Religion Episodes

Religion Presidency Politics Early Republic

206. Promoting Joseph Smith for President with Dr. Spencer W. McBride

July 22, 2021

The American Revolution dismembered a protestant empire. In the years during and after the war, states disestablished their churches, old and new denominations flourished, and Americans enshrined religious freedom into their…

Colonial America Religion Public Memory Early America Native America

203. Planting the World of Plymouth Plantation with Dr. Carla Gardina Pestana

June 10, 2021

Plymouth Plantation occupies a powerful place in American national memory. Think of the First Thanksgiving in 1621; Englishmen escaping religious persecution; the rock marking the alleged spot where settlers first landed; an…

History Monarchy Religion Scotland

189. Confronting an Absolutist Monarch with Dr. Karie Schultz

Dec. 24, 2020

In this season of religious renewal, we bring you a story of religious dissent. In 1638, many of King Charles I’s Presbyterian subjects gathered at Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh to sign the National Covenant . By renewing…

Great Britain Religion Politics Scotland Books

176. Hunting Satan in Scotland and the Atlantic World with Michelle D. Brock

Sept. 17, 2020

The Prince of Darkness wrought havoc on the souls of seventeenth-century Christians living throughout the Atlantic world. Whether they called him Satan, the Devil, Beelzebub, or by any other name, Lucifer tempted men and wom…

American Revolution Religion Great Awakening Government Books

175. Finding Redemption from Tyranny with Bruce Stewart

Sept. 10, 2020

Conversations at the Washington Library kicks off Season 5 by exploring the life of a radical populist who never met a revolution he didn’t like. Almost unbelievably, Herman Husband participated in some of the most significa…

Religion Women Books John Adams Abigail Adams

158. Praying to the Adams Family Gods with Sara Georgini

May 14, 2020

In November 1800, President John Adams composed a letter to his wife, Abigail, just after he moved into the new White House. He concluded his letter to his “dearest friend” this way: “I pray Heaven to bestow the best of Bles…

Religion Slavery Women

133. Facing the Wrath of Rachel Jackson's God with Melissa Gismondi

Nov. 21, 2019

If you know anything about Rachel Jackson, chances are you know her best as Andrew Jackson’s wife. You might also know that Rachel died in late 1828, just before Andrew became president. During Andrew’s presidential campaign…