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01Ike And Jfk20161017

The President of the United States is the most powerful person in the world? Don't believe the hype. He - and maybe someday she - has limits imposed by the Constitution at home and in reality abroad. The President's greatest power is cultural. How a President acts in office and speaks to Americans shapes the society and peoples' memories of him.

In this series, Michael Goldfarb looks back at the Presidents of his lifetime, from Eisenhower to Obama.

He focuses on how their personalities, actions and words filtered down into ordinary Americans' lives

Professional historians have one set of opinions: in most surveys they tend to rank Eisenhower and Reagan above the others while Kennedy and Johnson are considered just above average. But the view from below - and from memory - might surprise the professionals.

In this episode, Michael Goldfarb recalls his family's close encounters with Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy.

The President of the United States is the most powerful person in the world? Don't believe the hype. He - and maybe someday she - has limits imposed by the Constitution at home and in reality abroad. The President's greatest power is cultural. How a President acts in office and speaks to Americans shapes the society and peoples' memories of him.

In this series, Michael Goldfarb looks back at the Presidents of his lifetime, from Eisenhower to Obama.

He focuses on how their personalities, actions and words filtered down into ordinary Americans' lives

Professional historians have one set of opinions: in most surveys they tend to rank Eisenhower and Reagan above the others while Kennedy and Johnson are considered just above average. But the view from below - and from memory - might surprise the professionals.

In this episode, Michael Goldfarb recalls his family's close encounters with Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy.

02The Evil That Men Do Lives After20161018

Michael Goldfarb looks back at the Presidents of his lifetime, from Eisenhower to Obama, focusing on how their actions and words have filtered down into ordinary Americans' lives. In this episode, he reflects on why he remembers everything about Richard Nixon and so little about one of the most important presidents of his lifetime, Lyndon Johnson.

Michael Goldfarb looks back at the Presidents of his lifetime, from Eisenhower to Obama, focusing on how their actions and words have filtered down into ordinary Americans' lives. In this episode, he reflects on why he remembers everything about Richard Nixon and so little about one of the most important presidents of his lifetime, Lyndon Johnson

03The Lucky And The Luckless - Ronald Reagan And Jimmy Carter20161019

The President of the United States is the most powerful person in the world? Don't believe the hype. He - and maybe someday she - has limits imposed by the Constitution at home and in reality abroad. The President's greatest power is cultural. How a President acts in office and speaks to Americans shapes the society and peoples' memories of him.

In this series, Michael Goldfarb looks back at the Presidents of his lifetime, from Eisenhower to Obama.

In this episode, he tells the story of the luckless Jimmy Carter and his successor, a man blessed with abundant good fortune, Ronald Reagan

03The Lucky And The Luckless - Ronald Reagan And Jimmy Carter20161019

The President of the United States is the most powerful person in the world? Don't believe the hype. He - and maybe someday she - has limits imposed by the Constitution at home and in reality abroad. The President's greatest power is cultural. How a President acts in office and speaks to Americans shapes the society and peoples' memories of him.

In this series, Michael Goldfarb looks back at the Presidents of his lifetime, from Eisenhower to Obama.

In this episode, he tells the story of the luckless Jimmy Carter and his successor, a man blessed with abundant good fortune, Ronald Reagan.

04Talkin' 'bout My Generation - Bill Clinton And George W Bush20161020

What happens when political leaders are of your generation? Michael Goldfarb muses about two presidents, Bill Clinton and George W Bush, who share the same cultural influences - and flaws - as everybody else born in the years immediately following World War Two.

04Talkin' 'bout My Generation - Bill Clinton And George W Bush20161020

What happens when political leaders are of your generation? Michael Goldfarb muses about two presidents, Bill Clinton and George W Bush, who share the same cultural influences - and flaws - as everybody else born in the years immediately following World War Two.

05The Bully Pulpit20161021

Michael Goldfarb looks back at the 12 presidencies he has lived through. The lasting effect of most Presidents is the words they speak directly to the American people. Michael looks at presidential speeches by Eisenhower, Carter and Obama that have shaped modern American history.

05The Bully Pulpit20161021

Michael Goldfarb looks back at the 12 presidencies he has lived through. The lasting effect of most Presidents is the words they speak directly to the American people. Michael looks at presidential speeches by Eisenhower, Carter and Obama that have shaped modern American history.