The Thomas Jefferson Hour

The Thomas Jefferson Hour

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Your weekly conversation with Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, as portrayed by the award-winning humanities scholar and author, Clay Jenkinson.
#1264 Representation
Dec 8 • 58 min
“It’s so hard for me to think that one citizen, for whatever reason, would commit such mayhem.” — Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson President Jefferson answers listener questions this week. He is asked about District of Columbia citizens…
#1263 Jefferson’s Travels
Dec 5 • 60 min
“I saw the future of the American experiment in the West.” — Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson Catherine Jenkinson returns to host a conversation with President Jefferson about his travels in France, Europe and the United States.
#1262 The Final Years (Part Three)
Nov 28 • 60 min
“Two seraphs await me long shrouded in death; I will bear them your love on my last parting breath.” — Thomas Jefferson, July 1826 We conclude our Jefferson 101 biographical series by discussing his final days at Monticello, his legacy, and the deaths of…
#1261 Jefferson’s Table
Nov 21 • 56 min
“Literally everyone in Washington, D.C. wanted invitations to my White House dinners.” — Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson Catherine Jenkinson returns as guest host this week to speak with President Jefferson about all things food and to…
#1260 The Final Years (Part Two)
Nov 14 • 60 min
“at best it is but the life of a mill-horse, who sees no end to his circle but in death. to such a life that of a cabbage is paradise.” — Thomas Jefferson, 27 June 1822 This week, we return with part two of the last three shows of the Jefferson 101…
#1259 The Final Years (Part One)
Nov 7 • 64 min
“The last years of his life were increasingly characterized by debt and disillusionment.” — Clay We return to Jefferson 101 with part one of the final three shows of the Jefferson biography series to discuss Jefferson’s years in retirement at Monticello.
#1258 Dissent is Essential
Oct 31 • 57 min
Anything that is non-violent is an acceptable form of protest in a Republic.” — Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson President Jefferson shares his view on what he calls an essential need for citizens to speak out about issues they disagree…
#1257 Down from the Mountain
Oct 24 • 56 min
“Jefferson was a gentleman. Mountains weren’t climbed in his time.” — Clay This week, we speak with Clay about his recent mountain climbing experience and answer listener questions.
#1256 Last Refuge
Oct 17 • 56 min
“Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” — Samuel Johnson We speak with President Thomas Jefferson about patriotism and Jefferson’s concept of what it is to be truly free.
#1255 Show Mister Jefferson
Oct 10 • 59 min
Prompted by a listener letter, Clay answers the question, “If Thomas Jefferson appeared before you today, what would you want to show him from our time?”
#1254 Magic of the Word
Oct 3 • 56 min
“Nobody ever used the English language to greater effect than William Shakespeare.” — Clay Clay discusses his new show, “Clay Jenkinson’s Shakespeare the Magic of the Word” — which held its world premiere in Norfolk, VA in September — and shares…
#1253 Second Term
Sep 26 • 58 min
“Nature intended me for the tranquil pursuits of science by rendering them my supreme delight.” — Thomas Jefferson We return to the Jefferson 101 biographical series and explore Jefferson’s second term as President. We discuss the many difficulties he…
#1252 Mildness & Amenity
Sep 19 • 56 min
“I am more candid in your era than I ever would have been in mine.” — Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson This week, we speak with President Jefferson about his hospitality and good manners. In her book, The First Forty Years of Washington…
#1251 Checks & Balances
Sep 12 • 61 min
“If the three federal branches can’t stop themselves from doing appalling things, a fourth entity exists, and that’s the states.” — Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson We discuss the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798, states’ rights, and the…
#1250 Totality
Sep 6 • 58 min
“How can you call yourself a Jeffersonian if you don’t go see [the eclipse]?” — Clay Clay takes us on a road trip to Wyoming to witness the eclipse. Later in the episode, David Nicandri phones in to report on his experience.
