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At a time when our nation is portrayed as increasingly polarized, media often ignore viewpoints and stories that are worthy of attention. American Thought Leaders, hosted by The Epoch Times Senior Editor Jan Jekielek, features in-depth discussions with some of America’s most influential thought leaders on pertinent issues facing our nation today.

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At a time when our nation is portrayed as increasingly polarized, media often ignore viewpoints and stories that are worthy of attention. American Thought Leaders, hosted by The Epoch Times Senior Editor Jan Jekielek, features in-depth discussions with some of America’s most influential thought leaders on pertinent issues facing our nation today.

    We Are Waging War Against Our Own Nature: Mary Harrington

    We Are Waging War Against Our Own Nature: Mary Harrington

    “I would suggest that, actually, we’ve been living in the transhumanist era for 50 years or more. We’re half a century into the transhumanist age, and really, it began with the contraceptive pill.”
    Mary Harrington is a self-described “reactionary feminist,” contributing editor at UnHerd, and author of “Feminism Against Progress.” We sat down together at the Dissident Dialogues Festival to discuss the intersection of progress, individual freedom, technology, and, ultimately, transhumanism.
    “What that opens up is a whole theoretically infinite spectrum of engineering of ourselves—if you like—of seeing human nature itself as a set of problems to be solved,” says Ms. Harrington.
    She believes that believing a “progress narrative” leads to the misguided attempt to create heaven on earth.
    “It just won’t matter how often we set out trying to wage war on our own nature. It will just find a way of coming back,” she says.
    Views expressed in this video are opinions of the host and the guest, and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

    • 28 min
    Sen. Roger Marshall: US Must Stop Funding Dangerous Research with Communist China

    Sen. Roger Marshall: US Must Stop Funding Dangerous Research with Communist China

    In this episode, I sit down with Sen. Dr. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), an obstetrician and gynecologist, to get his take on gain of function research, the origins of the virus, and Dr. Anthony Fauci’s recent testimony before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic.
    Dr. Marshall shares what he believes are the “smoking guns” that link the origins of the coronavirus to a lab leak in Wuhan, China.
    “If we’re funding this type of research in a place like Wuhan, China, where we know that the CCP military is working hand in glove with all those scientists, I mean ... this whole thing is a national security issue,” says Dr. Marshall. He argues all grants moving forward must be assessed for national security risks.
    Views expressed in this video are opinions of the host and the guest, and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

    • 30 min
    Daryl Davis: Why I Befriend Neo-Nazis and the KKK

    Daryl Davis: Why I Befriend Neo-Nazis and the KKK

    “At the age of 10, I formed a question in my mind, which was: how can you hate me when you don’t even know me? And now, for the next 56 years, I’ve been looking for the answer to that question.”
    The son of American Foreign Service members, Daryl Davis grew up in many different countries and was exposed to a variety of cultures, religions, and ideologies. He became an internationally renowned musician, touring and performing with the likes of Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and B.B. King. But a personal experience with bigotry at a young age made him curious about why people hate.
    “When I met this guy, he was a Grand Dragon. And he rose through the ranks to Imperial Wizard. And when he dropped out, because of this perception change and hanging out with me, he gave me his Klan robe and his hood,” says Mr. Davis.
    Today, Mr. Davis has made a second career out of befriending white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and members of the Ku Klux Klan, helping over 200 of them to renounce their racist ideology.
    “People ask me: Daryl, why don’t you burn that stuff? No, I’m not going to burn it,” says Mr. Davis, referring to his Klan paraphernalia. “Yes, it is despicable. But it’s also a part of our history. And you don’t burn our history: the good, the bad, the ugly, and the shameful. You expose it, so it doesn’t happen again.”
    In this episode, we dive into Mr. Davis’s childhood, his passion for music, his encounters with the Klan, and the methodology he uses for helping them to renounce their racism.
    “The greatest weapon to combat racism, anti-Semitism, [and] all types of discrimination is the least expensive weapon known to man. It’s free, yet it is the most underused. It’s called conversation,” says Mr. Davis.
    Views expressed in this video are opinions of the host and the guest, and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

    • 48 min
    How Modern Medicine Abandoned Healing: Mihai Nadin

    How Modern Medicine Abandoned Healing: Mihai Nadin

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    The failures of our COVID response and the “gender-affirming” care model have made a lot of people question science and medicine in the West.
    Mihai Nadin argues that science and medicine went awry a long time ago—in foundational ways.
    He’s a scholar and researcher with broad insights spanning electrical engineering, computer science, aesthetics, human-computer interaction, and post-industrial society, and he’s the author of “Disrupt Science: The Future Matters.”
    Views expressed in this video are opinions of the host and the guest, and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Scientists Opened Pandora’s Box, What Now? | Dr. Jay Bhattacharya

