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Benjamin Franklin: Not Who You Think - Down The Rabbit Hole

Fringe Radio Network

This week we look into the stories, myths and realities of Benjamin Franklin. One of the founding fathers of the United States, we've been taught he was a fine upstanding citizen. But was he? What's with his association with the nefarious Hell Fire Club? Did he have anything to do with all the bones found under his house years later? Did he actually fly a kite with a key attracting lightening? We look into all this and more on this weeks episode.Email us at:downtherh@protonmail.com--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/nwczradios-dtrh/message

1hr 2mins

23 Sep 2022

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Thomas S. Kidd, "Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father" (Yale UP, 2017)

New Books in Intellectual History

Renowned as a printer, scientist, and diplomat, Benjamin Franklin also published more works on religious topics than any other eighteenth-century American layperson. Born to Boston Puritans, by his teenage years Franklin had abandoned the exclusive Christian faith of his family and embraced deism. But Franklin, as a man of faith, was far more complex than the “thorough deist” who emerges in his autobiography. As Thomas Kidd reveals in Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father (Yale University Press, 2018), deist writers influenced Franklin’s beliefs, to be sure, but devout Christians in his life kept him tethered to the Calvinist creed of his Puritan upbringing.Thomas Kidd is Research Professor of Church History at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., and a Senior Research Scholar at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion.Schneur Zalman Newfield is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York, and the author of Degrees of Separation: Identity Formation While Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Judaism (Temple University Press, 2020). Visit him online at ZalmanNewfield.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/intellectual-history

1hr 3mins

27 Jul 2022

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Thomas S. Kidd, "Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father" (Yale UP, 2017)

New Books in Religion

Renowned as a printer, scientist, and diplomat, Benjamin Franklin also published more works on religious topics than any other eighteenth-century American layperson. Born to Boston Puritans, by his teenage years Franklin had abandoned the exclusive Christian faith of his family and embraced deism. But Franklin, as a man of faith, was far more complex than the “thorough deist” who emerges in his autobiography. As Thomas Kidd reveals in Benjamin Franklin: The Religious Life of a Founding Father (Yale University Press, 2018), deist writers influenced Franklin’s beliefs, to be sure, but devout Christians in his life kept him tethered to the Calvinist creed of his Puritan upbringing.Thomas Kidd is Research Professor of Church History at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., and a Senior Research Scholar at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion.Schneur Zalman Newfield is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York, and the author of Degrees of Separation: Identity Formation While Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Judaism (Temple University Press, 2020). Visit him online at ZalmanNewfield.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/religion

1hr 3mins

27 Jul 2022

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Poor Richard's Almanack by Benjamin Franklin ~ Full Audiobook

Classic Audiobook Collection

Poor Richard's Almanack by Benjamin Franklin audiobook. A brief biographical sketch of Franklin's life, followed by a collection (published in 1899) of 670 aphorisms, apothegms, or proverbs - short, pithy, instructive sayings - that were scattered throughout the pages of his Poor Richard's Almanack over its 25 years of once-a-year publication (1732-1758). Many of these sayings are familiar to all . . . "a penny saved is a penny earned" . . . "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" . . . but there are many more for you to laugh at, ponder over and learn from! Most were not invented by him, but these little gems of wisdom Franklin gleaned from all over the world are what made his Almanack so wildly popular, and himself a wealthy man.--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/matthew-jackson95/support

1hr 29mins

7 Jul 2022

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D. G. Hart, "Benjamin Franklin: Cultural Protestant" (Oxford UP, 2021)

New Books in Religion

Benjamin Franklin grew up in a devout Protestant family with limited prospects for wealth and fame. By hard work, limitless curiosity, native intelligence, and luck (what he called "providence"), Franklin became one of Philadelphia's most prominent leaders, a world recognized scientist, and the United States' leading diplomat during the War for Independence. Along the way, Franklin embodied the Protestant ethics and cultural habits he learned and observed as a youth in Puritan Boston. Benjamin Franklin: Cultural Protestant (Oxford UP, 2021) follows Franklin's remarkable career through the lens of the trends and innovations that the Protestant Reformation started (both directly and indirectly) almost two centuries earlier. His work as a printer, civic reformer, institution builder, scientist, inventor, writer, self-help dispenser, politician, and statesmen was deeply rooted in the culture and outlook that Protestantism nurtured. Through its alternatives to medieval church and society, Protestants built societies and instilled habits of character and mind that allowed figures such as Franklin to build the life that he did. Through it all, Franklin could not assent to all of Protestantism's doctrines or observe its worship, but for most of his life he acknowledged his debt to his creator, reveled in the natural world guided by providence, and conducted himself in a way (imperfectly) to merit divine approval. In this biography, D. G. Hart recognizes Franklin as a cultural or non-observant Protestant, someone who thought of himself as a Presbyterian, ordered his life as other Protestants did, sometimes went to worship services, read his Bible, and prayed, but could not go all the way and join a church.Zach McCulley (@zamccull) is a historian of religion and literary cultures in early modern England and PhD candidate in History at Queen's University Belfast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/religion

