Roosevelt vs. the Gorgon

Theodore Roosevelt stood up to the monopolies of his time, but with no guarantee of success.

This episode of Whistlestop travels back to Feb. 22, 1902, as Theodore Roosevelt prepared to receive the unhappy company of angry executives hoping to strong-arm the White House into ignoring their monopolies.

Show Notes: The elitist men’s club, the Corsair Club, was reviewed by the New York Times in 1913.

Whistlestop is Slate’s podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest host John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America’s presidential carnival.

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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.