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Conservative ideas are no longer welcome on most college campuses—or anywhere else. If you are a conservative student or professor, or just interested in the conservative intellectual tradition, this podcast is for you! Join Johnny Burtka, James Davenport, and Marlo Safi for in-depth conversations with leading thinkers on the most important issues facing conservatism.

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Conservative ideas are no longer welcome on most college campuses—or anywhere else. If you are a conservative student or professor, or just interested in the conservative intellectual tradition, this podcast is for you! Join Johnny Burtka, James Davenport, and Marlo Safi for in-depth conversations with leading thinkers on the most important issues facing conservatism.

    Roe Is Overturned – Ryan T. Anderson Explains What’s Next For Pro-Lifers

    Roe Is Overturned – Ryan T. Anderson Explains What’s Next For Pro-Lifers

    Conservative Conversations Episode 48—Ryan T. Anderson on The Supreme Court Overturned Roe v. Wade — Here’s What’s Next for Pro-Lifers

    In this episode:
    Ryan T. Anderson, President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, discusses what’s next for the pro-life movement after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24How the concept of “body self-dualism” underpins abortion and transgenderismRyan’s forthcoming book on how abortion harms everything and solves nothingTexts Mentioned:
    Tearing Us Apart: How Abortion Harms Everything and Solves Nothing by Ryan T. Anderson and Alexandra DeSanctis
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    • 42 min
    Samuel Gregg on Inflation and Conservative Political Economy

    Samuel Gregg on Inflation and Conservative Political Economy

    In this episode:
    Dr. Samuel Gregg, Distinguished Fellow in Political Economy and a Senior Research Faculty member at The American Institute for Economic Research, explains why Americans are experiencing record inflationWhat a recession today would look likeHow conservatives should approach political economyTexts Mentioned:
    The Next American Economy: Nation, State, and Markets in an Uncertain World by Dr. Samuel Gregg

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    • 49 min
    Geoff Shullenberger on Spiritual Decay, School Shootings, and René Girard’s Mimesis

    Geoff Shullenberger on Spiritual Decay, School Shootings, and René Girard’s Mimesis

    Conservative Conversations Episode 46—Geoff Shullenberger on Spiritual Decay, School Shootings, and René Girard’s Mimesis

    In this episode:
    Geoff Shullenberger, a clinical associate professor at New York University and a columnist at Compact, discusses the phenomenon of the school shooter in America after the tragedy in TexasHow René Girard’s mimetic theory can explain violent behaviorThe religious and social dimensions of mass shootings and human sacrificeTexts Mentioned:
    The Faith of Mass Shooters by Geoff ShullenbergerHuman Sacrifice and the Digital Business Model by Geoff ShullenbergerThresholds of Violence by Malcolm Gladwell
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    • 44 min
    David Whalen on Wonder, Literature as Political, and Books that Inspire

    David Whalen on Wonder, Literature as Political, and Books that Inspire

    Conservative Conversations Episode 46—David Whalen on Wonder, Literature as Political, and Books that Inspire

    In this episode:
    Dr. David Whalen, a longtime English professor at Hillsdale College, describes what the telos of the university isThe difference between wonder and curiosityHow literature intersects with the politicalTexts Mentioned:
    King Lear by William ShakespeareOn the Unseriousness of Human Affairs: Teaching, Writing, Playing, Believing, Lecturing, Philosophizing, Singing, Dancing by James V. SchallLeisure: The Basis of Culture by Josef PieperBrideshead Revisited by Evelyn WaughA Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin

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    • 47 min
    CC Live! Victor Davis Hanson on The Dying Citizen

    CC Live! Victor Davis Hanson on The Dying Citizen

    Conservative Conversations Episode 45—Victor Davis Hanson on The Dying Citizen

    In this episode:
    Victor Davis Hanson, winner of ISI’s Conservative Book of the Year Award, discusses his book “The Dying Citizen” during a special live podcast recordingHow elites have warped what citizenship isHow identity politics has eroded citizenship and become an issue of national securityTexts Mentioned:
    The Dying Citizen: How Progressive Elites, Tribalism, and Globalization Are Destroying The Idea Of America by Victor Davis Hanson
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    • 41 min
    Josh Craddock on SCOTUS, Overturning Roe, and Building a Culture of Life

    Josh Craddock on SCOTUS, Overturning Roe, and Building a Culture of Life

    Conservative Conversations Episode 44—Josh Craddock on SCOTUS, Overturning Roe, and Building a Culture of Life

    In this episode: 
    Josh Craddock, affiliated scholar with the James Wilson Institute for Natural Rights and the American Founding, discusses the Supreme Court’s leaked majority opinion from an abortion caseThe legal history of abortion in America and the originalist case for prenatal personhoodHow to build a culture of life after RoeTexts Mentioned:
    The Constitution Already Prohibits Abortion: An Originalist Case for Prenatal Personhood by Josh CraddockChoose Life by editors John Goodrich and Jeanette Pifer
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    • 40 min

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