American Elections: Wicked Game

American Elections: Wicked Game

Published by: Wondery
33 Episodes | First Released: Sep 27 '19
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HassWV
Aug 5
Rating:   6
1964

I was very disappointed in the 1964 episode. It made Goldwater sound like a principled hero while he was courting the most virulent racists of the Deep South. No mention was made of the few black delegates at the 1964 Republican convention who were literally driven out of the convention. I guess Mr. Graham is trying to placate his conservative listeners by bypassing important parts of the “Southern Strategy”. Hopefully, this will be addressed in future episodes, but I’m not holding my breath.

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Rocketstx
Aug 3
Rating:   10
Love this podcast

This is a great podcast

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Rich Woolery
Aug 1
Rating:   8
Illinois did not decide the 1960 election

If JFK had lost Illinois, he still would have won the election with 276 electoral votes. Thus, Mayor Daley’s alleged theft made no difference.

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genuinejake
Jul 31
Rating:   10
Great Storytelling

I think 1865 is the crown jewel of this producer's crown, but American Elections is fantastic as well. As a history teacher, there's some idiosyncrosy or even factoid I pick up that I hadn't previously known. For that, I'm grateful.

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Crazyeddie56
Jul 29
Rating:   10
Please make a correction.

We love your podcast. In a month and a half I’ve caught up to today’s episode on Kennedy-Nixon. For the sake of your credibility, though, you need to make a change. The Nixon-Kennedy debate was not held in Los Angeles. It was held in WBBM in Chicago. Please make the change.

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raven1537
Jul 28
Rating:   4
Solid pod but deceptively titles

The last episode I listened to about the 1952 election had LITERALLY zero info in the actual election. The entire podcast was about the relationship between Nixon and Eisenhower.

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ebbetsjim
Jul 28
Rating:   4
1960

A number of factual errors regarding the first debate-it took place in Chicago and Nixon did wear make up as well as JFK.

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LDELEVE
Jul 28
Rating:   10
Informative but accurate

I always love to listen to American History by Wondery. I learn a lot. However a few times I have heard things that are flat out wrong and it worries me to think I might be learning other things that are flat out wrong.Today in the episode on the 1960 election in Elections- Wicked Game, Graham says Kennedy had a rare condition called Addisons that gave him back pain. Although historians tell us it is true that Kennedy had Addisons and had back pain, Addisons is not rare (incidence 1 in 10,000, not considered rare) and Addisons does not cause back pain. Although you could quibble over the adjective rare, saying Addisons causes back pain is simply incorrect.Not the first time I have heard Graham say something factually incorrect. What else is he saying outside of my expertise that is flat out wrong?

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JanetZag
Jul 26
Rating:   10
Super Interesting History

It is all the smaller stories that explain the bigger ones - ones that had some devastating effects on the world. Some men of honor and some power grabbing ones. It is no wonder we are where we are today with our government. Well worth the time to listen.

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Shae and the podcast
Jul 26
Rating:   10
2020: The Era of the Counterevolution

I really glad this podcast exists because it seems from our infancy of our first President to our current in Trump many issues remain the same and divisions remain. Instead of an Industrial Revolution were in the upheaval of a Technological Revolution, a corrupt and diluted government, and biased justice system. For the life of me from the highest government position of this land which is the president, from the politician, federal worker, and civilian. I feel no country can be as good or as worse of those people who fill those roles. Maybe going back... will help us address the current issues of the present that will lead to our future.

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KimatronT
Jul 20
Rating:   10
Just good

Maybe it’s the election coming up. Maybe it’s Hamilton on Disney+. Maybe it’s the pandemic and my consumption of all media is higher than ever. Who can know? I am trying to find time to binge this. It’s all the things I’ve never been interested in, but told in a storytelling, documentary, I don’t really know how to describe it kind of way. Lindsey Graham’s voice is soothing while informative and authoritative.

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jmart444
Jul 19
Rating:   10
Riveting podcast

Great storytelling, scarily relevant.

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Amulek56
Jul 8
Rating:   10
Great show

This is one of the best podcasts I’ve listened to. The thumbnail sketches of each election and the intervening political intrigue is very well done.

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JKBWDE1988
Jul 7
Rating:   8
Love the podcast...

But geez: “As such, communism was largely considered anti-American.”Ya think?That was the conclusion of about a 5-sentence primer on communism. A very infantile one.

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22Paraoegsl
Jul 6
Rating:   10
MUST LISTEN TO PODCAST

Just simply amazing and makes election history fun to relive without having to read hundreds of pages, and gives you a sense of the time period makes me feel like I’m standing there in whatever period while watching the election unfold before my eyes.

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Brian 031
Jul 2
Rating:   10
Exactly what I was looking for

I had been reading a bunch of disjointed articles about presidential elections because I wanted an overview of the history without having to read multiple 7000 page Chernow tomes. Then I found this podcast which dramatizes the elections in a compelling and succinct way. Just enough detail to keep your interest, not so much to feel like a dissertation. Grateful they made this show!

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This Ken
Jul 1
Rating:   6
Becoming more partisan

The closer we get to the present day the more partisan the podcast becomes. He now intentionally distorts facts to try and make his favorites appear better than they were. FDR was healthy during WWI and if he had the guts of his cousin Theodore he could have easily fought. The podcast distorts the facts by implying that FDR wasn’t able to fight. FDR was crippled after the war. It is not the first such distortion.

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utahtuilla
Jun 29
Rating:   10
Episode 38

Just letting you know at the 43:02 mark you said Abraham Lincoln was elected in 1960.

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Jodyyyym
Jun 27
Rating:   8
Enjoying all but WI pronunciations

Enjoying the podcast bus as a WI girl, the way you say Robert La Follette is enough to make me skip a couple episodes

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ReReveiw
Jun 26
Rating:   10
Great Podcast

I listen to this podcast whenever it comes out and I have listened to every episode twice.

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