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The Thomas Jefferson Hour

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 his website at www.jeffersonhour.com
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Feb 21, 2017

We return to our “Jefferson 101” series with a continued discussion about Jefferson’s period of retirement after his term as Secretary of State ended in 1793 and he returned to Monticello. Subjects include Jefferson’s reasons for leaving Washington, the Jay treaty, slavery and a revealing letter Jefferson wrote to his daughter Maria.

Find this episode, along with further recommended reading, on the blog.

 

Feb 17, 2017

Clay S. Jenkinson discusses Thomas Jefferson’s election as President in 1801, his first 100 days in office, and notes the sometimes-uncanny parallels with our time.

Find this episode, along with further recommended reading, on the blog.

Learn more about "John Steinbeck’s California", the Spring 2017 Tour & Retreat hosted by Odyssey Tours, a division of Bek, Inc.

For more information, visit Odyssey Tours online or contact Becky Cawley: (208) 791-8721 or bek@odytours.net

Feb 10, 2017

In this 16th installment of the Jefferson 101 Series, we discuss the period from 1794 to 1797 and Jefferson’s return to Monticello after his tenure as Secretary of State.

Find this episode, along with further recommended reading, on the blog.

Learn more about "John Steinbeck’s California" Spring Book Retreat/Tour 2017, hosted by Odyssey Tours, a div. of Bek, Inc.

For more information, visit Odyssey Tours online or contact Becky Cawley: (208) 791-8721 or bek@odytours.net

Feb 3, 2017

President Thomas Jefferson is asked to provide context for presidential inaugurations. Clay & David discuss our third president's inaugural address — its content & its tone — while comparing it to the address of our forty-fifth president, Donald Trump.

Find this episode, along with further recommended reading, on the blog.

From “The People’s Friend”, which was written & composed for the inaugural celebration of March 4th, 1801:

What joyful prospects rise before
Peace, Arts and Science hail our Shore
And through the Country spread
Long may these blessings be preserved
And by a virtuous Land deserved
With Jefferson our head

Read Clay's essay on Donald Trump inaugural address, The Jefferson Watch: The Inauguration.

Listen to this week's 1776 Club broadcast, Forward Motion. Clay: "It's going to be an interesting year, let's put it that way. My goal is the same always: I want the Jefferson Hour to proliferate because I believe that Jefferson is the answer."

"John Steinbeck’s California", the spring book retreat & tour with Clay S. Jenkinson, will be held March 4-10, 2017. This retreat is hosted by Odyssey Tours, a div. of Bek, Inc. For more information, visit Odyssey Tours online or contact Becky Cawley: (208) 791-8721 or bek@odytours.net

Jan 27, 2017

We speak with President Thomas Jefferson this week about the unexpected emergence of the two-party political system during his time.

Find this episode, along with further recommended reading, on the blog.

Learn more about "John Steinbeck’s California" Spring Book Retreat/Tour 2017, hosted by Odyssey Tours, a div. of Bek, Inc.

For more information, visit Odyssey Tours online or contact Becky Cawley: (208) 791-8721 or bek@odytours.net

Jan 26, 2017

In the first of a new series of essays, Clay draws comparisons between the inaugurations of Presidents Donald Trump and Thomas Jefferson.

The full essay can also be found on the blog.

"By not acknowledging the fact of the opposition—and making some gesture of his desire to represent them too, to find a way to win their approval—Trump spoke about 'the People' in a way that is merely demagogic and symbolic but without any fundamental truth or reality. ... Had he been a Jeffersonian, Trump would have acknowledged the polarization of the country."

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Jan 20, 2017

This bonus episode is an excerpt from #752 Inaugural, originally published in January of 2009. Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson, discusses his inaugural address of March 4th, 1801.

You can hear the original episode in full on the blog.

Yale provides the full text of Jefferson's First Inaugural Address.

Jan 20, 2017

This week, we return with the 15th installment of the “Jefferson 101” series. In this second of two shows discussing Jefferson’s time as the first Secretary of State, we learn more about Jefferson’s vision of America and the strong disagreements he had with Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton.

Find this episode, along with further recommended reading, on the blog.

Jan 13, 2017

This week, we return with the 14th installment of the “Jefferson 101” series. The program is the first of two shows discussing Jefferson’s time as the first Secretary of State. It begins with the story of Jefferson’s return from Europe and the effect his time in France had on his own political sentiments.

Find this episode, along with further recommended reading, on the blog.

Jan 6, 2017

Clay S. Jenkinson, the creator of the Thomas Jefferson Hour, shares stories about his 2016 trip to Rome. Clay talks about the effect Rome had on Jefferson, despite the fact that Jefferson never visited the city.

Read more on the blog, where you can find images of the art and architecture discussed on this episode, along with additional recommended reading.

"I think [Jefferson] would have been a little offended, aesthetically, by the bulk and the weight and the density of the Pantheon. I think he would have said, 'That's not exactly the message we're trying to create in the United States. The message we're trying to create is of order, symmetry, an inspirational lift to the human spirit.'"

Dec 30, 2016

Clay & David recall and re-listen to some of the more memorable moments on the Thomas Jefferson Hour during the past year.

You can support the show by donating to the Thomas Jefferson Hour, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization under tax ID #46-5726534.

