Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 06:26:28 +0000Summary: In this episode we dive into the issue of how Senators are elected to their office. Did you know... Americans didn't directly vote for senators for a long time? There were deadlocks and empty seats because senators couldn't be agreed upon? Senators used ..
Published: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 06:59:31 +0000Summary: We talk about Andrew Jackson (Andy Jack) a lot here on the podcast and this episode is no different! Let's talk about his inauguration! Join us as we discuss... the presidential campaign of 1828, Andy Jack's wife's death, people climb in the windows of t..
Published: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:39:39 +0000Summary: In this episode we talk all about one of the craziest things in our political system... presidential inaugurations! They have the possibility of being somber and quiet or completely insane! Join us as we discuss.. the origins of inaugurations, inaugural ..
Published: Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:40:57 +0000Summary: Wendell Willkie is an enigma! He switched political parties and fought against the grain to stand up for what he believed in. Join us in this episode as we discuss... Willkie's childhood and background, his career as an activist and lawyer for the railro..
Published: Tue, 03 Jan 2017 06:52:58 +0000Summary: In today's episode we talk about a race for a governor position! Meet William Goebel, a politician who ended up serving only 4 days in his position. We discuss his early life, his fight against big corporations, as well as a ton more in this episode of El..
Published: Thu, 29 Dec 2016 07:42:36 +0000Summary: In today's episode we pick up our conversation about Benjamin Franklin and discuss his life as... a public servant an ambassador the President of Pennsylvania a signer of major documents the postmaster general and much more! __________________________..
Published: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +0000Summary: Benjamin Franklin may have never been the President of the United States, but he sure did a lot of other stuff. Here's part 1 of our 2 part series on the man! Listen as we discuss... early life for Franklin, a career in printing, Puritan roots, his trip ..
Published: Thu, 22 Dec 2016 05:16:33 +0000Summary: It's Christmas time and we thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about some of the traditions held in the nation's capital by the nation's leader! Join us as we discuss... Andy Jack's snowball fight, the first Christmas party at the White House..
Published: Tue, 20 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +0000Summary: We talk really badly about Aaron Burr sometimes and, yeah, he deserves it. But he doesn't seem to be nearly as bad of a guy as James Wilkinson! Join us as we discuss... Wilkinson's uncanny ability to move up through military ranks, how the Spanish paid W..
Published: Thu, 15 Dec 2016 07:02:11 +0000Summary: The electoral college will soon cast their votes for who the president should be. Naturally, we thought it was time for a refresh on how they work, why they exist, and what happens if they decide to switch their vote. Join us as we discuss... the history..
Published: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 06:19:09 +0000Summary: What does outer space have to do with presidents and politics? We're gonna tell you. In this episode we talk about... the Cold War and the Space Race, USA losing the Space Race, astronauts and the challenge to go to the moon from JFK, the first 7 astrona..
Published: Thu, 08 Dec 2016 05:00:00 +0000Summary: Even though we think it's pretty cool that we can change the constitution, there are some real doozies that have been attempted. In this episode we talk about some of them! Hear about... an attempt to remove the office of President, abolishing the Senate..
Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016 07:20:03 +0000Summary: Our founding fathers were pretty smart dudes. Not only did they set up our entire government, they built in ways for us to change it if it needed to be changed. There have been nearly 12,000 proposed Constitutional amendments since the start of our countr..
Published: Thu, 01 Dec 2016 06:42:57 +0000Summary: We're talking about the President's Cabinet and just exactly what they do. Join us as we discuss the positions of... Secretary of the Interior Secretary of Agriculture Secretary of Commerce Secretary of Labor Secretary of Health and Human Services Secret..
Published: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000Summary: Today's episode of Election College was recorded right in the heart of the nation, Washington D.C.! We're talking about the President's Cabinet and just exactly what they do. Join us as we discuss... the origin of the term 'cabinet', who makes up current..
Published: Thu, 24 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000Summary: Did you know that Pilgrims probably weren't the first people to celebrate Thanksgiving? And they definitely didn't celebrate it in the way we know now. In this episode we talk about... the reason the Pilgrims came to America, how multiple groups celebr..
