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In-depth, thought provoking discussions with some of America’s leading thinkers and figures in public life, hosted by Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol.

  • Samuel Alito on Conversations with Bill Kristol

    Samuel Alito: Justice Alito reflects on the Supreme Court, recent controversial cases, and his education.
    Date Added: July 20, 2015

  • David Gelernter talks with Bill Kristol

    David Gelernter: The Yale computer scientist on technology, art, and the dumbing down of America.
    Date Added: July 6, 2015

  • The classicist and ancient historian Donald Kagan (2015).

    Donald Kagan: The distinguished Yale classical historian discusses the major themes of his teaching and scholarship.
    Date Added: June 22, 2015

  • Hoover Institution Fellow Peter Berkowitz speaks to Bill Kristol.

    Peter Berkowitz: The Hoover Institution Senior Fellow on liberal education and our illiberal universities.
    Date Added: June 8, 2015

  • The Weekly Standard Executive editor and long-time reporter, Fred Barnes.

    Fred Barnes: The Weekly Standard Executive Editor discusses his career in political journalism.
    Date Added: May 25, 2015

  • Harvard government professor Harvey Mansfield.

    Harvey Mansfield IV: On the political philosopher Leo Strauss and the Straussian school of philosophy he founded.
    Date Added: May 11, 2015

  • Conservative activist and former advisor to Ronald Reagan Gary Bauer.

    Gary Bauer: The conservative, pro-family activist and former Reagan advisor on Main Street conservatism.
    Date Added: April 27, 2015

  • Syndicated Columnist Charles Krauthammer

    Charles Krauthammer: Reflections on a distinguished career in writing and ideas with the author and columnist.
    Date Added: April 13, 2015

  • Former Senate candidate Jeff Bell.

    Jeff Bell: The strategist and former Senate candidate on conservatism and the Republican party, from the 1960s until today.
    Date Added: March 30, 2015

  • Democratic strategist Paul Begala talks to Bill Kristol.

    Paul Begala: An insider's account of Bill Clinton's 1992 run for the White House and the Clinton presidency.
    Date Added: March 16, 2015

  • James Ceaser of the University of Virginia talks to William Kristol.

    James Ceaser: Our party system, Barack Obama, and the case for Constitutional politics with the UVA professor.
    Date Added: March 2, 2015

  • Bennett and Kristol

    Bill Bennett: The former Education Secretary and Drug Czar on the Book of Virtues, education in America, and the War on Drugs.
    Date Added: February 16, 2015

  • Kagan on the surge in Iraq

    Frederick W. Kagan: How the 2006/07 surge in Iraq was devised, and a look at the U.S. military in Iraq, Afghanistan, and at home.
    Date Added: February 2, 2015

  • Government professor Harvey Mansfield talks with Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard.

    Harvey Mansfield III: Party Government, Alexis de Tocqueville, Niccolò Machiavelli, and the limits of science in politics.
    Date Added: January 19, 2015

  • Newt Gingrich

    Newt Gingrich: On the 1994 Republican Revolution, his time in Washington, and presidents from Eisenhower to Obama.
    Date Added: January 5, 2015

  • Software Entrepreneur Jim Manzi

    Jim Manzi: The software entrepreneur and author discusses the scientific method in business and government.
    Date Added: December 22, 2014

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    Ruth Wisse: On anti-Semitism, Jewish politics, and why we should read Yiddish literature with the Harvard literature professor.
    Date Added: December 8, 2014

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    Brit Hume: A discussion of the career of Brit Hume, the ascent of Fox News, and the media today.
    Date Added: November 25, 2014

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    2014 Post-Election Special: Former Senator Spencer Abraham and The Weekly Standard's Jay Cost analyze the results.
    Date Added: November 11, 2014

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    Joe Lieberman: Key moments in a distinguished political career, including Gore-Lieberman 2000 and his 2006 Senate race.
    Date Added: November 10, 2014

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    Christopher DeMuth: How ideas meet public policy with the former president of the American Enterprise Institute.
    Date Added: October 27, 2014

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    Dick Cheney: Personal reflections on key moments in his public life, from the Ford years to Bush-Cheney.
    Date Added: October 13, 2014

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    Jack Keane: A discussion of the 2007 Surge in Iraq and current military threats with the retired four-star general.
    Date Added: September 29, 2014

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    Peter Thiel: PayPal, Facebook, Palantir, and the state of technological progress with the business founder and investor.
    Date Added: September 15, 2014

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    Harvey Mansfield II: Conservatism in a liberal democracy, the wisdom of The Federalist, and the consequences of feminism.
    Date Added: September 1, 2014

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    Mark Blitz: A discussion on the great thinkers of the Western tradition, from Plato to Nietzsche, and their relevance today.
    Date Added: August 18, 2014

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    Yuval Levin: A discussion of modern conservatism and today's challenges with the editor of National Affairs. 
    Date Added: August 11, 2014

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    Paul Cantor: In part I of a II part series, a discussion of comedies, tragedies, and what Shakespeare can teach us about politics.
    Date Added: July 28, 2014

  • MURRAYFRONT

    Charles Murray: Economic and moral well-being in America with one of the nation's preeminent political scientists.
    Date Added: July 14, 2014

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    Amy and Leon Kass: Love, friendship, and the promise of liberal education with the teaching duo married couple.
    Date Added: June 30, 2014

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    Elliott Abrams: An insider's take on public affairs on the hill, at the Department of State, and in the White House.
    Date Added: June 30, 2014

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    Harvey Mansfield: The distinguished Harvard political philosopher discusses the themes which have defined his career.
    Date Added: June 30, 2014