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February 20, 2005 Guest host Sheilah Kast speaks with John Widmer, a professor at Washington College, which recently commissioned a survey that examines American attitudes towards our first president, George Washington. The survey suggests that the average American adult may not know as much about Washington as one would think, and that he is not necessarily America's favorite president.
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February 19, 2001 Jason Bezis, a law student at the University of California at Berkeley, has always harbored a special appreciation for our first president. He wants the nation to refer to our annual Februrary federal holiday by its given name: Washington's Birthday.
May 11, 2003 Through military campaigns, diplomatic ventures and presidential politics, George Washington was guided by a simple set of 110 maxims he first copied out as a Virginia schoolboy. In a newly published edition of the 'Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation,' Washington biographer Richard Brookhiser says these principles could teach modern-day Americans a thing or two about ambition and morality. Read the rules online.
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July 4, 2001 Author Roger Wilkins notes that many founding fathers were slave owners, a fact that affects the patriotism of African-Americans today. Wilkins argues it was the slaves with their labor who allowed men such as Thomas Jefferson and George Washington the freedom to become statesmen.
September 16, 2000 It was 204 years ago this week that America's first president announced to the nation he would not seek a third term in office. George Washington had entered office a war hero but had become discouraged by newspaper attacks on his character. Host Jacki Lyden speaks with Washington biographer Willard Sterne Randall about how Washington's departure paved the way for a two-party system and for a tradition of attacks on character.
January 8, 1999 Susan Stamberg travels back in time -- in a manner of speaking -- for a re-creation of George Washington's first State of the Union Address. "Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness," Washington advised "...every valuable end of government is best answered by the enlightened confidence of the people."
March 18, 2001 Mark Pachter, director of the National Portrait Gallery, finds a donor to help the Smithsonian Insitution purchase Gilbert Stuart's 1796 portrait of George Washington. His ability to raise more than $20 million for the effort is a tribute to the lasting appeal of an iconic image.
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