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Exploring Presidential History on President’s Day

Looking back at the history and little-known facts of the nation’s Commanders-In-Chief.



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President's Day is a federal holiday, originally established to recognize the birthdays of Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Now, the holiday is viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. Presidents.

For the full hour, we reflect on the presidencies of many of our nation's leaders. Joining the conversation is presidential historian, Mike Purdy, who shares his insight on the history of many famous Presidents and interesting fun facts about their lives.

We also speak with presidential historian and professor of history, Dr. Timothy Naftali, who shares his thoughts on the legacies of U.S. presidents. Dr. Naftali also provides updates on the condition of former President Jimmy Carter, who entered hospice care at his home over the weekend.

Both guests also weigh in on how the position of the U.S. Presidency has changed over the years, the relationship between former Presidents, and what the future holds for future generations of leaders.

Plus, listeners call in to ask their questions about presidential history and share their comments about famous U.S. Presidents.



Mike Purdy

  • Presidential Historian
  • Author, Presidential Friendships: How They Changed History

Dr. Timothy Naftali

  • Presidential Historian & Author
  • Clinical Associate Professor of History and Public Service, New York University

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