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Friends & Fellow Citizens

A young American patriot and George Washington enthusiast, Sherman Tylawsky welcomes you from the nation’s capital for lively talks about pressing issues facing America and her allies, so you can learn to apply the first President’s unifying principles anywhere and anytime. Discover how the core values of Washington and the Founders were woven into the fabric of American society. Learn the ways a free people can heal internal divisions, cultivate economic prosperity, and protect civil liberties for future generations. Sherman Tylawsky is an aspiring statesman who grew up learning U.S. history and politics inside and outside of the classroom. Now, he invites you to experience President Washington’s pillars of patriotism, civility, faith, education, national unity, and fiscal responsibility in this brand-new podcast. You will hear fascinating stories and discussions about civics, culture, history and politics that any America-loving listener from across the planet can enjoy. This non-partisan podcast is a remarkable mix of solo shows, interviews and special guests that gives you a great boost of freedom! Subscribe now for the Founders' lasting wisdom heard around the world!

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Episode 106: The Final Struggle Across the Taiwan Strait
Once an economically-deprived police state as recently as 1987, Taiwan has become one of the most significant economic wonders in East Asia. But the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has threatened Taiwan's independence for decades and has already embarked on an international campaign to coerce countries into giving into the CCP ideology. What could be the Chinese global strategy and vision in 2049, 100 years after Mao declared the founding of the People's Republic of China? Ian Easton, a senior director at the Project 2049 Institute, shares the importance of U.S.-Taiwan relations and key elements of China's global strategy. He also previews his newest book The Final Struggle: Inside China's Global Strategy  that details some of the most egregious worldwide actions of the CCP.Check out Ian's book on Amazon!NEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show
66:27 10/03/2022
Episode 105: The 2-Year Anniversary and Our Tribute to Queen Elizabeth II
More than 2 years ago, Friends & Fellow Citizens made its debut on the podcast airwaves. Hear some of the interview episode highlights as we mark the two-year anniversary of the show! A very special appreciation to our Patreon supporters for helping to make this happen, and thank you to our listeners for being a part of the program thus far. More to come!Within the last few days of the release of this episode, the world lost a remarkable human being who brought an era of stability and public service to the United Kingdom, British Commonwealth, and the globe. We pay tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II as we reflect on the legacy of Britain's longest reigning British monarch.Music Credits:Americana - Aspiring by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/"Adventures in Adventureland" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/"Devonshire Waltz Andante" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 Licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1200092 Artist: http://incompetech.com/Support the show
27:17 09/12/2022
Episode 104 Part 2: The Noble Mission to Catch a Spy
Click HERE for Part 1!With the contemporary rise of China as an intelligence threat, the global espionage landscape has become more sophisticated, more dangerous, and more uncertain for U.S. national security and democracy around the world. Jim Olson discusses some of the ways our foreign adversaries have taken advantage of technology and how Americans can find their role in U.S. intelligence strategy and operations into the future. As a professor and author, he also previews his two books and shares about the significant role and impact of the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.The Ten Commandments of CounterintelligenceTo learn more about and purchase Jim's books, check out the following links:Amazon - Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of SpyingBarnes and Noble - Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying Amazon - To Catch a Spy: The Art of CounterintelligenceBarnes and Noble - To Catch a Spy: The Art of CounterintelligenceNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show
62:16 09/05/2022
Episode 104 Part 1: The Noble Mission to Catch a Spy
Throughout the Cold War, a war of espionage raged between the U.S. and Soviet Union. While espionage may not always be like James Bond or The X-Files, there is still much below the surface that defines global competition of power and ideas. James Olson is a veteran of the CIA's clandestine service and former Chief of Counterintelligence at the CIA Headquarters in Langley, VA. This week, he shares with us an overview of the turbulent history surrounding U.S. counterintelligence, including personal experiences and thoughts about encountering and catching some of America's worst traitors in history.Click HERE for Part 2!To learn more about and purchase Jim's books, check out the following links:Amazon - Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of SpyingBarnes and Noble - Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying Amazon - To Catch a Spy: The Art of CounterintelligenceBarnes and Noble - To Catch a Spy: The Art of CounterintelligenceNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show
55:46 09/05/2022
Episode 103: William Floyd - A Good Man Who "Never Quit His Chair"
While many of the Signers were experienced orators, some chose to be more reserved while still completing the work of the Continental Congress. Hear how William Floyd of New York served in his capacity at the legislative body and how people of all different capacities can contribute to public service.NEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show
23:24 08/08/2022
