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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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  • How to Fix African Poverty (with Magatte Wade)
    October 22, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Magatte Wade argues that the most unique challenge we face is that the world has come to perceive that Africans themselves are not capable of creating prosperity—and require charity in order to survive. The combination of negative perceptions of Africans, combined with widespread ignorance regarding the need for economic freedom is a toxic combination. And Wade is working to change not only the […]

  • Undoing Drugs (with Maia Szalavitz)
    October 15, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Maia Szalavitz writes that drug overdoses now kill more Americans annually than guns, cars, or breast cancer. But the United States has tried to solve this national crisis with policies that only made matters worse. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

  • America’s War Propaganda (with Chris Coyne and Abby Hall)
    October 8, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Christopher Coyne and Abigail Hall delve into case studies from the War on Terror to show how propaganda operates in a democracy. From the darkened cinema to the football field to the airport screening line, the U.S. government has purposefully inflated the actual threat of terrorism and the necessity of a proactive military response. This biased, incomplete, and misleading information […]

  • Is Section 230 a Problem? (with Jeff Kosseff)
    October 1, 2021 at 4:00 am

    Jeff Kosseff exposes the workings of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which has lived mostly in the shadows since its enshrinement in 1996. Because many segments of American society now exist largely online, Kosseff argues that we need to understand and pay attention to what Section 230 really means and how it affects what we like, share, and comment upon every day. See […]

  • What Happened in Afghanistan (with Sahar Khan)
    September 24, 2021 at 4:00 am

    It’s true that for the first time in 20 years, there is no US military presence in Afghanistan. But Sahar Khan suggests that the war is not really over. Throughout this episode they discuss what happened in Afghanistan over the last 2 decades and why the United States kept troops on the ground there longer than anticipated.  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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