What started out as a streaming audio show at Wired in 2000 morphed into this little program in my tiny corner of the Internet.

Author and publisher Brad King hosts The Downtown Writers Jam Podcast, this hour-long, one-on-one interview program where authors discuss the horrible choices they made in life that led them down the road to writing. Sometimes there is whiskey. Oftentimes there is cursing. But always entertaining. (My friends wouldn’t lie to me, right?)

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Episode 56: Lindsay Chervinsky: This is one of those podcasts where you’re going to learn a thing or two! Historian Lindsay Chervinsky stopped by the Jam to discuss her book, The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution. More than once, Brad found himself saying “I had no idea that’s how this whole thing worked.” You will, too. But, it wasn’t all work. They also talked baseball and hiking!

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About Lindsay Chervinsky

Lindsay M. Chervinsky, Ph.D. is a historian at the White House Historical Association. She received her B.A. in history and political science from the George Washington University, completed her masters and Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. Her book, The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution, was published by Harvard University Press on April 7, 2020.

She is an expert in the cabinet, presidential history, political culture, and U.S. government institutions. When she’s not writing, researching, or speaking about history, she loved to hike with her husband and her dog, John Quincy Dog Adams.

To learn more about her work, media appearances, and upcoming events, follow her on Twitter or visit her website


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