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Listen each week as Ned Ryun explores the major players, debates, and events of the American Revolution and the 1787 Constitutional Convention.

Customer Reviews

Excellent for those American History Buffs

The first three episodes cover the little known Articles of Confederation (1781 – 1787) and the reasons behind their abysmal failure. Coo-doos to Mr. Ryun for understanding that in order to understand why there was a need for a Constitutional Convention and a new form of government, time had to be spent dissecting the problems of the old and why it just didn’t work. The forth episode provides a brief biography of the Father of the Constitution, Mr. James Madison. More biographies are promised which is another thumbs up for Mr. Ryun. After all, to better understand the Constitution, it’s probably a good idea to know the story of the men who wrote it. Episode five hasn’t come out yet and we haven’t even gotten to the Constitutional Convention. So far the ground work has been laid for what promises to be an excellent pod cast for those wish to learn what exactly what the Constitution is, why it came to be, and with any luck, some comparative commentary of what it has become.

Strong Start, Weak everything else

I really enjoyed the first few of these podcasts. As someone who loves our government and the legal system, I find the historical development of both fascinating. However, Ned does a disservice with his not-so subtle small government ideology intertwined with historical fact. I actually think this podcast should be either taken down or recategorized as "Politics." Currently it is a wolf in sheeps clothing. Espousing our current government as not that idealized by the founding fathers, IS NOT HISTORY, it is Ned's opinion and more pointedly that of the special interest group financing this podcast, American Majority.


I downloaded Episode 31, expecting a "History of the Constitutional Convention." Instead the entire episode is an opinion essay filled with simpleton right wing arguments about the Constitution. What a disappointment - another conservative trying to argue, poorly, that the Constitution is "their" document, while "progressives" just don't understand what it is all about. I then tried Episode 30. Mr. Ryun's explanation of the Second Amendment is absolutely disingenuous. He purposely leaves out the first half of the sentence: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, . . ." and simply declares the meaning clear. Apparently the Constitution is very clear, as long as you interpret it the way Mr. Ryun believes is correct. What a more interesting effort this could have been if he had stated the entire amendment and then given a complete explanation of the disagreement over its meaning.

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  • Category: History
  • Language: English

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