Slate's Whistlestop

Slate's Whistlestop

In this podcast for fans of presidential campaign history, John Dickerson of Slate’s Political Gabfest revisits a moment from the American quadrennial carnival. Hear about the grand speeches, emergency strategies, baby kissing, and backstabbing that make each presidential election cycle so fascinating. Part of the Panoply Network.

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A Powerful Pardon

Slate's Whistlestop

This episode of Whistlestop revisits Sunday September 8, 1974 when President Ford announced his pardon of Richard Nixon.

36 Min

Jun 14, 2017

Oliver North Master Crafter of the Political Lie

Slate's Whistlestop

This episode of Whistlestop travels back to October 5, 1986 when an American plane went down as it was carrying arms to "Contra" guerrillas fighting the communist regime in Nicaragua.

52 Min

May 31, 2017

Recording from the Oval

Slate's Whistlestop

Visit February 1971 when President Nixon asks his Chief of Staff if they can record conversations in the Oval Office for posterity.

42 Min

May 17, 2017

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Podcast
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39 min
Apr 19, 2017
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This episode of Whistlestop travels to June 11, 1962 when President Kennedy receives an honorary degree from Yale University.

49 min
Apr 5, 2017
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This episode of Whistlestop revisits October 15, 1969 and the divisive words of then Vice President Spiro Agnew.

43 min
Mar 22, 2017
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This Whistlestop travels back to January 7, 1953 and the introduction of the Bricker Amendment.

36 min
Mar 8, 2017
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John Dickerson visits March 15, 1913 when President Woodrow Wilson convened the very first presidential press conference.

50 min
Feb 22, 2017
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This Whistlestop visits April 24, 1952 when President Truman's executive powers are challenged by the courts.

55 min
Feb 7, 2017
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June 13, 1968, How the U.S. Government Filled the Seat Chief Justice Earl Warren Left Behind

55 min
Feb 7, 2017
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June 13, 1968, How the U.S. Government Filled the Seat Chief Justice Earl Warren Left Behind

28 min
Jan 25, 2017
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Host John Dickerson visits January 11, 2017 and also the campaign season of Gerald R. Ford and Nelson Rockefeller.

50 min
Jan 11, 2017
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Whistlestop takes a journey to 1829 and the inauguration of President Andrew Jackson, the people's President.

44 min
Dec 14, 2016
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Host John Dickerson visits May 24, 1946 and President Harry S. Truman's challenges to labor bosses and his action-hero-style presidency.

14 min
Nov 30, 2016
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Host John Dickerson introduces the new podcast season of campaign curiosities focused on the accomplishments and shortcomings of Presidents past.

47 min
Nov 2, 2016
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This Whistlestop travels back to the October surprise of the Presidential campaign in 1964.

43 min
Oct 19, 2016
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Lies, blame and competitive advantage – a reexamination of the Carter-Reagan Debategate scandal.

37 min
Oct 5, 2016
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With this Whistlestop John Dickerson revisits August 10, 1975 and the candor of Betty Ford.

62 min
Sep 21, 2016
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First stop is November 10, 2007, host John Dickerson outlines Barack Obama's ascension to the Presidency.

45 min
Sep 7, 2016
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John Dickerson tells the tale of the 1960's battle of Barry Goldwater versus Fact Magazine

55 min
Aug 24, 2016
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John Dickerson is live on the road in New York and San Francisco sharing snipets and highlights from the newly published Whistlestop book.

45 min
Aug 17, 2016
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Andrew Jackson and Donald Trump cut from the same cloth?

55 min
Jul 27, 2016
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One thing Jefferson and Hamilton could agree on: they hated James Callender. The scandalmonger journalist uncovered the first two great sex scandals of the early Republic and helped Jefferson win the election of 1800.

51 min
Jul 13, 2016
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In a shocker, the GOP nominates a businessman who only the year before had been a registered Democrat. John Dickerson explains how the affable Indiana utility executive rose to clinch the nomination at the last minute.

44 min
Apr 12, 2016
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In 1968, Alabama governor George Wallace appealed to segregationists and blue collar workers during his presidential bid as a third-party candidate.

31 min
Mar 23, 2016
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In 1964, despite the efforts of many establishment Republicans, Sen. Barry Goldwater clinched the GOP nomination for president.

37 min
Feb 24, 2016
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In this episode of Slate's podcast about campaign history, John Dickerson explains how Ronald Reagan almost became Gerald Ford’s vice president and vice-versa.

