Today in 1959, a write-in candidate for city council in São Paulo, Brazil, won a huge victory. The catch: that candidate was a rhinoceros from the São Paulo Zoo. Plus: today in 1935, a man in Houston, Missouri finds a hat he'd lost three years earlier.
Before The Lightbulb, Thomas Edison Invented A Voting Machine – And Congress Said No (Cool Weird Awesome 411)
On this Election Day, here’s a story about an early and not-too-well-known effort to help count votes that came from none other than Thomas Edison. Plus: photographer Ryan Donnell has been documenting some of the most unusual polling places in the country.
You know how on Twitter the 2016 election is still happening? On Reddit, the 1876 election is still happening.
The great podcast Civics 101 is talking presidents and elections, and I got to talk with host Hannah McCarthy about the 1992 race.
I got to talk on Civics 101 about the presidential election of 1820, and I hope it brings about an Era of Good Feelings for listeners everywhere.
I get to be back on New Hampshire Public Radio's Civics 101 podcast, AND I get to talk about the absolutely bonkers presidential election of 1876 between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel J. Tilden!
Around the same time John Fitzgerald Kennedy was rising through the ranks of the US Congress, a guy called John Francis Kennedy decided to put his name on the ballot to run for Massachusetts state treasurer. In a few years, there would be other John Kennedys trying to win public office in the state.
A few years back I talked with Virginia Prescott on NHPR's Word of Mouth about concession speeches. And now we're doing it all over again - but this time it's for Georgia Public Broadcasting's "On Second Thought!"
I'm back one more time on NHPR's Civics 101 podcast, sharing one more story from midterm election history. This time it's the midterm of 2002, where the lesson is that the rules of American politics only apply until they don't.
I had such a great time working with the Civics 101 team that I'm sad to see we're almost finished! But we've still got a few more stories for you.