109 episodes

The weekly flagship podcast from The Heartland Institute features in-depth policy discussions connected to current news. Host Donald Kendal leads the discussion with the usual crew of Heartland Institute Vice President Jim Lakely, Socialism Research Center “Commissar” Justin Haskins, Editorial Director Chris Talgo, and others at this national free-market think tank. The entertaining and informative discussions often hit topics such as the environment, energy policy, Big Tech censorship, the troubling rise of socialism, globalism, health care, education, that state of freedom in America and around the world, and much more.

This podcast is also available as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast, the “firehose” of all the organization’s podcasts that take deep and entertaining dives into public policy.

In The Tank The Heartland Institute

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The weekly flagship podcast from The Heartland Institute features in-depth policy discussions connected to current news. Host Donald Kendal leads the discussion with the usual crew of Heartland Institute Vice President Jim Lakely, Socialism Research Center “Commissar” Justin Haskins, Editorial Director Chris Talgo, and others at this national free-market think tank. The entertaining and informative discussions often hit topics such as the environment, energy policy, Big Tech censorship, the troubling rise of socialism, globalism, health care, education, that state of freedom in America and around the world, and much more.

This podcast is also available as part of the Heartland Daily Podcast, the “firehose” of all the organization’s podcasts that take deep and entertaining dives into public policy.

    The Attempted Assassination of Donald J. Trump - In The Tank #457

    The Attempted Assassination of Donald J. Trump - In The Tank #457

    The Heartland Institute’s Donald Kendal, Jim Lakely, Chris Talgo, and S. T. Karnick present episode 457 of the In The Tank Podcast. Saturday July 13th, 2024 is a day that will go down in history. An attempted assassination of Donald Trump sent shock waves around the world. The In The Tank crew talks about the swirling news, trying to make sense of what is going on in this country. From the failure of the Secret Service to the reactions from the media and partisan commentators, there is no shortage of things to discuss. Also, the ITT crew speculates about Trump's upcoming speech he will be giving at the RNC.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Biggest Political Blunder Ever! - In The Tank #456

    Biggest Political Blunder Ever! - In The Tank #456

    The Heartland Institute’s Donald Kendal, Jim Lakely, Justin Haskins, and Chris Talgo present episode 456 of the In The Tank Podcast. We are now two weeks removed from what might go down in history as the worst performance in a presidential debate of all time, and the story continues to garner massive mainstream attention. President Biden's horrible performance on the debate stage has resulted in a tidal wave of criticism and calls to step aside by many of the most influential people on the left. This is unprecedented. How is this going to play out? Will Biden step aside? How will this impact the rapidly approaching presidential election?
    PRIMARY TOPIC - WORST POLITICAL BLUNDER EVER!

    Politico - New York Times editorial board urges public Democratic revolt against Biden
    https://www.politico.com/news/2024/07/09/biden-new-york-times-00167028

    CBS News - Here are the Democratic lawmakers calling for Biden to step aside in the 2024 race
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/joe-biden-2024-race-democrats-who-want-him-to-step-aside/

    Independent - All the celebrities who have called for Joe Biden to step down, from George Clooney to Stephen King
    https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/biden-democrats-hollywood-george-clooney-netflix-disney-b2577461.html

    National Review - President Biden Marches His Party Off a Cliff
    https://www.nationalreview.com/the-morning-jolt/president-biden-marches-his-party-off-a-cliff/

    CBS News - What would happen if Biden stepped aside from the 2024 presidential race?
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/what-happens-biden-steps-down-2024/

    NYT - How Misleading Videos Are Trailing Biden as He Battles Age Doubts
    https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/21/us/politics/biden-age-videos.html

    (video) "Sharp as a tack" montage
    https://x.com/0rf/status/1807620571934478683?t=F7piCDariEoQfEGd15XIEg&s=19

    ABC News - White House fires back at special counsel report, Harris calls descriptions 'politically motivated'
    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/white-house-fires-back-special-counsel-report-harris/story?id=107112306

    Media Matters - Study: Top newspapers fixate on Biden's age
    https://www.mediamatters.org/washington-post/top-newspapers-fixate-bidens-age

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Will Debt Sink The American Empire? - In The Tank #455

    Will Debt Sink The American Empire? - In The Tank #455

    The Heartland Institute’s Donald Kendal, Chris Talgo, and S.T. Karnick present episode 455 of the In The Tank Podcast. The national debt is currently closing in on $35 trillion. Even more alarming, the cost of maintaining that debt is approaching $1 trillion annually - this is just the interest payment on the debt! Is this sustainable? Also, how long will the dollar remain the king currency when we pursue such reckless monetary and fiscal policy?


