Brené with Jon Meacham
on the Soul of America
In this episode, I talk to Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, Jon Meacham about what history can teach us about leading through crises and deep political divides. We discuss the importance of humility, candor, and how our history reflects the ongoing fight between our better angels and our worst instincts.
Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer. His latest work, His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope, was published on August 25, 2020 with Penguin Random House. He is the author of #1 New York Times bestselling books including The Hope of Glory: Reflections on the Last Words of Jesus from the Cross; The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels; Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power; American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House; Franklin and Winston; Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush; and Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation. He is the host of Cadence13’s Hope, Through History and It Was Said documentary podcast franchises, a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University, a contributing writer for The New York Times Book Review, and a fellow of the Society of American Historians. Meacham lives in Nashville with his wife and children.
Hope Through History explores some of the most historic and trying times in American History, and how this nation dealt with these moments, the impact of these moments, and how we came through these moments a unified nation. It takes a look at critical moments around the 1918 Flu Pandemic, the Great Depression, World War II, the polio epidemic and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
It Was Said is a limited documentary podcast series looking back on some of the most powerful, impactful, and timeless speeches in American history, taking us through 10 speeches for the inaugural season. Meacham offers expert insight and analysis into their origins, the orator, the context of the times they were given, why they are still relevant today, and the importance of never forgetting them.
The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham
His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by Jon Meacham
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