#1249 Amor Patriae
Aug 29 • 59 min
Responding to a flood of emails from listeners, this week an out-of-character program discussing the recent events at Charlottesville. Find this episode, along with recommended reading, on the blog. Thomas Jefferson is interpreted by Clay S….
#1248 Private Thoughts
Aug 22 • 59 min
“I’m trying to explain to you and to your listeners what makes for a happy life.” — Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson President Thomas Jefferson speaks about Monticello, his private and daily habits, his compulsiveness and how his…
#1247 On My Doorstep
Aug 14 • 57 min
“Of all of the people of this era, there is one and only one huge paradox, and it’s Thomas Jefferson.” — Clay S. Jenkinson Clay shares his first impressions of John B. Boles’ new book, Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty. Find this episode,…
#1246 Special Places
Aug 7 • 57 min
“The bureaucracy can actually serve a really valuable purpose.” — Beau Wright, Director of Operations at United to Protect Democracy In an out-of-character program, Clay reports on this year’s Lewis & Clark cultural tour. Later, we’re joined by…
#1245 This Thing of Darkness
Jul 31 • 55 min
“This thing of darkness, I acknowledge mine.” — Prospero, The Tempest This week Clay Jenkinson speaks about Thomas Jefferson and slavery. Find this episode, along with further recommended reading, on the blog. Thomas Jefferson is…
#1244 A Free Nation
Jul 24 • 57 min
“The Founding Fathers intended a free nation in which you could choose your religion.” — Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson After a short discussion about weather, President Jefferson addresses a question about his ownership of a…
#1243 Mister President
Jul 18 • 57 min
“Really? You don’t think Jefferson has a geopolitical plan here?” — Clay S. Jenkinson This week, we return to the Jefferson 101 series and discuss Jefferson’s first term as President. In particular, we discuss the Barbary pirates, the Louisiana…
#1242 Inside the White House
Jul 11 • 56 min
“You can object to anybody’s politics, but I firmly believe that you can’t object to President Obama’s character.” — Beau Wright President Thomas Jefferson speaks about the White House — during his time and ours — with this week’s special guest,…
#1241 4th of July
Jul 3 • 57 min
We speak with President Jefferson this week in our annual 4th of July Show. Jefferson shares his thoughts on why the holiday is so important to Americans and recalls how it was celebrated during his time. We also speak to Gaye Wilson, the Shannon…
#1240 Becoming President
Jun 27 • 58 min
“I think that’s what Jefferson’s attitude was: ‘I’d rather not, but I’m probably the best person to do it.’” — Clay We return to our Jefferson 101 series this week with an episode about Jefferson’s road to the White House. Over the past few…
#1239 Original Argument
Jun 20 • 56 min
“The question then became: Is a national bank constitutional? Did the Founding Fathers contemplate a national bank?” — Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson This week, we discuss the argument between Alexander Hamilton and Jefferson…
#1238 Presidential Decorum
Jun 13 • 59 min
“I never like to be rude, but sometimes one has to set the precedent for a society that will shock the world.” — Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson This week, we discuss diplomacy and presidential decorum. When the British…
#1237 More Listener Letters
Jun 6 • 60 min
“I was always happiest when I could direct the reading of a promising young man.” — Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson Here at the Jefferson Hour, we love our listener mail. We try to answer as many letters as possible because they…
#1236 Listener Letters
May 30 • 58 min
“Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God, if ever he had a chosen people, whose breasts he has made his peculiar deposit for substantial and genuine virtue. It is the focus in which he keeps alive that sacred fire, which otherwise…
#1235 American Character
May 23 • 60 min
“We have now a goodly field before us, & I have no wish superior to that of seeing it judiciously cultivated; that every Man, especially those who have labored to prepare it, may reap a fruitful Harvest” — George Washington, 1784 Nearly 50…
#1234 Jefferson’s Talents
May 16 • 62 min
“[Thomas Jefferson] could calculate an eclipse, survey an estate, tie an artery, plan an edifice, try a cause, break a horse, dance a minuet, and play a violin.” — James Parton, 1874 This week, we ask President Jefferson to confirm or deny these…
#1233 Neither Wolf nor Dog
May 9 • 54 min
