The Soul Of America with Jacob Needleman, Ph.D.

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If you, like many Americans, have found U.S. history boring in the past, this program is a must! Jacob Needleman, internationally acclaimed author and philosopher, takes us on a journey back to the beginning of America and re-tells the story of America in a way that inspires and invites us to explore the lives of our forefathers and the sacred dimension of their founding principles. His portraits of Washington, Jefferson and other famous historical figures ignite our imagination, and instill in us a deep reverence and appreciation for the unwavering vision that was necessary to establish our government. In his re-telling of the American story, Needleman brings to light the nation's deep hunger for meaning. "The human psyche needs the nourishment of great philosophical ideas. These ideas have been part of great cultures, and were once a part of America. America needs to bring these ideas back to the culture." (hosted by Michael Toms)


Jacob Needleman, Ph.D. is a professor of philosophy at San Francisco State University and former director of the Center of the Study of New Religions at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. He has also served as a research associate at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research.

His books include:

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How and why someone would want to find an antidote to materialism
  • How the Iroquois Confederacy influenced the formation of the Constitution, The Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights
  • Why it's important to retell the story of America and include the deep spiritual principles upon which it is based
  • What is the sacred dimension of America's founding principles

Host: Michael Toms     Interview Date: 10/17/2001      Program Number: 2895

Music Playlist

From Album: Jeff Ball, Prairie Runner
Artist: Sennen Quigley/Jeff Ball
2002 Red Feather Music/Para Recordings RF-7007-2

Opening Essay: Track 03 Red & Blue
Music Break 1: Track 04 Eye of the Storm 
Music Break 2:  Track 07 Fly Like an Eagle
Music Break 3: Track 08 White Man’s Moccasins
Music Break 4 end: Track 07 Fly Like an Eagle (reprise)