"AMERICA IS GREAT" and Introducing "KYLE & COREY and the Game-Store Mystery"


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Episode 24 of Season 2 is special--Kelly is back from Ireland and behind the microphone again, where she belongs! We've all missed her, and we're so glad to be creating new content for you IN PERSON again! Thanks for sticking with us through this very tough time!

This episode has two jams, starting with a Political Talk segment unlike the others. In this one, instead of defining a term that may not be familiar, I just read a very special quote from Alexis de Tocqueville--which you may know as the "America is great because she is good" quote. This quote is beloved by many, including several presidents--Reagan, Clinton, Eisenhower and even Nixon--except... did Alexis de Tocqueville ever really SAY it or WRITE it? As far as we know, he didn't! So who did? We explore that question--along with a sidebar on racism and a 1960's experiment on prejudice that Kelly herself took part in at school--in this riveting jam.

Our second jam features a conversation about a brand-new book we're really excited about! Full disclosure: Susan is a principal in Covfefe Press, a small local publishing house, and they've just published the first book by one of her closest friends! Joe Stephens has loved boys' series books for years, and now he's written his own, the first in a series, titled KYLE & COREY and the Game-Store Mystery, for readers 9-15. Susan and Kelly (who has also known Joe for years) talk about his inspiration for the series and his plans to write more books. You won't want to miss this one!

Here's the entire "America is great because America is good" quote:

“I sought for the greatness of the United States in her commodious harbors, her ample rivers, her fertile fields, and boundless forests–and it was not there. I sought for it in her rich mines, her vast world commerce, her public school system, and in her institutions of higher learning–and it was not there. I looked for it in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution–and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

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For the first time, today's episode is brought to you by a book written by an author OTHER than your hosts! And because the entire episode is pretty much about that book, we WON'T be including a commercial--so you get the whole episode AD-FREE!!
Learn more about KYLE & COREY and the Game-Store Mystery at:
Reach out to author Joe Stephens at joestephensauthor@protonmail.com.
As always, reach out to us with questions, comments and show ideas at talkjampodcast@gmail.com.

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