40 min
Feb 9, 2016
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In this episode of Slate's podcast about campaign history, John Dickerson explains how retail politics won the day in the 2000 Republican primary in New Hampshire.

41 min
Jan 27, 2016
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After a meteoric rise to the top of the polls, Howard Dean’s presidential bid fizzled in 2004, following his infamous televised speech. On this ep., John Dickerson explains why the seeds of the campaign’s demise were present from its very beginning.

34 min
Dec 16, 2015
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John Dickerson remembers the election of 1840, when both Whigs and Democrats turned out record numbers of voters by appealing to the raw emotions of their followers.

40 min
Dec 2, 2015
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John Dickerson remembers the presidential campaign of 1988, when George Bush’s handlers worked from a playbook known as “The Hazards of Duke” to spin Michael Dukakis as soft on crime, weak on defense, and generally out of touch.

32 min
Nov 11, 2015
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In this episode of Slate's podcast about campaign history, John Dickerson tells the story of JFK’s masterful counterattack in his 1960 primary campaign, in which he turned the criticism of his faith into one of his greatest strengths.

44 min
Oct 28, 2015
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In this episode of Slate's podcast about campaign history, John Dickerson remembers Mario Cuomo’s excruciatingly long and drawn-out process of public indecision about whether to enter the presidential race in 1992.

43 min
Oct 14, 2015
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In this episode of Slate's podcast about campaign history, John Dickerson remembers the 1992 presidential debate, in which candidate Bill Clinton convinced Americans that he really cared…about them.

38 min
Sep 30, 2015
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In this episode of Slate's podcast about campaign history, John Dickerson explains why 1976 ushered in the kind of presidential debates we see today.

29 min
Sep 16, 2015
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In this episode of Slate's podcast about campaign history, political correspondent John Dickerson compares the presidential ambitions of two ego-driven billionaires.

48 min
Sep 2, 2015
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In this episode of Slate's podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson concludes the tale of the 1980 Democratic primary fight between challenger Ted Kennedy and incumbent President Jimmy Carter.

28 min
Jul 22, 2015
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In this episode of Slate's podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson remembers when Ted Kennedy challenged incumbent President Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination in 1980.

28 min
Jul 8, 2015
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In this episode of Slate's podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson revisits Bill Clinton's rise and fall and rise during the 1992 Democratic primary.

32 min
Jun 25, 2015
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In this episode of Slate's podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson explains how Harry Truman pulled off an improbable victory over Thomas Dewey in the election of 1948.

30 min
Jun 10, 2015
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In this episode of Slate's podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson examines George McGovern's hasty selection of a vice-presidential running mate during the 1972 campaign. Dickerson describes how...

29 min
May 27, 2015
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In this episode of Slate's bite-sized podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson offers up Part Two in his look at Ronald Reagan's rise to power in the conservative movement.  As detailed in our...

27 min
May 13, 2015
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Thumbing his nose at both courtesy and convention, Ronald Reagan challenged incumbent Gerald Ford for the GOP presidential nomination in 1976.

29 min
Apr 29, 2015
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In this episode of Slate's bite-sized podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson brings us a disturbingly familiar story of personal correspondence coming back to haunt the early favorite. No, he's not talkin

29 min
Apr 22, 2015
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In this episode of Slate's bite-sized podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson tells the salacious tale of the love child that nearly cost Grover Cleveland the 1884 election.

24 min
Apr 8, 2015
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In this episode of Slate's bite-sized podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson recounts part two of the acrimonious fight between Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower for the 1952 Republic

21 min
Apr 1, 2015
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In this episode of Slate's bite-sized podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson remembers the acrimonious fight between Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower for the 1952 Republican presiden

26 min
Mar 18, 2015
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John Dickerson remembers the tears that washed away the presidential ambitions of Edmund Muskie, Democratic senator from Maine, in 1972.

22 min
Mar 11, 2015
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In this episode of Slate's bite-sized podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson recounts the election of 1840, during which a candidate took to the trail for the very first time.

12 min
Mar 4, 2015
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In this episode of Slate's bite-sized podcast about presidential campaign history, chief political correspondent John Dickerson recalls Michigan Gov. George Romney's 1967 listening tour of America's most disadvantaged neighborhoods.

12 min
Feb 23, 2015
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A bite-sized podcast for fans of presidential campaign history

1 min
Feb 21, 2015
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Bite-sized stories from the campaign trail

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