presidential history http://kcur.org en From Jefferson To Obama, Pop Culture Infuses The White House http://kcur.org/post/jefferson-obama-pop-culture-infuses-white-house <p>When you think about presidents and pop culture, you might picture Obama’s Twitter account, but you might not realize that other ventures with mass-appeal have been affecting the White House for a few centuries.</p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we’ll talk about the influence everything from theater to books to the internet have had on the presidency since Thomas Jefferson was in charge.</p><p><strong>HEAR MORE:</strong> Tevi Troy speaks at 6:30 p.m. July 24 at the Plaza branch of the Kansas City Public Library.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 59375 at http://kcur.org From Jefferson To Obama, Pop Culture Infuses The White House How Lincoln's Confidants Remade His Image http://kcur.org/post/how-lincolns-confidants-remade-his-image <p>The image we have of Abraham Lincoln today as the Great Emancipator, father figure and military genius might not be what it is if not for two men: John Hays and John Nicolay. “The boys,” as the president affectionately called them, were Lincoln’s right-hand men during the course of his presidency.</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about the men who dutifully reshaped Lincoln’s image in the years following his assassination.</p><p><strong>Guest: </strong></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 17:58:14 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 51974 at http://kcur.org How Lincoln's Confidants Remade His Image Andrew Jackson: From The Battlefield To The White House http://kcur.org/post/andrew-jackson-battlefield-white-house <p>Rewind 199 years, and today's the day General Andrew Jackson rode with 5,000 American troops into a battle that would make him a well-known figure throughout the United States.</p><p>In the second part of Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org.programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we sit down with military historian Richard Barbuto to talk about the Battle of New Orleans and how the last major battle of the War of 1812 became Andrew Jackson’s ticket to the White House.</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guest:</span></strong></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 17:05:59 +0000 Steve Kraske, Beth Lipoff & Cody Newill 49456 at http://kcur.org Andrew Jackson: From The Battlefield To The White House Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin Weighs In On Teddy Roosevelt http://kcur.org/post/historian-doris-kearns-goodwin-weighs-teddy-roosevelt <p>He’s the namesake of your kid’s cuddly toy, but Teddy Roosevelt wasn’t a big softie. His fierce battle for the 1912 presidential nomination had both Roosevelt and Taft baring their teeth.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 20:56:08 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 47810 at http://kcur.org Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin Weighs In On Teddy Roosevelt Woodrow Wilson: From Isolation to WWI http://kcur.org/post/woodrow-wilson-isolation-wwi <p>As a president, Woodrow Wilson isn&rsquo;t in the top five that all school kids know, but his impression on this country is, nonetheless, a lasting one.&nbsp;</p><p>On Monday&#39;s <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with biographer <strong>A. Scott Berg </strong>about the man who tried isolationism but ultimately had to lead the nation into a world war.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Sun, 06 Oct 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 44701 at http://kcur.org Woodrow Wilson: From Isolation to WWI An Unconventional First Lady http://kcur.org/post/unconventional-first-lady <p></p><p>Thomas Jefferson's eldest and favorite daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph, would often assume the role of First Lady after her mother died. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske, Kaitlin Brennan & Sangeeta Shastry 37919 at http://kcur.org An Unconventional First Lady George Washington And His Contradictions http://kcur.org/post/george-washington-and-his-contradictions <p><strong>George Washington</strong> was all about <strong>freedom</strong>, so why did he own slaves?</p><p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 04:39:18 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 32166 at http://kcur.org George Washington And His Contradictions Studying The Founding Fathers http://kcur.org/post/studying-founding-fathers <p>When it comes to the <strong>first presidents</strong>, everyone knows <strong>George Washington</strong> and <strong>Thomas Jefferson</strong>, but what about <strong>John Adams</strong>? Tue, 12 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 31802 at http://kcur.org Studying The Founding Fathers Ranking The Presidents http://kcur.org/post/ranking-presidents <p>Quickly-- <strong>rank the presidents</strong>. Did you put Washington or Lincoln first? Where did you put Millard Fillmore? Tue, 27 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 28107 at http://kcur.org Ranking The Presidents KC History: Eisenhower http://kcur.org/post/kc-history-eisenhower <p>In his life Eisenhower lead the allied forces to victory in Europe, built the interstate system, and oversaw school integration, but what experiences built this man of action from Kansas?</p><p> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton 27972 at http://kcur.org KC History: Eisenhower Thomas Jefferson: Freedom Fighter Or Flip-Flopper? http://kcur.org/post/thomas-jefferson-freedom-fighter-or-flip-flopper <p><strong>Equality and liberty</strong> were <strong>Thomas Jefferson</strong>’s great dreams—<strong>except when it came to slaves</strong>.<br><br>On Thursday's <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we’ll discuss the man and his contradictions with historian <strong>Henry Wiencek</strong>, author of <em>Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves</em>, which examines <strong>Jefferson’s changing stance toward slavery.</strong><br> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 22:15:18 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 26494 at http://kcur.org Thomas Jefferson: Freedom Fighter Or Flip-Flopper? George The First: A Presidential Study In Contrasts http://kcur.org/post/george-first-presidential-study-contrasts <p>As a one-term president, George H. W. Bush stands as an anomaly. Wed, 11 Jul 2012 23:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander & Greta Wendelin 20836 at http://kcur.org George The First: A Presidential Study In Contrasts James Madison: Modern Debates http://kcur.org/post/james-madison-modern-debates <p>Just a quick glance at the front page, and it’s easy to tell what issues are heating up Washington these days: the separation of church and state, states' rights, and the limits of presidential power.</p> <p>Some things, as they say, just don’t change.</p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 02:13:22 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 20060 at http://kcur.org James Madison: Modern Debates Ellen & Edith: Woodrow Wilson's First Ladies http://kcur.org/post/ellen-edith-woodrow-wilsons-first-ladies <p>Flamboyant, confident, and controversial, <strong>Edith Bolling Wilson was not your traditional First Lady</strong>. After her husband, Woodrow Wilson, suffered a debilitating stroke in 1919, she took the reins of government and acted on behalf of her ailing spouse.</p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 22:09:37 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 19737 at http://kcur.org Ellen & Edith: Woodrow Wilson's First Ladies Presidential Policies and Black Entrepreneurship http://kcur.org/post/presidential-policies-and-black-entrepreneurship <p>An American president once said that black power is the power that people should have over their own destinies, the power that comes from participation in the political and economic process of society. That president? Richard Nixon.</p><p> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 19:06:57 +0000 Charlie Upchurch, Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 16838 at http://kcur.org Presidential Policies and Black Entrepreneurship Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin http://kcur.org/post/presidential-historian-doris-kearns-goodwin <p>President Obama's State of the Union speech was "animated by the president’s faith in government’s ability to restore the American promise of fairness" says Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. "In the last decades, however," Goodwin says, "the public has become increasingly disillusioned about the role of government."</p> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 15:28:55 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 11804 at http://kcur.org Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin