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

  • 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

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

  • 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