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Myths and truths about Ronald Reagan

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Dutch. The Gipper. The Great Communicator.

Ronald Reagan's name(s) and legacy are invoked constantly in American politics today, whether to highlight conservative ideals or presidential leadership traits. So in the newest episode of the Presidential podcast, we decided to take a look at how well the popularized image of Reagan aligns with the man and commander-in-chief he really was.

Our guest for the episode is Lou Cannon, who served as senior White House correspondent for The Washington Post during President Reagan's administration and who has written several books on the Republican icon, including the acclaimed biography "President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime."

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In previous episodes of the Presidential podcast, we've explored topics like Theodore Roosevelt's heartbreak and the way Lyndon Johnson exercised power. The podcast is hosted by Lillian Cunningham, editor of The Washington Post's On Leadership section.

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