Read more on the blog.

 

Dec 23, 2016

Attempting to move President Jefferson into the Christmas Spirit is always a challenge, and this year is no different. This year, we present excerpts from past Jefferson Hour shows discussing Jefferson’s feelings about the holiday and memories of his own Christmas experiences.

You can support the show by donating to the Thomas Jefferson Hour, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization under tax ID #46-5726534.

Read more on the blog.

Don't miss this week's 1776 Club episode, Looking to 2017.

Dec 16, 2016

In last week’s show, we heard President Thomas Jefferson speak to an audience in Abingdon, Maryland, but many of the submitted questions were left unanswered. We attend to that this week by providing answers to the overflow of questions for President Jefferson.

You can support the show by donating to the Thomas Jefferson Hour, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization under tax ID #46-5726534.

This January, join Clay S. Jenkinson for a Winter Retreat at Lochsa Lodge: "The American West; A New Lens: Exploring Native American Culture" The retreat is hosted by Odyssey Tours, a div of Bek, Inc.

For more information, visit Odyssey Tours online or contact Becky Cawley: (208) 791-8721 or bek@odytours.net

Read more on the blog.

Dec 8, 2016

This week's show comes from a recording made by WAMD 970 in Abingdon, Maryland for the Harford County Library Foundation. The program was recorded as part of a Constitution Day program and was hosted by Dr. William Allen.

You can support the show by donating to the Thomas Jefferson Hour, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization under tax ID #46-5726534.

We're giving away three signed copies of Becoming Jefferson's People! Each hardback book will come bundled with a three-CD audiobook version, read by Clay S. Jenkinson. All new & current members of the 1776 Club will be entered to win. Become a member by December 13th to have your name included in the drawing.

This January, join Clay S. Jenkinson for a Winter Retreat at Lochsa Lodge: "The American West; A New Lens: Exploring Native American Culture" The retreat is hosted by Odyssey Tours, a div of Bek, Inc.

For more information, visit Odyssey Tours online or contact Becky Cawley: (208) 791-8721 or bek@odytours.net

Read more on the blog.

 

Dec 6, 2016

Donate to the Thomas Jefferson Hour, Inc. and receive a gift: a signed, hardback copy of Becoming Jefferson's People — plus a three-CD audiobook read by Clay S. Jenkinson.

We're giving away three copies of Becoming Jefferson's People! A signed book, bundled with the audiobook version, will be awarded to three 1776 Club members. Join the Club by December 13th to be eligible for the drawing.

Learn more & donate to the Thomas Jefferson Hour.

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Dec 2, 2016

This week, special guest host Joe Lovell of Amarillo, Texas returns to speak with President Thomas Jefferson about revolution, public education and the need for true leadership.

You can support the show by donating to the Thomas Jefferson Hour, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization under tax ID #46-5726534.

We're giving away three signed copies of Becoming Jefferson's People! Each hardback book will come bundled with a three-CD audiobook version, read by Clay S. Jenkinson. All new & current members of the 1776 Club will be entered to win. Become a member by December 13th to have your name included in the drawing.

Read more on the blog.

Nov 25, 2016

This week special quest host Joe L. Lovell of Amarillo, Texas speaks with President Jefferson about the workings of America’s legal system and the importance of each citizens right to a fair judicial system.

Nov 19, 2016

Prompted by requests from many Jefferson Hour listeners, this week Clay Jenkinson discusses the outcome of the 2016 election.

Nov 11, 2016

This week on the Thomas Jefferson Hour, President Jefferson (as portrayed by humanities scholar Clay S. Jenkinson) discusses the election of 1800, which he referred to as the Second American Revolution — and he helps us to see some of the parallels with the election of 2016.

This episode was recorded on November 7th, 2016.

Read more on the blog.

Listen to this week's 1776 Club episode.

Nov 4, 2016

This week part two of a discussion of suggestions sent in by listeners in response to Clay Jenkinson’s request as to their ideas on how to improve or “save” our republic. 

Oct 28, 2016

In a previous program (Show 1200 Our Republic) President Jefferson spoke about the differences between a true democracy and a republic. In the podcast introduction Clay Jenkinson asked TJH listeners what their suggestions would be to improve or “save” our republic. Those many responses are discussed this and next week.

Oct 21, 2016

In a previous show (Jefferson 113), Clay asked listeners to write in with their thoughts and personal experiences about living on minimum wages. During this show he shares and discusses the responses received.

Oct 14, 2016

In this week’s show President Jefferson (as portrayed by humanities scholar Clay S. Jenkinson) is joined in conversation by Benjamin Franklin (as portrayed by GregRobin Smith).

Oct 3, 2016

Bill Thomas of Prairie Public Radio is this week’s host of a live performance of the Thomas Jefferson Hour in Fargo North Dakota. Bill speaks to President Jefferson (as portrayed by humanities scholar Clay S. Jenkinson) about income inequality.

 

Sep 30, 2016

Bill Thomas of Prairie Public Radio is this week’s host of a live performance of the Thomas Jefferson Hour in Fargo North Dakota. The subject Bill chose to speak with President Jefferson about (as portrayed by humanities scholar Clay S. Jenkinson) is religion.

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