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ACROSS THE HALL: A conversation with Phil Bredesen, Red Jacket High School’s most famous alumni (podcast)

In a very special edition of “The Across the Hall” Podcast, former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, Red Jacket Class of 1961, joins Brendan Harrington from his home in Nashville, TN. Governor Bredesen gives his perspective as a former governor on how states are handling the Coronavirus pandemic before the conversation shifts to Governor Bredesen’s remarkable life story that took him from tiny Shortsville, NY to Harvard and eventually all the way to the Governor’s Mansion in Nashville.

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Governor Bredesen gives his perspective as a former governor on how states are handling the Coronavirus pandemic (3:00) and how government sometimes struggles to be proactive about “low probability” events (13:00).  Then we shift gears and talk about Gov. Bredesen moving to Shortsville as a young child and his experiences at Red Jacket (15:30), what it was like to go to Harvard (26:45) and live through turmoil of 1968, how he thinks the Boomers may have ” screwed things up” (34:40), and how he moved to Nashville and began his business and political career (41:00). Mr. H complains about the weather when he thought he wasn’t recording (45:00) before moving into Bredesen’s time as Mayor Nashville (48:45) and as Governor of Tennessee (52:30). The conversation finishes up with Gov. Bredesen’s discussing his favorite historical figures (57:00) and Gov. Bredesen then turns the tables and asks your host a probing question. 

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