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Herbert Hoover entered the White House with an array of high-profile experience leading disaster relief during and after World War I. So why, as president, was his handling of the Great Depression considered a failure?

Biographer Charles Rappleye, author of "Herbert Hoover in the White House," helps us explore that question on the newest episode of the Presidential podcast.

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In previous episodes of the Presidential podcast, we've explored topics like Abraham Lincoln's language and the violent life of Andrew Jackson. The podcast is hosted by Lillian Cunningham, editor of The Washington Post's On Leadership section.

As listeners tune in each week, the podcast reveals the ways in which our collective sense of what’s ’presidential’ has evolved over the years and how each president—esteemed, loathed or nearly forgotten—has something to tell us about what it takes to hold the nation’s highest office.

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