Jacob Needleman

Rediscovering America’s Founding Principles with Jacob Needleman, Ph.D.


Product: MP3 Download
Program Number: 2906
Host: Michael Toms
Interview Date: 12/10/2001
Length: 1 Hour

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It has been said that when things are at their worst, Americans are at their best. American democracy has existed for more than two hundred years, surviving bloody wars, challenges, betrayals and bashing, and the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001. With each blow America seems to grow in strength and spirit, and the love of country only deepens. What is it about the structure of the constitution, the structure of the government, and the soul of the people that provides a safe haven for this kind of dynamic evolutionary process? Who were the founders of America, and how did they acquire the vision to establish such a nation? In this richly profound dialogue, world-renowned author, philosopher and professor at San Francisco State University, Jacob Needleman, explores these questions and the sacred meaning of America. He provides us with an insightful look into the great collective soul of our forefathers and mothers, and helps us understand the deep significance of our country. “America is a spiritually defined country. It creates the conditions that protect the possibility of a search for knowledge, conscience and spiritual development within its borders. It is probably the most beneficent world power that has ever existed on the earth.” (hosted by Michael Toms)


Jacob Needleman, Ph.D. is a professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University. In addition to his teaching and writing, he serves as a consultant in the fields of psychology, education, medical ethics, philanthropy, and business, and has been featured on Bill Moyers’s acclaimed PBS series A World of Ideas.

He is the author of many books including:

To learn more about the work of Jacob Needleman go to www.jacobneedleman.com.

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What it means to be an American citizen
  • Lincoln and the mystery of his transcendent presence
  • The story of George Washington and how he defined the presidency
  • The miracle of 1787 and its contemporary relevance 

Music Playlist

From Album: Mark Twain: A Film Directed By Ken Burns
Artist: various
2001 Sony Music CK 86091

Opening Essay: Howl
Music Break 1: Wagoner’s Lad
Music Break 2: Shadow on the Marsh
Music Break 3: Wagoner’s Lad (reprise)
End of program: Shuckin’ the Bush


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