“Somewhere in Jefferson, something happened where the European mindset turned and started looking to the west. He started looking toward possibility in a different way.” — Kent Nerburn We welcome two special guests to the Thomas Jefferson Hour…
#1232 Listener Questions
May 2 • 57 min
“Jefferson embodies — in many respects, not in all of them — the world that I want to live in. I want to live in Thomas Jefferson’s America.” — Clay This week, we discuss listener questions about architecture, Sally Hemings, revolutionary war,…
#1231 Jefferson’s Garden
Apr 25 • 57 min
This week, we speak with Pat Brodowski, head gardener at Jefferson’s Monticello. Pat shares her knowledge about how and why Jefferson grew the plants he did, the experimental nature of the household gardens and what is being done to maintain the…
#1230 Judgment
Apr 18 • 58 min
“The constitution … is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist, and shape into any form they please.” — Thomas Jefferson to Spencer Roane, 1819 Thomas Jefferson had a unique and slightly odd view of the proper place…
#1229 Vice President
Apr 11 • 60 min
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#1228 Budgets
Apr 4 • 55 min
“Jefferson regarded the national debt as a national disgrace.” This week, President Jefferson (as portrayed by humanities scholar Clay S. Jenkinson) explains his reasoning behind his federal budget and why he felt it was essential to pay down the…
#1227 The Missing Book
Mar 28 • 61 min
“[Meriwether Lewis] kept promising copy and he never sent a single page. We don’t know what, if anything, became of his manuscript. We have nothing. He wouldn’t communicate with us.” — Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay S. Jenkinson President…
#1226 American Happiness
Mar 21 • 64 min
“You can’t understand Jefferson without understanding slavery; you can’t understand the paradox of his life and the words that he wrote in the Declaration of Independence without understanding this historical connection with Sally Hemings and with the…
#1225 Liberty’s First Crisis
Mar 14 • 55 min
Our conversation this week is with the scholar, Charles Slack. Slack is the author of Liberty’s First Crisis: Adams, Jefferson, and the Misfits Who Saved Free Speech. His book chronicles the tumultuous early years of the United States when dissent was…
#1224 Friends of the Hour
Mar 7 • 56 min
Today, listeners call us and ask questions directly to President Jefferson. The inquiries cover a broad collection of topics: Jefferson’s relationship with the press, postage costs during his time, President Andrew Jackson, patents, banking,…
#1223 The Logan Act
Feb 28 • 56 min
President Thomas Jefferson explains the Logan Act’s origin, its possible uses and its connection to Alexander Hamilton. George Logan was a Quaker, doctor, farmer and state legislator from Pennsylvania who undertook, as a private citizen and at his own…
#1222 First Retirement (Part Two)
Feb 21 • 59 min
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#1221 The First 100 Days
Feb 17 • 58 min
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…
#1220 First Retirement (Part One)
Feb 10 • 58 min
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#1219 Inauguration, Then & Now
Feb 3 • 61 min
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,…
#1218 Two Parties
Jan 27 • 59 min
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…
The Jefferson Watch: The Inauguration
Jan 26 • 12 min
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…
Thomas Jefferson’s Inauguration
Jan 20 • 9 min
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…
#1217 Secretary of State (Part Two)
Jan 20 • 63 min
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…
#1216 Secretary of State (Part One)
Jan 13 • 58 min
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…
#1215 When in Rome
Jan 6 • 60 min
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…
Show 1214 Remembering 2016
Dec 30, 2016 • 60 min
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…
Show 1213 Jefferson Christmas 2016
Dec 23, 2016 • 56 min
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…
Show 1212 Questions From Maryland
Dec 16, 2016 • 59 min
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…
Show 1211 Constitution Day in Maryland
Dec 8, 2016 • 57 min
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…
Becoming Jefferson’s People (Excerpt)
Dec 6, 2016 • 23 min
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…
Show 1210 Optimistic Revolution
Dec 2, 2016 • 68 min
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,…
Show 1209 Trial by Jury
Nov 25, 2016 • 56 min
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.
