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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.

  • Brookings Institution Fellow Galston discusses 2016, Trump, and the Democratic Party with Bill Kristol

    William Galston: On the 2016 elections, the populist moment, Trump's political prospects, and the Democrats.
    Date Added: December 5, 2016

  • Abrams on Castro and Cuba

    Elliott Abrams III: Elliott Abrams and Bill Kristol discuss the death of Fidel Castro and the future of Cuba.
    Date Added: December 1, 2016

  • Kristol, Cost, & Abraham on the 2016 elections

    2016 Post-Election Special: Abraham, Cost & Kristol analyze the elections & opportunities / challenges for the Trump administration.
    Date Added: November 20, 2016

  • Steven F. Hayward talks to Bill Kristol

    Steven F. Hayward: On what made Ronald Reagan a successful president, and why we should study statesmen.
    Date Added: November 7, 2016

  • Justice Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court

    Clarence Thomas: Personal reflections on twenty-five years on the Court, his jurisprudence, and his education.
    Date Added: October 22, 2016

  • Elliott Abrams on Conversations with Bill Kristol

    Elliott Abrams II: On foreign policy challenges the next president will face and what the U.S. must to do to restore its global standing.
    Date Added: October 10, 2016

  • Mansfield on literature

    Harvey Mansfield X: On crime and mystery novels, P.G. Wodehouse, James Q. Wilson, Winston Churchill, and Jonathan Swift.
    Date Added: September 26, 2016

  • Charles Murray in conversation with Bill Kristol

    Charles Murray II: A discussion of the decline in American civic life and its effects on the current political moment.
    Date Added: September 12, 2016

  • Blitz on natural rights and liberal democracy

    Mark Blitz II: The professor of political philosophy on American liberal democracy and its basis in individual natural rights.
    Date Added: August 29, 2016

  • Professor Paul Cantor discusses works of literature that support liberty and are hostile to tyranny.

    Paul Cantor III: On works of literature from different periods and genres that can teach us about liberty.
    Date Added: August 15, 2016

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    2016 State of the Race: Former Sen. Spencer Abraham, The Weekly Standard's Jay Cost, and Bill Kristol analyze the 2016 presidential race.
    Date Added: August 3, 2016

  • Mansfield on the Constitution

    Harvey Mansfield IX: On Justice Scalia, and how to think about the role of the Constitution in America.
    Date Added: August 1, 2016

  • Goldberg on Trump and Trumpism

    Jonah Goldberg: The National Review senior editor on Donald Trump's candidacy and the state of liberalism and conservatism.
    Date Added: July 18, 2016

  • Petraeus and Kristol

    David Petraeus II: On the need for American engagement in the world, our current military capabilities, and his education.
    Date Added: July 5, 2016

  • Kasparov on American politics

    Garry Kasparov III: On Trump, Sanders, Clinton, Obama and the state of American politics today.
    Date Added: June 20, 2016

  • James Ceaser on Conversations with Bill Kristol

    James Ceaser II: The University of Virginia politics professor on the intellectual roots of contemporary progressivism.
    Date Added: June 6, 2016

  • Peter Thiel on Conversations with Bill Kristol

    Peter Thiel II: The business founder and investor on the global economy, the state of technology, and artificial intelligence.
    Date Added: May 22, 2016

  • Mansfield on Manliness

    Harvey Mansfield VIII: On manliness and the political and philosophical debates about our gender-neutral society.
    Date Added: May 9, 2016

  • Kasparov and Kristol talk Russia and Putin

    Garry Kasparov II: On American foreign policy, Russia since the end of the Cold War, and the rule of Vladimir Putin.
    Date Added: April 25, 2016

  • William Kristol interviews Robert P. George

    Robert P. George: The distinguished Princeton professor of legal and moral philosophy discusses the major themes of his work.
    Date Added: April 11, 2016

  • Stephen Rosen on American Foreign Policy

    Stephen Rosen: The Harvard government professor on today's geopolitical challenges and American leadership in the world.
    Date Added: March 28, 2016

  • Robert D. Putnam and William Kristol

    Robert D. Putnam: The author of Bowling Alone and Our Kids on the decline of American communities and civic life.
    Date Added: March 14, 2016

  • Kasparov on growing up in Soviet Russia

    Garry Kasparov: The chess champion and human rights activist on his life and politics in Soviet Russia.
    Date Added: February 29, 2016

  • The political analysts on the state of the 2016 Republican Race.

    2016 State of the Republican Race: Spencer Abraham, Jay Cost, and Bill Kristol analyze the race for the Republican nomination.
    Date Added: February 24, 2016

  • Gen. Petraeus discusses the "surge"

    David Petraeus: A discussion of General Petraeus's command in Iraq from 2007-2008 and of his execution of the "surge."
    Date Added: February 15, 2016

  • National Review editor Rich Lowry

    Rich Lowry: The editor of National Review on conservatism, Donald Trump, and the 2016 race.
    Date Added: February 3, 2016

  • Harvard's Harvey Mansfield

    Harvey Mansfield VII: On the ideas behind our political parties, the Democrats and the Republicans.
    Date Added: February 1, 2016

  • Larry Summers talks to Bill Kristol about political correctness

    Larry Summers II: The Harvard University Professor and President Emeritus on political correctness in our universities.
    Date Added: January 18, 2016

  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Bill Kristol

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali: The best-selling author explains the challenge of radical Islam and what the West should do to combat it.
    Date Added: January 4, 2016

  • AEI and the University of Chicago's Leon Kass

    Leon Kass: The distinguished AEI scholar and University of Chicago Emeritus Professor on bioethics and the Bible.
    Date Added: December 21, 2015

  • Mansfield on Machiavelli

    Harvey Mansfield VI: A discussion of Niccolò Machiavelli as the founder of modern philosophy, politics, and economics.
    Date Added: December 7, 2015

  • Larry Summers on government

    Larry Summers: The former Treasury Secretary on his experiences in the Clinton and Obama administrations.
    Date Added: November 23, 2015

  • Schmitt and Donnelly discuss the U.S. military

    Thomas Donnelly and Gary Schmitt: The AEI scholars discuss the state of the U.S. military and American foreign policy.
    Date Added: November 9, 2015

  • Bill Kristol interviews Arthur Brooks

    Arthur Brooks: The president of the American Enterprise Institute on the work of AEI and the role of think tanks today.
    Date Added: October 26, 2015

  • Cantor and Kristol on popular culture

    Paul Cantor II: On American popular culture and what we can learn from the best television shows and movies.
    Date Added: October 12, 2015

  • Gingrich and Kristol on America and the world

    Newt Gingrich II: On a dangerous world, reforming our feckless bureaucracy, and America after Barack Obama.
    Date Added: September 28, 2015

  • Cost, Abraham, and Kristol on the 2016 race

    2016 State of the Race: Former Senator Spencer Abraham and The Weekly Standard's Jay Cost analyze the race for the White House.
    Date Added: September 12, 2015

  • Harvard government professor Harvey Mansfield discusses Alexis de Tocqueville

    Harvey Mansfield V: On the political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville and his insights into democracy and America.
    Date Added: August 31, 2015

  • Mitch Daniels talks to Bill Kristol about his career in business, government, and education.

    Mitch Daniels: The former governor of Indiana reflects on his career in business, politics, and education.
    Date Added: August 17, 2015

  • Christina Hoff Sommers and Bill Kristol

    Christina Hoff Sommers: The AEI scholar and former philosophy professor on how feminism went awry.
    Date Added: August 3, 2015

  • 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

  • Blitz

    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

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    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