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Comparing Presidents: Donald Trump And The 44 Who Came Before

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Comparing United States Presidents is considered more or less a parlor game. But can U.S. Presidents actually be compared in a truly useful manner? What methods and variables do historians use to make these comparisons and how do they help us understand the present?

In this edition of River to River, Director Emeritus of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, Tim Walch, and the Rosenfield Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College, Wayne Moyer, join host Ben Kieffer to discuss how President Trump and his administration compare to presidents of the past. 

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Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Rick Brewer is a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River