Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which ones are your favorites?
Back in the summer, a friend and I listened to a few episodes of "Presidential" a podcast hosted by Washington Post journalist Lillian Cunningham. We enjoyed the first few episodes and then moved on to other podcasts or books.
Over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, I went to see "The Post" starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. I was a little surprised that many of the historical facts were revelations for me-- totally new information! So, I did a little research after leaving the theater.
I went back to "Presidential" to learn more about President Richard Nixon. I was hooked, again.
Recently, I had a three-hour drive ahead of me so I queued up a few episodes of that and another podcast I had neglected for a few months. After listening to episodes on Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, I began to dive back into the podcast series.
Cunningham delves into each administration's day-to-day operations, as well as lets listeners get a better idea of the man behind the office. Her detailed reporting and use of experts from the time (often reporters who worked in the White House at the time), gives historical color and context that made me really understand another side to the American presidency.
In addition to her formatting victories, Cunningham seems to want to understand the personhood of our presidents. I think this mentality is more acceptable now but putting it into presidents pre-social media is helpful and interesting.
If you haven't heard of the series, try a couple of episodes. I bet you'll be surprised at what you can learn, especially if your Honors History class is a few years removed like mine!
So again, what podcasts are you loving right now? Let me know.