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LIVE Finale! – Presidential Crises Podcast

December 9, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

With political gridlock in Washington DC at an all time high, government shutdowns–or the threat of them–have become a routine occurrence. National parks close. Federal paychecks stop going out. The National Institute of Health stops admitting new patients. How did we get to the point where it has become normal for the US Government to halt in its tracks? The history, in this case, is quite recent.

Join us Dec. 9 for the LIVE FINALE of “Presidential Crises,” season 2 of our podcast “The Past, the Promise, the Presidency.” We are going to talk to three special guests to discuss the first government shutdowns of the 1990s, the political showdowns between Newt Gingrich and Bill Clinton, and what the political environment of the 1990s can tell us about gridlock in Washington today.

Our live episode will feature three special guests:

Dr. Julian Zelizer, a Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University, CNN Political Analyst, and author of Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, The Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party.

Dr. Leah Wright Rigueur, the Harry Truman Associate Professor of History at Brandeis University and the author of the award-winning study, The Loneliness of the Black Republican: Pragmatic Politics and the Pursuit of Power.

Dr. Sharron Conrad, one of your favorite voices from season one,  The Past, The Promise, The Presidency: Race and the American Legacy. Dr. Conrad was a postdoctoral fellow with the Center for Presidential History. Now, she is joining us from Tarrant County College, where she is an Associate Professor of History.

You won’t want to miss this live event. It is also an opportunity, for YOU, the listener, to ask questions of our wonderful guests and The Past, The Promise, The Presidency team.

Register HERE for the live event, Thursday, December 9, 7pm Central/8pm Eastern.


December 9, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm


Zoom Webinar


SMU Center for Presidential History
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