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What to watch and listen to this week: First presidential debate of 2016, Presidential podcast

The Presidential podcast examines each of our 44 presidents leading up the election of our 45th.

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The Presidential podcast examines each of our 44 presidents leading up the election of our 45th.



Watch this week

First Presidential Debate, 8 p.m. Monday: The first presidential debate in one of the most controversial elections in U.S. history. Watch on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and CNN.

Gotham, 8 p.m. Monday, Fox: Penguin's popularity soars, Ivy Pepper returns to Gotham and Bruce continues his investigation into the Court of Owls.

SEASON FINALE MADtv, 9 p.m. Tuesday, CW: Will Sasso and Bobby Lee perform sketch comedy with the cast.

SEASON PREMIERE Drunk History, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Comedy Central: The fourth season premier has LSD guru Timothy Leary breaking out of prison, a bold rescue from Devil's Island and a baker on the Titanic remaining calm during disaster thanks to his affinity for whiskey. During San Diego Comic Con in July, creator Derek Waters announced some of the guest stars appearing this season include Dave Grohl, Kat Dennings, Liev Schreiber and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

PREMIERE Aftermath, 10 p.m. Tuesday, SyFy: The channel's newest apocalyptic series follows a married couple and their three almost-grown children as they battle to survive amidst catastrophic weather, disasters and the appearance of supernatural beings, which threaten to end civilization for good.

SEASON PREMIERE Criminal Minds, 9 p.m. Wednesday, CBS: A new recruit from the FBI's Fugitive Task Force joins the team as they try to capture over a dozen escaped convicts.

SEASON PREMIERE Code Black, 10 p.m. Wednesday, CBS: Col. Ethan Willis from the Department of Defense joins the team at Angels Memorial. Dr. Mike Leighton goes on a harrowing helicopter ride to save shark bite victims.

Younger, 10 p.m. Wednesday, TV Land: Wednesday is the third season premiere. Liza sends Caitlin off to college while weighing her feelings for Josh and Charles.

Impastor, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, TV Land: Wednesday is the second season premiere. Buddy's plan backfires as he tries to outwit detectives. Dora, Alexa and Russell becomes suspicious of their new pastor. Schmidt learns the truth about Ashlee.

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, TBS: One of the funniest hosts on late-night TV takes on the first presidential debate. The two candidates will probably be destroyed during Samantha Bee's comedy special.

Plug in


Here's something scary and exciting: there are only a little more than six weeks until we find out who our next president will be. Presidential from the Washington Post has been devoting an episode each week to each of our 43 presidents. It launched Jan. 10 and is now up to President Jimmy Carter, which landed yesterday.

Presidential's episodes aren't just Reader's Digest versions of each president's history or path to the White House. They include fun facts, tidbits about their personalities and home life away from the spotlight of leadership and have guest journalists and historians providing insight into the lives of these men.

Because of more recent research into our Founding Fathers and pop culture phenomena like Hamilton, more people have become more interested in the first few presidents.

Did you know George Washington was a fantastic dancer, but was very insecure about taking on the first presidency? Why isn't there a monument to John Adams in Washington, D.C.? We remember Thomas Jefferson's words more than any others  "We hold these truths to be self-evident ..."  but he also had an affinity for French cuisine and fine wines.

Closer to 2016, a longtime political adviser to President Jimmy Carter explains how faith shaped his presidency and Steven Ford talks about his father President Gerald Ford's leadership style.

One of the episodes I can't wait to get to is President Richard Nixon, where journalist Bob Woodward (the one who broke the Watergate scandal) examines Nixon's downfall.

Presidential is perfect for those who want to brush up on their presidential history and fill in the blanks between our Founding Fathers and presidents of their lifetime. It's also an essential listen for a presidential election year. The episodes examine what it really means to be president and the traits the make the best and worst ones.

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Contact Chelsea Tatham at Follow @chelseatatham.


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