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His life ambition was to accomplish good works that would have people telling his story after he was gone, says the Presidential podcast:

This week’s episode focuses on Lincoln’s love and gift for language, both the written and the spoken word, and how that skill not only helped him bind together a country in the midst of civil war but also forever changed our¬†understanding of presidential leadership.

“What I saw in Lincoln that becomes almost a trademark attribute I look for in other presidents is that sense of empathy and humanity,” says Doris Kearns Goodwin, the author of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Goodwin is a featured guest in this week’s episode along with Michelle Krowl of the Library of Congress, who discusses many of Lincoln’s rare handwritten poems, letters and speeches that the library has in its possession.