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February 17, 2014

Being James Madison

Bryan AustinJames Madison has been called the Father of the Constitution, but up until now he hasn’t had a permanent presence in Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City.

This week on the podcast, Actor-Interpreter Bryan Austin describes the process of taking on the role of America’s fourth president. This spring, Austin brings Madison to the Revolutionary City, portraying him as a young man. He’ll walk the streets of Williamsburg, debating revolution and rights alongside men including Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.

Austin describes Madison as a quiet and reserved character, remarkable in his foresight and ability to compromise. Listen as Austin shares his thoughts on assuming the role of Madison, and his admiration for the man who engineered the foundation of a government that stands the test of time.

Listen now.

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