Monday, July 19, 2021

Dead Presidents Podcast Episode 14 - Franklin Pierce & Top 5 Would Be Presidents

Franklin Pierce was a Democratic congressman, party leader, Mexican-American war hero, and #1 on our list of Top 5 Drunkest Presidents. He was nominated as a compromise candidate in 1852 and, taking office in the wake of a terrible family tragedy, promised not to let slavery re-emerge as a national issue after the sectional crisis of 1850. But when Senator Stephen Douglas came calling with a plan to organize the Kansas-Nebraska territory, Pierce dove headlong into a new sectional crisis and sparked a violent prelude to the coming Civil War. Also: Our list of Top 5 Would Be Presidents looks at some of the most interesting failed presidential candidates and speculates about what might've been had they occupied the White House.

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We're very proud of all of our wonderful Episode 14 sponsors:
National Baby Show – New York Daily Herald (New York, NY) – May 11, 1855
National Baby Show – New York Daily Herald (New York, NY) – May 26, 1855
National Baby Show – New York Tribune (New York, NY) – June 2, 1855
National Baby Show – New York Tribune (New York, NY) – June 12, 1855
Infant’s Shoes – Buffalo Morning Express (Buffalo, NY) – May 28, 1853
Toys for the Babies – Rutland Weekly Herald (Rutland, VT) – November 30, 1855
Edward Wadsworth and his wife Eliza – Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT) – December 17, 1853
George Hodges and his sleeping partner James Wilson – Belvidere Standard (Belvidere, IL) – August 7, 1855
John Woodward and his wife/slave Louisa – Evening Star (Washington, DC) – February 11, 1856
Patrick Hurley and his wife Amanda Jane Hurley – Evening Star (Washington, DC) – January 15, 1856
Amanda Jane Hurley responds – Evening Star (Washington, DC) – January 18, 1856
Dr. Locock’s Female Wafers – Bangor Daily Whig and Courier (Bangor, ME) – June 1, 1853
Reward for Horse Shooter – The Kansas Tribune (Lawrence, KS) – September 17, 1855


Monday, July 12, 2021

Dead Presidents Podcast - Presidential War #9 - George W. Bush Is Worse Than Hitler At Painting (with Jeremy Lese)

Guest Jeremy Lese joins us for another game of Presidential War, in which discussion topics include George W. Bush's popularity, FDR's effect on the presidency, George Washington's partying habits, JFK's legendary good looks, and Frances Cleveland's accomplishments as our youngest First Lady. Also: James K. Polk battles his Secretary of State James Buchanan to avoid getting picked last in a game of presidential flag football.

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Monday, July 5, 2021

Dead Presidents Podcast Episode 13 - Millard Fillmore & Top 5 Embarrassing Political Blunders

Millard Fillmore was a compromise vice presidential nominee who backed into the White House upon Zachary Taylor's sudden death. The nation was in the middle of a sectional crisis and a bitterly-divided Congress was about to send Fillmore some legislation cobbled together in a desperate bid to avert civil war.  His signing of the controversial Fugitive Slave Act may have helped resolve the crisis, but it would become a dark cloud that plagued his presidency. Tasked with holding together not just a fracturing Union but his own fracturing Whig Party, Fillmore did his best to reconcile the increasingly irreconcilable elements of antebellum America.  Also: Our Top 5 Embarrassing Political Blunders counts down some of the biggest bonehead moves and unforced errors by which presidents have shot themselves in the foot.

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H.F. Bailey’s Gothic Hall Bowling Saloon – Buffalo Morning Express & Illustrated Buffalo Express (Buffalo, NY) – July 24, 1850

Thomas and Deborah Seaver – Orleans County Gazette (Irasburgh, VT) – May 3, 1851

Deborah Seaver responds – Orleans County Gazette (Irasburgh, VT) – May 3, 1851

Rum for sale – Richmond Dispatch (Richmond, VA) – January 19, 1853

Stanton’s hemorrhoidal ointment – Vermont Journal (Windsor, VT) – May 2, 1851

Reward for cemetery desecrators – The Alton Telegraph (Alton, IL) – April 23, 1852

Reward for barnburner – Vermont Journal (Windsor, VT) – May 2, 1851

Astrologer C.W. Roback – State Indiana Sentinel (Indianapolis, IN) – June 19, 1851

Guns and Pistols for sale – The Alton Telegraph (Alton, IL) – April 23, 1852

Married People’s Ball – Buffalo Evening Post (Buffalo, NY) – January 24, 1851


Monday, June 28, 2021

Dead Presidents Podcast - Presidential War #8 - Nobel Piece of Ass Prize (with Dave Ranallo)

Presidential aficionado Dave Ranallo joins us for an epic game of Presidential War. Topics include Andrew Jackson's popularity with the people, Dolley Madison's exceptional First Lady tenure, and Ronald Reagan's relationship with a Democrat-controlled Congress. Also: We decide whether we'd prefer a mustache ride from Grover Cleveland or Chester Arthur, and whether a drunken Franklin Pierce could best a drunken Dick Nixon on the flag football field.

