John Quincy Adams: American Visionary

Fred Kaplan
Louis P. Masur (moderator)
Tue, June 10th, 2014 | 6:30 pm


A progressive statesman and an outspoken opponent of slavery, many of John Quincy Adams’s beliefs foreshadowed those of Abraham Lincoln and his Republican Party. Unlike Lincoln, however, the sixth President of the United States has been largely overlooked by modern Americans. Drawing on unpublished archival material, biographer Fred Kaplan shines new light on the legacy of this visionary leader.

The White House: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

Jodi Kantor
Jonathan Alter
Kati Marton (moderator)
Tue, April 29th, 2014 | 6:30 pm


Three journalists explore the evolving relationship between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton—from the political rivalry that defined the 2008 presidential primaries to their powerful professional partnership—and consider how their similarities and differences came into play during the first four years of Obama’s presidency and how they will affect their respective futures.

The White House: Readers and Leaders of the West Wing

Tevi Troy
Gil Troy
Wed, March 19th, 2014 | 6:30 pm


How have media and literature shaped the leadership styles and worldviews of our nation’s highest office? From Jefferson to Lincoln and Bush to Obama, two renowned presidential historians provide an in-depth look into this timeless question.

The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power – Fifty Years Ago Tomorrow: John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and November 22, 1963

Robert A. Caro
Thu, November 21st, 2013 | 6:30 pm

Note: This program is sold out



The most frustrating and triumphant years of Lyndon Johnson’s career were from 1958 to 1964, when he went from Senate Majority Leader to Vice President to having the Presidency thrust upon him in a moment of crisis. Through Johnson’s eyes, Robert A. Caro discusses Kennedy’s assassination, the dynamics of political power play, and the pragmatic potential of a President to transform the nation.


A. Scott Berg
Mon, November 4th, 2013 | 6:30 pm


One-hundred years ago, Woodrow Wilson was sworn into office as the 28th President of the United States. Over the next eight years he would guide the country through the First World War and prove to be one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century. As the first writer given access to recently-discovered papers belonging to President Wilson’s daughter and personal physician, biographer A. Scott Berg shares his unique insight into the man behind the icon.

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