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Contested Elections, Bitter Transitions And One-Terms Presidents

John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy
William J. Smith
President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy leave Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown, Washington, April 29, 1962, after attending Mass. Mrs. Kennedy wears a while mantilla to cover her head.

On this River to River podcast, a look back at several presidential elections throughout US history to help put today's national politics into context

Joined by two presidential historians, host Ben Kieffer unpacks several elections throughout history, from the election of 1800 between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, 1960 between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, to the year 2000 between Al Gore and George W. Bush.


  • Tim Walch, director emeritus of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum
  • Tim Naftali, clinical associate professor of history and public service at New York University
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River