Ep. 10 - Shoshana Weissmann on Occupational Licensing Reform

February 13, 2019

Rob Tracinski talks with Shoshana Weissmann, fellow and digital media manager for R Street Institute, about occupational licensing reform. The conversation includes: taking on the unglamorous issues, how arbitrary barriers to entry in professional licensing spilled out to everything else, "health and safety" and the menace of infected dirt, the return of debtor's prison, how regulations hurt the poor most, and fighting the power of Big Florist.

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Ep. 9 - Robert Garmong on John Stuart Mill

January 24, 2019

Rob Tracinski talks with Bob Garmong, former lecturer at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics and author of a forthcoming study on the political thought of John Stuart Mill, about Mill and the history of political "liberalism." The conversation includes: Locke vs. Mill, how a "buttoned down guy with pointy hair" unleashed "sex, drugs, and rock and roll," how Mill turned liberalism on its head, the origin of the dichotomy between property rights and human rights, and how Mill's defense of free speech is the Frankenstein monster that unleashed the anti-speech campus mobs.

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Ep. 8 - Alex Berezow on Science in the News

January 22, 2019

Rob Tracinski talks with Alex Berezow, Vice President of Scientific Affairs at the American Council on Science and Health, about misunderstandings and misrepresentations of science in the news. The conversation includes: how DNA ancestry tests are like horoscopes, the fundamental problems with transgender athletes, what the prevailing narratives on left and right get wrong about the opioid epidemic, how the science of nutrition is a victim of its own success, and why if I really wanted to make it in the broadcasting business, I would peddle bogus nutritional supplements.

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Ep. 7 - Robert Garmong on China

January 9, 2019

Rob Tracinski talks with Bob Garmong, former lecturer at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, about his experiences in China and the prospects for the country's future. The conversation includes: why China turned against liberalism, whether it is really as powerful as Western observers hope or fear, how Communism in China was different from Stalinism, how to pronounce "Xi Jinping" without sounding like you're ordering the chicken, and the one quality he thinks is mostly likely to save the country from disaster.

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Ep. 6 - Tom Nichols on NeverTrump, Part 2 of 2

December 14, 2018

Rob Tracinski talks with Tom Nichols, professor at the Harvard Extension School and author of The Death of Expertise, about the future of NeverTrump. The conversation includes: how Trump actually shifts power to "zombie" bureaucrats, Trump and Russia, and the key to the intellectual revival of the right.

This is part 2 of the conversation. Part 1 is Episode 5.

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Ep. 5 - Tom Nichols on the Death of Expertise, Part 1 of 2

December 12, 2018

Rob Tracinski talks with Tom Nichols, professor at the Naval War College and Harvard Extension School, about the "death of expertise." The conversation includes: what happens when experts get it wrong, how both left and right have contributed to contempt for expertise, and how contempt for experts actually reinforces rule by bureaucrats.

This is part 1 of the conversation. Part 2 is Episode 6.

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Ep. 4 - Scott Lincicome on the Trade War

December 4, 2018

Rob Tracinski talks with Scott Lincicome about the progress of President Trump's trade war. The conversation includes: why tariff power was delegated to the president, how trade changes jobs instead of taking them away, and how Flashdance and Bruce Springsteen explain Donald Trump's trade policy.

Get the T-shirt mentioned in the interview here.

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Ep. 3 - Why Salon of the Refused?

November 27, 2018

Rob Tracinski talks about the Paris Salon of 1863, the original Salon of the Refused, and their lessons for how to change the culture.

Links to images mentioned in the podcast:

The Birth of Venus, by Alexandre Cabanel

Luncheon on the Grass, by Edouard Manet

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Ep. 2 - Charles C.W. Cooke on Being an Atheist on the Right

November 23, 2018

Rob Tracinski talks with Charles C.W. Cooke, editor of NationalReview.com, on what it's like to be an atheist on the right. The conversation includes: the secular basis for morality and liberty, how atheism is good for the right, Ayn Rand vs. William F. Buckley, Donald Trump's impact on conservatism. 

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Ep. 1 — Sean Trende on the 2018 Midterms

November 15, 2018

Rob Tracinski talks with Sean Trende, senior elections analyst at RealClearPolitics, about the 2018 midterm elections and how the commentators' impressions stack up against the actual results. The conversation includes: whether the "Kavanaugh Effect" was real, how Democratic gains in the House are like the Tea Party wave of 2010, and why party coalitions are like a water balloon.

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