Episode 102: Restoring Power to Parents for Our Children's Education
In recent years, we have been hearing much about schools closed during the pandemic. But school closures are far from the only political battles as pandemic-era restrictions subside. From San Francisco to suburban Virginia, the decline in civil debate, decency, and ethics are sparking a new movement for parents across America to play a bigger role in their children's education. Erin Phillips, co-founder and president of Power2Parent, shares her story of getting involved as a mother in her local education system in Southern Nevada. She also discusses how parents in Nevada and around the U.S. are realizing the indecency of school systems and taking action to do what is best for their children's education and prosperity.Learn more about Erin's organization Power2Parent and its work below!Power2Parent website"Parental Advisory: Explicit content? Candra Evans' Story" articleNEW! Click HERE to order your F&FC mugs at our merchandise store and receive FREE U.S. shipping!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show
64:10 08/01/2022
Episode 101: How American Infrastructure Can Become Fountains of Public Good
Former New York Governor DeWitt Clinton once considered the Erie Canal a "fountain of public good and national abundance." Amid contemporary gridlock and polarization, what ideas can help spur a new generation of engineers and creators for the future of American infrastructure? Learn about how the Erie Canal contributed to the beginnings of American democracy and how an "Infrastructure National Guard" may spur ideas on states creating new visions for their infrastructure and future prosperity.Support the show
22:16 07/25/2022
Episode 100: A Milestone to Celebrate
Almost two years since the first episode of Friends & Fellow Citizens, we have finally made it to our 100th episode! This is truly a major milestone for the listeners, guests, and everyone who has made this program possible.Hear from some of the "Founding Fathers" of the podcast in this special interview episode. Also in this week's program are some BIG announcements about the show's program schedule and a new product to celebrate the podcast milestone!Thank you to everyone for continuing to help make Friends & Fellow Citizens a wonderful program! On to the next 100 episodes!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show
135:05 07/18/2022
Episode 99: Matthew Thornton - A Surgeon Who Put Patience Into Practice
How can a delegate of the Second Continental Congress sign the document without being present at the August 2nd signing? Despite signing the document in late 1776, Dr. Matthew Thornton was elected after the Declaration of Independence was signed and demonstrated the value of placing one's self on the record for supporting a noble cause. This episode also reflects on the Sacred Honor Series one year after the release of the inaugural episode featuring John Hancock.SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show
27:00 07/11/2022
Episode 98: Unearthing Civics Connections Outside the History Classroom
History is often taught in the classroom, but perhaps the real history is outside for students to learn and put into action. Paul LaRue, a retired history teacher, currently serves on Ohio's State Board of Education and is dedicated to helping students make those critical connections with history and civics out in the field. He provides some fascinating insight and experiences from his teaching career and offers ways for young people to get involved in the discovery of history and civics. On this year's Independence Day, he fittingly shares some other interesting history and civic initiatives that honor those who have fought for the unity and independence of our nation.An annual reading of the Declaration of Independence is featured after the interview. Happy Independence Day!91.7 WVXU article on tribute to Mr. Carl WestmorelandSUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show
63:27 07/04/2022
Episode 97: Why a Governor Bucked His Own Party and Ambitions for National Unity
"Robert J. Walker" may not ring a bell for most Americans today, but a highly undemocratic "constitution" for the Kansas Territory struck a chord with a once-promising politician in the Democratic Party.  Although a pro-slavery advocate, Walker was arguably a precursor to the Democratic party's Civil War schisms and an early supporter of the Union before Lincoln was even elected. Learn why this prominent Democrat wrote a defiant resignation letter to then-Secretary of State Lewis Cass and thoroughly explained his reasons for siding with the will of the people of Kansas and the national interest. Fun fact: he helped establish what eventually became the Department of the Interior!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show
34:10 06/27/2022
Episode 96: Building a Matter-of-fact Grounding for Constructive Debate
In this day and age of convoluted politics, news, and technology, perhaps we can relate to Sergeant Joe Friday from the TV show Dragnet. If he had to sift through the overwhelming information on the Internet, he too might say:"Give us the facts, ma'am." So how can a functional democracy improve the accessibility of useful information for the American people? Poppy MacDonald is President of USAFacts, a civic organization founded by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and dedicated to the collection and dissemination of open source facts for the betterment of civil debate. She shares the significance and ongoing journey of innovating new ways to make government data more available for millions of Americans across the country. Learn more about Poppy's work and start your research at usafacts.org!Poppy's Twitter: @poppymacdAdditional USAFacts links:Twitter: @USAFactsInstagram: @usafactsFacebook: @USAFactsSUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show
58:58 06/20/2022
Episode 95: Oliver Wolcott - The Modest Mediator and Militia Leader
