PODCASTS

All podcasts on this list are free.

"Campaign Attack Ads: An American Tradition?" by John Geer
recorded from Talk of the Nation (July 31, 2008)
16 min. 53 sec. <http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=93137804>

The tradition and effectiveness of negative campaign ads are explored. Thomas Jefferson is mentioned as a survivor of the first Presidential attack ads.

Review: "This interview has a unique spin on the idea of political attack ads. This would be a nice conversation starter for the section 'Election of 1800'" - Jenny Abbott



"**History Behind Inaugurations At the Capital"** by Cokie Roberts and Steve Inskeep
recorded from Morning Edition (January 20, 2009)
4 min. 20 sec. <http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=99570738>

A short history of Thomas Jefferson's 1801 inauguration which was the first inauguration to be held in Washington, D.C.

Review: "This is a short history of Thomas Jefferson's first inauguration. It does over-simplify some points, but it is a quick intro to the event." -Jenny Abbott



"The Iraq-Barbary Pirate Comparison" by Mike Pesca
recorded from Day to Day (February 26, 2007)

4 min. 21 sec. <http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7602136>
This explores the validity of the comparison between the Barbary Pirate War and the Iraq War.

Review: "This is a great intro to the Barbary Pirate War which many history textbooks don't cover. This is also a good discussion starter to relate current events to the past." -Jenny Abbott



"Monticello Podcasts" by various authors
recorded at Monticello (dates vary)
running times vary <http://www.monticello.org/podcasts/>

A listing of several academic lectures and dramatic readings that relate to Thomas Jefferson and Monticello. Topics such as "Religion in the Election of 1800" and "Jefferson's Debt in Today's Terms" are covered.

Review: "Several podcasts on Jefferson and Monticello are available in one place. Because they were recorded at Monticello, there are some obscure topics covered more in depth then you would normally be able to find." -Jenny Abbott



"'Monticello' Tells the Untold Story of Sally Hemings" by Annette Gordon-Reed and Neal Conan
recorded from Talk of the Nation (September 22, 2008)
30 min. 5 sec. <http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94828368>

Author, Annette Gordon-Reed of The Hemings of Monticello discusses her book with is about the lives of a slave family owned by Thomas Jefferson. A large portion of the book and podcast focuses on Sally Hemings with whom Jefferson fathered children.

Review: "The DNA proof is new enough that there are still many reputable sources that include the disclaimer that historians don't know for sure if the rumors of the relationship between Hemings and Jefferson were true. This is a good source to get a sense of the whole story without getting too graphic for a high school audience." -Jenny Abbott



"The Thomas Jefferson Hour Podcast" by Clay Jenkinson and David Swenson
recorded from The Thomas Jefferson Hour (varies based on episode)
running times vary by episode <http://www.jeffersonhour.org/?id=16>

Author and Thomas Jefferson scholar Clay Jenkinson spends each episode answering questions as Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson is examined in his own time and his ideas are related to modern culture.

Review: "Over 150 shows are downloadable and cover a wide range of topics. The idea of a re-enactor answering questions in character is a unique way to present material to students (and since it's audio, it doesn't matter that Jenkinson doesn't look much like Jefferson.)" -Jenny Abbott