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Since its founding, the U.S. has been a country built on a long maritime history. But in recent decades, to what extent have competitors and adversaries undercut America's maritime strengths and strategy? Mr. Jon Kaskin and U.S. Navy Rear Adm.
In the wake of Veterans' Day, we honor those who served the nation with a unique episode about a little-known South Carolina-based battle that featured the best of American military leadership and service.Support the show (https://www.patreon.c
What was life like for the people of China in the wake of the Cultural Revolution and the death of Mao Zedong? In this riveting episode, Lily Tang Williams shares her story about the journey from totalitarian China to her new adopted country: t
How did a prominent lawyer in the aftermath of the Boston Massacre become one of the leading minds of the American Revolution? Find out more about John Adams and his early thoughts and contributions to the fabric of American civics, politics, a
Civics education is truly a critical piece of participation in democracy. But many argue that civics has taken a back seat, and traditional ways of teaching civics have not done enough to get students and the electorate excited about civics. Dr
During the American Revolution, there were some unlikely friends in Great Britain who sided with the colonies. Find out how one largely unknown Member of Parliament found courage to oppose the policies of George III and his Westminster allies.S
In this ever-changing environment for American schools, what are the root causes for the education struggles facing inner city students? Via Kentner talks to us about her experiences in mentorship and how good policies and initiatives can help
While now commonly known for the beer company namesake, Samuel Adams is one of the most vocal American revolutionaries in U.S. history. But his methods of influencing the Patriot cause may surprise many. Regardless of his varying depictions in
From the steps of the U.S. Capitol to the plains of Nebraska, one can find hundreds of thousands of FFA students across the nation engaging in academic and practical agricultural education. How does this unique American institution embody the A
With approximately 12,000 proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution, there are bound to be some constitutional long shots that never made it to the final document but have made it to this week's episode. In the wake of Constitution Day, lear
America has been a nation that strives to push the frontiers of innovation and discovery. What is the 21st century vision for American leadership by the U.S. Space Force? An historian, author, and Associate Professor, Dr. Brent Ziarnick discuss
William Whipple was a New Hampshire native who imagined himself as a longtime, successful merchant. But things certainly took a different turn. What did this successful merchant do to help defeat a top British general's invasion plans and ensur
It has been a wonderful first year of the Friends & Fellow Citizens podcast! The unwavering support from family, friends, Patreon supporters, listeners, and guests is truly remarkable. This week, we are reflecting on the past year and celebrati
In 1845, President John Tyler ratified the first U.S. treaty with China: the Treaty of Wanghia. Almost 180 years later, this little-known treaty is a tough lesson on how China views the U.S. and why the CCP willingly takes advantage of U.S. tra
Within the American federalism system, public service cannot be solely concentrated in Washington, DC. It is the public service bond among locals that can bring people together at times of political division. This week, McKenzie Graham joins th
When people hear "Josiah Bartlett," they may think of the U.S. President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet from the popular TV show The West Wing. But what about the ancestor of this fictitious but impressive U.S. President? In the second episode of the Sac
Social media has undoubtedly changed the way people interact. Amid debates about its usage and effects on the cultural fabric of our nation, proper education about social media is a top priority.  Social media influencer Britain Bennett joins u
This week, we learn how the little-known case, Jacobson v. Massachusetts, can provide lessons and insight on the importance of upholding representative democracy and balancing public safety and civil liberties.Support the show (https://www.patr
In 2001, the comedy film Legally Blonde starring Reese Witherspoon made its debut in American theaters and became a major hit in the U.S. and across the world. 20 years later, the movie's cultural legacy still lives on as more and more women ha
Welcome to the first episode of the Sacred Honor Series! To begin this new series, we learn about how this signer went from wealthy businessman to the presiding officer during the adoption and signing of the Declaration of Independence.The Sacr
This past weekend, Americans around the world celebrated the 245th birthday of the United States of America. This week, U.S. Army veteran and 2020 congressional candidate Wesley Hunt shares the value of patriotism and putting country first to m
This coming Sunday marks the 245th birthday of America and anniversary of the Declaration of Independence signing. Sherman performs a public reading of this historic document as part of a tradition that dates as far back as July 8th, 1776.Be su
As America emerges into post-COVID recovery and growth, education opportunities should evolve, grow, and reach more Americans amid changes in the workforce and workplace. This week, Sherman invites Hannah Tabor, a PhD student specializing in Hi
For our first Flag Day episode, we remember the ideals represented by the American flag and the journey that this flag has been on for more than 240 years. Amid contemporary turmoil and divisions, we can stand for the flag of stars and stripes
Higher education should be a prime forum for free speech and civil discourse. But in recent decades, there has been little to no room for students of all perspectives to express opinions and debate ideas freely. The host of the Freeborn & Liber
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