Aired: September 14, 2018

The Right to Dissent

Illustration by Carson McNamara

  • American Dissent, Episode 1 (28 min.)

    With: Tori Carter-Johnston (Howard University) and John Ragosta (Virginia Humanities)

    Influenced by Colin Kaepernick’s protest of police brutality during the National Anthem, a high school volleyball player initiates her own protest, and not without consequences. And a historian tells the story of a religious minority who helped win the American Revolution and the fight for religious freedom in America. 


    American Dissent is a production of James Madison’s Montpelier and With Good Reason at Virginia Humanities.

  • Presidental Prose (12 min.)

    With: Colin Rafferty (University of Mary Washington)

    Writer Colin Rafferty read a biography of every single president up to President Obama—and then wrote his own essays in response to their lives.

  • Four Score and Many More (12 min.)

    With: Rebecca Brannon (James Madison University)

    The first presidents lived long lives for that era, with most of them living into their 80’s or even 90’s. Rebecca Brannon says that they may have been mistaken in the expectation that they would be given respect after office, based on their longevity and lifetime experiences.



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