Finneran's Wake

Edward Larson is a lawyer, historian, professor, and Pulitzer-Prize winning author. 

A distinguished professor at Pepperdine University, his most recent work, American Inheritance explores the tension between liberty and slavery in America’s founding era. 

In this episode, Professor Larson and I discuss: 

The importance of April 19th, the day on which the American Revolution formally began with the Battles of Lexington and Concord; The reasons why the American Revolutionary War was fought; If we’re deserving of our inheritance of freedom; The merits of the NYT’s 1619 Project; Did the colonists revolt in order to preserve the institution of slavery?; George Washington’s pear-shaped body; Benjamin Franklin’s swimming routine; The Boston Massacre; Crispus Attucks; John Adams; The use of Propaganda–from the Founding up through the modern day; The Constitution–should we like it? Dislike it? The Scopes Monkey Trial; Transgenderism, Climate Change, and abortion: The great Scientific-Moral debates of our age…

And MUCH more! 

Links to Professor Larson’s stuff: 

His latest: American Inheritance: Liberty and Slavery in the Birth of a Nation, 1765-1795: Larson, Edward J.: 9780393882209: Books

His Pulitzer-Prize winning book about the Scopes Trial: Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate over Science and Religion (Audible Audio Edition): Edward J. Larson, Brian Troxell, Hachette Audio: Audible Books & Originals

His excellent work on George Washington: The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789: 9780062248671: Larson, Edward J.: Books


Links to my Stuff: 


Instagram (where I post shorts and occasional shirtless videos):

YouTube: @finneranswake


For those of you in need of mindfulness meditations, sleep stories, or just a nice, soothing voice, visit my sister project, Pneuma By Daniel Finneran (available on all podcast streaming services). 

Pneuma By Daniel Finneran:

YouTube: @pneumabydanielfinneran 

What is Finneran's Wake?

Finneran’s Wake – where the ART OF CONVERSATION lives.

Here, no topic is untouchable, no idea inadmissible, and no one too heretical to be heard.

As the great French essayist Montaigne once said, “To my taste, the most fruitful and natural exercise of our minds is CONVERSATION. I find the practice of it the most delightful activity in our lives”.

It certainly is the most delightful activity in my life. I want it to be so in yours as well.

To that end, I humbly welcome you to my channel.

Here, we'll exercise our minds together. Here, we'll practice this delightful activity as friends. We'll engage, now and forever, in the art--the highest and most human art--of conversation!

With affection,