Episode 5 of The 1600 Sessions – the podcast we produce with the White House Historical Association – is now online and on iTunes! 

In this episode, we explore the White House’s foundations—literally. 

The building of the President’s House is a complex story that belies its current serene appearance. To get to the bottom of the story, host Stewart McLaurin interviews historian and author William Seale about his new book, A White House of Stone

He answers some intriguing questions, including: Why is the White House white? Who actually built it? What hidden symbols did Scottish stone masons carve into the building? And what of the original building still exists today after 200 years of fires and renovations?

Check out this episode to find out answers to these and many more – perfect for your summer weekend drive!

Happy listening!