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    Harry Truman's Political Relationships

    Historians discussed President Harry Truman’s leadership and how he interacted with three prominent Texas politicians, John Nance Garner, Sam Rayburn, and Lyndon B. Johnson. To celebrate…

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    Ross Perot, Presidential Contender

    Douglas Brinkley and Carolyn Barta talked about independent presidential candidate H. Ross Perot (b. 1930). Professor Barta participated from her home in Dallas as they talked about his campaigns and…

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    George McGovern, Presidential Contender

    Authors Scott Farris and Jules Witcover talked about 1972 Democratic presidential nominee and anti-Vietnam war candidate Senator George S. McGovern (b. 1922) and responded to telephone calls and…

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    George Wallace, Presidential Contender

    Dan Carter and Joe Reed talked about the life and career of George C. Wallace, Jr. (1919-1998) and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications from in front of the Alabama Governor’s Mansion. Peggy…

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    Hubert Humphrey, Presidential Contender

    Juan Williams and Mick Caouette talked about the life and career of 1968 Democratic presidential nominee Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978). They responded to telephone calls and electronic…

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    Barry Goldwater, Presidential Contender

    Rick Perlstein, Bill McCune, and Darcy Olsen talked about the life and career of 1964 Republican presidential nominee Barry M. Goldwater (1909-1998). They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications and to questions from members of…

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    Adlai E. Stevenson II, Presidential Contender

    Historian Richard Norton Smith, former Senator Adlai Stevenson III, and Newton Minow, who had worked for him, talked about the life and career of 1952 and 1956 Democratic presidential nominee Adlai E.…

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    Thomas E. Dewey, Presidential Contender

    Richard Norton Smith and Thomas E. Dewey, III, talked about the life and career of 1944 and 1948 Republican presidential nominee Thomas E. Dewey (1902-1971). They responded to telephone calls and electronic…

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    Wendell Willkie, Presidential Contender

    Amity Shlaes, James Madison, and David Willkie talked about the life and career of 1940 Republican presidential nominee Wendell Willkie (1882-1944) from the Rush County Historical Society. Wendell…

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    Al Smith, Presidential Contender

    Historians Beverly Gage and John Evers talked about the life and career of 1928 Democratic presidential nominee Alfred E. Smith, Jr. (1873-1944). Nicknamed the “Happy Warrior,” Al Smith never went to high…

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    Charles Evans Hughes, Presidential Contender

    Historians Bernadette Meyler and David Pietrusza and former Solicitor General Paul Clement talked about the life and career of 1916 Republican presidential nominee Charles Evans Hughes (1862-1948) and…

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    Eugene V. Debs, Presidential Contender

    Historians Ernest Freeberg and Lisa Phillips talked about the political career of Eugene V. Debs (1855-1926), who founded several labor unions and represented the Socialist Party of America as…

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    William Jennings Bryan, Presidential Contender

    Historians discussed the role of William Jennings Bryan as an enterprising figure in American politics. He was a former U.S. representative, secretary of state under President Woodrow Wilson, and one of the best orators of his…

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    Assassination of President James Garfield

    Professor Ralph Nurnberger talked about the stories behind and the historical impact of the assassination of President James Garfield. President Garfield had hoped to challenge pockets of…

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    James Blaine, Presidential Contender

    Historians discussed the role of James Blaine (1830-1893) in changing politics. One of the most colorful, and divisive figures in post-Reconstruction U.S. politics, James Blaine was the 1884 Republican presidential…

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    Henry Clay, Presidential Contender

    Historians discussed the role of Henry Clay (1777-1852) in changing politics. Known as the “Great Compromiser” but also as “The Dictator,” Henry Clay was perhaps the most powerful politician of his…

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    Ronald Reagan, Tom Clancy, and National Security

    Captain Benjamin Griffin talked about the influence that author Tom Clancy and President Ronald Reagan had on one another in the 1980s as the Cold War between the U.S. and the Soviet Union…

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    Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan

    Gene Kopelson talked about Dwight D. Eisenhower’s behind-the-scenes mentoring of Ronald Reagan, and the pivotal role the former president played in Reagan’s political evolution in the 1960s. Mr.…

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    Understanding Ronald Reagan

    James Rosebush talked about President Ronald Reagan’s personal life and personality. Mr. Rosebush is the author of True Reagan: What Made Ronald Reagan Great and Why it Matters.

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    1789 Debate Over Chief Executive Title

    Kathleen Bartoloni-Tuazon talked about her book, For Fear of an Elective King: George Washington and the Presidential Title Controversy of 1789. When George Washington was elected chief executive in 1789, Congress…

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