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The American President

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Library of Congress

The 2016 race for the White House is full of expectations from both sides of the aisle about the role of the 45th president. How has that office evolved? And what does history tell us about how presidents are judged?

Bill Leuchtenberg is a professor emeritus of history at UNC-Chapel Hill and the author of "The American President: From Theodore Roosevelt to Bill Clinton" (Oxford Press/2015).

Host Frank Stasio and political junkie Ken Rudin talk with Leuchtenberg about the executive office. 

Leuchtenberg appears with Stasio at a North Carolina Newsroom Cooperative event on Super Tuesday, March 1st at 7 p.m. at The Frontier at RTP.

Laura Lee was the managing editor of The State of Things until mid February 2017. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in political science and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.