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Jan. 9, 2023

Episode 113: How a Son of a Former President Prevented Expansion of S…

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 Buren...

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Jan. 2, 2023

Episode 112: Reconnecting Congress - Breaking Down Partisan Divisions…

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, and...

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Dec. 12, 2022

Episode 111: Francis Lewis - A Mercantile Signer Who Sacrificed Wealt…

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 learne...

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Dec. 5, 2022

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

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 jus...

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Dec. 5, 2022

Episode 110 Part 2: 2022 Winter Holiday Trivia Special

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 …

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Nov. 14, 2022

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

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 …

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Nov. 7, 2022

Episode 108: Modernizing the Patchwork of State Tax Codes

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. Kat...

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Oct. 10, 2022

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

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 ho...

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Oct. 3, 2022

Episode 106: The Final Struggle Across the Taiwan Strait

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 decad...

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Sept. 12, 2022

Episode 105: The 2-Year Anniversary and Our Tribute to Queen Elizabet…

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 Patreo...

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Sept. 5, 2022

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

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 a...

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Sept. 5, 2022

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

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 p...

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Aug. 8, 2022

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

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 body...

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Aug. 1, 2022

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

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, t...

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July 25, 2022

Episode 101: How American Infrastructure Can Become Fountains of Publ…

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 an...

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July 18, 2022

Episode 100: A Milestone to Celebrate

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. ...

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July 11, 2022

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

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 Ind...

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July 4, 2022

Episode 98: Unearthing Civics Connections Outside the History Classro…

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 de...

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June 27, 2022

Episode 97: Why a Governor Bucked His Own Party and Ambitions for Nat…

"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-slave...

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June 20, 2022

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

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 …

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June 13, 2022

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

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 ...

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June 6, 2022

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

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 hi...

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May 30, 2022

Episode 93: The Bright and Glorious Character of General McPherson

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 ...

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May 23, 2022

Episode 92: Finding the News Industry's Footing in an Increasingly Di…

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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