Do you know the difference between Madison and Monroe? One dealt with a fire at the White House. The other inadvertently created a long-lasting controversial doctrine. Learn all sorts of cool things from this podcast!
I reluctantly started listening to these podcasts, thinking they would be the same dusty, boring recitations of facts about the presidents that I was exposed to in high school. Not at all! I was hooked from George Washington on because of all the facts unknown to me and by the clever and oh, so entertaining presentation. I plan to listen to them all again.
Certainly one of the best podcasts available. Presented with real insight into what it takes to make a great podcast.
Between the sound effects and background dialogue drowning out the interviews, the silly music and the amount of time taken telling us what she is going to do instead of just doing it, this podcast is highly unlistenable and disappointing.
Love history, but this podcast gives info not usually covered in the broader history preentations. Interesting, informative, well presented. Makes me look forward to getting to the next episode.
This podcast is interesting, funny and succinct. A really worth while podcast. The host is great, her questions are witty and compelling. I'm only up to MVB, but looking forward to listening to all of them!
Reviewed as of having listened to every episode through to JFK.The political biases of this podcast are so pervasive and subtle that I don't think the staff at WaPo even realize that they're being biased when they indulge in them. The Madison, Wilson, and Coolidge episodes are particularly noteworthy in their framing of each of these Presidents as modern left-of-center politicians (the Wilson example is particularly galling, as it comes immediately after paying the briefest of lip service to his atrocious record on civil rights for blacks and civil liberties in general during WW1).Note: I give every podcast I review either 5 stars or 1 star.
I do not mind the production value. I wasnât here for orchestrated listening. I came for the content. I wanted to learn something, and that is what Iâm getting. I didnât get the impression this was to be a performance kind of show so I didnât go in expecting that. For me it plays out as being taken for the journey, from conversation to conversation. Iâm a few shows in and Iâm enjoying it.
I am three episodes in so far. And I love the concept so far. My criticism is you are focused too much on the issues outside of the presidency. Take Jefferson for example, yes he owned slaves but there was really only a need to mention the hipocracy of it once. Not make it the central theme of the episode. I still have an open mind on this but this episode I think left a bad taste. And yes I know I am writing this review in 2018 when this series is probably already over
This is a great place to start on researching any of the presidents
What a fun journey through American history. I learned so much. Really enjoyed this, and had great guests! Also loved hearing you really hit your stride in Constitutional. Can't wait to see what you do next!
iOS 11+ downloaded but wonât play. Disappointed.
I absolutely loved this podcast! Itâs the first one Iâve ever been really hooked on. I started with George Washington, skipped to present-day, and went all the way back to the beginning. (all episodes were out by the time I listened.) I learned so much and it was a lovely experience. The stream of consciousness style worked well for me as I felt like I was part of a conversation. I could even see myself going back to listen to a few episodes over again. Moving on to Constitutional now!
I really like the content of this series and the information provided but the Narrator's vocal fry is so horrendous that I can't force myself listen to this anymore. Too bad. Please get another narrator who doesn't sound like a kardashian.
This podcast is well done! Each episode holds so much history, not only for the presidents. I would recommend this to everyone!
Excited to learn more about our Presidents and their leadership styles.
I listened to all of Presidential in the summer/fall of last year and Iâm considering starting it again from the beginning. Iâm a bit of a history nerd and I love that each episode presents its subject without judging or editorializing. Itâs optimistic and downright fun. Plus, Lillian Cunningham doesnât do that âpodcast voiceâ I canât stand; she sounds less rehearsed and much more like sheâs just talking to a friend about something she learned. I canât recommend this podcast enough!
I love this podcast. Iâm a newly-ish minted American (originally from Canada) and have always struggled with American history and politics. Itâs nice to learn about the more human-side of our former leaders in a fun format. The only thing I would add as a technical critique is to adjust the volume of guest speakers, as it was hard to hear some parts through my car speakers after the host spoke (or jarring when the host spoke.) Great Podcast!
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!