Friends & Fellow Citizens

Friends & Fellow Citizens

Experience President George Washington’s six pillars of Patriotism, Faith, National Unity, Education, Fiscal Responsibility, and Civility in this engaging civics podcast!

Enjoy fascinating talks and stories about civics, culture, history and politics! Perfect for any America-loving listener around the world!

With over 70 hours of content, this non-partisan podcast is a remarkable mix of solo shows, interviews and special guests that gives you a great boost of freedom!

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Episode 97: Why a Governor Bucked His Own Party and Ambitions for National Unity

June 27, 2022

"Robert J. Walker" may not ring a bell for most Americans today, but a highly undemocratic "constitution" for the Kansas Territory struck a chord with a once-promising politician in the Democratic Party. Although a pro-slav…


Episode 96: Building a Matter-of-fact Grounding for Constructive Debate

June 20, 2022

In this day and age of convoluted politics, news, and technology, perhaps we can relate to Sergeant Joe Friday from the TV show Dragnet . If he had to sift through the overwhelming information on the Internet, he too might s…

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Episode 95: Oliver Wolcott - The Modest Mediator and Militia Leader

June 13, 2022

While many Signers had extensive oratory experience, some were modest in character and adept in militias. Oliver Wolcott, the final Signer from Connecticut, demonstrates the value of maximizing one's strengths for civic good…


Episode 94: How Ascents and Descents of the Supreme Court Shaped America

June 6, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court started with just a few cases and lackluster careers, but a political and judicial genius John Marshall was determined to change that forever. Amid countless episodes of political turmoil in American h…


Episode 93: The Bright and Glorious Character of General McPherson

May 30, 2022

Almost any DC straphanger knows the Metro stop called "McPherson Square, " but who is the namesake of this public park and busy subway station? In honor of Memorial Day, learn more about the emotional legacy that Union Major…


Episode 92: Finding the News Industry's Footing in an Increasingly Digital World

May 23, 2022

As technology continues to modernize in record time, public trust in media has yet to thrive in the modern era. What sort of models or ideas can improve credibility in information dissemination? Leigh Munsil, Editor-in-chief…

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Episode 91: William Williams - A Signer with an Original Belief in Independence

May 16, 2022

William Williams may not have the most original name, but his creative ways to support the Patriot cause was evident in his service to Connecticut. Learn how this Signer's family connection with a Royal Governor ultimately f…


Episode 90: Making American Politics More Local and Civil

May 9, 2022

Former House Speaker Tip O'Neill is often credited with the phrase "all politics is local," and it may be more relevant to this day and age than ever in recent memory. But to what extent has the COVID-19 pandemic made politi…


Episode 89: How Much is Truly a Trillion Dollars?

May 2, 2022

Over the past two years of COVID-19 relief-related spending packages, we have probably heard the word "trillion" more often than ever. Most people would call it a large number with 12 zero's, but words alone can't explain th…


Episode 88: Jumping Into the Arena of Ballot Boxing

April 25, 2022

Few of us can be as good as Muhammad Ali or Mike Tyson in the boxing ring. But there is a much more participatory arena for those who wish to make their voices heard via the ballot box and protect the American right to vote.…

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Episode 87: Samuel Huntington - The Calm Mediator Who Became President of Congress

April 18, 2022

With a calm and cordial nature, Samuel Huntington may have served as a "first President of the United States." Learn how this early leader from Connecticut helped solve the more territorial disputes of the fledgling nation. …


Episode 86: Mitigating the CCP's Dissonant Discourse Power

April 11, 2022

The global standing of the U.S. is evolving as adversarial nations create new ways to fight with information warfare and discourse power. Cybersecurity expert and freelancer Alicia Fawcett joins us to discuss how the CCP's d…


Episode 85: Returning Intellectual Curiosity to Our Schools

April 4, 2022

Sometimes, a random selection in a historical newspaper can turn into a podcast episode. While researching more about Horace Mann and the history of American education, Sherman decided to pick a page at random and see what h…


Episode 84: Reimagining Financial Incentives in Broadcast News

March 28, 2022

Amid mass polarization and politicization, the fabric of American civics has been shaped and eroded by the mainstream news industry for decades. Now, even former journalists are speaking out and calling for much-needed chang…

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Episode 83: Roger Sherman - The Compromiser Who Brought Promise to America

March 21, 2022

As a delegate who spoke almost 150 times during the Constitutional Convention, Roger Sherman was no stranger to the major political debates that shaped American history forever. Learn how this Connecticut delegate worked to …

About the Host

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Sherman Tylawsky

Sherman is the CEO of The George Washington Institute, host of the Friends & Fellow Citizens Podcast, an aspiring statesman, and George Washington enthusiast. He has received a master’s degree in international affairs from Texas A&M University and graduated from King’s College London with a bachelor’s degree in politics. He began his first podcast "Friends & Fellow Citizens" to bring the wisdom and significance of the Founding Fathers back to contemporary American life.

Fun Facts about Sherman:
1. Named after the Founding Father Roger Sherman and Union General William Tecumseh Sherman
2. Student of Classical Latin and fluent in Mandarin
3. Washington DC Trivia aficionado
4. Seinfeld, 30 Rock, Pizza, Baseball, Aggie football, Ice Cream and America are signs that heaven exists…