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A weekly show about politics and liberty, featuring conversations with top scholars, philosophers, historians, economists, and public policy experts. Hosted by Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus.

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  • Medicalization of Birth and Death (with Lauren K. Hall)
    February 21, 2020 at 4:20 am

    Over a century ago most Americans gave birth and died at home, with minimal medical intervention. But today, most Americans today begin and end their lives in hospitals. Over time policies have forced people away from community-based providers, like birth centers, and toward more costly care in fully-equipped hospitals. Lauren K. Hall joins the show today to talk about the medicalization of birth […]

  • The Evolution of Cooperation (with Nicholas A. Christakis)
    February 14, 2020 at 4:20 am

    What is human nature? It’s a question that’s intrigued philosophers for as long as there’s been philosophy. It’s also where quite a lot of political philosophy begins, imagining how our nature would have us live in a world before government.How and why do humans cooperate? Why do we interact with people at all? Is there an issue with freedom of assembly? What kind of […]

  • Bitcoin: Boom or Bust?
    February 7, 2020 at 9:15 am

    George Selgin and Diego Zuluaga are back on the show today to talk about the potential of bitcoin. Throughout the conversation they discuss how bitcoin has had it’s up and downs, but this fluctuation does not indicate whether bitcoin is a successful alternative money.How old is Bitcoin? Does the price of Bitcoin tell us anything meaningful? Is Bitcoin a meaningful money alternative? Where […]

  • Why We are Wrong About Nearly Everything (with Bobby Duffy)
    January 31, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Bobby Duffy draws on his research into public perception across more than forty countries, offering a sweeping account of the stubborn problem of human delusion: how society breeds it, why it will never go away, and what our misperceptions say about what we really believe.How do we consume information differently now than we did in the 1950’s? How do we gain knowledge about the world around […]

  • Rebuilding America (with Yuval Levin)
    January 24, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Yuval Levin argues that we do not need to tear down our current institutions and restart from nothing, but it is definitely a time to re-commit to make our institutions trustworthy once again. And by institutions he means from the military to church groups and everything in between. He argues that we can then use these trustworthy institutions to provide the form and structure we need to really […]

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