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In-depth, thought provoking discussions with leading thinkers and figures in American public life, hosted by Bill Kristol.

  • Harvey Mansfield XXI: On Machiavelli as the founder of modern philosophy and politics, his idea of the effectual truth, and his influence on Montesquieu.
    Date Added: October 21, 2021

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    William Baude: The University of Chicago law professor on efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and threats to future elections.
    Date Added: October 8, 2021

  • Joe Trippi III: On the Biden administration and current dynamics in the Republican and Democratic parties.
    Date Added: September 21, 2021

  • Aaron Friedberg III: On China's geopolitical ambitions, the threat to Taiwan, and how the US can compete effectively.
    Date Added: September 3, 2021

  • Eric Edelman VI: On the crisis in civil-military relations, and the importance of a non-partisan military.
    Date Added: August 26, 2021

  • David Epstein: On the political ideas of The Federalist, and its relevance as a model for thinking about government and politics.
    Date Added: August 12, 2021

  • Ashish Jha III: On the Delta Variant, Vaccines, and where things stand with Covid-19.
    Date Added: July 28, 2021

  • Eric Edelman V: On whether the American withdrawal from Afghanistan may turn out to be an important strategic mistake.
    Date Added: July 9, 2021

  • Sean Trende: The Senior Elections Analyst for RealClearPolitics on the state of the parties, the opinions of the electorate, and looking ahead to 2022 and 2024.
    Date Added: June 30, 2021

  • Jonathan Rauch

    Jonathan Rauch: On polarization, information warfare, cancel culture, and defending American institutions.
    Date Added: June 18, 2021

  • Paul Cantor X: On the nature of comedy and what we can learn from Shakespeare's comedies.
    Date Added: June 2, 2021

  • Roya Hakakian

    Roya Hakakian: The author and poet discusses her immigration experience to the United States from Iran and reflects on the meaning of immigration to the American idea.
    Date Added: May 20, 2021