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Patriot Lessons: American History and Civics

58 EpisodesProduced by Michael WarrenWebsite

Learn about American history and the Constitution; our founding First Principles; founding fathers and other great patriots; key documents and speeches; and flags and other symbols. Nonpartisan podcast of Patriot Week hosted by Judge Michael Warren. Support this podcast:… read more

58 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

A More Perfect Union, Establishing Justice, and Ensuring Domestic Tranquility

December 5th, 2021


Learn about the Constitution’s Preamble and the Constitution’s purpose to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, and ensure domestic tranquility.
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Thanksgiving - Origins, Meanings, Traditions, and Myths

November 25th, 2021


Discover the true origins of Thanksgiving: Puritans, Pilgrims, Native Americans; colonial and revolutionary thanksgivings, fastings, and …

We the People - How the Constitution's Preamble Changed Everything

November 21st, 2021


Learn how the Preamble of the Constitution was drafted by Gouverneur Morris almost as an afterthought - and why the words "We the People" were included. Discover how Preamble reflected the fundamental transformation of …

Constitutional Convention Convened - Demi-Gods Meet in Philadelphia

November 8th, 2021


Discover how James Madison, with an assist from Alexander Hamilton and others, cleverly maneuvered to convene the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in May 1787. Explore who attended the Convention, including …

The Crisis - The Unraveling of America and Rights Threatened Post-Revolution

October 24th, 2021


Learn how American liberty was threatened following the American Revolution. Explore how the Articles of Confederation were too flawed to maintain …

Articles of Confederation - Text and Remarkable Achievements

October 10th, 2021


Listen - perhaps for the first time - to the entire Articles of Confederation, and learn about their remarkable achievements and highlights, setting the stage for the text and adoption of the federal Constitution.
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Articles of Confederation - Drafting & Ratification

September 27th, 2021


Learn about the circumstances leading to the drafting and ratification of the Articles of Confederation. You can’t really understand America and the Constitution without understanding the Articles.
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9/11: September 11, 2001 and its aftermath 20 years later

September 10th, 2021


Learn what really happened on September 11, 2001. Discover how and why America was attacked, including the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Washington, D.C. Review the motivations of Osama Bin …

Signers of the Declaration of Independence - Part 5

August 30th, 2021


56 brave men signed the Declaration of Independence. Not all voted for it, and not all who voted for it signed it. Each of the signers was remarkable in his own way, and pledged his life, fortune, and sacred honor to …

Signers of the Declaration of Independence - Part 4

August 3rd, 2021


56 brave men signed the Declaration of Independence. Not all voted for it, and not all who voted for it signed it. Each of the signers was remarkable in his own way, and pledged his life, fortune, and sacred honor. This …

Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence - Comparing Jefferson's draft to the final signed version

July 18th, 2021


Thomas Jefferson was the primary draftsman of the Declaration of Independence, but Congress made over 80 different changes. Listen to Jefferson's original version and then review the changes made by Congress. Learn …

July 4th, 1776 & the Declaration of Independence

July 4th, 2021


Re-released July 4, 2021. Why do we celebrate July 4 as Independence Day when we really became a new nation on July 2, 1776? Besides Thomas …

Signers of the Declaration of Independence - Part 3

June 24th, 2021


56 brave men signed the Declaration of Independence. Not all voted for it, and not all who voted for it signed it. Each of the signers was remarkable in his own way, and pledged his life, fortune, and sacred honor. This …

Signers of the Declaration of Independence - Part 2

June 6th, 2021


56 brave men signed the Declaration of Independence. Not all voted for it, and not all who voted for it signed it. Each of the signers was remarkable in his own way, and pledged his life, fortune, and sacred honor. This …

Free & Independent States - the Declaration of Independence

June 5th, 2021


Learn how the Second Continental Congress called upon the Supreme Judge of the World to support its actions. Understand how colonies and local …

Signers of the Declaration of Independence - Part 1

May 23rd, 2021


56 brave men signed the Declaration of Independence. Not all voted for it, and not all who voted for it signed it. Each of the signers was remarkable in his own way. This episode explores the lives of 14 of the signers: …

Lives, Fortunes, & Sacred Honor - The pledge of the signers of the Declaration of Independence

May 9th, 2021


Learn what the signers of the Declaration of Independence meant in the last sentence of the document: "And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually …

