Feb 20, 2017
In January 2016, we asked a simple question: Who is the funniest president of all time? After shining the spotlight on 43 different men, we have our answer.
Join host Chris White for the inauguration of the Headliner of State!
Feb 12, 2017
Lincoln might be the greatest president. Can he also claim the title of funniest president?
Lincoln Prize winner Richard Carwardine spent the last several years researching and writing "Lincoln's Sense of Humor." He joins us to chat about Abe's remarkable gift for storytelling, his purposeful use of comedy, and the ways...
Feb 10, 2017
James Garfield was an insatiable student. But did he learn to be funny?
The National Park Service is here to help us find out. Todd Arrington, the site manager for the James A. Garfield National Historic Site, tells us all about the 20th president's personality -- and why Garfield's good nature helped him become a...
Jan 25, 2017
Was Zachary Taylor the funniest president ever? If any experts out there know, they ain't talking.
So on a very special episode, we're going straight to Zachary Taylor himself. Get ready for seven minutes of stand-up comedy from the 12th president. Old Rough and Ready is back from the dead and on the mic. Will you Whig...
Jan 17, 2017
Would it be prudent to call George Bush funny?
This episode of Headliner of State, we're joined by Bush speechwriter Curt Smith, who tells us about the 41st president's personality and character. We cover the kind of humor that Bush enjoys, the "rules" he lives by as a public figure, and how he uses laughter to build...