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A Penny Saved, A Penny Earned and the Last Bet of Benjamin Franklin

May 05, 2022
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Title: A Penny Saved, A Penny Earned and the Last Bet of Benjamin Franklin

Description: Today we are joined by Michael Meyer, author of Benjamin Franklin’s Last Bet. Benjamin Franklin died in 1790, but his legacy lives on to this day. One particularly important part of his legacy is a trust he left to the people of Boston and Philadelphia. This trust grew financially, but like much of Benjamin Franklin’s history, it is not well known.

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Benjamin Franklin
[00:00:00] I am very excited to have Michael Meyer on the show today to talk about, uh, one of the largest and most charismatic characters in American history. Benjamin Franklin, Michael Meyer is author of Benjamin Franklins. Last bet. The favorite founding fathers, divisive death, and during afterlife and blueprint for American prosperity.
Michael is the author of numerous books and articles. He was a Fulbright scholar and a professor. And is a professor of nonfiction writing at the university of Pittsburgh. Thank you, Michael so much for joining me to talk about the amazing life and afterlife of Benjamin Franklin. It's an honor to be here.
Thanks for having me. I have a, kind of a personal story about some of the things you've talked about. I lived in Philadelphia for a while and I would walk by Benjamin Franklin's grave almost [00:01:00] every day to meet my. For a work and it just almost became like a normal thing. I think a good place to start is what's maybe the standard telling if you had to tell somebody who's maybe not from the U S and give them a broad overview of who is Benjamin Frankl

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