Lexington & Concord - the Shot Heard 'Round the World - April 19, 1775

April 11th, 2021


Learn the real story of Lexington & Concord on April 19, 1775 and the Shot Heard 'Round the World - which changed America and the world forever. …

Petitions Rejected - A Tyrant Revealed and the People of Great Britain Exposed as Enemies

March 28th, 2021


In light of the Declaration of Independence's list of 27 grievances, witness how the colonists repeatedly petitioned the the King and Parliament to …

Slaves Revolts! American Indians, Convicts, & indentured Servants, plus Impressment

March 14th, 2021


Learn about the penultimate grievance of the Declaration of Independence which involves condemning the impressment of colonial sailors and others …

War! Plundering Seas, Burning Towns, & Hessian Mercenaries

March 14th, 2021


Continuing our exploration of the grievances of the Declaration of Independence, the King declares the colonists outside of his protection and …

Revoking Charters, Suspending Legislatures & Declaring Parliament Supreme

February 14th, 2021


Learn how the British Empire's crackdown on the colonists included passing the Massachusetts Government Act of 1774, which revoked the long standing …

Time for Revolution - When a Long Train of Abuses Invariably Evinces a Design of Absolute Despotism

February 5th, 2021


The Founders believed that Prudence would prevent revolutions so long as evils were sufferable - until the government engaged in a long train of …

Juries suppressed, defendants shipped overseas, and the Canadian threat!

January 31st, 2021


The Declaration of Independence’s list of grievances includes the suppression of the right to a jury trial. Learn how the jury right gradually arose and developed over the centuries in England, and how it became a …

Presidential Inaugurations - the Constitution, oaths, history, traditions, and speeches

January 17th, 2021


President Elect Joe Biden is about to be sworn in as President in the first virtual Inauguration in history.

What does the Constitution require for a Presidential Inauguration? Learn about the oath of office for the …

Impeachment Round 2 - The Extraordinary Second Impeachment of Donald Trump & the Constitution

January 17th, 2021


President Donald Trump was impeached on January 13, 2021 in the wake of the insurrection, riot, mob, storming (or whatever history will eventually …

25th Amendment - Death, incapacity, and removal of the President and Vice President

January 10th, 2021


Learn about how the original, unamended Constitution addressed the death, removal, or incapacity of the President or Vice President and its three major defects. Explore how the country dealt with those flaws until the …

Taxation without representation & cutting off trade with the rest of the world

January 3rd, 2021


Learn the true story behind taxation without representation, including the Sugar Act (Revenue Act of 1764), the Stamp Act and Stamp Act Congress, the Townsend Acts, the Tea Tax and the Boston Tea Party. Explore …

Quartering troops, mock trials, standing armies, military superiority, & pretended Parliamentary legislation

December 20th, 2020


Learn how standing armies were a grave threat to American liberty. Explore how subordinating the civil government to military authority violated the …

Immigration Halted, Justice & Judges Subverted, and Swarms of British Locusts (Remastered)

December 10th, 2020


Continuing our deep dive into the grievances of the Declaration of Independence - revealing the King and Empire’s tyranny, explore how the King’s …

Thanksgiving - Origins, meaning, traditions, and myths - it’s not just about the turkey! ~Remastered (Version 2)

December 10th, 2020


Puritans; Pilgrims; Native Americans; colonial and revolutionary thanksgivings, fastings and humiliations. Presidents Washington, Adams, Jefferson, …

Invasions, convulsions, dissolving and fatiguing legislatures, and halting westward expansion.

November 8th, 2020


Learn how the King exposed Americans to invasions from without and convulsions from within. Review how the King repeatedly dissolved legislative …

Presidential Elections - The Electoral College, Origins & Development

October 24th, 2020


Why do we have the electoral college? Listen in on the Constitutional Convention debate, the Federalist Papers and related materials. Learn about its …

Our Enemy the King; his despotic refusal to assent to our laws

October 10th, 2020


Learn how the Founders finally determined that the King was their enemy and a despot, including through Thomas Paine’s masterpiece - Common Sense. Review how the Founders based the need for independence on facts, …

Supreme Court Appointments - The Constitution, History, Tradition & Raw Politics

September 26th, 2020


United States Supreme Court appointments have became grand political theater. But what does the Constitution say - or not say? Are the rules and …

Labor Day - Origins, Purpose & Corruption of a True American Holiday - and Beer!

