Alex Schmidt is joined by comedy writer and podcaster Daniel O’Brien (Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Quick Question with Soren and Daniel) for a look at why Franklin Pierce is secretly incredibly fascinating.
Visit http://sifpod.fun/ for research sources, handy links, and this week’s bonus episode.
LINKS FOR THE GUESTS:
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
- Quick Question with Soren and Daniel
- How to Fight Presidents: Defending Yourself Against The Badasses Who Ran This Country by Daniel O’Brien, illustrated by Winston Rowntree [also a research source]
RESOURCES USED TO INFORM THE EPISODE’S LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
- “Bound For Glory” by Jill Lepore (The New Yorker)
- “Nathaniel Hawthorne, Party Hack” by James M. Lundberg (Slate)
- Presidents Are People Too! — Franklin Pierce
- CSPAN Presidential Historians Survey 2017
- Franklin Pierce Discovers the Body of Nathaniel Hawthorne in New Hampshire (New England Historical Society)
- TBT: President Franklin Pierce’s Train Wreck (Boston Magazine)
- Parental Grief Has Often Been a Factor in Presidential Politics (The New York Times)
- full text of Inaugural Address of Franklin Pierce (Yale Law School)
- Knowing the Presidents: Franklin Pierce (Smithsonian Museum)
- Franklin Pierce: Domestic Affairs (UVA Miller Center)
- The Jeff. Davis Correspondence: A Letter From Ex-President (The New York Times)
- Willie Nelson Definitely Smoked Weed on the Roof of the White House with Jimmy Carter’s Son (Vice)
- Lincoln and the Abolitionists: John Quincy Adams, Slavery, and the Civil War by Fred Kaplan
About the show
A weekly podcast about the history, science, lore and surprises that make everyday things secretly incredibly fascinating. Hosted by comedy writer, emoji creator, and ‘Jeopardy!‘ champion Alex Schmidt. Join Alex & his co-host Katie Goldin for a joyful deep dive into seeing the world a whole new way!
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