US Presidential Elections Series

As 2020 was a presidential election year, I embarked on a special series to investigate the history of the US presidential elections. Episodes are released on a monthly basis covering topics relevant to the contemporary point in the election cycle.

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S001 – A History of Primaries

Did you know that presidential primaries in the United States are a rather modern innovation and that for a long time, presidential primary winners often didn’t end up as the party’s nominee? Learn how the primary system came to be what it is today, the varying impacts it has had on presidential campaigns since its inception, and why it took so long to play a key role in choosing presidential nominees.

1816-1976

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S002 – Primaries vs Caucuses

What is the difference between a primary and a caucus anyway? Listen as I explore that question and discuss the various permutations of both as well as how the presidential primary calendar came to have Iowa and New Hampshire as the first contests in this episode.

1901-2008

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S003 – The Super Tuesday Spectacular

Super Tuesday happens at least once every four years in the modern US presidential election cycle, but how much does anyone really know about this date on the campaign calendar? In this episode, I explore the history of Super Tuesday and how it impacted numerous presidential elections in the past.

1976-1988

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S004 – Unprecedented Part I

While some presidential elections function in much the same way as others of the time, there are those select few that reshape the process or are noteworthy for being unique in some way. In the next two episodes of the special series, I will be examining four presidential elections that stand out to me as unprecedented. In this episode, I start with the election of 1824 which saw a four way match up between Secretary of State John Adams, Secretary of the Treasury William Crawford, Speaker of the House Henry Clay, and Senator Andrew Jackson. The remainder of the episode is devoted to the election of 1864 which saw President Abraham Lincoln running for reelection against his challenger, General George McClellan.

1800-1801, 1816-1825, 1860-1864

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S005 – Unprecedented Part II

With increasing uncertainty in the global situation and continued instability in the domestic economy, candidates lined up on both the Democratic and Republican sides to succeed Franklin Roosevelt at the end of his second term. However, 1940 found the President considering what was previously unthinkable: running for a third term of office. In this special episode, we explore this unprecedented election conducted under the looming threat of being drawn into a war waging abroad.

1936-1944

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S006 – It’s Convention Time!

Since the first national party convention in the United States in September 1831, party conventions have played a key role in American politics. In this episode, we explore the role of these gatherings in determining presidential nominees as well as setting agendas through the party platform and examine a few notable conventions in detail.

1824-1992

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S007 – TBD

To be released August 2020

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S008 – TBD

To be released September 2020

1801-1802

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S009 – TBD

To be released October 2020

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S010 – TBD

To be released November 2020

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S011 – TBD

To be released December 2020

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S012 – TBD

To be released January 2021

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