former presidents

WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Hugh Howard, whose new book is Houses of the Presidents: Childhood Homes, Family Dwellings, Private Escapes, and Grand Estates.

From Monteplier to Monticello, Sagamore Hill to Simi Valley, presidential homes and museums offer an often fascinating insight into the private lives of the public men and women whose turns as the nation’s First Family immortalized them in our nation’s history.

On this day when Americans select their next president, WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Time Magazine editor and Washington Bureau Chief Michael Duffy, co-author of The Presidents Club: Inside the World’s Most Exclusive Fraternity, about the relationships between the country's past chief executives.


Did you know that Franklin Pierce was friends with Nathaniel Hawthorne? Or that Calvin Coolidge’s 1923 Sate of the Union was the first broadcast over radio? Or that Chester Arthur was the target of a ‘birther’ inquiry? These are just some of the gems found in Ken Davis’ new book Don’t Know Much About the American Presidents.