46mins

28 Jun 2022

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A Key & A Kite: StarTalk Live! With Benjamin Franklin

StarTalk Radio

How does lightning work? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck break down the legendary science and inventions of Benjamin Franklin, live with chief editor of The Benjamin Franklin Papers, Ellen Cohn and Benjamin Franklin himself!NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://startalkmedia.com/show/a-key-a-kite-startalk-live-with-benjamin-franklin/Thanks to our Patrons Andrew Herron, Bhargava Kandada, and Mark Roop for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: Hansueli Krapf, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

1hr 4mins

28 Jun 2022

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, by Benjamin Franklin. Part IV.

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is the traditional name for the unfinished record of his own life written by Benjamin Franklin from 1771-90, and has become one of the most famous and influential examples of an autobiography ever written.Benjamin Franklin's account of his life is divided into four parts, reflecting the different periods at which he wrote them. In the "Introduction" of the 1916 publication of the Autobiography, editor F. W. Pine wrote that Franklin's biography provided the "most remarkable of all the remarkable histories of our self-made men" with Franklin as the greatest exemplar.Benjamin Franklin (1706 –1790) was an American polymath active as a writer, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, printer, publisher and political philosopher. Among the leading intellectuals of his time, Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and the first United States Postmaster General. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions. He founded many civic organizations, including the Library Company, Philadelphia's first fire department, and the University of Pennsylvania. (From Wikipedia).Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

1hr 46mins

12 Jun 2022

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Benjamin Franklin's Last Bet

Commonwealth Club of California Podcast

Benjamin Franklin was not exactly a gambling man. But he wagered 2,000 pounds, at the end of his illustrious life, on the survival of the United States. Franklin's bet was that, if the trustees of his legacy funds lent it out over the next 200 years to Boston and Philadelphia tradesmen to jump-start their careers, the U.S. economy would flourish. Each loan was to be repaid with interest over 10 years, and if all went according to Franklin’s inventive scheme, the accrued final payout in 1991 would prove to be a windfall.Meyer traces the evolution of these twin funds as they age alongside America itself, bankrolling woodworkers and silversmiths, trade schools and space races. Franklin’s wager on this early version of microfinancing was misused, neglected, and contested—but never wholly extinguished. With charm and inquisitive flair, Meyer shows how Franklin’s stake in the “leather-apron” class remains in play to this day, and offers an inspiring blueprint for prosperity in our modern era of growing wealth disparity and social divisions.MLF ORGANIZERGeorge HammondSPEAKERSMichael MeyerProfessor of English, University of Pittsburgh; Author, Benjamin Franklin's Last BetIn Conversation with George HammondAuthor, Conversations With SocratesIn response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently hosting all of our live programming via YouTube live stream. This program was recorded via video conference on April 19th, 2022 by the Commonwealth Club of California. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 6mins

30 Apr 2022

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Benjamin Franklin's Last Bet with Michael Meyer

Unleash Your Greatness Within

In this podcast episode, I had the privilege of interviewing best-selling author and professor Michael Meyer. Michael Meyer released his latest book on the history and immortal influence of Benjamin Franklin. Benjamin Franklin had an enormous vision for America and also prosperity. In Michael Meyer's new book, titled "Benjamin Franklin's Last Bet," we discuss a variety of topics from the legendary Benjamin Franklin. Learn the amazing true story of Benjamin Franklin's will and how it lives on today. Enjoy the conversation! Watch on Youtube: https://youtu.be/IQ69P3Ys8LE

1hr 2mins

12 Apr 2022

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Ken Burns on Benjamin Franklin, social media pioneer

I'm So Obsessed

Ken Burns notes we’re living in complicated times, punctuated by misinformation, racial inequities, the climate crisis and threats to our democracy. Which is why it’s worth revisiting the story of Benjamin Franklin, the man who showed the world what it means to be an “American.” In his new PBS documentary, Burns also shows us why Franklin, over 250 years ago, did social media right. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

28mins

6 Apr 2022

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