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!

With over 80 hours of content and a mix of solo shows and interviews, this podcast is packed with fascinating talks about civics, culture, history and politics! New episodes are released on the first two Mondays of each month!

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Episode 109: A Board of Education's Long and Worthy Legacy

Nov. 14, 2022

What if a Board of Education had nothing to do with education policy? At a time when party divisions saw no end, Speaker Nicholas Longworth not only became a party leader, but became the leader of the House. Learn how Speake…


Episode 108: Modernizing the Patchwork of State Tax Codes

Nov. 7, 2022

As much as people dislike paying taxes, they have been a significant policy issue since the founding of the United States. While the Stamp Act is old history, debates on taxation continue, particularly at the state level. Ka…

Solo Sacred Honor Series

Episode 107: Philip Livingston - A Businessman Who Founded the Useful and Ornamental

Oct. 10, 2022

When Philip Livingston helped found the New York Society Library in 1754, he wanted to create an institution that was "useful as well as ornamental." To what extent do we see that type of ambition in today's society? Learn h…


Episode 106: The Final Struggle Across the Taiwan Strait

Oct. 3, 2022

Once an economically-deprived police state as recently as 1987, Taiwan has become one of the most significant economic wonders in East Asia. But the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has threatened Taiwan's independence for deca…

Special Solo

Episode 105: The 2-Year Anniversary and Our Tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Sept. 12, 2022

More than 2 years ago, Friends & Fellow Citizens made its debut on the podcast airwaves. Hear some of the interview episode highlights as we mark the two-year anniversary of the show! A very special appreciation to our Patre…


Episode 104 Part 2: The Noble Mission to Catch a Spy

Sept. 5, 2022

Click HERE for Part 1! With the contemporary rise of China as an intelligence threat, the global espionage landscape has become more sophisticated, more dangerous, and more uncertain for U.S. national security and democracy …


Episode 104 Part 1: The Noble Mission to Catch a Spy

Sept. 5, 2022

Throughout the Cold War, a war of espionage raged between the U.S. and Soviet Union. While espionage may not always be like James Bond or The X-Files, there is still much below the surface that defines global competition of …

Solo Sacred Honor Series

Episode 103: William Floyd - A Good Man Who "Never Quit His Chair"

Aug. 8, 2022

While many of the Signers were experienced orators, some chose to be more reserved while still completing the work of the Continental Congress. Hear how William Floyd of New York served in his capacity at the legislative bod…


Episode 102: Restoring Power to Parents for Our Children's Education

Aug. 1, 2022

In recent years, we have been hearing much about schools closed during the pandemic. But school closures are far from the only political battles as pandemic-era restrictions subside. From San Francisco to suburban Virginia, …


Episode 101: How American Infrastructure Can Become Fountains of Public Good

July 25, 2022

Former New York Governor DeWitt Clinton once considered the Erie Canal a "fountain of public good and national abundance." Amid contemporary gridlock and polarization, what ideas can help spur a new generation of engineers a…

Interview Special

Episode 100: A Milestone to Celebrate

July 18, 2022

Almost two years since the first episode of Friends & Fellow Citizens, we have finally made it to our 100th episode! This is truly a major milestone for the listeners, guests, and everyone who has made this program possible.…

Solo Sacred Honor Series

Episode 99: Matthew Thornton - A Surgeon Who Put Patience Into Practice

July 11, 2022

How can a delegate of the Second Continental Congress sign the document without being present at the August 2nd signing? Despite signing the document in late 1776, Dr. Matthew Thornton was elected after the Declaration of In…


Episode 98: Unearthing Civics Connections Outside the History Classroom

July 4, 2022

History is often taught in the classroom, but perhaps the real history is outside for students to learn and put into action. Paul LaRue, a retired history teacher, currently serves on Ohio's State Board of Education and is d…


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…

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…