For decades, President Calvin Coolidge was mocked as 'Silent Cal' and chastised for having a do-nothing approach to leadership. But more recently, his political star has been on the rise—particularly among conservatives—as some politicians, economists and historians reassess his tenure in the White House during the roaring twenties.
In the newest episode of the Presidential podcast, former presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, biographer Amity Shlaes and political scientist Robert Gilbert join Washington Post economics columnist Steven Pearlstein to discuss what each of them finds worth reexamining about Coolidge's legacy.
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