    OPENING CHIT CHAT - TONIGHT IS DEBATE NIGHT

    NPR - Biden and Trump will debate on Thursday. Here’s what you need to know
    https://www.npr.org/2024/06/24/nx-s1-5013579/trump-biden-presidential-debate-when


    PRIMARY TOPIC - Will Debt Sink the American Empire?

    Money Wise - How much purchasing power will we have in the next 5 years?
    https://moneywise.com/research/americans-purchasing-power-plummets-as-inflation-slashes-salaries

    NPR - Home prices just hit a record high. Here are 4 things to know about housing
    https://www.npr.org/2024/06/22/nx-s1-5015076/home-prices-housing-record-high-mortgage-rates-interest-rates

    WSJ - Will Debt Sink the American Empire?
    https://www.wsj.com/politics/policy/will-debt-sink-the-american-empire-8459096b

    Atlantic Council - Dollar Dominance Monitor
    https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/programs/geoeconomics-center/dollar-dominance-monitor/

    The Economist - The fight to dethrone the dollar
    https://www.economist.com/special-report/2024/05/03/the-fight-to-dethrone-the-dollar

    Reuters - US dollar's dominance secure, BRICS see no progress on de-dollarization -report
    https://www.reuters.com/markets/currencies/us-dollars-dominance-secure-brics-see-no-progress-de-dollarization-report-2024-06-25/

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Climate Alarmism & Anti-Humanism - In The Tank #454

    Climate Alarmism & Anti-Humanism - In The Tank #454

    The Heartland Institute’s Donald Kendal and Justin Haskins present episode 454 of the In The Tank Podcast. The climate alarmist narrative is one underpinned by varying groups with specific special interests. There are the politicians who use climate alarm to justify enhanced powers, there are the businesses and firms that use climate alarm to pad their bottom lines, there are the activists that use climate alarm to gain clout, and there are the those that use climate alarm to justify an anti-humanist agenda. While all these groups help prop up the same climate narrative, they all are doing so for different reasons. On this week's episode, we are going to take a look at that last group on the list - the anti-humanists. 


    PRIMARY TOPIC - CLIMATE ALARMISM & ANTI-HUMANISM

    Anti-progress

    Mackinac - The roots of environmental anti-humanism
    https://www.mackinac.org/blog/2024/the-roots-of-environmental-anti-humanism

    Mackinac - The growth of environmental anti-humanism
    https://www.mackinac.org/blog/2024/the-growth-of-environmental-anti-humanism

    DailyKos - The right wants us to sacrifice the planet for AI
    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2024/6/17/2247069/-The-right-wants-us-to-sacrifice-the-planet-for-AI

    Free Opp - Why Nuclear Power is the Path to Low-Carbon Energy: Part 1https://freopp.org/why-nuclear-power-not-renewables-is-the-path-to-low-carbon-energy-part-1-c0b66d4b9570

    Alex Epstein (Twitter) - Paul Ehrlich quote
    https://twitter.com/AlexEpstein/status/481861470930481152


    Population control

    (Report) Population Engineering and the Fight against Climate Change
    https://www.jstor.org/stable/24870306

    (letter) World Scientists' Warning of a Climate Emergency
    https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/70/1/8/5610806

    AEI - Culling for Climate
    https://www.aei.org/articles/culling-for-climate/


    Limitations on Freedom

    Slate - Fifteen Minutes of Blame
    https://slate.com/business/2023/02/15-minute-city-oxford-conspiracy-theory-cars-lockdown-explained.html

    C40 Cities – The Future of Urban Consumption in a 1.5C World
    https://expose-news.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/Arup-C40-The-Future-of-Urban-Consumption-in-a-1-5C-World.pdf

    • 1 hr 14 min
    WARNING! Radical New EU Law to Fundamentally Transform America - In The Tank #453

