President Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by humanities scholar Clay S. Jenkinson, is joined in conversation by Benjamin Franklin. Franklin is portrayed by GregRobin Smith, a history scholar, author, actor, and educator. Smith was invited to Bismarck by the North Dakota Humanities Council to speak, as Franklin, at the GameChanger Ideas Festival.
President Thomas Jefferson answers listener questions including, "How can I lead a more enlightened life?" Gardening, reading, participation in public life, more conversation? Also, a question about Jefferson playing chess (he was proud to say he once beat Benjamin Franklin), Jefferson's thoughts on art, his thoughts on celebrity, and how he dealt with conflict and always tried to maintain civil discourse.