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Original radio broadcast
Nonfiction: Public Radio/American History
Fully dramatized   1 hour(s)
Publication date: 05/24/2016


America's Most Original Presidential Candidates

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681681382
Digital Download ISBN:9781681681399


An original audio documentary providing fascinating insights into the American political process, along with unforgettable tales of some of the most entertaining political figures in U.S. history.

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Product Description

The arduous, often unpredictable journey to the U.S. presidency has attracted some of the most unique characters in history. With “unusual” presidential candidates grabbing headlines for the foreseeable future, Contenders shines a welcome spotlight on individuals that felt inspired to offer their uncommon perspectives and special talents to lead the nation. From heartbreaking near-misses (Stevenson, Bryan) and historic firsts (Woodhull, Chisolm, Smith), to campaigns that never stood a chance (Allen), Contenders provides fascinating insights into the American political process, along with unforgettable tales of the individuals we’ve met along the way. Featuring:
• Victoria Woodhull: The First Woman to Run For President
• Williams Jennings Bryan: The Speech That Changed Politics
• Adlai Stevenson: A Candidate in the Age of Television
• Margaret Chase Smith: Cold War in Pearls
• Shirley Chisolm: The Politics of Principle
• Gracie Allen: The Joke that Became a Campaign
• The “Veep”: Alben Barkley’s “Buck” Stopped with Harry Truman
• And more!


"Joe Richman narrates [this] audiobook, and he does a nice job . . . His deep, quiet voice is easy to listen to, and he tells the stories in a folksy manner." —AudioFile

Author Bio

Joe Richman is an award-winning producer and founder of Radio Diaries. He has contributed to the NPR programs All Things Considered, Weekend Edition Saturday, and Car Talk, and teaches radio documentary at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. His production MANDELA: AN AUDIO HISTORY won the 2015 Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year.