We at the Ben Franklin Circles project are very excited to announce the launch of our new podcast, Character Matters.

Each month, a fascinating guest will appear on the show to discuss the role of the virtues in modern life. On this episode, we welcomed Melanie Kirkpatrick, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and a former deputy editor of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, to speak about her beautiful book Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience. Tune in to listen to Melanie talk about the significance of Thanksgiving—and gratitude—in a life well lived.



Character Matters is hosted by Emily Esfahani Smith, the author of The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed with Happiness and an editor at the Hoover Institution. Emily runs a Ben Franklin Circle in Washington DC.