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Journalist Brad Polumbo interviews top writers, politicians, and thinkers to give you a new perspective you won't find in the mainstream liberal media or right-wing echo chambers.

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    • 4.8 • 110 Ratings

Journalist Brad Polumbo interviews top writers, politicians, and thinkers to give you a new perspective you won't find in the mainstream liberal media or right-wing echo chambers.

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: Will ‘Net Neutrality’ Make a Comeback Under Joe Biden?


    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai: Will ‘Net Neutrality’ Make a Comeback Under Joe Biden?


    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai joins the show to discuss his infamous 2017 repeal of the internet regulation 'Net Neutrality' and whether it will make a comeback under Joe Biden.


    We break down how the alarmist claims of "the end of the internet as we know" actually played out after net neutrality's repeal. Plus, we discuss the FCC's work promoting 5G technology and the future of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which has earned bipartisan ire for giving Big Tech platforms liability protections.


    Finally, Chairman Pai tells us about his bulldog puppy Ginger and the one food garnish he absolutely HATES.


    Follow Pai on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AjitPaiFCC


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    • 20 min
    Former White House Economist: Flawed COVID Stimulus Has Been 'Fiscal Insanity'

    Former White House Economist: Flawed COVID Stimulus Has Been 'Fiscal Insanity'

    Former White House economist and current Texas Public Policy Foundation chief economist Vance Ginn joins the show to break down the $3 trillion+ in taxpayer money Congress has spent on "stimulus" and the shortcomings of this Big Government approach to revitalizing the economy.


    Can you spend your way out of shutdowns? How have Congress's key stimulus initiatives, from unemployment expansion to the Paycheck Protection Program to stimulus checks, worked out? And what about the push for more future $2,000 stimulus checks?


    We discuss this and more—like Vance's hot take on how best to consume meatloaf.


    Follow Vance on Twitter: https://twitter.com/VanceGinn.
    Subscribe to his newsletter: https://vanceginn.substack.com/.
    Check out his work for TPPF: https://www.texaspolicy.com/about/staff/vance-ginn-ph-d/.


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    • 36 min
    Brian Nichols: Applying Marketing 101 to Politics (To Make Liberty Win)

    Brian Nichols: Applying Marketing 101 to Politics (To Make Liberty Win)

    Marketing specialist and podcaster Brian Nicholas, my good pal, joins the show to discuss Marketing & Sales 101, and how these basic principles should apply to political campaigning.


    How do we meet people where they're at? Is education or listening more key to winning votes? Just how important are name recognition and cults of personality in political success? And how do we respond to America's populist moment?


    We discuss all this and more. (Plus, his take on pickles will leave you shook!)


    Follow Brian on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BNicholsLiberty.
    Subscribe to the Brian Nichols Show: https://link.chtbl.com/brian-nichols-show.


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    • 38 min
    Zaid Jillani: Does Income Inequality Matter? (And Whether Progressive Solutions Would Work)

    Zaid Jillani: Does Income Inequality Matter? (And Whether Progressive Solutions Would Work)

    Journalist and heterodox liberal Zaid Jilani joins the show to debate whether income inequality is a problem and discuss whether the progressive solutions championed by the AOCs of the world really make sense.


    Should we even care about inequality? Should we define poverty as relative? Should billionaires exist?


    We discuss all this and more.


    Follow Zaid on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ZaidJilani
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    • 45 min
    Shoshana Weissmann: How Capitalist Reforms Can Uplift the Working Class (Without Any Socialism)

    Shoshana Weissmann: How Capitalist Reforms Can Uplift the Working Class (Without Any Socialism)

    Progressive Democrats and socialists claim that only more welfare programs can help the poor get ahead. The R Street Institute's Shoshana Weissmann joins the show to rebut this narrative and explain how free-market, pro-capitalism policy reforms can uplift the working class. We discuss occupational licensing reform, deregulation, cronyism, and how big government can stifle competition and lock poor and minority workers out of a job.


    Oh, and we discuss whether my boyfriend broke the law by cutting my hair during quarantine, why some people mistake her for a senator from East Virginia (which doesn't exist), her love for Neil Gorsuch, tofu, and more.


    Follow Shoshana on Twitter: https://twitter.com/senatorshoshana.
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    • 35 min
    BONUS: Hannah Cox on Brandon Bernard & the Conservative Case Against the Federal Death Penalty Spree

    BONUS: Hannah Cox on Brandon Bernard & the Conservative Case Against the Federal Death Penalty Spree

    With the Dec. 10 execution of Brandon Bernard, the Trump administration is on track to execute more prisoners than any presidential administration in 130 years.


    Conservative, pro-life activist, and commentator Hannah Cox joins the show to discuss why she believes conservatives should oppose the death penalty and this spree of executions. She tells her story of going from a staunch pro-death-penalty advocate to completely changing her mind and now running an organization called Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty.


    Does the death penalty actually save money? Is it actually a deterrent for crime? Just how many innocent people get caught up and killed by the system? And do death penalty opponents sometimes downplay the atrocities of the crimes in question?


    We discuss all this and more in a special bonus episode. (Oh, and Hannah offers up a spicy food take on pickles).


    Follow Hannah on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HannahCox7.
    Follow Hannah on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hannahdanielle_cox6/.
    Subscribe to Hannah's podcast 'Based': https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/based-with-hannah-cox/id1535704082.
    Read Hannah's FEE.org article on this subject: https://fee.org/articles/the-injustice-of-the-feds-death-penalty-spree-explained/.


    Follow Brad on Twitter: https://twitter.com/brad_polumbo.
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
110 Ratings

110 Ratings

Joehartman11 ,

Awesome show!

Smart people having important conversations.

MarcDClair ,

Outstandng journalist and incredible host

Brad Polumbo is a shining example of what is becoming a rare breed: a journalist who has his own opinions while approaching subjects in a non-tribal, fair manner, and he takes the same approach to his interviews. Whether he agrees wholly with his guests or not, Brad approaches every guest with a level of respect and sincerity that is far too uncommon nowadays. With guests like Glenn Greenwald and Rand Paul - wow, what a lineup! Subscribe today!

JC_Speaks ,

Doin it and doin it and doin it well.

Brad does an awesome job of being fair and objective throughout. He doesn’t hide or shy away from his political philosophy/stance but is clear as to why he holds his particular views. Conversations are engaging and a pleasure to listen to. Quickly climbing my personal podcast rankings.

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