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The Heartland Institute's podcast discussing notable new works with their authors. Hosted by Tim Benson.

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The Heartland Institute's podcast discussing notable new works with their authors. Hosted by Tim Benson.

    Ill Literacy, Episode XL: Charlie Brown’s America (Guest: Blake Scott Ball)

    Ill Literacy, Episode XL: Charlie Brown’s America (Guest: Blake Scott Ball)

    Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by Blake Scott Ball of Huntingdon College to discuss his new book, Charlie Brown's America: The Popular Politics of Peanuts. They discuss how Schulz’s upbringing, his time in the U.S, Army in World War II, his religious views, and the Cold War shaped the comic strip. They also discuss Schulz’s political leanings and how he dealt with integrating the strip in the late 1960’s.  

    Get the book here: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/charlie-browns-america-9780190090463?cc=us&lang=en&#

    Show Notes:

    Financial Times: Robert Armstrong – “Charlie Brown’s America: how a nation went nuts for a comic strip”


    The New Republic: Scott Bradfield – “Charlie Brown Tried to Stay Out of Politics”


    The Wall Street Journal: Michael Taube – “‘Charlie Brown’s America’ Review: ‘Peanuts’ and Politics”


    • 49 min
    Ill Literacy, Episode 39: Hollywood Eden (Guest: Joel Selvin)

    Ill Literacy, Episode 39: Hollywood Eden (Guest: Joel Selvin)

    Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by Joel Selvin, long-time rock critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, to discuss his new book, Hollywood Eden: Electric Guitars, Fast Cars, and the Myth of the California Paradise. They discuss the interconnections between a bunch of L.A. kids in the early 1960’s and how they invented a new brand of pop music that came to define, to the world at large, the California dream.

    Get the book here: https://houseofanansi.com/products/hollywood-eden

    Show Notes:

    Book Soup: Joel Selvin: Hollywood Eden: Electric Guitars, Fast Cars, and the Myth of the California Paradise (VIDEO)


    New York Times: James Gavin – “From Brian Wilson to Nancy Sinatra: The L.A. Music Scene in the ’60s”


    San Francisco Chronicle: Matt Jaffe – “Review: Ex-Chronicle music critic Joel Selvin delves into the early years of Hollywood pop”


    SF Weekly: Bill Kopp – “‘Hollywood Eden’ Visits Pop’s Terrestrial Paradise”


    • 1 hr 24 min
    Ill Literacy, Episode 38: America Transformed (Guest: Ronald J. Pestritto)

    Ill Literacy, Episode 38: America Transformed (Guest: Ronald J. Pestritto)

    Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by Ronald J. Pestritto, Graduate Dean and Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College, to discuss his new book, America Transformed: The Rise and Legacy of American Progressivism. They discuss the birth of the Progressive movement, the political philosophies of Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson, and the administrative state. They also chat about progressivism and the law, and progressivism in state and local government.

    Get the book here: https://www.encounterbooks.com/books/america-transformed/

    Show Notes:

    The Heritage Foundation: Ronald J. Pestritto – “The Birth of the Administrative State: Where It Came From and What It Means for Limited Government”


    The Heritage Foundation: Ronald J. Pestritto & Taylor Kempema – “The Birth of Direct Democracy: What Progressivism Did to the States”


    The Heritage Foundation: Ronald J. Pestritto – “Woodrow Wilson: Godfather of Liberalism”


    Power Line: How Progressives Transformed America, with R.J. Pestritto


    RealClearPublicAffairs: Ronald J. Pestritto – “Why the Early Progressives Rejected American Founding Principles”


    Dr. Pestritto’s archive at the Claremont Review of Books


    • 1 hr 29 min
    Ill Literacy, Episode XXXVI: Facing Reality (Guest: Charles Murray)

    Ill Literacy, Episode XXXVI: Facing Reality (Guest: Charles Murray)

    Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by Charles Murray, Hayek Emeritus Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute to discuss his new book, Facing Reality: Two Truths about Race in America. They discuss the American creed and how the rise of identity politics and the belief in systemic racism is a threat to it. They also discuss racial differences in violent crime rates and distributions of cognitive ability and how systemic racism is not the cause of these differences.

    Get the book here: https://www.encounterbooks.com/books/facing-reality/

    Show Notes:

    Resources and Data Related to the Book: https://www.encounterbooks.com/books/facing-reality/

    The Glenn Show: Facing Reality | Glenn Loury & Charles Murray | The Glenn Show


    The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg: Episode 170: Gender and race and class, oh my!


