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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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  • Climate Change Panic
    August 7, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Climate change is real, but it does not pose the apocalyptic threat that we have all been told time and again. When you use bad science, and even worse economics, it creates a panic and that very panic is a problem we see with global warming.What is the problem with climate alarmism? What’s the scientific value in making a model that assumes nobody will respond to incentives? […]

  • Unpacking Constitutional Law
    July 31, 2020 at 4:00 am

    In Randy Barnett and Josh Blackman's latest book, they write about the 100 Supreme Court cases everyone should know. Their hope is that their book will help teachers and professors teach constitutional law in an organized fashion. They cleanly laid out the history of constitutional law to illustrate how doctrine has shifted over time.Could we have ended up in a different place if we did not […]

  • What Divides Us (with Emily Ekins)
    July 24, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Emily Ekins comes back on the show to talk about her latest polling work that included many questions about an individuals' locus of control. The discussion ultimately comes down to how can we improve the happiness and meaning in our own lives and those around us.Do you have a favorable view of capitalism or socialism? Are there different types of envy? How does personal responsibility play a […]

  • You Are (Probably) Not a Good Person
    July 17, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Most people think of themselves as a largely decent human being. We also think of our friends and family members as at least decent people. No one is a saint, but many people we interact with are honest, kind, and humble. But, Christian Miller discovers in his book that if you look at recent psychological studies closely many people regularly fail to acknowledge significant character […]

  • The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk
    July 10, 2020 at 4:00 am

    We want to be seen as taking the moral high ground not just to make a point, or move a debate forward, but to look a certain way — incensed, or compassionate, or committed to a cause. Another word for this type of discourse is grandstanding. Justin Tosi and Brandon Warmke join the show to talk about how grandstanding affects our day to day political discourse.As politics […]

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