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

  • Hankins on the West and China

    James Hankins: On the idea of meritocracy in the Western tradition, and meritocracy as practiced today in America and China.
    Date Added: August 10, 2019

  • Schaub on Lincoln

    Diana Schaub II: Interpreting Lincoln's political thought, including The Lyceum Address and The Gettysburg Address.
    Date Added: July 27, 2019

  • Aaron Friedberg on China

    Aaron Friedberg: On the rise of China and the strategic threat to the United States.
    Date Added: July 13, 2019

  • John DiIulio on Bureaucracy

    John J. DiIulio Jr.: On big government, then and now—why we expect our government to do so much and so often are dissatisfied.
    Date Added: July 1, 2019

  • Mansfield on Democracy in America

    Harvey Mansfield XVII: On Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, the best book ever written on democracy and the best ever written on America.
    Date Added: June 15, 2019

  • Jim Manzi III: On global warming, climate change, and what to do about it.
    Date Added: June 1, 2019

  • Conard on the Middle Class

    Edward Conard II: On how to generate sustained economic growth, innovation, and greater prosperity for the middle class.
    Date Added: May 18, 2019

  • Ferguson on identity politics

    Andrew Ferguson II: On identity politics and its effects on American culture and institutions.
    Date Added: May 4, 2019

  • Paul Cantor VI: On the dark side of the American Dream, as exemplified in popular works such as Huckleberry Finn, The Godfather, and Breaking Bad.
    Date Added: April 20, 2019

  • Kagan on Authoritarianism

    Robert Kagan: On authoritarianism as a strategic threat to America and the liberal world order.
    Date Added: April 6, 2019

  • Trippi on the Democrats

    Joe Trippi: The veteran political strategist on the Democratic field, the nomination process, and the 2020 elections.
    Date Added: March 21, 2019

  • James Ceaser on James Madison

    James Ceaser IV: On James Madison as the first American founder, and the history of the idea of founding.
    Date Added: March 9, 2019