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The Thomas Jefferson Hour features conversations with Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, as portrayed by the award-winning humanities scholar and author, Clay Jenkinson. The weekly discussion features Mr. Jefferson’s views on events of his time, contemporary issues facing America and answers to questions submitted by his many listeners. To ask President Jefferson a question, visit our website at jeffersonhour.com

The Thomas Jefferson Hour The Thomas Jefferson Hour

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    • 4.6, 755 Ratings

The Thomas Jefferson Hour features conversations with Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, as portrayed by the award-winning humanities scholar and author, Clay Jenkinson. The weekly discussion features Mr. Jefferson’s views on events of his time, contemporary issues facing America and answers to questions submitted by his many listeners. To ask President Jefferson a question, visit our website at jeffersonhour.com

    Power and Dissent

    Power and Dissent

    We speak with President Thomas Jefferson this week about public dissent and the powers of the presidency. Jefferson has a great deal to say about the right to dissent and to protest.

    • 57 min
    Monuments

    Monuments

    This week, as Clay Jenkinson puts it, “a really difficult conversation about an essential subject.” Jenkinson and Professor Joseph Ellis discuss their thoughts about which memorials, statues, place names, etc., should be taken down, which should be kept and, hopefully, how we can come to better understand this issue.

    • 59 min
    Match Recap with Joseph Ellis

    Match Recap with Joseph Ellis

    Joseph Ellis and Clay Jenkinson revisit their debate about who the "Indispensable Man" of the American Revolution truly was. We share listener comments about the debate and answer additional questions sent in, including a request for discussion about the history of the women’s rights movement, Jefferson’s subpoena during the Burr trial and how slavery affected the economy of the southern states.

    • 56 min
    Prairie Woods

    Prairie Woods

    We enjoy three conversations this week with friends of the Jefferson Hour: luthier Kevin Muiderman, who announces a special guitar auction for the benefit of the Jefferson Hour, Virginia General Assembly member Jason S. Miyares, on the House Joint Resolution 663 recognizing Clay Jenkinson, and songwriter/artist Brad Crisler from Nashville who ends the program with some very insightful observances on the times we now live in.

    • 59 min
    The Cabinet with Lindsay M. Chervinsky

    The Cabinet with Lindsay M. Chervinsky

    This week author and White House historian Lindsay M. Chervinsky discusses her new book, The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution. The US Constitution never established a presidential cabinet—the delegates to the Constitutional Convention explicitly rejected the idea. The book explores why George Washington created one.

    • 58 min
    The Indispensable Man

    The Indispensable Man

    This week in an interesting debate match, Clay Jenkinson and Joseph Ellis argue over who is the “Indispensable Man” of the American Revolution. Ellis argues for George Washington, while Jenkinson says it has to be Jefferson. A very wise listener suggests that they are both wrong: it’s Benjamin Franklin.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
755 Ratings

755 Ratings

Jent333Vegas ,

1388 Letters #1 Adams and Jefferson

These Joe Elis episodes are gold/straight fire as the Zelennials say...

I am behind a few episodes as I ration them to myself. Was not disappointed...

Great to see Clay bounce some his favorite Jefferson quotations off Elis for his take on them.

As always the gentle steering of the ship by David is perfect.

We should all be a little more Swenson in our communications with others. There is No more gentlemanly voice in all of podcasting...

Please plan on breaking down Doctor Elis’ new book he mentioned.

Thank you for your discourse...

Curious Geprge ,

Good but does show ignorance.

Overall a good thinking, balanced approach to issues and people. However on economic issue he does show his ignorance. Example, saving money in financial institutions, savings accounts, bonds or stock are not hoarding money. They are part of circulation of money just as spending is. If put money in jar or vault such as Scrooge Mcduck, Smoug the dragon that is hoarding.

robert9861 ,

Brilliant Conversations

This is a joy. A source for hope as it is proof that intelligent life does indeed exist on this planet.
The chemistry between Clay Jenkinson and David Swenson just jumps through my earbuds.
I significant part of my life.
Thanks guys!

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