The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Podcast is a home for critical thinking and common sense.
Critical thinking, objective truth and free speech have always been under assault.
Ayaan will talk to amazing people who have given a lot of thought to these issues. Some of her guests will surprise you. Some of the topics we’ll be covering are ones she's never approached before.
What all Ayaan's guests will have in common is a passion for free inquiry and speech. They are not afraid to explore different perspectives, even if it means challenging their own assumptions, or violating cultural taboos. You, the audience, can make up your minds which arguments make most sense to you. We would love to hear your thoughts after each show.
Dan Seligson on Polygamy and the Marriage Market
Ayaan speaks with Dan Seligson about polygamy and the marriage market. They explore the question: does polygamy breed poverty or does poverty breed polygamy? Dan also explains where polygamy still exists, the chronic scarcity it creates, and the commodification of women. Dan received his PhD in physics from Berkeley. From 1984 until 2001, he worked […]
Secretary Mike Pompeo on American Values
Ayaan speaks with Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about American values. They discuss extremist ideologies, competing world powers, the future of the Iran nuclear deal, and our relationship with China. They also discuss the Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights. Secretary Mike Pompeo served as the 70th Secretary of State of the United States, […]
Mustafa Panshiri on Social Attitudes
Ayaan talks with Mustafa Panshiri about how to successfully integrate migrants from countries like Afghanistan and Somalia into Western cultures. They discuss clan systems, differences between cultures, and the juggling of multiple identities that immigrants handle when integrating into a new society. Mustafa Panshiri is a former police officer, writer and lecturer. He was born […]
Abigail Shrier on Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria
Ayaan speaks with Abigail Shrier about transgenderism and the sudden demographic shift in cases of gender dysphoria. Abigail explains the process of transitioning and the risks of irreversible damage. Abigail Shrier is author of IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College; a Bachelor of Philosophy […]
Hamed Abdel-Samad on Cultural Identities
Ayaan talks with Hamed Abdel-Samad about the Islamization of Egypt, his personal journey from Cairo to Germany, and the struggle of balancing multiple cultural identities. He recounts the memory of his sister undergoing female genital mutilation and the suffering of women in oppressive societies. Hamed Abdel-Samad is an Egyptian-German political scientist and author of several […]
Vivek Ramaswamy on Stakeholder vs. Shareholder Capitalism
Ayaan talks with Vivek Ramaswamy about essentialism, stakeholder vs. shareholder capitalism, and American freedom. They dive into Vivek’s background, discuss the dangers of wokeism and idea fixing, and explore ways of addressing inequality. Vivek Ramaswamy is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Roivant Sciences and the author of the forthcoming book “Woke Inc.: Inside […]