Founding Fathers

The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations

Feb 19, 2017

As he left office, George Washington took to the newspaper to warn future generations about the forces he believed could destroy the republic; among them, hyper-partisanship, debt, and foreign influence.  We talk with John Avlon, the author of "Washington's Farewell," about this address and how it has resonated through history.

GUEST:   John Avlon, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast and a CNN political analyst.

  This program was originally broadcast on January 18, 2017.

The Enigma and Contradictions of Thomas Jefferson

Nov 7, 2016

For an Election Day broadcast, we go back to our country's founding with a recent book on Thomas Jefferson that challenges some of the cliches about our third president.  We talk with Annette Gordon-Reed, co-author of "Most Blessed of the Patriarchs," about Jefferson's life at Monticello, his sojourn in Paris, and his views on slavery and race.