Airship

is creating American Elections: Wicked Game Podcast

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It's demonstrably true that this is the best time in human history to be alive. Happiness is on the rise in 85% of countries according to a World Values Survey. Global life expectancy has risen to 71 years. Global extreme poverty has declined in the last 30 years by 75%. We have more cures, more communication, better health and more wealth than any era before.

But it doesn't often feel that way. Read the news, and you'd think we're on the brink of collapse: riots in Hong Kong, a Swedish teen warns of global climate catastrophe, and the U.S. President is Tweeting threats of civil war.

It's 2019, and no one is relishing another American election, when the very worst of our nature is on display as we play this "silly and wicked game."

But that quote is from John Adams, writing in 1800. It turns out, politics has always been wicked—and remembering that can help us understand and tolerate what's in store for us today.

American Elections: Wicked Gameis a podcast that starts at the beginning—1789—and marches through the swamp of all 58 presidential elections up to 2020. We'll learn how and when the country came together, when it fell apart and then came together again. We'll see parties and factions shift, ideologies change, policy be set and undone, but through it all, a single constant: politics is a human endeavor, and humans can be just as nasty as they can be noble.

Your support here on Patreon shows you believe in our American history and our future. As a reward for being engaged and hopeful, we'll deliver to you complete, ad-free episodes a week ahead of public release. We'll strive to create as much bonus and behind-the-scenes content we can just for you. You’ll also have direct access to the team behind the podcast. We're still formalizing all our Patron benefits, so if you have ideas of what you want, let us know!

Finally, thank you. Thank you for listening, thank you for going on this journey with us, and thank you for supporting this podcast.

Sincerely yours,


Lindsay Graham
Creator, Host and Executive Producer
Airship

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