Published: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000Summary: If you're like us, you've often wondered how the president gets away with pardoning people during their terms. Are all pardons the same? Does it get erased off of your permanent record after you're pardoned? Can you be pardoned for any crime? On this ep..
Published: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000Summary: Today we talk about everyone's favorite topic... gerrymandering! Okay, maybe it sounds a bit more like a guy you knew back in high school than a political maneuver - so we're going to tell you how it works. Gerrymandering is a process where one (or multip..
Published: Tue, 15 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0000Summary: Did you know that there are few things in the world that have more of an influence on our government than that census that is conducted every 10 years in the United States? It's true! In this episode we talk about... a census being in the Constitution, f..
Published: Thu, 10 Nov 2016 06:52:15 +0000Summary: The election of 2016 just happened, and we're already talking about it! History is history after all. In this episode we talk about... unpredictable polls, Bernie Sanders and the independent vote, Donald Trump challenges Hillary Clinton, and much more! ..
Published: Tue, 08 Nov 2016 07:42:10 +0000Summary: It's Election Day! In case you didn't know, that's kind of like a birthday, Christmas and every other holiday all rolled into one for a couple of election enthusiasts like ourselves... In today's episode we discuss... why you should get out and vote, the..
Published: Thu, 03 Nov 2016 06:31:53 +0000Summary: Help us out! We have a survey and would really appreciate it if you could give us just a few minutes of your time to fill it out! ElectionCollege.com/Survey ___________________ This week Jason and Ben riff on some ideas and facts about voter turnout and h..
Published: Tue, 01 Nov 2016 04:22:42 +0000Summary: Help us out! We have a survey and would really appreciate it if you could give us just a few minutes of your time to fill it out! ElectionCollege.com/Survey ___________________ October Surprises have had a name since the early 1970s, but they've been arou..
Published: Mon, 31 Oct 2016 06:25:35 +0000Summary: It's that time again! We want to know what our audience looks like and how we can be more helpful to you! Head on over to ElectionCollege.com/Survey and fill out our listener survey. Every entry counts!..
Published: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 04:26:27 +0000Summary: In this episode we discuss the amazing subject that is the history of the capital of the United States of America, as well as the actual building and city that has now become our Capitol! (We know... it can get confusing) Join us to hear... -The real firs..
Published: Wed, 26 Oct 2016 04:12:09 +0000Summary: In this supplemental episode, we’re talking to Jen Briney, host of Congressional Dish! Jen has a degree from Loyola Marymount University and is the host of Congressional Dish. In December of 2010, Jen was watching C-SPAN when she realized that a con..
Published: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Summary: What happens when a President's term expires and the newly elected President refuses to be sworn in because it's a Sunday? In this episode we talk about David Rice Atchison, who may or may not have been President on March 4, 1849. ____________________..
Published: Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Summary: In this episode we talk about the life of Andrew Johnson from his first run for President in 1824 and on to his time in the White House in 1828. Andrew Jackson makes a run for the Presidency in 1824, gets the most popular votes, but not a majority. So, th..
Published: Tue, 18 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Summary: "I was born for a storm, and a calm does not suit me." – Andrew Jackson From the beginning of his life, Andrew Jackson's life was anything but calm. In this episode we discuss: *His father's death 3 weeks prior to his birth *Was he born in North or Sout..
Published: Thu, 13 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Summary: Unless you’re from Maine, you probably didn’t hear too much in your history class about Abraham Lincoln’s first Vice President. Hannibal Hamlin came from a distinguished New England family and stood firm against the expansion of slavery in the terri..
Published: Tue, 11 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Summary: In the last episode, we talked about John Quincy Adams' upbringing which led to many travels around Europe. He was a foreign relations all-star. After serving in the Monroe administration as Secretary of State, he runs for President and that's where we pi..
Published: Thu, 06 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Summary: John Quincy Adams was quite the guy. Before he was President, he traveled all over Europe–he had the ultimate homeschool experience. By the time he was 20, Q knew several languages, had translated the New Testament, and had a prolific blog (well, he h..
Published: Wed, 05 Oct 2016 04:00:00 +0000Summary: In this supplemental episode, we’re talking to Victoria Van Voorhies, founder and CEO of Second Avenue Learning. Tory is not only a highly sought-after speaker and Digital Rochester Technology Woman of the Year . . . She has also served as the Principle..
