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Ben Franklin

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Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin

Only Available in Archive Formats.


Guests:

H.W. Brands
* Professor of History, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.
* Author, The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin (Anchor Books, 2002)
* Associate Editor, Presidential Studies Quarterly

David Rhees
* Executive Director, Bakken Museum of Electricity in Life, Minneapolis, MN

James Srodes
* Author, Franklin: The Essential Founding Father (Regnery, 2002)

Ben Franklin is one of the most colorful, clever, and quoted of the founding fathers. Two hundred and fifty years ago this month, he performed his famous kite experiment which proved that lightning was indeed electricity. Scientist, civic leader, author, publisher, deft politician/diplomat/peace negotiator....the life and times of Benjamin Franklin.

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