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12 minutes | Dec 2, 2022
Thankful for Education: Stories of Learning and Empowering from Monticello
Throughout his life, Thomas Jefferson argued that knowledge was power. Many, however, have faced challenges in receiving an education in this country since its founding. For the holiday season, this podcast episode focuses on a few stories about individuals who strove to access and share with others the gift of education.
9 minutes | Nov 11, 2022
Turkeys as National Birds? Benjamin Franklin and the Great Seal of the United States
For the holiday season, Monticello guide Kyle Chattleton dispels a myth involving Benjamin Franklin and dives into the more complicated history surrounding it.
3 minutes | Feb 25, 2022
The Levy Family Preserves Monticello
2 minutes | Feb 18, 2022
Salome and Religious Freedom
3 minutes | Jan 14, 2022
Thomas Jefferson Drives Fast
8 minutes | May 7, 2021
Hamilton vs. Jefferson
Monticello guide Holly Haliniewski shares the story of one of America’s most famous rivalries. Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson played instrumental roles in the creation of America, and had completely different visions for the future of the country. But while a lot of recent attention has been paid to their disagreements, an object found at Monticello today might point to a deeper level of respect between the two.
22 minutes | Jan 29, 2011
Thomas Jefferson, a Personal View by Alan Alda
In 1995, Alan Alda was the featured speaker at a special dinner on Monticello's West Lawn. Fresh from a filming trip to China for PBS's Scientific American Frontiers, the award-winning actor related his efforts to look for "clues into [Jefferson's] character" and made connections between efforts by a Chinese scientist to produce a high-yield strain of rice and Jefferson's commitment to the sciences and freedom of thought. (Added to Monticello Podcasts on Jan. 28, 2010. Approx. 22 min. )
26 minutes | Dec 29, 2010
Jefferson and the Early Diplomatic Corps
In the wake of the release of U.S. diplomatic cables on Wikileaks, Eric Johnson, Monticello's New Media Specialist, talks with Jean Bauer, creator of "The Early American Foreign Service Database," about what is was like for Jefferson and his successors to communicate with America's ambassadors and consuls abroad. (Added to Monticello Podcasts on Dec. 2, 2010. Approx. 25 min.)
57 minutes | Nov 18, 2009
Visitor accounts of Thomas Jefferson
Contemporary visitor accounts of Thomas Jefferson and Monticello offer interesting insights on the former president in his retirement years. Ellen Hickman, assistant editor at the Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series, outlines a project underway to gather and publish visitor accounts, shares some amusing anecdotes from the collection, and discusses how studying visitor descriptions alters our understanding of Jefferson. (Added to Monticello Podcasts Nov. 18, 2009. Approx. 44 min. )
44 minutes | Aug 6, 2009
The Brother Gardeners
Writer and historian Andrea Wulf talks about her recent book, The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession, that traces the origin of the English country garden through the collaborative effort between two men and two countries: American farmer, John Bartram, and London cloth merchant, Peter Collinson. (Added to Monticello Podcasts on Aug 6, 2009. Approx. 44 min. )
47 minutes | Jun 18, 2009
Jefferson and the Megalonyx
Rick Britton, author of Jefferson: A Monticello Sampler and part-time Monticello interpreter, details Jefferson's involvment in the identification of Megalonyx jeffersonii, a extinct ground sloth whose bones were discovered in a cave in Virginia.
6 minutes | Apr 30, 2009
Vegetables and Seasoning in Early American Southern Cuisine
Nancy Carter Crump, a culinary historian and author of Hearthside Cooking: Early American Southern Cuisine, dispels the myth that overcooking vegetables was originally part of early southern cooking and highlights some surprising uses of herbs and spices of the early Nineteenth Century.
59 minutes | Apr 30, 2009
Early American Southern Cuisine
Nancy Carter Crump, a culinary historian and author of Hearthside Cooking: Early American Southern Cuisine, will parallel developments in Colonial Southern foodways with those of our social and political culture. She will share some of the methods, accepted beliefs, and misconceptions of the time and also talk about the influence of our early Native American, European and enslaved communities. .
7 minutes | Mar 5, 2009
New CD: Music from the Jefferson Collection
A sample from a new CD that attempts to recreate some specific examples of music at Monticello. Violinist David Sariti discusses Jefferson's ability with the violin and introduces Vivaldi's Violin Sonata, Opus 2, No. 3 before performing its first two movements, the Andante and Corrente (Allegro). In addition to Sariti, the artists include: Theresa Goble (Mezzo-Soprano), Andrew Mullen (Bass-Baritone), and Bradley Lehman (Harpsichord).
15 minutes | Nov 26, 2008
A Brief History of the Turkey
Author Andrew Smith gives a quick primer on the history of the 'American' turkey as well as a quick review of the validity of story of the First Thanksgiving.
11 minutes | Aug 22, 2008
Religion in The Election of 1800
A look at the role religion played in the presidential election of 1800, which pitted Thomas Jefferson against John Adams.
43 minutes | Jul 1, 2008
Virginia's Dissenters and the Statute for Religious Freedom
A discussion of the role Virginia's religious dissenters played in the passage of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom
54 minutes | Jun 3, 2008
A More Perfect Constitution
UVA professor Larry Sabato talks about his book that offers 23 changes to the U.S. Constitution.
5 minutes | Apr 4, 2008
Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, November 13, 1787
Thomas Jefferson's letter to John Adams of November 13, 1787, containing some his thoughts on the newly drafted U.S. Constitution.
12 minutes | Apr 4, 2008
Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, December 20, 1787
Thomas Jefferson's letter to James Madison of December 20, 1787, containing some his thoughts on the newly drafted U.S. Constitution.
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