To help support the city’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health of our visitors and staff, New-York Historical is temporarily closing to the public as of Friday, March 13, at 6 pm through the end of the month. While you can’t drop by to see our Meet the Presidents exhibition in person, explore our vast collection of audio recordings from past Public Programs that feature many fascinating conversations about American Presidents throughout history. Here’s a selection below: Feast your ears on everything from last fall’s discussion about impeachment to a 2008 examination of George Washington’s leadership style.
Inventive Founders: Thomas Jefferson
Oct. 7, 2019
Philip Bobbitt speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed about the life and complex legacy of President Thomas Jefferson.
To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment
May 4, 2019
Legal experts Laurence Tribe and Neal Katyal discuss the history and future of the power of impeachment.
James Madison: Father of the Constitution
Dec. 16, 2015
Celebrated historian Richard Brookhiser recounts the “Father of the Constitution’s” evolution and how he helped persuade a divided Congress to agree passing the Bill of Rights.
Being Nixon: A Man Divided
Sept. 30, 2015
Award-winning author Evan Thomas peels back the layers on the nation’s 37th president to deliver a fascinating portrait of one of American history’s most infamous, paradoxical, and enigmatic politicians.
The White House: Readers and Leaders of the West Wing
March 19, 2014
From Jefferson to Lincoln and Bush to Obama, two renowned presidential historians provide an in-depth look into how media and literature have shaped the leadership styles and worldviews of our nation’s highest office.
Eisenhower in War and Peace
Nov. 13, 2012
Jean Edward Smith and Richard Haass trace Dwight D. Eisenhower’s path from young dreamer in Kansas to frustrated apprentice under Douglas MacArthur, through the Allied war councils of World War II, and all the way to the White House.
Lincoln and Davis: Commanders-in-Chief
May 31, 2012
Renowned Civil War historians explore one of the great mysteries of American history: why the militarily experienced Jefferson Davis faltered while the untested Abraham Lincoln triumphed.
Feb. 15, 2011
Historian Annette Gordon-Reed shows how an ill-suited man responded to his sudden rise to the presidency in the aftermath of the Civil War.
In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to Barack Obama
March 2, 2010
A look at how FDR’s formidable presence has cast a large shadow on the occupants of that office in the years since his death.
George Washington on Leadership
May 5, 2008
Richard Brookhiser and Richard Snow discuss the leadership qualities that enabled George Washington’s success in three distinguished careers: as a businessman, general, and president.
(Above image: Durand, A. B., 1796-1886, Stuart, Gilbert, 1755-1828, Gift of the New-York Gallery of the Fine Arts)