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41.015 – An Important Mission: A Tribute to George H W Bush

12/5/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1974-1975 In memory of the late George H W Bush, this special episodes takes a look at his tenure as US Envoy to China. In the wake of Watergate, George Bush’s future is uncertain until he receives an offer from the new President to serve as the nation’s representative to China. In a … Continue reading 41.015 – An Important Mission: A Tribute to George H W Bush →

Duration:00:25:50

2.10 – Checkmate: Hamilton

12/2/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1798 Adams quickly comes to regret his naming George Washington as commander-in-chief of the US Army when Washington decides to appoint Alexander Hamilton as his second in command. As the threat of war looms, the President and his commanding general end up in a back and forth that threatens the preparedness of the … Continue reading 2.10 – Checkmate: Hamilton →

Duration:00:32:49

2.095 – Abigail Adams

11/25/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1744-1818 This special episode is all about the life and times of Abigail Smith Adams, the learned woman from Weymouth who became the second First Lady of the United States. Returning to the show to share her insight on Abigail is Presidential and First Lady historian Feather Schwartz Foster. Join us as we … Continue reading 2.095 – Abigail Adams →

Duration:01:21:53

2.09 – All Around and Away They Go

11/18/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1797-1799 As the events of the Haitian Revolution start to involve the US and the Army works to secure control of the Mississippi Territory from the Spanish, Adams and the Federalists work to determine a response to the XYZ Affair. However, as their power begins to consolidate, some in the party plot ways … Continue reading 2.09 – All Around and Away They Go →

Duration:00:29:45

2.08 – Have At Thee! The Response to XYZ

11/4/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1797-1798 As the Adams administration learns of the XYZ Affair and the President works to determine his next course of action, partisan bickering devolves to a fight on the floor of the House of Representatives while back in Paris, divisions start to form between the special envoys as Talleyrand increases his pressure on … Continue reading 2.08 – Have At Thee! The Response to XYZ →

Duration:00:29:49

2.07 – One Hand Washes the Other: The XYZ Affair

10/21/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1797-1798 The three commissioners sent by Adams arrive in France to begin negotiations but find themselves beset with new characters and new circumstances following French victories in the field and a coup in the government. One figure in particular stands between the envoys and peace, and he’ll gladly get out of the way…if, … Continue reading 2.07 – One Hand Washes the Other: The XYZ Affair →

Duration:00:25:37

2.06 – Scandals and Observations

10/7/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1792-1797 Adams is joined in Philadelphia by his wife Abigail as he tries to balance war and peace with the first of the original six frigates of the US Navy being launched around the time that he appoints peace commissioners to France. Meanwhile, the US Senate is rocked by a scandal involving one … Continue reading 2.06 – Scandals and Observations →

Duration:00:26:06

2.05 – Et Tu, France?

9/23/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1796-1797 News arrives in Philadelphia of the French government refusing to accept Charles Cotesworth Pinckney as the US Minister to France, and various individuals both inside and outside the Adams administration spring into action to try to gain control of US foreign policy. Meanwhile, Adams works to cultivate sources independent of the State … Continue reading 2.05 – Et Tu, France? →

Duration:00:23:35

2.04 – Hither and Yon: The News From Abroad

9/9/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1783-1797 In this episode, we get caught up on the international situation around the time of Adams’s inauguration and the various issues that conditions beyond its borders bring up for the United States. Britain is faced with attacks from both at home and abroad. The French Directory stumbles along as two leaders arise. … Continue reading 2.04 – Hither and Yon: The News From Abroad →

Duration:00:23:29

2.03 – The New Sheriff in Town

8/26/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1796-1797 The election of 1796 results in John Adams becoming the nation’s second chief executive, but he quickly finds more questions than answers awaiting him on the path to taking the oath of office. Adams is immediately faced with the need to make decisions about who to keep from the previous administration, what … Continue reading 2.03 – The New Sheriff in Town →

