About the Thomas Jefferson Hour
The Thomas Jefferson Hour® is a weekly radio program dedicated to the search for truth in the tradition of Thomas Jefferson. Our third president, Thomas Jefferson, was a man of the Enlightenment, a student of human nature and gentlemanly behavior, and he applied this to his personal life as well as to both the national and world wide challenges he faced during the forming of our nation. Nationally acclaimed humanities scholar and award winning first person interpreter of Thomas Jefferson, Clay Jenkinson, portrays Jefferson on the program, and he answers listener questions while in the persona of Jefferson--his answers are grounded in the writings and actions of the great man.
Our mission is to generate one-on-one discourse between friends and family members, then to help broaden it to national discourse (replace the 30 second two position only sound bites) about important, and many times sensitive, topics to our country and to our citizens. We do this in a unique and entertaining way—through the voice of our third president Thomas Jefferson.
The program is funded by The Dakota Institute through The Lewis & Clark, Fort Mandan Foundation , a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and by its listeners. Prairie Public Radio provides the up-linking of the program, making it currently downloadable from satellite for radio stations.
Praise for The Thomas Jefferson Hour®
The Thomas Jefferson Hour has been a staple of WHRV's lineup since its inception; we were amongst the first broadcasters to carry the program, and are proud to air Clay's announcements thanking us for being the program's flagship station. With this market's deep history as home to our nation's first region, the Jamestown Colony's founding in 1607, and our Commonwealth's ties to Thomas Jefferson, interest in this program over the years has resulted in a sizeable listener base. We have hosted debates between Thomas Jefferson (Clay Jenkinson) and Alexander Hamilton (Bill Chrystal), and they've been overwhelmingly well-attended by enthusiastic audiences. In addition to our very popular local call-in shows, it's one of our most popular public affairs programs.
Anthony McSpadden, Director of Programming,WHRV, Norfolk, VA
The Thomas Jefferson Hour is a thought provoking way of exploring contemporary issues through the lens of history. Clay Jenkinson brings listeners interesting and thoughtful perspectives in an engaging way.
Joe Moore, Director of Program Content, KVPR Fresno and KPRX Bakersfield, CA
Thomas Jefferson versus Click and Clack? I have been amazed at how the Thomas Jefferson Hour has performed on our weekends. The reason the TJ Hour, works is obvious when you listen -- it is Clay Jenkinson: his on-air warmth and intelligence, the breadth of his knowledge, the concerns toward which he directs the discussion, and his ability to connect with the public radio audience. The idea of using Thomas Jefferson as framing device gives the discussion a perspective that distinguishes it from the usual public affairs discussion. It combines actual serious discussion of important, overriding principles with the entertainment of the Thomas Jefferson set-up. It works.
Bill Thomas, Director of Radio, Prairie Public, North Dakota
This Week's Show - Mister Nolan
Show 1066 Mister Nolan (3-2-14) A listener question prompts a discussion with Mister Jefferson about Phillip Nolan (1771-1801), and filibustering or military adventurism. Jefferson wrote to Nolan in June of 1798 primarily about wild horses.
To Philip Nolan
Philadelphia June 24. 1798
It is some time since I have understood that there are large herds of horses, in a wild state, in the country West of the Missisipi, and have been desirous of obtaining details of their history in that state. mr Brown, Senator from Kentuckey, informs me it would be in your power to give interesting information on this subject, and encourages me to ask it. the circumstances of the old world have, beyond the records of history, been such as admitted not that animal to exist in a state of nature. the condition of America is rapidly advancing to the same. the present then is probably the only moment in the age of the world, and the herds abovementioned the only subjects, of which we can avail ourselves to obtain what has never yet been recorded and never can be again in all probability. I will add that your information is the sole reliance, as far as I can at present see, for obtaining this desideratum. you will render to Natural [his]tory a very acceptable service therefore, if you will enable our Philosophical-society to add so interesting a chapter to the history of […] animal. I need not specify to you the particular facts asked [for?] as your knowledge of the animal in his domesticated, as well as [his] wild state, will naturally have led your attention to those particulars in the manners, habits, & laws of his existence, which are peculiar to his wild state. I wish you not to be anxious about the form of your information. the exactness of the substance alone is material: and if, after giving in a first […] all the facts you at present possess, you could be so good, on subsequent occasions as to furnish such others in addition as you may acquire from time to time, your communications will always be thankfully recieved. if addressed to me at Monticello & put into any post office of Kentucky or Tenissee, they will reach me speedily & safely, and will be considered as obligations on Sir
Your most obedt. humble servt
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Many Tax Requests---
In show 984 "Taxes" (8-12-12) Clay suggested it would be very helpful if a citizen could track just where his tax dollars go, and several listeners respodeded with suggested websites that provide information on just that subject including TJH Forum member John C5 who suggested this site:http://www.wheredidmytaxdollarsgo.com/
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The Character of Meriwether Lewis:
Explorer in the Wilderness by Clay Jenkinson
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