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Washington DC: The Secret Illnesses of Presidents with Sharon McMahon

Washington DC: The Secret Illnesses of Presidents with Sharon McMahon

Did you know a U.S. president had secret surgery on a yacht? And another had a paralyzing stroke, leaving the First Lady to act as the president when he couldn't? In this solo episode, Sharon dives into a topic the American public has long been interested in: the illnesses of past presidents. Sharon gives details about the secretive ways three of our former presidents–Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin D. Roosevelt–kept the people in the dark about their surgeries and sicknesses. She talks about how presidential health was often tied to the nation’s health and success, and how that ultimately shifted during the Eisenhower Administration as transparency and medical technology evolved

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  • Host: Sharon McMahon
  • Executive Producer: Heather Jackson
  • Audio Producer: Jenny Snyder