    Ricochet Podcast: Facing Reality with Charles Murray


    Washington Examiner: Michael Barone – “Charles Murray's two uncomfortable truths and his not-bad advice”


    • 1 hr 25 min
    Ill Literacy, Episode XXXV: Lincoln in Private (Guest: Ronald C. White)

    Ill Literacy, Episode XXXV: Lincoln in Private (Guest: Ronald C. White)

    Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by New York Times bestselling author Ronald C. White to discuss his new book, Lincoln in Private: What His Most Personal Reflections Tell Us About Our Greatest President. They discuss eleven of the most significant of the 111 writing scraps Lincoln left behind, why these scraps are important, and how they help broaden our understanding of Honest Abe.

    Get the book here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/606646/lincoln-in-private-by-ronald-c-white/

    Show Notes:

    Hauenstein Center: Ronald C. White: Lincoln in Private (VIDEO)


    The Lincoln Forum: Lincoln Forum Zoom event with Ronald C. White on "Lincoln in Private" (May 15, 2021) (VIDEO)


    The Trinity Forum: Online Conversation | Lincoln in Private: Leadership Behind Closed Doors, with Ron White (VIDEO)


    Wall Street Journal: Andrew F. Lang  – “‘Lincoln in Private’ Review: Confidential Ruminations”


    White House Historical Association: Ronald White on History Happy Hour with the White House Historical Association - Lincoln in Private (VIDEO)


    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ill Literacy, Episode XXXIV: Nuclear Folly (Guest: Serhii Plokhy)

    Ill Literacy, Episode XXXIV: Nuclear Folly (Guest: Serhii Plokhy)

    Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by Serhii Plokhy, Mykhailo S. Hrushevs’kyi Professor of Ukrainian History and director of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University, to discuss his new book, Nuclear Folly: A History of the Cuban Missile Crisis. They discuss how the crisis came about, how it played out, and the motivations of Khrushchev, Kennedy, and Castro. They also talk about what we have learned about the episode from newly-accessed KGB archives and the perils of a new arms race.

    Get the book here: https://wwnorton.com/books/9780393540819

    Show Notes:

    Financial Times: Victor Sebestyen – “Nuclear Folly by Serhii Plokhy — terrifying truth of Cuban missile crisis”

    The New Republic: Andre Pagliarini – “The Book That Stopped an Outbreak of Nuclear War”


    The Sunday Times: Max Hastings – “Nuclear Folly by Serhii Plokhy review — we were lucky to survive the Cuban missile crisis”


    Wall Street Journal: James Rosen – “‘Nuclear Folly’ Review: The Big Red Gamble”


    Washington Post: Max Boot – “From former Soviet archives, chilling new details of the Cuban missile crisis”


    Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars: Book Talk: Nuclear Folly (VIDEO)


    • 1 hr 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Bence174 ,

Best book podcast out there.

Hands down.

Cynical Forester ,

Benson is not equal to the task.

The podcast concept is commendable - interview authors of recently published, cutting edge books about perennial issues current in our time. Tim Benson is not the guy to do the interviews, though. He does not seem to be well prepared for the interviews. I think he has read most of the books, but he has not thought out his interviews. His language is dreadfully laden with the space filler term "you know" and densely packed with the word "like." He takes too long to formulate his questions and too often is inarticulate in how he asks his questions. Listening to his podcasts is painfully difficult. He tries to be as smart and knowledgeable as the authors his interviews but he clearly is not as smart as these people. This intelligence differential would not be a problem if he concentratesdon conducting his interview and not trying to demonstrate how smart he might be.. His worst performance was his interview of Andrew Bacevich about Bacevich’s book American Conservatism. At least twice during the interview Bacevich clearly became irritated with Benson’s inability to ask an intelligent question. I had to quit listening about mid-way through the interview because the interview was so difficult to listen to. I gave Benson one more chance with his interview of Matt Ridley about Ridley’s book How Innovation Works. Again Benson was in over his head. Jim Lakely, Heartland Communications Director ought to listen to Benson’s podcasts and make his own assessment. I suggest Benson take interview training and maybe enrolling in a public speaking course such as the Buckley School of Public Speaking. For the record I listened to all of or most of Episodes 1, II, IV, VIII, IX, X, and XI. Train Benson or find a new host. I do not recommend this podcast until the host problem is fixed. Mike Wetzel

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