    Scientists Opened Pandora’s Box, What Now? | Dr. Jay Bhattacharya

    “This catastrophic response that we faced during this pandemic will happen again in our lifetimes. The new normal is lockdown until vaccine. That is how we’re going to manage pandemics until there’s an explicit repudiation of the doctrine by public health,” says Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, professor of health policy at Stanford University and one of the co-authors of the Great Barrington Declaration.
    In this episode, Dr. Bhattacharya shares his theory on what happened these last four years and the link between seemingly disparate events.
    Dr. Bhattacharya is one of the plaintiffs in a landmark free speech case against the Biden administration, Murthy v. Missouri, and the co-host of the Illusion of Consensus podcast.
    “The International Health Regulations and the WHO treaty are a way to essentially institutionalize this paradigm of how to manage pandemics going forward. You can’t have a Sweden next time that bucks the agenda,” he says.
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    Views expressed in this video are opinions of the host and the guest, and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

    • 52 min
    The Secret Ratings Agencies That Control Media Advertising: Freddie Sayers

    The Secret Ratings Agencies That Control Media Advertising: Freddie Sayers

    “In this complex machinery, there are these things called ratings agencies ... and they put a number on how trustworthy individual publications are,” says Freddie Sayers. “If they give you a zero or they put you on the naughty list, you don’t get any advertising. Your business model is pretty much turned off overnight.”
    Mr. Sayers is the editor-in-chief of UnHerd, and he recently started looking into the systems of programmatic advertising after he discovered UnHerd had been given a zero rating for trustworthiness and placed on a “dynamic exclusion list” by the Global Disinformation Index.
    In this episode, he breaks down what he’s uncovered about the workings of what he calls “the disinformation industry.”
    “This is taxpayer dollars flowing into completely unaccountable, self-created organizations,” Mr. Sayers says.
    Views expressed in this video are opinions of the host and the guest, and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

    • 33 min

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Wireless805 ,

Love the long form interview

Learn a lot

Mr. Texas Dog ,

REACT19

Your interview with Dr Wallskorg is an outstanding must listen to session.

I’ve been working on one of Naomi Wolfe’s Pfizer clinical trial review teams. Massive reform is needed now. The mRNA platform should be halted ASAP. People need to go to prison. They knew. They know.

“Safe and Effective”, “masking”, “6’”, “science”…never, ever forget the FDA approved this for children AFTER they knew.

This is not a vaccine. It never was. It is not a mRNA shot. It IS a mRNA platform. Pharma is looking to broaden their market reach to use in other products.

Dr. Wallskorg is correct about being on an island, even among loved ones. Know you are not alone. Find at least one other. We’re here.

God bless you Jan. God bless us all.

Apanda76 ,

Masterful but…please hear me out.

I’m very disappointed in this podcast and how it’s covering the horrors happening in Palestine. Makes me question the over all integrity of this organization that I’ve enjoyed up until now

Thoughtful and relevant. I love your vibe. I learn so much! Thank you …concerning the Chloe Cole episode and transgenderism…from a centrist view and as an aunt to a trans man that had similar experiences, but a happier ending I gotta say… His journey has been way different and much more well adjusted. He knew he was trans at 3. I witnessed it. No one made him that way. Maybe vaccines or hormones in the environment or whatever but nothing in his control. Even with absolute support it was a challenging journey for him. To be different and feel wrong in his body. It wasn’t peer pressure or to be cool. And not everyone’s story is as tragic as hers. His is having a happy beginning to a life as an adult male. I believe Chloe is 100% genuine but is also telling a story about others in way that is too broad of a view… …and I ca feel from her a very genuine pain. I can totally believe she’s being rejected by people who now won’t accept her and that’s messed up and must hurt. The people she knows probably are the way she says but if she was dealing with mental health issues growing up and isolation she would be drawn to others who are the same. My nephew has had his own set of challenges but overall well adjusted in his early 20s with an amazing girlfriend. He doesn’t do drugs. Super responsible. In college. Funny kid. Creative. My sister did good with him. My Republican and conservative dad paid for his top surgery. Even my dad could see “she” was a “he”. He was chill and discrete about his process by choice. But he’s also been supported early on. (I personally would have made him hold off until 18 on hormone blockers if he was my kid but I think looking back it was the right choice) He waited til he was 18 to have top surgery. I’ve never seen him more confident and light in his body afterwards. But I also can see how Chloe’s experience happened the way it did. I am very impressed with her courage to speak out because there is not a voice of caution and you can’t speak out even for balance and not get called transphobic these days. But she can. I just want to caution giving conservatives a very skewed perspective. There is the extremists but there are genuine trans people just doing their thing and not regretting it and not spewing mental Illness everywhere. Also LOTS of people do drugs for lots of reasons. Can’t put that on trans people. Anyway I loved this episode and I love Jan’s sensitivity with this. I hope you will keep the same sensitivity towards a person like Chloe but who has had a different and better outcome. Ultimately we all just need to foster self love and self acceptance and maybe chill on the medical side until a persons body and mind has developed while we hold love and acceptance for the process. That would help a lot of trans kids take their time and figure it out without major pressure and risk and then they can transition as an adult. Happiness is an inside job. No matter your body. Period. Start there and the outcomes will just be better. As a society I feel there is a middle ground that has not been established yet. If I didn’t witness my nephews process I would probably feel like a lot of conservatives… but it’s a real thing. The politics of it is skewing a realness that deserves some respect. And drag shows for kids is something all together different and wrong. My nephew would agree. I wish Chloe all the best and I hope she keeps speaking truth to this reality that I imagine others might find themselves in. Stories like hers show that caution is warranted when it comes to children and when medical evolution is moving to fast too soon.

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