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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Recent Episodes


Episode 113: How a Son of a Former President Prevented Expansion of Slavery

Jan. 9, 2023

Although President Martin Van Buren was one of the creators of the Democratic Party, some might say his son indirectly created the Republican party (perhaps by accident). Learn how the former President, his son John Van Bure…


Episode 112: Reconnecting Congress - Breaking Down Partisan Divisions on the Hill

Jan. 2, 2023

Far too often, Americans hear about how polarized the U.S. Congress has become in recent decades. The bitter divisiveness among Members has major ramifications on the federal legislative process and the political climate, an…

Solo Sacred Honor Series

Episode 111: Francis Lewis - A Mercantile Signer Who Sacrificed Wealth and Wellbeing

Dec. 12, 2022

A successful merchant once had everything, but after the Stamp Act of 1763, he risked his business, estate, and even family wellbeing years later. Learn how Francis Lewis became a target for the British and the lessons learn…


Episode 110 Part 1: A Guiding Light of Healing for America's Veterans

Dec. 5, 2022

A call to service may be imminent, but we never know when it will come. Maura Spence-Carroll, a former intelligence analyst and a former Miss Colorado, found her calling as an active duty soldier of the United States Army ju…


Episode 110 Part 2: 2022 Winter Holiday Trivia Special

Dec. 5, 2022

In Part 2, follow along as Sherman and Maura play a short game of holiday trivia and converse about all kinds of topics! A great way to cap off the interviews of 2022 with some holiday cheer! You can find Part 1 of this epis…


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…

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…