Our American Experiment is a podcast that engages leading thinkers and doers creatively working to strengthen the United States of America-- the longest running experiment to defend individual liberty and promote human flourishing the world has ever seen. Cohosts include DC-based tech insider Jessica Dahl and Austin, TX, based serial entrepreneur Evan Baehr.
Avik Roy on reinventing the traditional think tank
In many ways, the life of Avik Roy was pretty predictable. He had gone to MIT, later Yale medical school, then he was investing in companies and making a lot of money. And then something happened: when he grew concerned about health care policies, he went in search of solutions only to find that he was the solution. How Avik Roy, son of Indian immigrants, is expanding economic opportunity for Americans who least have it by reinventing the traditional American think tank.
Special Guest: Avik Roy.
Jeff Sandefer on Disruptive Education—creating the one-room schoolhouse for the 21st century
Jeff and Laura Sandefer started Acton Academy eight years ago with the single goal of providing a learner-driven education for their two sons. What transpired was a global network of today’s most innovative schools. Jeff Sandefer tells the origin story of Acton Academy, shares lessons learned from experiments in education, and discusses how Acton inspires students to find a calling that will change the world.
Special Guest: Jeff Sandefer.
Steve Hilton on Positive Populism, Brexit, and Fleck-Festooned T-Shirts
Jessica and Evan visit with Steve Hilton, a man of many talents and claims to fame. An early restauranteur in farm to table, a corporate social responsibility advocate, right hand to David Cameron, and now CEO and best selling author. Hilton's latest push is around a concept called 'positive populism'--which he explains at length on the show.
Special Guest: Steve Hilton.
Doug Deason: How a High School Arrest Forged a Criminal Justice Warrior
Doug Deason is an unlikely advocate for criminal justice reform: he is a wealthy investor based in Dallas who supported Donald Trump. However, a childhood adventure and a powerful speech by Charles Koch helped shape Doug into one of the most outspoken and active advocates.
Special Guest: Doug Deason.
Stacy Hock on Educational Choice--From Innovation in New York to Political Battles in Texas
Stacy Hock is an Austin-born, MIT-trained computer scientist, serial leader of technology companies, and now advocate for educational choice in her home state of Texas. After reading Milton Friedman, Hock became committed to free-market solutions to difficult public problems--and the U.S. education system is the perfect target. Despite her skill and persuasion, achieving reform has proven impossible, at least so far.
Special Guest: Stacy Hock.
Mike Gallagher on the "Why" of Being in Congress and Sleeping in Your Office
Mike Gallagher is the youngest member of the United States Congress. After nearly a decade of service in the military, Gallagher takes his 'deployment' mentality to Washington. Gallagher chats all things from how to disagree with Trump to tips on doing well in the Congressional office lottery.
Special Guest: Mike Gallagher.
Have absolutely loved these and am eagerly anticipating more to come.
Really enjoyed these conversations thus far. High quality and always interesting. I’ve found the discussions and guests extremely engaging, and they’ve kept my attention even when I was unsure whether I’d find the topic interesting. Hope these keep coming.