Glenn Loury invites guests from the worlds of academia, journalism and public affairs to share insights on economic, political and social issues.
The Life and Work of Thomas Sowell (Glenn Loury, John McWhorter, and Jason Riley)
Comparing the legacies of Thomas Sowell and George Schuyler ... Making the case for Sowell’s significance ... The task of the popularizer ... Why Sowell’s book A Conflict of Visions is important ... The norm of inter-group disparity ... What happened to Glenn’s generation of heterodox Black intellectuals? ... Why it’s hard to be conservative in academia ... Where is the left-wing critique of progressive racial politics? ...
Contesting Obama's Footprint (Glenn Loury & Richard Epstein)
Why Richard is trying to stop the construction of the Obama Presidential Center ... Richard's stymied attempt to stop alterations to Chicago's Soldiers Field ... Raising questions about the OPC's environmental impact ... Richard's account of critical race theory ... A legal history of racial redress in the US ... Richard: Biden exhibits less comity than Trump did ...
Thinking Critically about Critical Race Theory (Glenn Loury & John McWhorter)
John McWhorter, master of his craft ... Is John a “Black linguist”? Is Glenn a “Black economist”? ... Al Sharpton and Benjamin Crump address police violence against white victims ... Defining CRT ... Is the CRT debate comparable to other debates in education? ... Glenn: It is tyrannical to ban the teaching of CRT ...
Burdens of Freedom (Glenn Loury & Lawrence Mead)
Intro ... Larry's view of Western and non-Western culture ... Is African American culture "non-Western"? ... Larry: "Freedom is a threat" to Black and Latino families ... African American individualism after emancipation ... The "paradox" of Asian academic success ... What are the origins of European political development? ...
Rejecting Racial Determinism (Glenn Loury & John McWhorter)
A peek inside Glenn’s writing process ... Aaron Hana’s critique of Thomas Sowell and Shelby Steele ... Extending the presumption of free will to Black communities ... Who gets to opine on race matters? ... Black rednecks ... Is the “acting white” phenomenon real? ... A critique of Charles Murray’s new book … ... … and a defense of same ...
Facing Reality (Glenn Loury & Charles Murray)
How Charles deals with his notoriety ... Charles's new book, Facing Reality: Two Truths about Race in America ... Grappling with the fact of group disparities ... Threats from the left, threats from the right ... The shift in white attitudes toward race since the 1950s ... What would happen if white people revolted? ... Charles: Black people are not genetically inferior ... Why small differences in ability can have major consequences ... Charles: We need universal, not race-based, public policy solutions ...
Thought provoking conversations
Glenn is someone I have very much come to admire. You really have made an impression on me and how you explain your thoughts on race. You really care about raising education standards and wanting a better outcome for young kids but are not afraid to touch on areas that might cause you personal blowback.
I love your conversations with Jon McWhorton who also has some great viewpoints. You are both excellent in your fields and brave beyond belief to take on CRT. That really is a minefield of bad ideas. I would love just one of them to debate you but you would demolish them and they know it, which is why they won’t.
Keep up the brilliant thought provoking conversations.
Glenn Loury and his regular contributer John McWhorter deserve a much wider audience! Its refreshing to have controversial topics discussed in an open challenging but friendly way. No one is trying to score points or be accusatory but instead try to get to the heart of issues in an honest way. Also to have two black guys not afraid to question sacred issues is great, there must be more black and brown thinkers out there who support them.
Simply the best
If you want to hear logical and honest debate about important topics that are too often avoided for fear of causing offence - particularly when it comes to race relations in the US - then this podcast is simply the best there is. Pretty well every episode is excellent, and the ones that feature John McWhorter are without exception outstanding - very nuanced, steel-manning rather than straw-manning, and razor sharp analysis. These discussions deserve to be heard by anyone who thinks about or opines about these topics.