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Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin Weighs In On Teddy Roosevelt


He’s the namesake of your kid’s cuddly toy, but Teddy Roosevelt wasn’t a big softie. His fierce battle for the 1912 presidential nomination had both Roosevelt and Taft baring their teeth.

In the first part of Thursday's Up to Date, we talk with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin about her latest work of presidential history, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. We take a look at how that presidential race was shaped by political corruption of the time and the emergence of powerful muckraking journalists.

Read an excerpt of The Bully Pulpit.


  • Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism and Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.

HEAR MORE: Doris Kearns Goodwin speaks at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Unity Temple on The Plaza, 707 W. 47th St., Kansas City, Mo. For tickets, contact Rainy Day Books.


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.