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Author: Sherman Tylawsky

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A young American patriot and George Washington enthusiast, Sherman Tylawsky welcomes you from the nation’s capital for lively talks about pressing issues facing America and her allies, so you can learn to apply the first President’s unifying principles anywhere and anytime. Discover how the core values of Washington and the Founders were woven into the fabric of American society. Learn the ways a free people can heal internal divisions, cultivate economic prosperity, and protect civil liberties for future generations. Sherman Tylawsky is an aspiring statesman who grew up learning U.S. history and politics inside and outside of the classroom. Now, he invites you to experience President Washington’s pillars of patriotism, civility, faith, education, national unity, and fiscal responsibility in this brand-new podcast. You will hear fascinating stories and discussions about civics, culture, history and politics that any America-loving listener from across the planet can enjoy. This non-partisan podcast is a remarkable mix of solo shows, interviews and special guests that gives you a great boost of freedom! Subscribe now for the Founders' lasting wisdom heard around the world!
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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, the Free Soil Party, and the Barnburners contributed to the prevention of slavery expansion in the U.S. and the prominence of single-issue politicking.Support the showNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!
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 it appears that many simply have not had opportunities to get to know one another. Among the 435 Members of Congress are thousands of Capitol Hill staffers who also need to get to know one another amid a difficult political environment. Dave Tennent, creator of the CNCT app and a former congressional staffer, shares some of the networking challenges he and many staffers faced during COVID and how his app could revitalize socialization on the Hill.Learn more about the CNCT app at thecnctapp.com!Roll Call - "Networking hasn't bounced back from COVID-19. This Hill staffer has an app for that." (Feb. 23, 2022)Support the showNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!
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 learned from a largely unknown but influential Signer.Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year! Plenty more Friends & Fellow Citizens content in 2023!NEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Music Credits: "Joy to the World" by DIXIDD (AudioJungle)"Deck the Halls" by Xylote (AudioJungle)Support the showNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!
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 episode here.Follow Maura on Instagram here!"A Former Miss Colorado On Redefining Her Mind-Body Connection In The U.S. Army" (Elite Daily)Support the showNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!
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 just a few years ago. She shares more about some of the work and inspiration addressing mental health issues within the military and veteran community.Don't forget to catch Part 2 here for the 2022 Holiday Trivia!Follow Maura on Instagram here!"A Former Miss Colorado On Redefining Her Mind-Body Connection In The U.S. Army" (Elite Daily)Support the showNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!
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 Speaker Longworth's friendship with House Minority Leader John Nance Garner worked together across party lines and started a decades-long tradition of mingling in Congress.NEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the showNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!
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. Katherine Loughead, a Senior Policy Analyst at the Tax Foundation, joins the podcast to discuss the interesting patchwork of state tax codes, their consequences, and innovative ways to modernize tax codes for the 21st century and beyond.Learn more about the Tax Foundation at taxfoundation.org!Click HERE to learn more about Katherine's other work and publications!NEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the showNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!
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 how this Livingston family member played a role in the signing of the Declaration of Independence and his contributions to other leaders in the American Revolution.NEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the showNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!
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 decades and has already embarked on an international campaign to coerce countries into giving into the CCP ideology. What could be the Chinese global strategy and vision in 2049, 100 years after Mao declared the founding of the People's Republic of China? Ian Easton, a senior director at the Project 2049 Institute, shares the importance of U.S.-Taiwan relations and key elements of China's global strategy. He also previews his newest book The Final Struggle: Inside China's Global Strategy  that details some of the most egregious worldwide actions of the CCP.Check out Ian's book on Amazon!NEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the showNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!
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 Patreon supporters for helping to make this happen, and thank you to our listeners for being a part of the program thus far. More to come!Within the last few days of the release of this episode, the world lost a remarkable human being who brought an era of stability and public service to the United Kingdom, British Commonwealth, and the globe. We pay tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II as we reflect on the legacy of Britain's longest reigning British monarch.Music Credits:Americana - Aspiring by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/"Adventures in Adventureland" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/"Devonshire Waltz Andante" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1200092 Artist: http://incompetech.com/Support the showNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!
