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It’s refreshing to see a new podcast that is both engaging and not true crime. Starring Academy Award–nominated actress Rosamund Pike as former First Lady Edith Wilson, it comes with a telling subtitle: “The Untold True-ish Story of America’s Secret First Female President.” Behind the heady, humorous, and fast-paced script are TV writer Gonzalo Cordova and political journalist Travis Helwig. Together, with no shortage of liberties and anachronisms, they outline the fundamental details of how and why, for several months in 1919, Edith made presidential decisions and held court, while at the same time kept it a secret that her husband, Woodrow Wilson, had suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed. —Bridget Arsenault

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