of violence toward women and how it took Gore, a legendary female journalist, and a late night TV show to finally put him in his place. SOURCES: Books: Of a Small and Modest […]
4: The Buckley Debates
In Episode Four, Vidalotry explores the 1968 televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F Buckley, Jr. Host Ryan Breegle looks at how Gore prepared his witty remarks in advance, the speed at which the debate became nothing more than a war of words, and how both men were greatly affected by the aftermath.
3: Hollywood and Howard
In Episode Three, Vidalotry explores what happens when Gore Vidal is invited to work in Hollywood. Host Ryan Breegle looks at homosexuality's network television debut, and we meet the man Gore chose to live with for more than half of his life.
2: Candidate Vidal
In Episode Two, Vidalotry explores Gore Vidal's love/hate relationship with America. Host Ryan Breegle looks at Gore's two political campaigns, his controversial views on party politics, and the play he wrote about the scandalous secrets candidates dig up to use against each other.
1: Gore and The Gay Novel
In this debut episode, Vidalotry explores the complex relationship between Gore Vidal and his stance on homosexuality. Host Ryan Breegle looks at Gore's passion for promiscuity, his first love that would forever haunt him, and how writing a novel about gay sex would affect his career in the years to come.
Vidalotry: Coming Soon
Introducing Vidalotry, a new ten-part series podcast from Ryan Breegle that examines the wit and wisdom of famed intellectual and public persona Gore Vidal. Using a multitude of recordings, interviews and talk show appearances, Breegle examines Gore’s insights on homosexuality, politics, clashing opinions between creatives and much much more. This preview of the show gives […]