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 around the world. Jim Olson discusses some of the ways our foreign adversaries have taken advantage of technology and how Americans can find their role in U.S. intelligence strategy and operations into the future. As a professor and author, he also previews his two books and shares about the significant role and impact of the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.The Ten Commandments of CounterintelligenceTo learn more about and purchase Jim's books, check out the following links:Amazon - Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of SpyingBarnes and Noble - Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying Amazon - To Catch a Spy: The Art of CounterintelligenceBarnes and Noble - To Catch a Spy: The Art of CounterintelligenceNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the showNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!
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 power and ideas. James Olson is a veteran of the CIA's clandestine service and former Chief of Counterintelligence at the CIA Headquarters in Langley, VA. This week, he shares with us an overview of the turbulent history surrounding U.S. counterintelligence, including personal experiences and thoughts about encountering and catching some of America's worst traitors in history.Click HERE for Part 2!To learn more about and purchase Jim's books, check out the following links:Amazon - Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of SpyingBarnes and Noble - Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying Amazon - To Catch a Spy: The Art of CounterintelligenceBarnes and Noble - To Catch a Spy: The Art of CounterintelligenceNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the showNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!
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 and how people of all different capacities can contribute to public service.NEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the showNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!
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, the decline in civil debate, decency, and ethics are sparking a new movement for parents across America to play a bigger role in their children's education. Erin Phillips, co-founder and president of Power2Parent, shares her story of getting involved as a mother in her local education system in Southern Nevada. She also discusses how parents in Nevada and around the U.S. are realizing the indecency of school systems and taking action to do what is best for their children's education and prosperity.Learn more about Erin's organization Power2Parent and its work below!Power2Parent website"Parental Advisory: Explicit content? Candra Evans' Story" articleNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the showNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!
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 and creators for the future of American infrastructure? Learn about how the Erie Canal contributed to the beginnings of American democracy and how an "Infrastructure National Guard" may spur ideas on states creating new visions for their infrastructure and future prosperity.Support the showNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!
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.Hear from some of the "Founding Fathers" of the podcast in this special interview episode. Also in this week's program are some BIG announcements about the show's program schedule and a new product to celebrate the podcast milestone!Thank you to everyone for continuing to help make Friends & Fellow Citizens a wonderful program! On to the next 100 episodes!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the showNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!
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 Independence was signed and demonstrated the value of placing one's self on the record for supporting a noble cause. This episode also reflects on the Sacred Honor Series one year after the release of the inaugural episode featuring John Hancock.SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the showNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!
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 dedicated to helping students make those critical connections with history and civics out in the field. He provides some fascinating insight and experiences from his teaching career and offers ways for young people to get involved in the discovery of history and civics. On this year's Independence Day, he fittingly shares some other interesting history and civic initiatives that honor those who have fought for the unity and independence of our nation.An annual reading of the Declaration of Independence is featured after the interview. Happy Independence Day!91.7 WVXU article on tribute to Mr. Carl WestmorelandSUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the showNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!
"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-slavery advocate, Walker was arguably a precursor to the Democratic party's Civil War schisms and an early supporter of the Union before Lincoln was even elected. Learn why this prominent Democrat wrote a defiant resignation letter to then-Secretary of State Lewis Cass and thoroughly explained his reasons for siding with the will of the people of Kansas and the national interest. Fun fact: he helped establish what eventually became the Department of the Interior!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the showNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!
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 say:"Give us the facts, ma'am." So how can a functional democracy improve the accessibility of useful information for the American people? Poppy MacDonald is President of USAFacts, a civic organization founded by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and dedicated to the collection and dissemination of open source facts for the betterment of civil debate. She shares the significance and ongoing journey of innovating new ways to make government data more available for millions of Americans across the country. Learn more about Poppy's work and start your research at usafacts.org!Poppy's Twitter: @poppymacdAdditional USAFacts links:Twitter: @USAFactsInstagram: @usafactsFacebook: @USAFactsSUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the showNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!
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