Friends & Fellow Citizens

Friends & Fellow Citizens

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!

Episodes

October 3, 2022 66 min

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...

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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 ...

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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...

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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 turb...

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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.

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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 Power2P...

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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...

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July 18, 2022 135 min

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 p...

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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 inau...

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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 ...

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"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 Democra...

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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...

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While many Signers had extensive oratory experience, some were modest in character and adept in militias. Oliver Wolcott, the final Signer from Connecticut, demonstrates the value of maximizing one's strengths for civic good and the significance of taking specific, meaningful action for the American independence cause.

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The U.S. Supreme Court started with just a few cases and lackluster careers, but a political and judicial genius John Marshall was determined to change that forever. Amid countless episodes of political turmoil in American history, to what extent has the U.S. Supreme Court retained its original roots and adapted to the ever-changing times? Dr. Elizabeth Lane, Asst. Professor of Political Science at LSU, shares major stories and epi...

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Almost any DC straphanger knows the Metro stop called "McPherson Square, " but who is the namesake of this public park and busy subway station? In honor of Memorial Day, learn more about the emotional legacy that Union Major General James B. McPherson left to his West Point classmates and superiors on both sides of the bitterly divided country.

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As technology continues to modernize in record time, public trust in media has yet to thrive in the modern era. What sort of models or ideas can improve credibility in information dissemination? Leigh Munsil, Editor-in-chief of the San Antonio Report and former Politico journalist, shares her thoughts on how local journalism has grown in the ever-growing San Antonio metro area and what readers and journalists can do to form closer ...

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William Williams may not have the most original name, but his creative ways to support the Patriot cause was evident in his service to Connecticut. Learn how this Signer's family connection with a Royal Governor ultimately formed the foundations of a new state called Connecticut and the new United States of America.

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Former House Speaker Tip O'Neill is often credited with the phrase "all politics is local," and it may be more relevant to this day and age than ever in recent memory. But to what extent has the COVID-19 pandemic made politics more local, and how can Americans work together to serve at local and state levels? A governmental affairs professional with extensive experience in local and state policymaking, Kristin Strobel s...

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Over the past two years of COVID-19 relief-related spending packages, we have probably heard the word "trillion" more often than ever. Most people would call it a large number with 12 zero's, but words alone can't explain this huge number, especially when it comes to money and fiscal responsibility (or lack of it) in our country's politics. Learn what $1 trillion and a whopping $6 trillion looks like in the form...

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Few of us can be as good as Muhammad Ali or Mike Tyson in the boxing ring. But there is a much more participatory arena for those who wish to make their voices heard via the ballot box and protect the American right to vote. An author and civic leader, Lucy Santora shares her unique story growing up in a progressive household living in a conservative town, analysis of the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections and their consequences,...

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