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 – Presidential Campaigning

To be released April 2020

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To be released May 2020

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S006 – TBD

To be released June 2020

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To be released July 2020

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S008 – TBD

To be released August 2020

1801-1802

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S009 – TBD

To be released September 2020

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S010 – TBD

To be released October 2020

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S011 – TBD

To be released November 2020

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S012 – TBD

To be released December 2020

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