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Monday, June 21, 2021

Dead Presidents Podcast Episode 12 - Zachary Taylor & Top 5 Embarrassing Personal Moments

Zachary Taylor was a career army officer elevated to the presidency by his heroic generalship in the Mexican-American War. He had no political experience and had never even voted before. How would he approach the sectional crisis over the question of slavery's expansion into the vast territory acquired from Mexico? His stance would come as a surprise to his fellow slaveowners. Also: Our Top 5 Embarrassing Personal Moments counts down the most humiliating non-political bloopers in presidential history.

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Intuitive Physicians Dr. Pratt and N.J. Howard – Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI) – May 17, 1850
E.W. Cole’s Ice Cream Saloon – Daily Nashville Union (Nashville, TN) – June 9, 1849
Opium for sale – The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) – March 6, 1849
The Scientific American on opium – Vicksburg Daily Whig (Vicksburg, MS) – October 25, 1849
Merchant tailor J.W. Mulcahy – The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) – April 22, 1850
R. Watts’s wife seduced by J.W. Mulcahy – The Louisville Daily Courier (Louisville, KY) – January 18, 1850
R. Watts catches his wife in the act with J.W. Mulcahy – The Louisville Daily Courier (Louisville, KY) – January 18, 1850
R. Watts street fight with J.W. Mulcahy – The Louisville Daily Courier (Louisville, KY) – July 9, 1850
Ballard’s Compound Extract of Strawberry Leaves – Bangor Daily Whig and Courier (Bangor, ME) – October 16, 1849
Henry Mott’s wife Harriet charged with bigamy – Williamsburgh Daily Gazette (Brooklyn, NY) – March 27, 1850
The tables are turned on Henry Mott – Buffalo Morning Express (Buffalo, NY) – March 30, 1850


Monday, June 14, 2021

Dead Presidents Podcast - Presidential War #7 - Who Wants To Meet James Buchanan? (with Elliott Burns)

Our first-ever guest Elliott Burns joins us for another exciting game of Presidential War. Discussion topics include James Madison's relationship with Congress, James Monroe's military accomplishments, and Grover Cleveland's partying habits. Also: JFK tries to survive fisticuffs with heavyweight William Howard Taft and two modern Democratic feminists are objectified in the First Lady Looks category.

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Monday, June 7, 2021

Dead Presidents Podcast Episode 11 - James K. Polk & Top 5 Embarrassing Presidential Brothers

The original "Dark Horse" candidate, James K. Polk was a Jackson prodigy catapulted to the presidency due to his ardent support for territorial expansion. He promised to serve only one term and accomplished every major goal he set for his administration, including the addition of over a million square miles of land to the United States. It's no surprise that the term "Manifest Destiny" was coined during his presidency. Also: Our Top 5 Embarrassing Presidential Brothers counts down the biggest fraternal headaches and details the various ways in which they tried to cash in on their big bro's presidency.

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We're very proud of all of our wonderful Episode 11 sponsors:
McAlister’s All-Healing Ointment – Bangor Whig and Courier (Bangor, ME) – January 3, 1848
Halsey’s Sugar-Coated Magic Life Pills – The Lackawanna Citizen (Carbondale, PA) – April 2, 1846
Good Girls Wanted – Vermont Journal (Windsor, VT) – October 15, 1847
Champlin’s Anthelmintic Worm Medicine – The Buffalo Daily Republic (Buffalo, NY) – May 29, 1848
Elizabeth Peters and her husband John Peters – Lincoln Journal (Fayetteville, TN) – August 26, 1847
Jane Vandergrift and her husband R. Chillies Vandergrift – The Natchez Weekly Courier (Natchez, MS) – July 1, 1846
Genuine Bed Bug Poison – The St. Albans Weekly Messenger (St. Albans, VT) – August 3, 1848
Cooper’s Ethereal Oil – Bangor Whig and Courier (Bangor, ME) – January 3, 1848
The Jew at Home and Abroad – The Vermont Chronicle (Windsor, VT) – December 10, 1845