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.
Kalev Leetaru: Update Section 230 to Legally Compel Big Tech Transparency
“How can you have a digital society where you don’t even know what the rules are?”In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Kalev Leetaru, a media fellow at the RealClearFoundation and senior fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.Instead of repealing Section 230, he argues for an amendment to Section 230 that would compel social media companies to make available extensive dataset collections on what they’re censoring, why each individual post or account was censored, and how the social media companies’ algorithms decide what content is boosted or demoted.While some argue for repealing Section 230 immunity for social media companies altogether, Leetaru says it would have the opposite of the intended effect. Instead of decreasing censorship, it would only cause social media companies to become more avid censors as they try to avoid costly lawsuits.
‘I Want to Wake People Up’—Xi Van Fleet, Survivor of Mao’s Cultural Revolution
“The result of the Cultural Revolution (https://www.theepochtimes.com/t-cultural-revolution) … is the total destruction of society.”In this episode, we sit down with Xi Van Fleet, a Virginia mom from China who made headlines after she compared the rise of critical race theory (https://www.theepochtimes.com/t-critical-race-theory) to China’s Cultural Revolution at a Loudoun County school board meeting.Just as people in China were designated class enemies at birth, now whites in America are born guilty under critical race theory ideology, she says.The old catch-all charge of being a “counterrevolutionary” has now been replaced with the new crime of being “racist.” Stripped of its original meaning, it now simply refers to anyone who strays from leftist orthodoxy, she argues.
Mike Gonzalez: The Marxist Underpinnings of the BLM Organizations
“The concept of black lives matter is unimpeachable… but the concept is very different from the movement, very different from the organizations, very different from the founders.”In this episode, we sit down with Heritage Foundation senior fellow Mike Gonzalez to discuss the Marxist ideology underpinning the major Black Lives Matter (https://www.theepochtimes.com/t-black-lives-matter) organizations.Gonzalez is the author of the new book, “BLM (https://www.theepochtimes.com/t-blm): The Making of a New Marxist Revolution.”
Curt Jaimungal: The Extreme Left’s Common Thread, from Communist China to America
What ideologically separates the rational left from the extremist left? What ideas lead to violence? And why are censorship and redefining language both central to leftist extremism?In this episode, we sit down with Curt Jaimungal, who explores these questions about political extremism in his documentary, “Better Left Unsaid.” He’s also the host of the podcast “Theories of Everything.”
Sharri Markson: Unmasking the Wuhan Institute of Virology and the Origins of COVID-19
In this episode, award-winning journalist Sharri Markson takes us inside her groundbreaking research into the origins of COVID-19 (https://www.theepochtimes.com/t-covid-19) and how events really unfolded at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (https://www.theepochtimes.com/t-wuhan-institute-of-virology). Her findings are detailed in her new book and documentary of the same name “What Really Happened in Wuhan.”Markson is the investigations editor at The Australian and host of the show “Sharri” on Sky News Australia.
Maud Maron on NYC Schools Pushing Critical Race Theory; the Assault on Merit; and the Emerging ‘Community of the Canceled’
“You can teach kids how to treat each other with respect and dignity without trying to racially essentialize kids.”I sit down with Maud Maron, an elected New York public school council member and public defender who was fired from her job at the Legal Aid Society after speaking out against race essentialism in schools. She is running for New York City Council.We discuss the injection of critical race theory (https://www.theepochtimes.com/t-critical-race-theory) into schools, why lowering education standards hurts poor, minority kids, and what she describes as a new “community of the canceled” that has emerged in the last year.
Great episodes with Dr Scott Atlas and Dr Jay Bhattacharya.
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This show is unparalleled in terms of its quality. Mr. Jekeliek has ruined me for other long-form interview style shows. His guests have the most thought-provoking, rational perspectives. I also appreciate how calm he is as a host and that he lets people finish their thoughts without interruption. This show isn’t about fear-mongering, anger-stoking, or inflammatory rhetoric. It’s just really high quality conversation. Because of the skill of the interviewer, the listener gets to hear directly from expert guests without Jan’s biases and filters dominating the conversation, which I really appreciate. He is so restrained and thoughtful, and it’s impressive.
The Epoch Times is really head and shoulders above the rest in terms of journalism right now. I find their marketing to be off-putting, which is why it took me so long to start consuming their content. However, once I started listening/reading, I could see that they are one of the few news outlets trying to show multiple angles of a story without pushing a hidden agenda. They obviously have their values and priorities, but they’re transparent about them and still remain committed to telling a story without spin. I have come to trust their journalism, even if I don’t always agree with the editorials, the comments on articles themselves from readers, etc.
Thank you! Looking forward to more.
I love long format interview, thorough conversation on fascinating subjects many of political significance.