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What We Can Learn From Presidential Relationships Throughout History

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Outgoing President Gerald R. Ford extends his hand to President-elect Jimmy Carter as they stand together on the inaugural stand at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Jan. 20, 1977, before Carter was sworn in.

From George Washington and John Adams to George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, sitting presidents have often formed personal and professional relationships with presidents who came before.

On this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer is joined by presidential historians Tim Walch and Tim Naftali for a look at relationships between sitting and former presidents throughout U.S. history.


  • Tim Walch, presidential historian and retired director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library
  • Tim Naftali, clinical associate professor of public service and history at NYU, former director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, co-author of Impeachment: An American History


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