Access historical commentary of today's pressing issues, hosted by Tal Fortgang from the American Enterprise Institute.
Liberal Democracy and Radical Reform
F. Williams (1936 – 2020) was not only a storied fixture of the United
States Court of Appeals’ D.C. Circuit, but a prolific author with wide-ranging
In this episode of the Bradley Lectures Podcast, AEI Senior
Fellow Karlyn Bowman
and Resident Scholar Adam
J. White join to discuss Judge Williams’ lasting legacy and learn from his
lecture on efforts to liberalize post-Soviet Russia. We hope you will find that
there are lessons to be learned from both.
This lecture was originally delivered in January 2002.
Saving Jonah from the Will
Should we impose term limits on members of Congress? Should we drastically expand the size of the House of Representatives? Are Republicans republicans and Democrats democrats?
Jonah Goldberg joins the show to discuss George Will’s Bradley Lecture, how Dr. Will humbled Young Jonah with an answer that launched a thousand op-eds, and to ruminate on political questions big and small.
The evolution of the Bobo
The late 20th century brought into existence a new species of moneyed elite. This highly educated nouveau riche combined traditional bourgeois ethic with bohemian tastes to form a new species that David Brooks called the “Bobo.”
What became of the Bobos, and how does their legacy live on — or not — in today’s elite? Factual Feminist Christina Hoff Sommers joins “The Bradley Lectures Podcast” to femsplain how Brooks’ observations can help us better understand today’s social and political elites.
This lecture was originally delivered in May 2000.
So you want to build an institution
From Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France to Yuval Levin’s new book, A Time to Build, conservatives have long been fascinated by the relationship between the American individual, state, and mediating institutions. Building properly-functioning institutions of all kinds – media, religious, or educational — is crucial to the politics and social lives of a self-governing people.
David Gelernter, Yale computer scientist and polymath, addresses the lack of institutions that would challenge growing left-wing domination of the cultural and educational landscapes. His Bradley Lecture, “New Institutions for a New Cultural Establishment,” examines with incisive wit how the center-right can build the institutions they need most.
This lecture was originally delivered in October 1996.
What’s the matter with Hollywood?
Decades prior to today’s political arguments about “coastal elites” misunderstanding “flyover country,” film critic, author, and talk show host Michael Medved made a cultural argument. Medved contended that the cloistered cultures of Hollywood were unresponsive to market demands, and chose to push a narrative—one that would not serve their own financial interests — about religion, the US, and the human condition.
Will Baird joins the podcast once again to discuss the themes that drew Medved’s ire, the conservative case for irreverence in film, and whether there’s something truly the matter with the film industry in Hollywood.
This lecture was originally delivered in January 1993.
Some reflections on Gertrude Himmelfarb
Prolific historian, author, and social critic Gertrude Himmelfarb (1922–2019) leaves behind a legacy of scholarship transcending time and place. Her insights into the past, such as her studies of Victorian England, help fashion a worldview for the present, one emphasizing virtue, truth-seeking, and humility.
AEI Senior Fellow Karlyn Bowman joins the podcast to
memorialize Dr. Himmelfarb and discuss what lessons her life and works hold for
This lecture was originally delivered in October 2008.
Gertrude Himmelfarb’s other Bradley Lectures:
* From Hegel to Marx to Lenin (1990)* From Victorian Virtues to Modern Values (1995)