Uninteresting (somehow), vapid, unorganized, and poorly edited. Segments need better transitions. The focus on which president would be a good date irks me. Teen Vogue has more intellectual conversation.
I enjoy listening to this podcast, but I will say I almost had to skip the John Adams episode cause of that one guyâs mouth sounds. Like, get the man a water.
It's nice to learn new things about old presidents and to be reminded of facts and concepts that I learned long ago. The podcasts are entertaining but also have substance. They do not attempt to cover all of a president's life in 30 minutes but rather focus on a few personaity traits and events.
I was really excited for this podcast. I love US history, especially presidential history. The host has a habit of misspeaking often - Harry Truman fought in World War ONE not two. In a history podcast those mistakes should be fixed during the editing process. Hopefully I will be able to find a decent history podcast, but this one is not it.
I love this pc, if possible Iâll love to hear about all the ladies who I influence our presidents, from wife to mothers to staff, because some times we forgot about our First Ladies who made an impact difference in history. Canât wait to hear more ðð»ðð»
Bare bones production. Host needs practice developing a voice for the radio. Pacing is good, but inflictions, nasal monotones, and room acoustics are distracting. Work on what this show offers that we can't get from reading, especially when the host is reading their material to us.
I learn something new every show and I thought I knew history pretty well. Lillian Cunningham is great as the host. Makes me glad I am a Post subscriber.
This podcast is so interesting! I love the narratorâs voice. Also like it because it gives a fresh perspective and new information on all the past and current POTUSâs. This is one of my top 5 podcasts. (I think âConstitutionalâ is current #1. I just wish it was on more often.)
I love history but this was too dry. The background noise was irritating. Too much fumbling around. Not well edited. If you canât make George Washington interesting what on earth are you going to do with some of the others.
I just discovered this podcast, and can not recommend it enough - itâs extremely addictive...which has led me to binge listen to the series. On several occasions I have felt chills, as Lillian Cunningham reveals facts about our forefathers. Definitely something to consider listening to, especially in 2017 to put recent events into perspective, and to remember and understand the past and how we got to where we are today.
I always listen to this podcast during school.
Enjoy listening to the podcast. Production quality has improved from the early episodes. Look foward to Constitutional.
Very well sourced. Everyone should listen to gain a better understanding of the past.
I'm liking the history presented. It can use some help in the area of editing. Narrators voice is calm and soothing but one of the guests, you can hear the lip smacking or something which is just annoying.Hopefully, the delivery gets better, seeing as I'm only into the first couple episodes. I like the info being presented thus far. I wouldn't mind just knowing if the people speaking have a certain bias. I mean, at least be honest about it.
The Washington Postâs Presidential is an awesome look at the many different characters who have held the highest office in the land as Commander & Chief. Lilian Cunningham performs a wonderful blend of highly imaginative narrations of our nations presidents lives & interesting in depth interviews with some of the most highly qualified historians. Presidential is both an interesting & entertaining podcast. I thoroughly enjoyed this podcast & would highly recommend it!!!
Love love love. Fantastic
I loved this podcast so much that I have listened to every episode at least twice. Lillian Cunningham does a wonderful job of crafting the stories of each president in a way that no history class throughout my life ever could. It is honest and fresh, and I found myself deeply moved by every episode.
The content seems great, but the host speaks with a vocal upspeak and frequently a vocal fry. I'm a female millennial and I know that these vocal habits are synonymous with my generation. I consciously work on eliminated my own upspeak and vocal fry because I can hear that it is so grating and unprofessional sounding in others people. It's like nails on a chalkboard and renders this podcast unlistenable to me.
Entertaining & informative!!
I enjoyed listening to a well produced podcast. However the podcast is not a history podcast and comes from a hard leftwing perspective. Most episodes are filled with moral judgements which have nothing to do with what actually occurred or the time period in which they occurred. The podcasters favorites one term presidents receive far more attention then their failed presidencies deserve. While presidents who actually accomplished quite a bit are judged failures. The most amusing part was during the carter episode when a non-evangelical was used to explain the evangelicals. It was clear he was prejudice and had no problem slandering them as racist.
I really like your approach to these episodes. While presidential history can be quite mundane and dry, you have done a great job of adding depth and intrigue to theses stories. I've always wanted to learn more about our presidents and this podcast helped me do it! I love the blind date question, adds a bit of humor and I love hearing how historians react when asked!
I found this after the Trump election, and I am not a Trump fan. This podcast did a good job of showing me that every single aspect of him I despise has shown up in an earlier president, and some of them were pretty good for the country. It gives me hope. Overall, you promise a thumbnail sketch of each president, while noting that you can't do justice to them in the amount of time you have. You do that. I have enjoyed this far more than any History class I have ever had.
Listened to it after 2016 election ended and it really made me feel a lot better -- that we have gone through some really terrible sh*t in this country but we get through it and we get better.
I personally love this podcast. I've learned so much and I've even started a challenge to read at least 1 biography of each president. This doesn't need fancy music or sound effects, we need to remember to respect the office of the presidency and those who served our country.
I recently finished a 5,000 mile journey through the western U.S. and having this podcast to listen to made the driving so much more worthwhile. I learned a lot and the podcast was entertaining as well. Good job Ms. Cunningham.
I cough this once it was complete and binge listened. I found it very interesting, and even wished for more! I have recommended this to everyone I know.
