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We are obsessed with the presidency at American POTUS. We believe that the 46 imperfect patriots who have held our nation’s highest office all have something to offer today’s electorate – a perspective that appropriately grounds today’s political conversations in truth and context. To help us reveal the many layers of each administration, we’ll be joined by the nation’s most influential historians, scholars and experts who have studied every facet of the presidents and the presidency. Not only will we cover the crucial decisions that changed the world but also the humor, hobbies and quirks that give us a captivating sense of each American POTUS.

We are obsessed with the presidency at American POTUS. We believe that the 46 imperfect patriots who have held our nation’s highest office all have something to offer today’s electorate – a perspective that appropriately grounds today’s political conversations in truth and context. To help us reveal the many layers of each administration, we’ll be joined by the nation’s most influential historians, scholars and experts who have studied every facet of the presidents and the presidency. Not only will we cover the crucial decisions that changed the world but also the humor, hobbies and quirks that give us a captivating sense of each American POTUS.

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United States

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We are obsessed with the presidency at American POTUS. We believe that the 46 imperfect patriots who have held our nation’s highest office all have something to offer today’s electorate – a perspective that appropriately grounds today’s political conversations in truth and context. To help us reveal the many layers of each administration, we’ll be joined by the nation’s most influential historians, scholars and experts who have studied every facet of the presidents and the presidency. Not only will we cover the crucial decisions that changed the world but also the humor, hobbies and quirks that give us a captivating sense of each American POTUS.

Language:

English


Episodes

POTUS 5 - The Challenge of Global Frenemies

10/17/2021
In 1823, our nation was growing up as fast as it could, but the world’s global powers were changing just as fast - no one knew who was a rival and who was a trusted friend! It was clear, our new nation had to do something to keep up, so POTUS 5 and his cabinet created what would become the most critical piece of international policy for not just that moment, but for generations of future Presidents! What’s in this simple policy that made it so revolutionary, and so long-lasting? We’ll break...

Duration:00:55:26

POTUS 1 Saves the Nation…for a 2nd time

10/11/2021
The British had left, and the Revolution was won, but the freedom that was fought so hard for, was in danger of a mighty implosion! The 13 states were still thinking like 13 separate states, and if our new nation was to survive, it would take something special…someone special to get the government on the right track. Politics, Personalities, and Personal agendas. Our nations 1st POTUS uses his own power and prestige to fight through it all! The American Cincinnatus, George Washington, he’s...

Duration:01:00:32

Pals to The POTUS: Unelected & Persuasive

10/4/2021
Everyone needs a good buddy, especially when the weight of the nation is squarely on your shoulders. Sure, Presidents have cabinet members, advisors and pollsters to help them work through problems, but the unfiltered advice from a trusted friend may be the most valuable counsel a Chief Executive can get. We’ll get to know the Pals to the POTUS throughout history, and how they used their unique relationships to influence positive change in our exceptionally complex world.

Duration:00:53:47

Lincoln: His Private Notes to Himself

9/26/2021
Many consider Abraham Lincoln the nation’s greatest President. A man of strong judgement, consistent leadership, and a humble, passionate focus on the common man. These distinctive abilities did not always come to him easily. Behind every critical decision and unforgettable speech, was a personal struggle to come up with the right strategy and the right words! To show how he got there time and again, we’re revealing the private, personal notes of The Great Emancipator. From Honest Abe’s own...

Duration:00:45:51

HBD to American POTUS!

9/19/2021
1 year, 50+ episodes, 50+ remarkable historians, 47+ hours of content...and most importantly - thousands & thousands & thousands of downloads from great fans like you. We’re celebrating our 1st Birthday with a look back at our favorite episodes, a test of POTUS Trivia, and what we have planned for the future! (we think you're going to like it!) HBD…to us!

Duration:00:45:50

Grandpa Truman - The Plain Spoken POTUS

9/13/2021
Harry Truman was a smart, humble, confident midwestern VP who woke up one day to find himself running the country! But it was no time to sit back and let issues and policies just play out. He faced one of the most tumultuous periods in global history, wrapping up a world war and attempting to manage a new cold war. We're looking at the personal side of POTUS 33 that tells the enlightening story of how this famously plain-spoken man was so successful. President, Husband and Grandfather, Harry...

Duration:00:51:28

POTUS Protection: The Men & Women of The Secret Service

9/6/2021
The men and women of The Secret Service put their lives on the line, regardless of who the president is, what party he’s from, and how many enemies he has out there. For the POTUS, it’s part of the job, where you go, they go. And that’s where it can get tricky, balancing the importance of national security with private, family time. They don’t always go hand in hand. The secret service agents charged with guarding the President, on this episode of American POTUS

Duration:00:45:08

POTUS 5 - The Last Founding Father President

8/30/2021
James Monroe dropped out of college to join the Continental Army, fighting alongside Washington in some of the most famous fights of the Revolution. From there, he became qualified, immensely qualified to take over the White House. And the nation agreed, giving him 80% of the vote the first term, and winning a nearly unanimous victory for his 2nd term! The country was feeling on top-of-the-world, but the future would be filled with challenges, many of them going back to this very President.