While many Signers had extensive oratory experience, some were modest in character and adept in militias. Oliver Wolcott, the final Signer from Connecticut, demonstrates the value of maximizing one's strengths for civic good and the significance of taking specific, meaningful action for the American independence cause.SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show
29:18 06/13/2022
Episode 94: How Ascents and Descents of the Supreme Court Shaped America
The U.S. Supreme Court started with just a few cases and lackluster careers, but a political and judicial genius John Marshall was determined to change that forever. Amid countless episodes of political turmoil in American history, to what extent has the U.S. Supreme Court retained its original roots and adapted to the ever-changing times? Dr. Elizabeth Lane, Asst. Professor of Political Science at LSU, shares major stories and episodes of the Supreme Court that helped define the trajectory of our country and what citizens and elected representatives can do to better protect the independent judiciary.Visit elizabethalane.com to learn more about Elizabeth's research!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show
68:21 06/06/2022
Episode 93: The Bright and Glorious Character of General McPherson
Almost any DC straphanger knows the Metro stop called "McPherson Square, " but who is the namesake of this public park and busy subway station? In honor of Memorial Day, learn more about the emotional legacy that Union Major General James B. McPherson left to his West Point classmates and superiors on both sides of the bitterly divided country.SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show
17:57 05/30/2022
Episode 92: Finding the News Industry's Footing in an Increasingly Digital World
As technology continues to modernize in record time, public trust in media has yet to thrive in the modern era. What sort of models or ideas can improve credibility in information dissemination? Leigh Munsil, Editor-in-chief of the San Antonio Report and former Politico journalist, shares her thoughts on how local journalism has grown in the ever-growing San Antonio metro area and what readers and journalists can do to form closer connections after the COVID-19 pandemic.Become an Individual Member today if you wish to support the San Antonio Report!Follow Leigh on Twitter!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show
60:56 05/23/2022
Episode 91: William Williams - A Signer with an Original Belief in Independence
William Williams may not have the most original name, but his creative ways to support the Patriot cause was evident in his service to Connecticut. Learn how this Signer's family connection with a Royal Governor ultimately formed the foundations of a new state called Connecticut and the new United States of America.SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show
36:06 05/16/2022
Episode 90: Making American Politics More Local and Civil
Former House Speaker Tip O'Neill is often credited with the phrase "all politics is local," and it may be more relevant to this day and age than ever in recent memory. But to what extent has the COVID-19 pandemic made politics more local, and how can Americans work together to serve at local and state levels? A governmental affairs professional with extensive experience in local and state policymaking, Kristin Strobel shares her story of entering public service and how the dynamics of local and state politics are playing out in a post-pandemic America. She also discusses how every American can help restore more civility in our contemporary political environment.Check out the following links to learn more about Kristin's work!Kristin's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristin-strobel-a6707b7/Influential SHE Podcast - Leveraging 'What Is' with Kristin StrobelSUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show
56:44 05/09/2022
Episode 89: How Much is Truly a Trillion Dollars?
Over the past two years of COVID-19 relief-related spending packages, we have probably heard the word "trillion" more often than ever. Most people would call it a large number with 12 zero's, but words alone can't explain this huge number, especially when it comes to money and fiscal responsibility (or lack of it) in our country's politics. Learn what $1 trillion and a whopping $6 trillion looks like in the form of tall buildings, billionaires, and air travel!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show
27:47 05/02/2022
Episode 88: Jumping Into the Arena of Ballot Boxing
Few of us can be as good as Muhammad Ali or Mike Tyson in the boxing ring. But there is a much more participatory arena for those who wish to make their voices heard via the ballot box and protect the American right to vote. An author and civic leader, Lucy Santora shares her unique story growing up in a progressive household living in a conservative town, analysis of the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections and their consequences, and a preview of her political handbook Ballot Boxing.Check out the following links to learn more about Lucy and purchase her book Ballot Boxing!Ballot Boxing book on AmazonTwitter: @lucysantora Instagram: @lucysantora LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lucysantora/SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/friendsfellowcitizens)
63:42 04/25/2022
Episode 87: Samuel Huntington - The Calm Mediator Who Became President of Congress
With a calm and cordial nature, Samuel Huntington may have served as a "first President of the United States." Learn how this early leader from Connecticut helped solve the more territorial disputes of the fledgling nation.SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/friendsfellowcitizens)
33:27 04/18/2022
Episode 86: Mitigating the CCP's Dissonant Discourse Power
The global standing of the U.S. is evolving as adversarial nations create new ways to fight with information warfare and discourse power. Cybersecurity expert and freelancer Alicia Fawcett joins us to discuss how the CCP's discourse power is shaping Chinese foreign policy, global implications on security and America's standing in the world, and what the U.S. can do to mitigate these threats.Learn more about Alicia's work via the links below!Academia - https://aliciafawcett.academia.eduTwitter - https://twitter.com/fawcett_aliciaLinkedIN - https://www.linkedin.com/feed/SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/friendsfellowcitizens)
