The Thomas Jefferson Hour

The Thomas Jefferson Hour
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.
#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
Jefferson 117
#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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