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Part One: Rawhide is OK
The Presidency we’ll discuss almost didn’t happen.  But it did happen, due to a deranged killer that was choosing between killing an actress or the President. His presidency would go on to create the politics of today.

First of a series on Ronald Reagan.

Part Two: A Taxing Second Year

1982 turns out to be a bit more troubling for the administration with a recession, a tax hike, a confrontation with the Soviets and continued inflation.

Part Three: Rubik’s Cube
We seek to solve two puzzles:  How did Reagan the Truman booster become Reagan the Goldwater acolyte?   And when he entered politics, became GOP nominee and President, what were the economic results of his Presidency?  Also, Reagan and the KAL007 incident that reveals a bit about his personality and approach.

Part Four: Witches Brew
James Baker called Reagan’s foreign policy a witches brew.    In one country, a longshot try for peace.  In others, alliances with warmakers.  In one country, an invasion, others aversion to invade.

In one country, an odd combo of labor unions, the Catholic church and the CIA led to a successful result, in others people suffered.    And finally the GOP’s staunchest anti-communists completes the approval of trade with Red China.   Reagan’s policy towards seven nations – El Salvador, Lebanon, Poland, Nicaragua, China, Grenada and Guatemala examined in this episode.

Part Five: Showdown in Kansas City: The 1976 GOP Convention
When an unelected President was challenged by one of the party’s most popular governors, the result was the last contested convention in either of the two parties.

While it was resolved in a first ballot</a>, there was some interesting twists and Hail Mary suspense.  The convention changed the party forever, and changed the course of Ronald Reagan’s political career.   It also revealed two of the dozen Ronald Reagans -the stalwart conservative and the compromiser.   Given an opportunity to talk to the nation, he also revealed something else that no one expected.

Part Six: Hands Across America
When an unelected President was challenged by one of the party’s most popular governors, the result was the last contested convention in either of the two parties.

While it was resolved in a first ballot, there was some interesting twists and Hail Mary suspense.  The convention changed the party forever, and changed the course of Ronald Reagan’s political career.   It also revealed two of the dozen Ronald Reagans -the stalwart conservative and the compromiser.   Given an opportunity to talk to the nation, he also revealed something else that no one expected.

Part Seven: Reformation

Reagan is not often seen as a reformer but in many cases, there were massive shifts on domestic policy in the 1980s and not all of them were to the standard political right. Strange bedfellows Bill Bradley and Ronald Reagan work together to achieve something that hasn’t been done since. Also an incredible failure that could paint the economic picture of the Reagan years.

Part Eight: White House On Fire – Iran Contra (Coming Soon)
Part Nine – Cold War (Coming Soon)

Part Ten – Conclusion (Coming Soon)