59:17 04/11/2022
Episode 85: Returning Intellectual Curiosity to Our Schools
Sometimes, a random selection in a historical newspaper can turn into a podcast episode. While researching more about Horace Mann and the history of American education, Sherman decided to pick a page at random and see what happens. This episode covers an interesting piece from a school teacher who may remind us the essence of education for children.Link to pgs. 286 and 287 written by Ms. Emily R. Baxter: The Common School Journal SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/friendsfellowcitizens)
25:22 04/04/2022
Episode 84: Reimagining Financial Incentives in Broadcast News
Amid mass polarization and politicization, the fabric of American civics has been shaped and eroded by the mainstream news industry for decades. Now, even former journalists are speaking out and calling for much-needed change. Former MSNBC producer Ariana Pekary discusses why she left the mass media industry, consequences of contemporary financial incentives in that industry, and what we can do to better our political discourse.Check out the links below to learn more about Ariana's work!Columbia Journal Review: https://www.cjr.org/author/ariana-pekaryWebsite: https://www.arianapekary.net/Follow her on Twitter! @arianapekary   Ariana's Resignation Statement: https://www.arianapekary.net/post/personal-news-why-i-m-now-leaving-msnbcInterview with Andrew Yang: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3djYwDdUUg More interviews here: https://www.arianapekary.net/workSUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/friendsfellowcitizens)
54:55 03/28/2022
Episode 83: Roger Sherman - The Compromiser Who Brought Promise to America
As a delegate who spoke almost 150 times during the Constitutional Convention, Roger Sherman was no stranger to the major political debates that shaped American history forever. Learn how this Connecticut delegate worked to ensure that compromise would be an imperfect but necessary vehicle for positive change in America.SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/friendsfellowcitizens)
33:35 03/21/2022
Episode 82 Part 2: Universal Genius of the Hot Crazy Matrix
Listen to Part 1 HEREWhat would George Washington and the Founders think about the Hot Crazy Matrix? Find out more in Part 2! Original video link (share with your friends & family!): www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_H85PH2gtw&t=32sCheck out the following links for more mentions of the Universal Hot Crazy Matrix!Article: The Tennesseean - Alderman's 'hot crazy' female matrix goes viralTV Appearance: Dr. Drew On Call - Creator of 'Hot/Crazy Matrix' talks to Dr. DrewSUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/friendsfellowcitizens)
41:57 03/14/2022
Episode 82 Part 1: Universal Genius of the Hot Crazy Matrix
From Leonardo da Vinci to George Washington , Mary Shelley to Albert Einstein, the spectrum of geniuses is endless. A 7-minute video from 2014 with over 300 million views (and counting), the "Universal Hot Crazy Matrix" has been a favorite for countless people around the world. In this two-part grab bag episode like no other, the mastermind of the hyper viral video Dana McLendon joins us in a free-flowing conversation about how this video got started, the numerous reactions to it since its launch, and much more!Watch and enjoy the original "Universal Hot Crazy Matrix" video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_H85PH2gtw&t=32sListen to Part 2 HERE!Check out the following links for more mentions of the Universal Hot Crazy Matrix!Article: The Tennesseean - Alderman's 'hot crazy' female matrix goes viralTV Appearance: Dr. Drew On Call - Creator of 'Hot/Crazy Matrix' talks to Dr. DrewSUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/friendsfellowcitizens)
53:29 03/14/2022
Episode 81: From the Exhibition of Champions to Mutual Discussion
In this episode, we delve into how the Senate maverick Daniel Webster may help explain the state of mindlessness in our society today.Most importantly, this week marks a big announcement that will greatly enhance the listener experience in our interview episodes soon! Stay tuned!SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/friendsfellowcitizens)
25:56 03/07/2022
Episode 80: Sparking Hope and Dignity with Joel's Story
What if one Facebook message could change a man's path in life? In early 2017, one message from a complete stranger sparked an unlikely partnership and friendship that transcended across the Atlantic. Ben Taylor, the creator of the popular Youtube channel Pleasant Green that informs people about contemporary scams, joins our show this week to share his insight as a content creator. He also tells his story with a Liberian man named Joel who would not only leave the scamming world forever, but would embark on a life of service for his community and country.Check out Ben's channel Pleasant Green and SUBSCRIBE to his channel for more incredible content!If you wish to learn more about the book By D Grace of God and purchase a copy, visit bydgraceofgod.com!Also, don't forget to SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/friendsfellowcitizens)
50:05 02/28/2022
Episode 79: William Ellery - A Signer With Hope For an America Without Slavery
Just several episodes into this series, we have seen how multiple Signers were already well ahead of their times on making the United States of America a better haven for freedom, opportunity, and justice. The second and final delegate from Rhode Island, William Ellery helped establish an Ivy League institution and offer hope for a nation that he believed could end slavery and liberate countless future generations of Americans.SUBSCRIBE to our e-mail list for the latest news and updates from Friends & Fellow Citizens!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/friendsfellowcitizens)
43:43 02/21/2022