The James Wilson Institute flagship recording: Anchoring Truths Podcast
2023: A Year in Ideas
In this special "minisode," JWI Deputy Director Garrett Snedeker and Programs Director Daniel Osborne sit down to talk a bit about the ideas and debates that came to characterize 2023. They discuss Mere Natural Law, Originalism, Historicism, and Courage.
The State of the Pro-Life Movement in America: Catherine Glenn Foster '16
Catherine Glenn Foster (James Wilson Fellowship Alumna '16) joins Anchoring Truths Podcast host Garrett Snedeker to discuss the state of the pro-life movement in America. They discuss recent developments in the movement, and Foster conveys the challenges that arise from outlawing abortion, encouraging pro-lifers to help and redirect young moms and families in their communities. The podcast also delves into Foster's personal experience as a post-abortive woman and how that experience provides her with conviction to build a culture of life from natural birth to natural death.
Catherine Glenn Foster, M.A., J.D., is a constitutional attorney and a mother. She is the former President and CEO of Americans United for Life. She writes, speaks, and testifies around the country on all issues related to building a culture of life. You may follow Catherine Glenn Foster on Twitter/X at @cateici and at CatherineGlennFoster.com
Long Awaited Translation of Montesquieu with Profs. W.B. Allen and Hadley Arkes
Join the Anchoring Truths Podcast team for our first episode of 2024, featuring an extended episode. Our guest is the distinguished political scientist Prof. W.B. "Bill" Allen, who chatted with us about his new translation, fifty years in the making, of Montesquieu's Spirit of the Laws. JWI Founder & Co-Director Hadley Arkes paid a surprise visit to the podcast to join the discussion.
Harvard Case & Race in American Law with David Bernstein
For the final episode of the year, Anchoring Truths presents a special episode featuring Professor David Bernstein of the Scalia Law School at George Mason University. Prof. Bernstein delivered remarks on the American Law of Race post the Harvard cas, Students for Fair Admissions, delivered at our James Wilson Senior Seminar on October 20th. Host Garrett Snedeker served as a research assistant on Prof. Bernstein's book Classified: The Untold Story of Racial Classification in America.
Feminism & Natural Law with Erika Bachiochi
Erika Bachiochi joins host Garrett Snedeker on the Anchoring Truths Podcast for a wide-ranging discussion of her thoughts on Natural Law and modern feminism as a departure from the feminism of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Erika Bachiochi is a legal scholar at the Ethics and Public Policy Center specializing in Equal Protection jurisprudence, feminist legal theory, Catholic social teaching, and sexual ethics. A 2018 visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, she is also a Senior Fellow at the Abigail Adams Institute in Cambridge, MA, where she founded and directs the Wollstonecraft Project. Her newest book, The Rights of Women: Reclaiming a Lost Vision, was published by Notre Dame University Press in 2021, and was named a finalist for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s 2022 Conservative Book of the Year award.
Bachiochi's Podcast with Ezra Klein: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/31/podcasts/transcript-ezra-klein-interviews-erika-bachiochi.html
Justice Amy Barrett & Rejecting Judicial Supremacy with Prof. Kevin Walsh
Anchoring Truths Podcast host Garrett Snedeker welcomes Prof. Kevin Walsh of Catholic Law for a briefing on Prof. Walsh's recent conversation with Justice Amy Barrett that touched on the institutional authority of the Supreme Court. Topics covered include Justice Barrett's apparent rejection of judicial supremacy and more thoroughly the debate over judicial supremacy versus departmentalism.
Kevin C. Walsh is a professor at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, and co-director of the Law School’s Project on Constitutional Originalism and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Professor Walsh teaches federal courts, constitutional law, torts, agency and partnership, and a seminar on law in the Catholic intellectual tradition.
Professor Walsh’s scholarship focuses on doctrines that define the scope of federal judicial power, and has appeared in the Georgetown Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, New York University Law Review, and the Notre Dame Law Review, among other venues.
Prior to joining Catholic Law, Professor Walsh taught at the University of Richmond School of Law for thirteen years. He previously practiced law at Hunton & Williams LLP. Professor Walsh clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court of the United States and for Judge Paul V. Niemeyer on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, the University of Notre Dame, and Dartmouth College.
Watch Prof. Walsh's discussion with Justice Barrett on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJUHuu2aoP4
Institutionalization Rate & Homicide: Asylums to Prisons
Jan 13th, 2023 Episode with Barry L.:
8 minutes in… The argument for more incarnation is heavily supported by a 2006 study by Bernard Harcourt. This study found:
“The highest rate of aggregated institutionalization during the entire century occurred in 1955 when almost 640 persons per 100,000 adults over the age 15 were institutionalized in asylums, mental hospitals, and state and federal prisons. In addition, the trend line for aggregated institutionalization reflects a mirror image of the national homicide rate during the same period. Using a Prais-Winsten regression model that corrects for autocorrelation in time-series data, and holding constant three leading structural covariates of homicide, this paper finds a large, statistically significant, and robust relationship between aggregated institutionalization and homicide.”
I really appreciate the great guests with a lot of interesting, non-mainstream perspectives. The host asks a lot of good questions too. Highly recommend this smart and engaging podcast. You will learn something from it.
Good conversations on many subjects pertaining to American civics and history. Really a treasure. People should come check it out’