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Warren G. Harding: America's Least Favorite President

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During his presidency, Warren G. Harding was generally well liked among Americans. In contemporary times however, Harding's cronyism and corruption have sent him to the bottom of favorite president lists.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we talk with historian Phillip Payne about Harding's upbringing, his ascendancy to power, and the scandals that still plague his image to this day.

Hear More: Phillip Payne speaks this evening at 6:30 at the Kansas City Library Plaza branch. A free reception precedes the talk at 6 p.m.

Guest:

  • Phillip Payne, author of Dead Last: The Public Memory of Warren G. Harding's Scandalous Legacy. He is also associate professor of history at St. Bonaventure University in New York.

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When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
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