September 6th, 2020


When and why did Labor Day start? What’s its purpose? How is it different from May Day? Starting with the Agricultural and Industrial Age, learn …

Revolution! The right to alter or abolish government.

August 30th, 2020


The Declaration of Independence holds as a First Principle that the people have the right to alter or abolish an oppressive government. In fact, we …

Limited Government, Absolute Power, & Democratic Tyranny

August 17th, 2020


Why is limited government vital to liberty? Explore unlimited power as revealed by Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, 1984, ancient Egypt, the French …

The Social Compact - Key to a Just Government

August 2nd, 2020


Why do we have government? Learn about Force Theory, Family Theory, Divine Right, Marxism, Jordan B. Peterson’s theory, Divine Rule and Anarchy. …

The Pursuit of Happiness - An Unalienable Right

July 19th, 2020


What is the pursuit of happiness? How did the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, and the Founders establish the first nation to recognize the pursuit of happiness as an unalienable right? Explore the …

Liberty! An Unalienable Right

June 21st, 2020


What is liberty? Why is it so rare in history? Learn how liberty is key to understanding America, the Constitution, and American History. Explore Greece, Rome, fascist Italy, the Khmer Rouge, and ISIS/Islamic State. …

Riots, Protests, and Mobs! An American tradition.

June 7th, 2020


The Boston Tea Party, New York Draft Riots, Bloody Sunday, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassination Riots, Rodney King, and more have played an …

Memorial Day

May 24th, 2020


Why do celebrate Memorial Day? What are its origins? How can we give it meaning? What did Pericles, Lincoln, Reagan, Douglass, and others say? …

Unalienable Right to Life

May 17th, 2020


Learn about how the unalienable right to life has been violated in most of human history, and how America took a different path in 1776. Produced by …

Unalienable Rights

May 3rd, 2020


Do we have rights? Where do they come from? Can we give them away? Learn about the Declaration of Independence’s embrace of unalienable rights and what that means for all of us. Produced by Patriot Week - visit …

COVID-19 Addendum: Michigan - Center of the Storm

April 19th, 2020


An addendum to Episode 10 - Can They Really Do That? Just what is MIchigan doing? Is it constituitonal under the federal and State Constitutions? Is it authorized by law? This special episode takes a deep dive into …

COVID-19 - Can they really do that?

April 5th, 2020


Do the federal and State governments really have the constitutional power to enact what they have been doing in reaction to the pandemic? And just what exactly have they been doing? Produced by Patriot Week - visit …


March 29th, 2020


“All men are created equal” was a revolutionary concept in 1776. The Founders tore down or rejected the systems based on inequality l, such as the …

Self-Evident Truths

March 16th, 2020


What is truth? Did the Founders really believe in it? Explore Truth from Genesis to Multiculturalism, Plato and Protagoras, Adams and Relativists, …

Nature and Nature’s Law

March 1st, 2020


Continuing our review of the Declaration of Independence, learn about the Founders’ belief in the Creator and Natural Law. Produced by Patriot Week - visit Also check out the upcoming Patrick Henry …

George Washington

February 16th, 2020


On this Presidents Day special episode learn about George Washington’s remarkable life and contribution to the American Revolution, Constitutional …

When in the course of human events

February 2nd, 2020


Explore the meaning of the “American People,” the necessity of Revolution, time, and other foundations of the Declaration of Independence. Produced …

The introductory sentence of the Declaration of Independence - “The Unanimous Declaration . . . .”

January 20th, 2020


Learn how we really became independent on July 2. How “unanimous” was a sleight of hand. What does “in Congress mean”? Who was the Colossus of …

Declaration of Independence - a full reading of the text - July 4th & Independence Day

January 6th, 2020


Whether you have never read the July 4 Declaration of Independence or need a refresher (and we all need a refresher), listen to the most profound …

Impeachment! History & Today

December 22nd, 2019


Is President Trump’s impeachment supported by the Constitution and history? How does it work? Join us to learn about the historical and constitutional basis of impeachment. Produced by Patriot Week - visit …

Welcome to our Preview Episode!

December 19th, 2019


Learn about host Judge Michael Warren and the purpose and format of the show. Produced by Patriot Week - visit Also check out the upcoming Patrick Henry Dinner at and Judge Warren’s book …

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