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Looking to 2017

by The Thomas Jefferson Hour

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On this 1776 Club broadcast, Clay & David discuss 2016 and look forward to the new year. They cover topics including Bob Dylan's lyrical allusion to Samuel Johnson, possible similarities between Theodore Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson, Brad Crisler's gift to Clay, which songs to include in a musical time capsule, and their plans to complete the Jefferson 101 series in 2017.

Speaking of music...! Check out this accompanying Spotify playlist of the tunes discussed on this show:

Questions from 1776 Club members Glenn H., Paul G. and Mark R. are discussed in this episode.

Mark wrote in to ask what Jefferson's perspective might be regarding President Obama's "statement indicating he will take a very active role from the sidelines as he exits the presidency to preserve his legacy." Clay's answer includes a book recommendation: The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity by Michael Duffy and Nancy Gibbs.

Paul's letter compares the experiences of Theodore Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson, especially regarding the personal tragedies in their lives. Paul spent some time in Theodore Roosevelt National Park over the summer and he noticed "an interesting parallel in these two otherwise very different men."


released December 23, 2016

The public domain image comes from the New York Public Library Digital Collections.


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The Thomas Jefferson Hour is a weekly radio program dedicated to the search for truth in the tradition of Thomas Jefferson.

Nationally acclaimed humanities scholar and award-winning first-person interpreter of Thomas Jefferson, Clay S. Jenkinson, portrays Jefferson on the program, and he answers listener questions while in the persona of our third president.
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