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Conversations with Bill Kristol features in-depth, thought-provoking discussions with leading figures in American public life.

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Conversations with Bill Kristol features in-depth, thought-provoking discussions with leading figures in American public life.

    Diana Schaub on Frederick Douglass

    Diana Schaub on Frederick Douglass

    In this Conversation, first released in 2018, Professor Diana Schaub considers the life and ideas of the statesman and political thinker Frederick Douglass (c. 1818 – 1885). Schaub reflects on Douglass’s life, including his experience of slavery, his abolitionist politics, his work on behalf of the Union in the Civil War, and his post-war efforts to secure civil rights. Schaub demonstrates Douglass’s importance as a political thinker, pointing to his reflections on the corruptions of slavery, the meaning and requirements of freedom, the significance of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and the role of prudence in politics.

    • 59 min
    Jonathan V. Last: The Demographic Baby Bust and its Consequences

    Jonathan V. Last: The Demographic Baby Bust and its Consequences

    The birthrate in the United States, and in many other countries around the world, has been declining for decades. The US birthrate now is at 1.8, which is below the need for a stable population—the replacement rate of 2.1 children per woman. Yet the profound consequences of this change take generations to play out. In this Conversation, Jonathan V. Last, author of What To Expect When No One's Expecting and Executive Editor of The Bulwark, shares his research into demographic decline and spells out some of the current and potential future consequences that might follow from it. Last argues that we're likely to see a steep fall in the global population beginning later this century, which could produce alarming geopolitical dangers. As for America, Last notes that declining fertility could put major pressure on the social safety net—and change the nature of our society. This is a sobering and important Conversation on a neglected but extremely important subject.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Stan Veuger on Europe Today: Politics, Economics, and the Future of the EU

    Stan Veuger on Europe Today: Politics, Economics, and the Future of the EU

    What is the political and economic situation in Europe today? How should we think about contentious issues like stresses in the European Union, Brexit, the migration crisis, and the rise of populist parties of the Left and the Right? In this Conversation, AEI economist Stan Veuger shares an incisive and—against the conventional wisdom—rather encouraging account of Europe today.In support of this assessment, Veuger presents a qualified defense of the project of European integration, noting that in the last decades European countries have successfully warded off violent conflict and have enjoyed greater economic prosperity (despite serious problems with the Euro currency). Veuger highlights the imperfect character of the Euro, but argues that there does not seem to be a plausible alternative to it, today. In contrast to his confidence about the general prospects and benefits of the EU common market, Veuger shares specific concerns about national defense, the migration crisis, Brexit, and the rise of populist parties. However he says he is less worried [about the future of Europe] now than people rightly were five years ago.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    N. Gregory Mankiw: On the Economic Ideas of the Left and Right Today

    N. Gregory Mankiw: On the Economic Ideas of the Left and Right Today

    How is the US economy performing today? How should we think about the turn against free markets by prominent figures of the Left and the Right? What economic policies might spur innovation and growth in the future? In this Conversation, Harvard economist N. Gregory Mankiw analyzes the current moment and shares his perspective on the major economic policies and ideas of the Left and the Right. According to Mankiw, the American economy remains robust and dynamic, despite only good (rather than excellent) economic growth in recent years and increased consternation about the rise of inequality. Criticizing policies that rely excessively on central planning, Mankiw calls for high-skilled immigration, innovative approaches to education, and maintaining incentives that yield investment in research and development. He also suggests some alterations in tax and welfare policies that might help ameliorate problems we face in the short and long term.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Jack Goldsmith: On Jimmy Hoffa, labor unions, and the rise and fall of the mob

    Jack Goldsmith: On Jimmy Hoffa, labor unions, and the rise and fall of the mob

    Jack Goldsmith is a professor of law at Harvard, an expert on national security, terrorism, and cybersecurity—and a regular guest on Conversations. As he reveals in a fascinating new book, In Hoffa’s Shadow, from the age of 12 in 1975 he was personally wrapped up in one of the most contentious episodes in American history—the disappearance of the powerful Teamsters Union boss Jimmy Hoffa. In this Conversation, Goldsmith recounts how his stepfather, Chuckie O’Brien, became the prime suspect in Hoffa’s disappearance, and how this affected their relationship over the next decades. Goldsmith then shares his own research into the Hoffa case and what he learned along the way about his stepfather, the life and career of Jimmy Hoffa, the history of labor unions in the United States, and the rise and fall of the mob. This is a deeply personal, moving Conversation that has much to teach us about the complexities of family, law, and politics.

    • 58 min
    Mike Murphy on the Democratic Race and the 2020 Presidential Election

    Mike Murphy on the Democratic Race and the 2020 Presidential Election

    As we head into the 2020 election year, veteran political strategist and commentator Mike Murphy joins Bill Kristol to discuss the state of the race for the Democratic nomination, and the general election to follow. What are plausible paths to the nomination for Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, and possible dark horse candidates? What are Donald Trump’s chances for reelection against possible democratic nominees? Murphy shares his perspective on the race with his usual blend of humor and insight.

    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

Sub610Bourbon ,

Solid show

Loved the JVL interview Bill. Thanks.

Kawaii433 ,

Love Bill Kristol

His tweets, his convesations. Good to have a strong voice of reason during these difficult times. Courageous.

Visigoth1066 ,

Mumbles

This is a fantastic podcast both for substance and relevance but both the interviewer and the interviewee talk very fast and enunciate poorly. Listening takes a lot of concentration which diminishes the experience. This is a criticism of the podcast generally and this one in particular. I’m sure that if I were watching instead of just listening it would be easier.

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