Episode #24: Ranking presidents, facing frontrunners

In most cases, we know the difference between a good president and a bad one.  We re-elect the good ones and we send the bad ones packing.  But how do historians see them?  How does Harry Truman, for example, leave office with an anemic 23% approval rating and wind up as a “Near Great” president?  And …

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Episode #23: Wild politics in LA & ME, LBJ’s comeback

With the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act — and with the revived reputation of President Lyndon Johnson — comparisons between LBJ and Barack Obama are being made.  Johnson, who left office in 1969 with the cloud of Vietnam hanging over him, is remembered as a master tactician who, with huge Democratic majorities in Congress, pushed a …

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