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"The History of The United States, As Told Through its Vices."

Sep 9, 2020

Hog caller and stump speaker Alben Barkley defied all expectations.  The son of a tobacco farmer with little money to spare became Vice President and sometimes, a contender for President.  Senator and Majority Leader he prospered from his ability to speak.  It even almost got him in trouble with the President he served,...

May 25, 2020

Dick Cheney is known as one of the most powerful Vice Presidents.  In this podcast, we look at the years before he became Veep, and how he almost threw his career away.  

Apr 16, 2020

Nobody would have expected local pol and newbie governor Cal Coolidge to become Vice President two years before the election of 1920.  Then a calamity happened, that made him the symbol of normalcy.

Apr 15, 2020

Rich, popular and diplomatic, Levi Parsons Morton was a banker-turned politician who had a knack for making connections and a penchant for raising money. He helped bankroll two Presidential campaigns before he found himself on a ticket, winning and serving under Benjamin Harrison. He would get along with the...

Apr 10, 2020

George H.W. Bush's Vice Presidency was not spectacular; but arguably its most decisive event happened in its first months.  We discuss the day President Reagan was shot on this podcast.