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.
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 […]
Megan Phelps-Roper on the Value of Empathy
Ayaan speaks with Megan Phelps-Roper about leaving the Westboro Baptist Church. They discuss how we can bridge the divide and have empathetic conversations across ideological lines. Megan Phelps-Roper was raised in the Westboro Baptist Church, the Topeka, Kansas church known internationally for its daily public protests against members of the LGBTQ community, Jews, other Christians, […]
Paulina Neuding on Crime in Sweden
Ayaan speaks with Paulina Neuding about rising crime rates in Sweden, humiliation robberies against children, and what Swedish identity looks like today. They consider the social cost of speaking up, and how not saying anything is far more harmful. Paulina Neuding is a journalist based in Stockholm, Sweden. Ms. Neuding’s work, which focuses mainly on immigration […]
Michael Shellenberger on the Political Realignment
Ayaan speaks with Michael Shellenberger about the drug addiction crisis taking over major U.S. cities. They also discuss the results of the Virginia elections, the potential of a political realignment and the COP26 conference. Michael Shellenberger is the founder and president of Environmental Progress and is the author of Apocalypse Never and San Fransicko. He […]
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.
Excellent podcast with newton Gingrich. Surpassingly fascinating and engaging. Loved this episode 😁
Love your podcasts!
You are amazing Ayaan! I love all of your podcasts. Super smart and intelligent discussion always. I have learned so much. Thank you.