• Binding up the nation's wounds

    A special episode of “Presidential” explores how a 1939 concert transformed the Lincoln Memorial into a stage for civil rights protests. Featuring Molefi Kete Asante, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Philip Kennicott.

  • About the show

    Special episodes of "Presidential" highlight moments in American and presidential history that are worth revisiting today.
    The "Presidential" podcast was released leading up to up to Election Day 2016, starting with George Washington in week one and ending on week 44 with the president-elect. It explores how each former American president reached office, made decisions, handled crises and redefined the role of commander-in-chief. Hosted by Lillian Cunningham, the series features Pulitzer Prize-winning biographers like David McCullough and Washington Post journalists like Bob Woodward. Listen to the original series and explore additional resources and educational materials.

  • BONUS: 'Unprecedented Presidents' live from WBUR CitySpace

    Four years after making Presidential, host Lillian Cunningham led a panel examining what's really unprecedented--or not--about Donald Trump's presidency. Historians Alexis Coe, Drew Gilpin Faust and Julian Zelizer joined for this live event in Boston.

  • Donald Trump: Division and union

    In this final episode of the podcast, Library of Congress historians Michelle Krowl and Julie Miller return--along with Washington Post journalist Dan Balz--to reflect on the changing nature of the American presidency.

  • Barack Obama: The pursuit of identity

    Political strategist David Axelrod and biographer David Maraniss discuss Barack Obama's search for identity -- and how that quest has paralleled America's own complex reckoning with race.

  • George W. Bush: Changing course

    Peter Baker, author of "Days of Fire" and a journalist with the New York Times, joins historian Mark Updegrove to examine how George W. Bush's presidency marked the beginning of a new era in American history.