The American Idea

by Ashbrook Center

The American Idea explores America's Founding principles and their effect on American history and government. Through lively and thoughtful conversations with renowned academics and public figures from across the country, the podcast examines the history and political thought behind our country’s greatest documents and debates, as well as contemporary issues, American popular culture, and political statesmanship. The podcast is... Read more

Podcast episodes

  • Season 2

  • S02 E36 - Feminism and the #MeToo Movement | Taylor

    S02 E36 - Feminism and the #MeToo Movement | Taylor

    Jeff welcomes Dr. Natalie Taylor of Skidmore College to discuss the place of feminism within the American sociopolitical reform tradition, and its connection to the contemporary #MeToo movement. Jeff and Natalie focus, in particul...

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  • S02 E35 - John F. Kennedy and the Cold War with Stephen Knott | Documents and Debates

    S02 E35 - John F. Kennedy and the Cold War with Stephen Knott | Documents and Debates

    In this episode The American Idea Jeff is joined by Stephen Knott, Professor of National Security Affairs at the United States Naval War College and the Thomas and Mabel Guy Professor in American History and Government at Ashland ...

    57:54
  • S02 E34 - Rival Friends: The Adams-Jefferson Correspondence with Cara Rogers | Documents and Debates

    S02 E34 - Rival Friends: The Adams-Jefferson Correspondence with Cara Rogers | Documents and Debates

    In this episode of The American Idea, Jeff is joined once again by Cara Rogers, Professor of History at Ashland University and Co-Director of the Ashbrook Scholar Program, for a conversation on the friendship of John Adams and Tho...

    51:08
  • S02 E33 - The Declaration of Independence | Documents and Debates

    S02 E33 - The Declaration of Independence | Documents and Debates

    Jeff and Dr. Chris Burkett of Ashland University discuss the ideas and ideals expressed in America's most fundamental document, the Declaration of Independence.Host: Jeff SikkengaExecutive Producer: Greg McBrayerProducer: Jeremy G...

    42:56
  • S02 E32 - Roe v. Wade Overturned and Other Historic Decisions of the Supreme Court's 2021-22 Term

    S02 E32 - Roe v. Wade Overturned and Other Historic Decisions of the Supreme Court's 2021-22 Term

    In this special episode, Jeff sits down with Dr. Joshua Dunn to discuss the overturning of Roe v. Wade and blockbuster decisions about religious liberty, free speech, and the 2nd Amendment.You can download a free PDF copy of Josh'...

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