Duration:01:16:30

POTUS18: The 1st Person History of U.S. Grant

8/23/2021
The story of Ulysses S. Grant is an All-American tale - a physically small and modestly ambitious young lad from rural Ohio, grows up to lead the Union to victory and wins the White House for a full 2 terms. Of course, the nation’s top historians have written this story, but the best version is notably by Grant’s own pen. His memoirs not only reveal the detailed tales of his life, but also the character of the man who worked to complete them, right up to his last breath. POTUS 18’s life as...

Duration:00:56:25

POTUS #2 - Crotchety, Stubborn...and Brilliant

8/16/2021
POTUS John Adams was a crotchety, stubborn, out-spoken lawyer who just might be the MVP of the Founding Father team! He used the power of his mind and his sharp tongue to inspire our revolution and help create the constitution. He became President under tough conditions, never quite able to get out of the long shadow of George Washington. He lost his bid for a 2nd term, and that’s when his greatest contribution may have taken place – the precedence of a peaceful transfer of power. The...

Duration:01:00:52

POTUS 25: Beyond our Borders

8/9/2021
The U.S. was booming when William McKinley took office, and that opened the door to expansion, global expansion! Cuba, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Guam – they all became part of the U.S. in one form or another, a move that turned us into a true global power. He was easily reelected for a 2nd term, but it was cut tragically short by an assassin’s bullet after just 6 months. McKinley may not be the most popular occupant of The White House, but maybe he should be, for what he did and...

Duration:00:54:07

The 1st VicePOTUS to become POTUS

8/1/2021
John Tyler became the first VicePOTUS to become POTUS when his boss died after just 31 days in The White House. While the country and the Congress weren’t sure if he should even be in power, he took the reins and charged ahead at a full gallop. Displaying his own strategic vision and a healthy bit of confidence, he turned a lot of folks off. In fact, he was so head strong, he was kicked out of his own political party for vetoing one of their own bills! John Tyler, the man known as "His...

Duration:00:37:53

POTUS 38, The Healer-in-Chief

7/25/2021
Gerald Ford wasn’t elected President, he wasn’t even elected Vice President! But this all-around nice guy that everyone loved, just happen to be in the right place at the right time. When Nixon resigned and Ford stepped in, he inherited a huge mess both at home and abroad. So just a month after taking office, his first move was pardoning his old boss. Something that was widely criticized then, but actually, may have been his greatest legacy. The unelected President who helped the nation heal...

Duration:01:00:46

The 232 year evolution of The Presidency

7/19/2021
From the beginning, the job of President was supposed to be limited. Leadership skills were necessary, but the real decisions were to be made by Congress. As time rolled on, the office grew past its humble beginnings and became the most powerful in the world. On this episode, we get into the awesome responsibility of today’s Chief Executive – why those that get the job, find it just as frustrating as it is powerful.

Duration:00:40:26

The Post-Presidential Service of POTUS 41

7/12/2021
George Herbert Walker Bush was a WW2 pilot, Congressman, Ambassador, Vice President and President – his entire life was laser-focused on the service to his country! When he lost reelection and was forced into retirement, he saw the next opportunity to help the nation, eagerly stepping in when his voice and his actions would help the most. We'll share stories of calm political perspective, dedication to national service, and a deep commitment to family and a good bit of fun!

Duration:00:55:26

The POTUS & The Prime Minister

7/5/2021
Sir Winston Churchill's stubborn but smart political philosophies, combined with his distinctive way with words, inspired millions around the globe just when the world needed it most. But to strengthen and save his own country, he had to have a reliable ally in the White House, and it’s no secret – the Prime Minister could be a tough one to get along with! Winston Churchill and his relationship with our presidents – how he worked with them, and created lasting friendships with them, on this...

Duration:00:41:02

6 Presidents who failed to stop Civil War

6/28/2021
Tensions had been getting worse for years. As the nation expanded, the fight over slavery in the new states caused this growing issue to flare up into a full-blown inferno. There was no turning back, and it was up to each President to see what they could do. They each tried to make peace and avert hostility, but in reality, they just kicked the problem down to the next guy. 6 different Presidents, 1 disastrous issue that resulted in Civil War, on this episode of American POTUS!

Duration:00:43:13

The Post-POTUS Political Life of JQ Adams

6/21/2021
Just like his father, John Quincy Adams was smart, ambitious and literally would not stop fighting until he achieved what he thought was right. His 1-term in the White House was a bust, but his post-presidency life as a Congressman – well that’s where he really made a difference. He was absolutely relentless, taking on slavery, women’s rights and Native American rights. In fact, he pushed so hard his enemies tried him for treason just to try and shut him up…which thankfully, never worked!...

Duration:00:41:46

Taylor, Fillmore & The Disappearance of The Whigs

6/14/2021
2 Presidents on the same team with the curious name, the Whig Party. For this brief moment of time in the mid-1800’s, it was the powerful and divisive home for Zachary Taylor and his VP Millard Fillmore. But just as soon as this party came to power, they disappeared due to infighting, regional division and…the impending Civil War! Old rough-n-ready Zachary Taylor, his successor Millard Fillmore and The Whig Party!

Duration:00:35:51

The 31 Day Presidency of William Harrison

6/7/2021
William Henry Harrison found a fair amount of success on the battlefield, which turned into a successful career as a Governor, which turned into the first “modern” presidential campaign. Slogans, songs, and some creative spinning of the truth gave him the keys to The White House. But before he could really make a difference, his very long speech on a very cold and wet inauguration day led to his early demise, just 31 days later. The oldest and the first President to die in office, POTUS #9,...

Duration:00:49:40