The Ayaan Hirsi Ali Podcast is a home for critical thinking and common sense.
Critical thinking, objective truth and free speech have always been under assault.
Ayaan will talk to amazing people who have given a lot of thought to these issues. Some of her guests will surprise you. Some of the topics we’ll be covering are ones she's never approached before.
What all Ayaan's guests will have in common is a passion for free inquiry and speech. They are not afraid to explore different perspectives, even if it means challenging their own assumptions, or violating cultural taboos. You, the audience, can make up your minds which arguments make most sense to you. We would love to hear your thoughts after each show.
Sylvia Bennett-Stone on Finding Strength after Losing a Child
Ayaan speaks with Sylvia Bennett-Stone about violence in America, the importance of community, the Black Lives Matter movement, and our flawed criminal justice system. Finally, they discuss how to find purpose after losing a child? Sylvia Bennett-Stone serves as the Executive Director of the Voices of Black Mothers United (VBMU) initiative. After losing her daughter […]
Rafael Mangual on Crime in America
Ayaan speaks with Rafael about his childhood, violent crime, the breakdown of family, antisocial behavior, and rehabilitation. They also discuss Rafael’s new book Criminal (In)justice, a critique of our increasingly radical criminal justice reform movement. Finally, how do we remind Americans of the inherent good of America? Rafael Mangual is a senior fellow and head […]
Kmele Foster on the Importance of Positive Role Models
Ayaan speaks with Kmele Foster about family, discrimination, and individualism. They also try to answer the question of what happened to the American man? Our societal evolution to empower women has been an overwhelming good. But have we forgotten what a positive male role model looks like? Kmele Foster is a media entrepreneur, commentator, and […]
Ian Rowe on the Power of Agency
Ayaan speaks with Ian Rowe about the power of personal agency and how to build it. Ian introduces a new framework to help develop agency in individuals: the FREE framework (family, religion, education, and entrepreneurship). His new book, Agency, is out today. Ian Rowe is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he […]
Jason Hill on Race in America
Ayaan speaks with Jason Hill about free speech, immigration, and the power of individual agency. While they question the woke’s focus on equity and victimhood, above all, they are optimistic about the resilience of young people and the American determination to solve problems. Jason D. Hill is a professor of Philosophy at DePaul University and an […]
Speaker Newt Gingrich on the Politics of Yesterday and Today
Ayaan speaks with Speaker Newt Gingrich about growing up in the 1950s and ’60s, and how life differs today. They also discuss divisions among both the Democratic and Republican parties, what Biden should do about the situation in Ukraine, and the biggest long-term threat to America. Speaker Newt Gingrich is Chairman of Gingrich 360, a multimedia […]
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Tremendous show about crime with Refael Mangual. Fascinating and important issues and conversation throughout.
Discussion with Ian Rowe
I thoroughly enjoyed today’s discussion with Ian Rowe. When the two of you spoke of children raised in single parent households turning into adults who do not want the same for themselves I thought, yes, yes, yes! I can’t help but notice all of my well meaning friends who came from intact families feel they cannot say a two parent family is best ( though they have replicated that model). As a child of divorce I’m often the only person in the conversation who will offer that obvious assessment.