February 16, 2004 To mark President's Day, NPR's Bob Edwards talks to Clinton White House speech writer Michael Waldman about "negative" campaign rhetoric and how politicians have used it over the generations. Waldman is author of the book My Fellow Americans: The Most Important Speeches of America's Presidents, from George Washington to George W. Bush.
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February 2, 2004 Commentator S. Pearl Sharp wonders what would happen if she could choose her own candidates for president and other important offices.
February 17, 2003 John Ydstie hosts a discussion on the controversy over the election of the 19th U.S. president, Rutherford B. Hayes.
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July 8, 2002 Commentator and former CBS Anchorman Walter Cronkite tells the story behind his initial experience as a TV network anchorman. It happened in 1952 in Chicago at the first-ever nationally televised convention. That was the Republican convention. Later that summer, Cronkite handled the same chore at the Democratic session. Although he'd never attended a political convention, or done national TV, he was a hit.
April 5, 2000 A year after the impeachment of President Clinton, scholars, authors and members of the media analyzed and disagreed about what happened during that divisive time.
November 3, 1999 In part one of a three part series looking back on the Iran hostage crisis NPR's Ted Clark reports that twenty years ago this week, Iranian students stormed the U.S embassy in Tehran. Fifty-two Americans were held hostage for 444 days.
October 15, 1999 Larry Massett reports on the strangest Presidential phone call of all time. Lyndon Johnson talks to astronaut Scott Carpenter while Carpenter is breathing helium-enriched atmosphere. Carpenter was decompressing from 30 days under the sea.
March 4, 1999 Today marks the 66th anniversary of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's first inaugural address, famous for the words "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." We'll look back.
February 19, 1999 NPR's year-long Friday collaboration with independent producers Jay Allison and the Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva) -- a series called LOST AND FOUND SOUND. Today we present an item from our QUEST FOR SOUND, in which listeners call 202-408-0300 and tell us about recordings they have - or have stumbled upon. Reverend Dwight Frizzell of Kansas City, Missouri found a recording of the late President Harry S. Truman from 1957 -- five years after Truman left office. The tape is of Truman dedicating a shopping center to be built on the site of his boyhood home. With music Frizzell and a friend added, this remarkable speech winds up being a powerful, and unintended elegy to a passing era.
February 15, 1999 Quest for Sound curator Jay Allison has unearthed a unique recording: the voice of William V. Rathvon, who as a nine-year-old boy, watched and listened to Abraham Lincoln deliver his address at Gettysburg in November 1863. The story was told in 1938 and recorded on a 78 r.p.m. record. We will air a 5-6 minute excerpt. This item came to us as a result of our QUEST HOTLINE 202-408-0300. A family in Pallatine, Illinois had this recording to share with us. Rathvon was a distant relative. No other Gettysburg eyewitness is known to have recorded their memories on record.
August 6, 1998 Presidential historian Michael Beschloss talks about the effects of the Whitewater investigation and the Monica Lewinsky scandal on the presidency. He says the investigation weakens an already diminished office.
February 25, 1998 Commentator Patt Morrison makes the point that presidential affairs are nothing new. While the Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair caused quite a stir, she says there are far more romantic presidential tales to tell.
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