The Takeaway

Freedom: A Prison Librarian's Perspective

Monday, June 17, 2013

We’re only a couple weeks away from Independence Day, and in anticipation of our nation’s birthday, we’re looking at the concept of freedom. What is it? How did it come to be an American value? And what does freedom mean to Americans today? We begin our conversation with a man who has a unique perspective on freedom: Avi Steinberg, author of the memoir “Running The Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian.”

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Clans and Individuals

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mark Weiner teaches constitutional law and legal history at Rutgers School of Law in Newark and is the author of The Rule of the Clan: What an Ancient Form of Social Organization Reveals About the Future of Individual Freedom. He joins us look at the concept of individual liberty under central governments and clan-based countries.

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The Takeaway

From the 60s to the Supreme Court with Kurt Andersen

Friday, July 06, 2012

Kurt Andersen is a man of many talents. In addition to hosting Studio 360, Andersen just published a new novel, "True Believers." What does the new novel, based mostly in the 1960s, say about change in the United States?

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The Takeaway

George Washington's Defense of Religious Freedom

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

The document that marks our Independence Day is, of course, the Declaration of Independence. But there’s another document worth looking at today, written by another founding father, that tells a story not just of liberty, but of religious tolerance.

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It's A Free Country ®

First Principles: What is Freedom?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Your quotes, haikus, videos, and more.

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The Takeaway

The Role of Marksmanship in Preserving American Liberty

Monday, August 02, 2010

Owning a gun is a fundamental right protected by the Second Amendment. But the Appleseed Project believes Americans should not just own guns, they need to be trained how to use them. To that end, the North Carolina-based non-profit organization trains Americans to accurately shoot a man-size target up to 500 yards away. According to its founder, Jack Dailey, it is a skill that is fundamental to protect the liberty of all Americans. The Appleseed Project has already trained 25,000 people and expects to have 7,000 more clients by year's end.

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What America Means to Me

Gordon Dean

Friday, January 13, 1950

Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission quotes Walt Whitman.


What America Means to Me

Robert Taft

Sunday, January 08, 1950

U.S. Senator from Ohio speaks about decentralization and liberty.