Published: Tue, 04 Oct 2016 04:00:37 +0000Summary: One of the biggest perks about winning a Presidential election is that you don't have to sit next to that guy who takes his shoes off on the plane anymore. In this episode we talk about . . . *The history of the aircraft US Presidents fly in. *If your nam..
Published: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:27:04 +0000Summary: In this episode we finally talk about what you want to hear - the Lincoln/Douglass debates! Stephen Douglas was a man who constantly found himself walking a very thing line on almost every subject he touched. If he said one thing he would anger one set..
Published: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000Summary: The Douglas/Lincoln debates are some of the most famous debates in all of American history! But before he debated Lincoln, Stephen Douglas had built quite the resume on his own. A semi-national leader for the Democrats as a Senator and statesmen, Stephen ..
Published: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000Summary: If you want to hear commentary on tonight's presidential debates, there are a million places you can go! We're not one of them. Listen to this short, supplementary episode to find out why. _______________ We recorded an audiobook! It’s about the letters..
Published: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000Summary: James Monroe is one of the only guys in history who was able to win two elections in a row with almost no competition at all. He even ran completely unopposed in his second attempt! Monroe not only persevered through a tough time in our history during the..
Published: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 06:11:23 +0000Summary: James Monroe is an easy president to miss. He's not a super controversial figure, but he's also not a guy who just lets people walk all over him. In this episode we discuss the early life of the last Founding Father to be the leader of our country, as wel..
Published: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 06:31:24 +0000Summary: On the last episode we talked about how the Bill of Rights and subsequently the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution came about. This time around we talk about each one of those 10 in a bit more depth. A big thank you to our boy James Madison who fough..
Published: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 06:31:37 +0000Summary: Way back before the Bill of Rights was even written, the writers of the Constitution knew there was going to be one! These 10 Amendments to our governing document lead the way through troubled times and precarious situations on a regular basis. However, w..
Published: Wed, 07 Sep 2016 05:46:25 +0000Summary: In this episode you’ll hear about Madison’s time as President and some of the challenges he faced such as: *getting his cabinet nominees approved *paying for a war despite not wanting a national bank *not having Thomas Jefferson around We also talk ..
Published: Tue, 06 Sep 2016 06:28:35 +0000Summary: James Madison is often overlooked - and no, that's not a short joke. You may know him as our fourth president, but Madison accomplished a tremendous amount of good for the well-being of our new country here in the USA aside from the office of the presiden..
Published: Thu, 01 Sep 2016 05:23:50 +0000Summary: Matthew Lyon is definitely one of the most interesting Congressmen we've ever had here in the United States of America! The guy lived multiple lives and basically needed all of them with all the crazy antics he pulled. Give it up for our favorite brawler ..
Published: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 05:23:47 +0000Summary: The Alien and Sedition Acts are something we've talked all around but never dove into! Some people might think it's just one big law. Instead, it's four different laws combined into a type of government approved speech suppression with a side of nationali..
Published: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Summary: Often mocked, but immensely valuable, is the office of the Vice President. It's true, the biggest job of the VP may be being the President of the Senate (which is essentially just breaking ties) but the VP is a super important position with a very interes..
Published: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Summary: In case you're wondering... no, we didn't make it the whole way through without a Nicholas Cage reference. It's here! We talk all around the Declaration of Independence and even discuss the men who wrote it. However, we've never tackled the subject of the..
Published: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 05:46:14 +0000Summary: In the last episode we talked about all of the things that Thomas Jefferson (TJ) did before he became the President of the United States. This time, we pick up right after he gets elected as the VP and move forward from there! Super influential dude. Supe..
Published: Tue, 16 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Summary: We recorded an audiobook! It’s about the letters between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr before their fateful duel. Get it for free with a 30 day Audible trial at ElectionCollege.com/DuelingLetters or get it for only $3.99 with your Audible subscrip..
Published: Thu, 11 Aug 2016 04:00:00 +0000Summary: We recorded an audiobook! It’s about the letters between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr before their fateful duel. Get it for free with a 30 day Audible trial at ElectionCollege.com/DuelingLetters or get it for only $3.99 with your Audible subscrip..