Show 1208 We Have Voted
Nov 19, 2016 • 60 min
Prompted by requests from many Jefferson Hour listeners, this week Clay Jenkinson discusses the outcome of the 2016 election.
Show 1207 1800 and 2016
Nov 11, 2016 • 60 min
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…
Save the Republic Part Two
Nov 4, 2016 • 60 min
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.
Show 1205 Save the Republic Part One
Oct 28, 2016 • 59 min
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…
Show 1204 The Minimum
Oct 21, 2016 • 60 min
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.
Show 1203 Franklin’s Visit
Oct 14, 2016 • 59 min
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).
Show 1202 Income Inequality (Live in Fargo)
Oct 3, 2016 • 57 min
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.
Show 1201 Religion (Live in Fargo)
Sep 30, 2016 • 55 min
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)…
Show 1200 Our Republic
Sep 23, 2016 • 57 min
In this week’s show President Jefferson is asked to discuss the differences between a democracy and a republic. Clay asks listeners to send in a list of 5 things America could to do to become more of a republic again. Learn more on the blog.
Show 1199 America First
Sep 17, 2016 • 60 min
This week President Jefferson shares his positions about immigration, isolationism, nationalism and when it’s appropriate to keep America first.
Show 1198 Winners and Losers
Sep 9, 2016 • 61 min
This week President Jefferson answers listener mail including questions about civil disobedience, the dark side of Jefferson, political correctness and how the majority rules over the minority in our democracy.
Show 1197 Load the Pipes
Sep 2, 2016 • 55 min
This week in an out of character program, Thomas Jefferson Hour creator Clay S. Jenkinson discusses the protests occurring at the Standing Rock Reservation in in North Dakota over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Show 1196 Jefferson 113
Aug 26, 2016 • 58 min
This week Thomas Jefferson Hour creator Clay S. Jenkinson returns to the “Jefferson 101” biographical series with the final of three shows devoted to Jefferson’s time in Paris from 1784 to 1789.
Show 1195 Jefferson 112
Aug 19, 2016 • 59 min
This week Thomas Jefferson Hour creator Clay S. Jenkinson returns to the “Jefferson 101” biographical series with the second of three shows devoted to Jefferson’s time in Paris from 1784 to 1789.
Show 1194 Jefferson 111
Aug 12, 2016 • 60 min
This week Thomas Jefferson Hour creator Clay S. Jenkinson returns to the “Jefferson 101” biographical series with the first of three shows devoted to Jefferson’s time in Paris from 1784 to 1789.
Show 1193 What They Said
Aug 6, 2016 • 61 min
This week President Thomas Jefferson (as portrayed by humanities scholar Clay S. Jenkinson) is presented with excerpts of speeches given at both Republican and Democratic conventions and asked to share his thoughts.
Show 1192 Catherine and the Classics
Jul 29, 2016 • 61 min
Clay Jenkinson is joined by his daughter Catherine to discuss their recent trip to Greece, her plans to study the classics and, of course, Thomas Jefferson.
#1191 A Bleak Moment
Jul 23, 2016 • 59 min
As Clay says, “This is a tough one.” This week in a special out-of-character program, Clay discusses the recent episodes of violence occurring in America, and how Thomas Jefferson may have reacted to it.
#1190 Jefferson’s Daughters
Jul 15, 2016 • 58 min
This week, a very special guest host — one who is quite qualified to speak with President Thomas Jefferson about his daughters and how he regarded them. We are pleased to welcome this week’s host, Catherine Jenkinson. Thomas Jefferson is interpreted by…