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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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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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    Immigration's Economic Impact (with Alex Nowrasteh)

    Immigration's Economic Impact (with Alex Nowrasteh)

    Economic arguments favoring increased immigration restrictions suggest that immigrants undermine the culture, institutions, and productivity of destination countries. But is this actually true? Alex Nowrasteh breaks the economic impact of immigration down for us by pulling data from history as well as from policies that other countries use to control immigration.
    What happens if we open up immigration? What is a founder effect? Why do people want to come to America?

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    • 44 min
    Drug Use for Grown Ups (with Carl Hart)

    Drug Use for Grown Ups (with Carl Hart)

    Carl Hart is one of the world’s preeminent experts on the effects of so-called recreational drugs on the human mind and body. Dr. Hart is open about the fact that he uses drugs himself, in a happy balance with the rest of his full and productive life as a colleague, husband, father, and friend.
    What is the difference between an illicit drug and medicine? Who decides which drugs are illicit and which are not? Why do we treat drugs users, depending on the drug, differently? How is alcohol different than illicit drugs? And how is it the same?

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    • 46 min
    Did the New Deal End the Great Depression? (with George Selgin)

    Did the New Deal End the Great Depression? (with George Selgin)

    George Selgin believes that the New Deal failed to bring recovery because, although some New Deal undertakings did serve to revive aggregate spending, others had the opposite effect, and still others prevented the growth in spending that did take place from doing all it might have to revive employment.
    What does it mean when the economy shrinks? What were some goals of the New Deal? How did the New Deal fail to reach its goals?

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    • 55 min
    Trust in a Polarized Age (with Kevin Vallier)

    Trust in a Polarized Age (with Kevin Vallier)

    Americans today don't trust each other and their institutions as much as they once did. The collapse of social and political trust has arguably fueled our increasingly ferocious ideological conflicts and hardened partisanship. But, Kevin Vallier explains how all is not hopeless. restores faith in our power to reduce polarization and rebuild social and political trust.
    What is social trust? Do we still have trust in democracy? How do you develop your sense of trust? What's a democratic norm?

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    • 45 min
    The 2020 Election and the Capitol Insurrection (with Walter Olson)

    The 2020 Election and the Capitol Insurrection (with Walter Olson)

    Walter Olson, senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies, comes on the show to discuss the fallout of the 2020 election culminating with the Capitol insurrection on January 6, 2021. They discuss how institutions like congress faired during the Trump administration, how and when election fraud concerns should be addressed, as well as the 'whataboutism' of people comparing the capitol insurrection to 2020 protests.
    What is objective morality? How could we improve our voting systems? How did our institutions hold up in the face of violence?

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    • 50 min
    How Technology is Changing Education (with Andy Matuschak)

    How Technology is Changing Education (with Andy Matuschak)

    Andy Matuschak joins the show to discuss how different learning models will help students in different ways. They discuss how students best remember material and how we should consider cognitive science when constructing a teaching technique.
    What is the purpose of primary school? Why do we group children by age for learning in school? What is the best way to learn from flashcards?

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    • 51 min

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