Season 12, Episode 2: Being the President

March 21, 2024

About This Episode

Historian Alexis Coe has written a biography of George Washington, and is researching for her upcoming book focusing on John F. Kennedy’s youth. Now in this election year, she’s a fellow at New America where she is asking the question: how should a president be? In this episode, we talk with her about her work, including challenging myths, making connections between the past and the present, and where the 1st president and 35th president are similar. We'll also hear President Kennedy's own thoughts on the presidency from an interview he did in the Oval Office two years into his administration.

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