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Jan 23
2012

I am murdered

A tale of murder in the final chapter in a great man's noble life. Chris Hull tells George Wythe's story.

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Dec 12
2011

Westward!

America outgrows her 13 colonies and stretches her boundaries west. CNU Professor Phillip Hamilton explains the sprawl.

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Oct 10
2011

Meet Benjamin Franklin

Wry humor softens the sharp wit of this quintessentially American founding father. Interpreter John Hamant talks about portraying Benjamin Franklin.

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Jul 25
2011

George Washington's Farewell

George Washington's 1796 Farewell Address teems with advice that rings true today. Listen to interpreter Ron Carnegie read excepts from the timeless epistle.

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Jul 11
2011

Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death

Patrick Henry demands liberty or death in his rousing 1775 speech. Hear the immortal words voiced by interpreter Richard Schumann.

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Jun 6
2011

Washington's Whiskey Still

George Washington's retirement venture had a high alcohol content. Mount Vernon's Director of Preservation, Dennis Pogue, leads us on a tour through Washington's whiskey distillery.

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May 30
2011

Age of Piracy

Pirates seek treasure both sunken and sea-going, from the 17th century through today. William and Mary Professor Kris Lane draws the connections between the old traditions and the fresh emergences of piracy.

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May 16
2011

What Makes a Good President?

Author and historian Alan Brinkley shares his thoughts on the alchemy of luck and chance in the Oval Office.

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Mar 7
2011

Jefferson's Boyhood Home

A new examination of Thomas Jefferson's boyhood home reveals the forces that shaped the third president. Author Susan Kern talks about her new book, "The Jeffersons at Shadwell."

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Feb 28
2011

A Dangerous Job

Listen to the story of Gowan Pamphlet, the first ordained slave preacher in America.

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Apr 12
2010

Patrick Henry's Secret

American patriot Patrick Henry is burdened with his first wife's tragic decline into insanity. Interpreter Richard Schumann tells the tale.

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Mar 29
2010

Thomas Jefferson, Engineer

Thomas Jefferson approached mechanical problems with an engineer's mind. Historic Interpreter Bill Barker continues his reflection on this founding father's areas of expertise.

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Mar 22
2010

Thomas Jefferson, Scientist

Thomas Jefferson's passion for politics is rivaled only by his passion for science. Historic Interpreter Bill Barker shares his study of the third president.

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Mar 1
2010

Daniel Boone

Folk legend Daniel Boone was a reluctant hero in his lifetime. Historic Interpreter Scott New tells the story of the humble hunter.

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Jun 23
2008

The Jefferson Blog

A new blog subjects Thomas Jefferson's ideals to modern scrutiny. Add your two cents beginning this July.

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Feb 18
2008

Washington as a Symbol

Washington's leadership was an appealing surrogate for the king's paternal presence. Historian Kevin Kelly discusses the first president's legacy.

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Sep 24
2007

Prelude to Victory

"Prelude to Victory" celebrates the anniversary of the Battle of Yorktown with three days of special programs that recall September 26, 27, and 28, 1781.

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Jul 23
2007

A Loyal Subject

Loyal subjects of the king walked among Williamsburg's revolutionaries. Colonial Williamsburg's Jack Flintom interprets John Randolph's allegiance to King George III.

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Jul 2
2007

The Declaration of Independence

Hear the words that were catalyst to the Revolution, read by Bill Barker, Colonial Williamsburg's Thomas Jefferson.

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Apr 2
2007

Education for Citizenship, Part Two

Citizen participation is as vital to democracy today as it was at the dawn of our nation, says Colonial Williamsburg Foundation President Colin Campbell.

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Mar 26
2007

Education for Citizenship in Revolutionary City

To bring life to the struggles and principles of the 18th century is the goal that guides Revolutionary City programs, says Colonial Williamsburg Foundation President Colin Campbell.

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Jan 22
2007

A Conversation With Benedict Arnold

What would Benedict Arnold have to say for himself? Interpreter Ken Johnston gives listeners a taste.

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Nov 27
2006

Benedict Arnold

Colonial Williamsburg actor-interpreter Ken Johnston says "founding father" might be a more apt description than "traitor" for the man who was more loyal to his principles than his party.

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Jul 24
2006

Thomas Jefferson vs. Patrick Henry

Bill Barker as Thomas Jefferson and Richard Schumann as Patrick Henry continue their debate on the role of religion in government.

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Jul 17
2006

Thomas Jefferson on Religion

Thomas Jefferson speaks of his statute of Virginia for religious freedom, as delivered here by Bill Barker.

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Jul 10
2006

Patrick Henry on Religion

Patrick Henry's passion for his beliefs comes alive in Richard Schumann's interpretation of the patriot's thoughts on the importance of religious faith in daily life.

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Jul 3
2006

Declaration of Independence

Bill Barker, interpreting Thomas Jefferson reads the Declaration of Independence.

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Apr 24
2006

Marquis de Lafayette

Mark Schneider portrays French general Marquis de Lafayette, whose passion for the cause of freedom helped America win liberty from British rule.

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Feb 13
2006

Being George Washington

Ron Carnegie enjoys interpreting our nation's first president - a man whose character he clearly admires.

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Dec 26
2005

Governor-elect Kaine on his historic inauguration

Tim Kaine is the first governor to be inaugurated on the site of the colonial Capitol in Williamsburg since Thomas Jefferson.

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Aug 29
2005

Interpreting Patrick Henry

Richard Schumann discusses the intensity and passionate character of Patrick Henry.

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Aug 1
2005

Foundation President

Colin Campbell discusses the joys and challenges of leading the foundation whose mission is to teach history,"that the future may learn from the past."

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Jul 4
2005

Declaration of Independence

Bill Barker, interpreting Thomas Jefferson, reads the Declaration of Independence.

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Jun 30
2005

Jefferson Scholarship

Bill Barker discusses the vast amount of historical study of Jefferson currently available and ponders why we are so interested in the man today.

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Jun 14
2005

Richard Schumann on Patrick Henry and Independence

Whenever there was trouble in Williamsburg, it's a sure bet Patrick Henry was in the middle of it.

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May 28
2005

Bill Barker on portraying Thomas Jefferson

Interpreting Thomas Jefferson is almost an around-the-clock commitment.

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