Duration:00:27:10

1.36 – Washington Q&A

8/12/2018
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I asked for your questions, and you sent in some great ones! As a part of the transition into a new presidency, we send George Washington off by addressing some lingering issues about his life and tenure including whether he thought of the Federalists as a political party, whether Hamilton would have become president if … Continue reading 1.36 – Washington Q&A →

Duration:00:28:04

2.02 – Adams Pre-Presidency Part Two

7/22/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1773-1797 As the Revolution against Great Britain kicks off, John Adams assumes office in the Continental Congress where he makes a name for himself with individuals from the various colonies before being sent to represent the United States in Europe. While dealing with family matters and tensions with new colleagues and contemporaries, Adams … Continue reading 2.02 – Adams Pre-Presidency Part Two →

Duration:00:50:57

2.01 – Adams Pre-Presidency

7/4/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1638-1772 A new series starts here! From his beginnings on a farm in Braintree, Massachusetts, John Adams set off on a path of learning that would take him through Harvard College and into the practice of law. During his quest for fame and adequate fortune, he would wed his “Dearest Friend,” Abigail Smith, … Continue reading 2.01 – Adams Pre-Presidency →

Duration:00:40:36

1.35 – Washington Post-Presidency

6/24/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1796-1799 Washington envisioned a relaxing retirement at Mount Vernon with his family after leaving the presidency in March 1797, but it was not to be. Between personal issues and a return to public service, the last couple of years of Washington’s life prior to his sudden demise would be filled with business and … Continue reading 1.35 – Washington Post-Presidency →

Duration:00:51:18

1.34 – The Final(ish) Curtain Call

6/10/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1794-1797 After President Washington releases his Farewell Address, informing the nation that he would not seek another term, the 1796 election is carried out though, both domestically and abroad, there is much confusion about how exactly the United States would decide upon its next president. Meanwhile, the French plot to interfere with the … Continue reading 1.34 – The Final(ish) Curtain Call →

Duration:00:58:01

1.33 – Race to the Finish Line

5/27/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1790-1796 Relations between the US and France deteriorate after the Jay Treaty goes into effect while Washington gets involved in the campaign to secure Lafayette’s release from his imprisonment in the Habsburg Monarchy, the administration takes care of business as the end of Washington’s second term draws closer, and the parties position themselves … Continue reading 1.33 – Race to the Finish Line →

Duration:00:39:39

1.32 – Samsons and Solomons

5/13/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1795-1796 Though finally managing to resolve his personnel issues, Washington and his Cabinet find themselves faced with a host of new problems including a new round of debate over the Jay Treaty and political maneuverings by the Democratic-Republicans as the next presidential election draws ever closer. Source information for this episode can be … Continue reading 1.32 – Samsons and Solomons →

Duration:00:27:39

1.31 – Runaway

4/29/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1773-1848 On May 21st, 1796, Ona/Oney Judge slips out of the President’s House in Philadelphia, PA in a bid to obtain her freedom from enslavement. The story of her being born into slavery at Mount Vernon, her being brought to work in the Washingtons’ household, and the Washingtons’ attempts at bringing Ona back … Continue reading 1.31 – Runaway →

Duration:00:42:55

1.30 – Under Pressure, Near and Far

4/15/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: c. 16th century-1795 Diplomatic representatives of the Washington administration navigate new waters as they seek a peaceful resolution to conflicts with the Barbary States and Spain while the President continues his frustrating search to find candidates willing to fill his vacant Cabinet offices. Meanwhile, the Senate throws the President a curve ball by rejecting … Continue reading 1.30 – Under Pressure, Near and Far →

Duration:00:32:05

1.29 – The Not So Dream Team

4/1/2018
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Year(s) Discussed: 1792-1796 With positions in his Cabinet to fill, Washington is finding it difficult to convince anyone to join his administration. Meanwhile, the son of his Revolutionary War comrade the Marquis de Lafayette shows up in the US and places the President in a difficult position as he’s forced to choose between personal loyalty … Continue reading 1.29 – The Not So Dream Team →

Duration:00:31:01