presidential history

Up to Date
9:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

From Jefferson To Obama, Pop Culture Infuses The White House

From Jefferson to Obama, pop culture has influenced presidents, according to author Tevi Troy.

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.

On Thursday's Up to Date, 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.

HEAR MORE: Tevi Troy speaks at 6:30 p.m. July 24 at the Plaza branch of the Kansas City Public Library.

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Up to Date
11:58 am
Fri February 28, 2014

How Lincoln's Confidants Remade His Image

Joshua Zeitz is the author of 'Lincoln's Boys.'

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.

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk about the men who dutifully reshaped Lincoln’s image in the years following his assassination.


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Up to Date
11:05 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Andrew Jackson: From The Battlefield To The White House

Andrew Jackson led forces in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815.
Credit Edward Percy Moran / Library of Congress

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.

In the second part of Wednesday's Up to Date, 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.


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Up to Date
2:56 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin Weighs In On Teddy Roosevelt

'The Bully Pulpit' is historian Doris Kearns Goodwin's latest work of presidential history.

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.

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

Woodrow Wilson: From Isolation to WWI

A. Scott Berg joins Steve Kraske to talk about his biography of Pres. Woodrow Wilson.

As a president, Woodrow Wilson isn’t in the top five that all school kids know, but his impression on this country is, nonetheless, a lasting one. 

On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with biographer A. Scott Berg about the man who tried isolationism but ultimately had to lead the nation into a world war.


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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

An Unconventional First Lady


Thomas Jefferson's eldest and favorite daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph, would often assume the role of First Lady after her mother died.

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Up to Date
10:39 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

George Washington And His Contradictions

An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America

George Washington was all about freedom, so why did he own slaves?

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Studying The Founding Fathers

Richard Norton Smith

When it comes to the first presidents, everyone knows George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, but what about John Adams?

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Ranking The Presidents

Where They Stand

Quickly-- rank the presidents. Did you put Washington or Lincoln first? Where did you put Millard Fillmore?

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Central Standard Friday
6:00 pm
Thu November 22, 2012

KC History: Eisenhower

President Eisenhower

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?

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Up to Date
5:15 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Thomas Jefferson: Freedom Fighter Or Flip-Flopper?

Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves

Equality and liberty were Thomas Jefferson’s great dreams—except when it came to slaves.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we’ll discuss the man and his contradictions with historian Henry Wiencek, author of Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves, which examines Jefferson’s changing stance toward slavery.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

George The First: A Presidential Study In Contrasts

Official portrait of George H. W. Bush, former President of the United States of America.

As a one-term president, George H. W. Bush stands as an anomaly.

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Up to Date
9:13 pm
Tue June 26, 2012

James Madison: Modern Debates

Known as the father of the Constitution, James Madison of Virginia served one term in the Continental Congress and four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was elected President in 1808.
: Oil on canvas, Bradley Stevens (after Charles Willson Peale), 2002 Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

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.

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Up to Date
5:09 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Ellen & Edith: Woodrow Wilson's First Ladies

Flamboyant, confident, and controversial, Edith Bolling Wilson was not your traditional First Lady. 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.

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Central Standard
2:06 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Presidential Policies and Black Entrepreneurship

Robert Weems, Professor of Business History at Wichita State
Wichita State University

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.

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Up to Date
9:28 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin

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.

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