George Washington Slept Here

George Washington Slept Here

Shining city on a hill. Political polarization. American exceptionalism. A nation divided. Come explore with Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge how the first principles of freedom can help American citizens recognize that what they share in common is stronger than what divides them. George Washington managed to unite a new nation after the Revolutionary War. He was so popular, his travels throughout this young republic are still memorialized by brass plaques that read “George Washington Slept Here.” Join Freedoms Foundation CEO David Harmer and staff as they talk with thinkers, writers, and leaders to discover whether the American experiment really is on the Roman road to oblivion. Or might this nearly 250-year-old nation – conceived in liberty – have the resilience to endure?

Episodes

December 19, 2023 69 mins
In episode 18 of "George Washington Slept Here," host Jason Raia engages in a thought-provoking conversation with Honorary British Consul, Oliver St. Clair Franklin. They delve into the complexities of the historical relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom, highlighting challenges and opportunities that have shaped their shared narrative. Topics covered include post-World Wars I and II, understanding history, ...
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In episode 17 of George Washington Slept Here, host Jason Raia interviews civil rights activist Robert Woodson. They discuss community solutions, the state of America, and prevailing narratives. Woodson shares grassroots initiatives and emphasizes faith, resilience, and moral revival in addressing societal issues. Join us as we explore Robert Woodson's experiences and advocate for a civic education that celebrates our nation's hist...
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In episode 16 of George Washington Slept Here, host Jason Raia sits down with Lauren Cristella, President and CEO of Committee of Seventy. We delve deep into the heart of American democracy and civic participation as we explore topics like open primaries, ranked-choice voting, and the complex art of drawing electoral maps. With Lauren's wealth of knowledge and experience, we uncover the true significance of civic engagement, respon...
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In episode 15 of George Washington Slept Here, we welcome former Justice Department Official John Yoo. Throughout this discussion, we examine the realm of executive powers, tracing their historical origins. Throughout this captivating episode, we delve into thought-provoking topics such as the president's pivotal role in times of war, the ongoing debates surrounding constitutional rights for enemy combatants, and the dynamic evolut...
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In episode 15 of George Washington Slept Here, host Jason Raia joins our distinguished guest and public historian George Boudreau. This conversation delves into a riveting exploration of Philadelphia's rich history and deep-rooted ties to the legendary Benjamin Franklin. From Franklin's grand vision for a diverse and thriving city to the vibrant cultural and linguistic tapestry of Philadelphia, we explore Franklin's innovative idea...
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In episode 14 of George Washington Slept Here, host Jason Raia joins special guest David Eisenhower, grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. David and Jason discuss Dwight Eisenhower's role as Supreme Allied Commander and his achievement of mobilizing America to help defeat the Nazis. David also dives into Eisenhower's Presidency, the influence of his father and grandfather throughout his life, and his written works on Ike's im...
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In episode 12 of George Washington Slept Here, host Jason Raia and Thomas Jefferson actor-historian Steve Edenbo delve into the art of civil discourse and underline the importance of foundational knowledge coupled with experiential learning. Steve, an interpreter at the American Historical Theatre, shares insights from his portrayal of historical figures, offering a unique lens through which to explore characters like Thomas Jeffer...
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October 3, 2023 3 mins
Learn more about the exciting interviews coming on Season 2 of Freedoms Foundation’s George Washington Slept Here podcast.
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September 18, 2023 64 mins
In this episode of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge's George Washington Slept Here, we are joined by the brilliant Stefanie Lindquist, an ASU professor of law and political sciences, and together, we dive into the fascinating world of political polarization, constitutional conversations, and the power of civil discourse. We discuss the importance of judicial decision-making, the concept of judicial activism, and the complexity o...
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September 12, 2023 58 mins
In the latest episode of George Washington Slept Here, host Jason Raia welcomes Aaron Terr, the Director of Public Advocacy at the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE). Aaron discusses his role at FIRE, First Amendment rights, and the challenges of advocating for them. The conversation also explores the critical role of free speech, past and current First Amendment cases, and the initiatives FIRE is taking to safe...
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September 5, 2023 60 mins
In this episode of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge's George Washington Slept Here, we are privileged to welcome Dr. Daniel Feller, a renowned historian and expert on Andrew Jackson. Dr. Feller outlines his impressive career and involvement in The Papers of Andrew Jackson project, which “collects and publishes Jackson's entire extant literary record.” We also explore the Jacksonian Era, the War of 1812, nullification, and Jackso...
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August 29, 2023 65 mins
In this episode of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge's George Washington Slept Here, we're thrilled to introduce distinguished speaker, scholar, and friend Dr. Joe Fornieri. Joe discusses his inspiration behind the creation of the RIT Center for Statesmanship, Law, and Liberty, his early influences, his love of music, and his engagement in Freedoms Foundation's graduate programs. He shares his expertise on Abraham Lincoln and Fre...
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In this episode of George Washington Slept Here, we're joined by special guest Dr. Rogers Smith. A distinguished professor of political science and founding director of the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Smith is known for his engagement in politics and deep passion for studying political philosophy. Our discussion delves into the concept of peoplehood and how a sense of bel...
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In this episode of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge's podcast George Washington Slept Here we're joined by civics education expert Kerry Sautner. Throughout this conversation, we'll delve into the decline in civics education, the power of primary sources, and how to bolster civic knowledge beyond classrooms. Kerry also introduces us to the interactive constitution platform and the National Constitution Center, a museum designed ...
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August 8, 2023 60 mins
In this episode of George Washington Slept Here we are joined by our special guest and VFW Program Director, Lynn Rolf. Lynn shares his remarkable journey and work with veterans, highlighting perseverance and dedication to serving others. We'll explore the VFW's mission, scholarship programs, and initiatives for veterans' well-being, along with the profound impact of civic education in fostering a strong democracy.

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This episode of George Washington Slept Here explores civic education and citizen preparedness for leadership with special guest Jack Tomarchio. Jack is a seasoned expert in federal intelligence, and throughout his interview, he delves into the crucial topics of political polarization and the Democracy Perception Index. Listeners will gain valuable insights on cybersecurity as he shares his experiences and observations. Don't miss ...
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In this episode of George Washington Slept Here, host Jason L. S. Raia welcomes Victoria Coates, a former member of the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Security Council, who now serves as the V.P. of the Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at the Heritage Foundation. The conversation explores Coates' professional journey, her works on art and art history, and America today.

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Join host Jason L. S. Raia on George Washington Slept Here as he interviews Kevin Douglass Greene, an army veteran and great-great-grandson of Frederick Douglass. They delve into Frederick Douglass' transformative fight with Mr. Covey and the newfound sense of freedom it ignited. The conversation then shifts to Douglass' meeting with Anna Murray, whose support played a crucial role in his escape from slavery.

Exploring themes of lib...
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July 11, 2023 75 mins
Join us on this episode of George Washington Slept Here with esteemed Civil War historian and Abraham Lincoln scholar - Dr. Allen Guelzo. Throughout the interview, we explore Dr. Guelzo's passion for American history and Abraham Lincoln while examining the enduring stability of American ideas, the impact of media on politics, and the recurring theme of political polarization. Dr. Guelzo provides insights into the similarities and d...
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June 28, 2023 2 mins
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