I got to say this podcast has made history real. It's help me realize all presidents were flawed and not everyone was ready to be one.
Not enough research done. Conclusions are popular but not necessarily accurate.
Learned much about the presidents I didn't know anything about.
Pretty left leaning. Some interesting facts. If everything could be presented without the WP spin on it, I think it would be better.
Nuanced and extremely poignant. LC et al. have a real gift-- and they have given us one. Thank you!
I cherish my 30-40 minutes with each president, and love the journalism + history storytelling style.
I very much enjoyed the series during the election period lat year. When i recently went back to re-listen to the Podcast, I was dismayed to find that a number of the early podcasts are unavailable for download. I would like to listen to them again, but with them missing, it is difficult.
Wonderful concept, buy unfortunately diluted by leftist influences. Too many WaPo guests who undoubtedly are of liberal persuasion and can't help but interjecting their own biases.
And I love the blind date question
I'm consistently impressed with WashPo podcasts and their superior quality. Presidential is a hit. Rather than try to cram an entire bio into forty minutes, the show aims for the essence of the man without giving you a cradle-to-grave approach. I haven't listen to all of them yet, but I've enjoyed everyone I've consumed so far. I am listening to them out of historical order, so there's no need to start at the beginning because each episode stands out on its own. I particularly liked the ones about Obama, Truman, Harding, and Grant.
Variety of perspectives but also some confortable consistency in approach. Really learning a lot from this! Lillian Cunningham's voice isn't announcer- quality but I can get over it. She is genuine.
I love the topic but the narrator is clueless and relies on other coworkers for any substance. No I don't care if I would go on a date with James Monroe.
The content is substantive yet interesting and personal. It's a good balance of what you should know about presidents. Glad to see something like this as a podcast.
I have loved listening to this insightful podcast as I travel the US visiting the sites associated with the discussion!
As a kid, I'd go to the library to read up as much as I could about the presidents. I had a poster with all of them on my wall and needless to say, I loved presidential history. This podcast series was an incredible way to re-spark this passion and learn way more about the Presidents than I could've ever known. The guests are great and Lily does a wonderful job story telling and digging deeper. It was a treat to listen to every week for a year. Can't wait for Season 2!
...because it's simply entertaining, but also because it conveys a sense of the personality not only of the presidents themselves, but of the presidency and our system of government as a whole. It's a reminder that we are all just a bunch of everyday people in America, from your house to the White House.
Thanks for all the effort you put into this.
I really wanted to like this podcast and for a quick second I thought this was going to be the greatest thing ever. But I'm really struggling to stay with it. It seems the longer I listen, the more pronounced the whiney, nasal speaking voice of the host becomes. Plus it's just slow and needs better editing. This podcast takes what could potentially be a very dry subject and somehow makes it even drier.I love the idea of this though. I wish someone else would just remake the whole thing from scratch.
It's a bit under-produced and I HATE the "blind date" question. It's silly and sophomoric. Many better ways to get at same information.
I so enjoyed this when it was coming out âliveâ. I have recommended it to many and hope there are some new ideas coming!
Lillian, my dear, weren't you brainstorming ideas for a second series related to the recurring theme of presidents? I understand if the Trumpian phase threw you for a loop- even my non-political podcast hosts were depressed after the election but you presented a level demeanor. Impressive. I've tried to come up with things- how about the big political mistakes of each president? Their Special Prosecutors? Their idiotic cabinet appointees and shocking firing? Oh yeah- they weren't all Trumpian. Big scandals- the attacks on the Clintons since before Bill's first term? Maybe Senate Majority Leader? Stolen judgeships?
I love history and politics, so I started this podcast in January and am still working my way through all the episodes, actually going in the reverse direction. In other words, I started with the Nov. 9 episode and am gradually going further back in time with the goal of finishing with the George Washington show. I wonder how that changes my listening (and learning) experience, but I went that route because I can more closely relate to more modern administrations and was initially most excited about starting there. Depending on the guest and I guess, to a certain extent the president being covered, the shows can be hit or miss. Most, however, I find very enjoyable. Minor areas can be cleaned up, but I realize releasing an error-free episode every week can be awfully time-consuming, especially when those working on the podcast presumably have many other non-show duties with the Washington Post. A few examples: In the GW Bush ep, right before the 20-min mark, the host says Bush takes office in January of 2011 instead of 2001. That seems like it would have been easily caught if even one or two people listened to it before air. Another example, and this isn't entirely the host's fault (it mostly isn't), is that her colleague, Robert Costa, has no idea how to properly pronounce former Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin's name in the Jimmy Carter episode. He says the third syllable of Menachem like the first syllable of China. In Hebrew names, the Ch is pronounced like there's ample phlegm in the throat I guess you could say (it's hard to explain). All of us have things we don't know, but Robert's repeated mispronunciation of the name causes him to lose credibility with a not-so-insignificant number of listeners IMO. He should ask someone before he goes on air with a pronunciation about which he's unsure.Last but not least, the ad played in every show seems like it could have been improved significantly. The sentiment is an important one to encourage civic participation within our young citizens, but it seems the one used was a horrible first take. The reader sounds extremely robotic and unnatural.
I like how Lillian makes our Presidents relatable. Even little known presidents have a story to tell. Ive recommended to several friends.