The Making of a President

January 20, 2013

What does it take to become a U.S. president?  Driving ambition, of course, but what else?  We'll dissect a few presidents - from Lincoln and LBJ to Obama - and consider the chances of a female president in 2016.

  1. Michael Lewis on Obama

    What's it like to hang out with the U.S. president?  Journalist Michael Lewis found out when he shadowed Barack Obama for 8 months, even playing in one of Obama's pick-up basketball games. 

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  2. Lincoln interviews

    What made Lincoln a great president?  Was he a closet racist?  We hear short interviews with Lincoln historians Doris Kearns Goodwin, Orville Vernon Burton and John Stauffer.

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  3. David Maraniss on Barack Obama

    Who's the real Barack Obama?  Biographer David Maraniss traveled around the world searching for answers.  He says Obama's life is surrounded in mythology.

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  4. Rebecca Traister - A Female President?

    How close are we to electing a woman as president?  Journalist Rebecca Traister says "next election close." 

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  5. Robert Caro on LBJ

    Biographer Robert Caro tells the remarkable story of how Lyndon Johnson became president after being humiliated as vice-president by John and Robert Kennedy.

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