    WARNING! Radical New EU Law to Fundamentally Transform America - In The Tank #453

    The Heartland Institute’s Donald Kendal, Jim Lakely, Justin Haksins, and Chris Talgo present episode 453 of the In The Tank Podcast. The European Union recently passed a law that would essentially mandate many of the guidelines and metrics of the ESG scheme we have talked much about on this show. You might ask, "Who cares about Europe?" Unfortunately, the way this Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive is written, it has the potential to fundamentally transform the way businesses around the world operate. It is imperative we get this message out to the public and to lawmakers to protect America from this dangerous law.
    PRIMARY TOPIC - RADICAL NEW EU LAW WILL FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORM AMERICA
     
    Fox News - Europe is hell bent on forcing US companies to go woke and it has a new law to do just that
    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/europe-hell-bent-forcing-us-companies-woke-has-new-law-just
     
    Western Journal - Europe Just Approved the Worst Communist Law Ever - How It Affects You
    https://www.westernjournal.com/europe-just-approved-worst-communist-law-ever-affects/
     
     
    SECONDARY TOPIC - EU ELECTIONS SHIFT TO RIGHT
     
    WSJ - Europe’s Ascendant Right-Wing Parties Want to Remake the EU. They Can’t Agree on How.https://www.wsj.com/world/europe/europes-ascendant-right-wing-parties-want-to-remake-the-eu-they-cant-agree-how-96986a44
     
    Nature - Far-right gains in European elections: what they mean for climate goals
    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-024-01742-w
     
    Politico - Inside von der Leyen’s secret climate crusade
    https://www.politico.eu/article/ursula-von-der-leyens-secret-climate-crusade/

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Trump Faces 20 Years in Prison!? - In The Tank #452

    Trump Faces 20 Years in Prison!? - In The Tank #452

    The Heartland Institute’s Donald Kendal, Jim Lakely, and Chris Talgo present episode 452 of the In The Tank Podcast. In the hours after our show ended last week, the verdicts began rolling in for former President Donald Trump's "hush money" case - 34 convictions. We are truly in unprecedented territory. What does this mean for Trump? What does this mean for the election? And most importantly, what does this mean for America? Also, a new report was released that shines even more light on the Covid lab leak theory and the role the United States played in funding that research. 
    PRIMARY TOPIC - TRUMP FACES 20-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE!?
     
    The Washington Post - Trump’s New York trial is over. What’s next with his other criminal cases?
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2024/06/02/trump-trials-next-cases-after-verdict/
     
    The Hill - Trump to be sentenced just 4 days before GOP convention
    https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/4694696-trump-to-be-sentenced-just-four-days-before-gop-convention/
     
    DNYUZ - The G.O.P. Push for Post-Verdict Payback: ‘Fight Fire With Fire’
    https://dnyuz.com/2024/06/05/the-g-o-p-push-for-post-verdict-payback-fight-fire-with-fire/
     
    WSJ - Behind Closed Doors, Biden Shows Signs of Slipping
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/behind-closed-doors-biden-shows-signs-of-slipping/ar-BB1nDMKT
     
     
    SECONDARY TOPIC - LAB LEAK REPORT EXPOSES US FUNDING
     
    NYP - Damning new report finds China lab leak most likely source of COVID-19 — and blames US for pumping millions into the dangerous research
    https://nypost.com/2024/06/03/us-news/us-funded-covid-lab-leak-in-china-damning-report-finds/
     
    NYT - Why the Pandemic Probably Started in a Lab, in 5 Key Points
    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2024/06/03/opinion/covid-lab-leak.html
     
    The Federalist - Fauci Admits There Was No Scientific Evidence For Six-Foot Social Distancing Rule
    https://thefederalist.com/2024/06/04/fauci-admits-there-was-no-scientific-evidence-for-six-foot-social-distancing-rule/
     
    Fox News - Dr. Deborah Birx admits there was an effort to squash COVID lab leak theory
    https://www.foxnews.com/media/dr-deborah-birx-admits-effort-squash-covid-lab-leak-theory
     
    (video) Chris Cuomo debate "find the clips"
    https://x.com/VigilantFox/status/1796694488632467710

    • 1 hr 30 min

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