39 episodes

Thomas Sowell might well be our greatest living Intellectual. His accomplishments span 6 decades and include over 40 books and thousands of columns and articles written on a wide range of topics, from economics to sociology to history to race and culture. It is hard to name another intellectual who has studied and written on as wide a range of topics in such a profound way. This podcast will discuss his ideas and is intended to provide a place for admirers of his work to discuss his contributions with other like minded thinkers.

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Thomas Sowell might well be our greatest living Intellectual. His accomplishments span 6 decades and include over 40 books and thousands of columns and articles written on a wide range of topics, from economics to sociology to history to race and culture. It is hard to name another intellectual who has studied and written on as wide a range of topics in such a profound way. This podcast will discuss his ideas and is intended to provide a place for admirers of his work to discuss his contributions with other like minded thinkers.

    "Honesty & Sowell" with Dan Ariely

    "Honesty & Sowell" with Dan Ariely

    In today’s episode we explore the theme of “Honesty.” Sowell wrote about honesty in his latest book “Social Justice Fallacies,” and also in his 2000 classic “Basic Economics.” In addition, his 1993 collection of essays called “Is Reality Optional?” contains an essay about honesty which has a very unexpected spin to it.We learn that honesty is not just a moral virtue, it’s also a form of human capital that varies greatly from culture to culture and from group to group within a partic...

    • 2 hr 12 min
    "Social Pathologies & Sowell" with Theodore Dalrymple

    "Social Pathologies & Sowell" with Theodore Dalrymple

    This episode features a deep dive into Theodore Dalrymple's 2001 masterpiece "Life at the Bottom," one of Thomas Sowell's favorite books, and one of my all time favorites as well. I strongly suggest you read or listen to this book as soon as possible, You can thank me later. I prefer the audiobook to the written book, just because the audiobook narrator does such a fantastic job.I interview Dalrymple about his book and about his thoughts on Sowell's body of work.Notes to help you get the most...

    • 1 hr 31 min
    "War and Sowell" with Victor Davis Hanson

    "War and Sowell" with Victor Davis Hanson

    This episode features:1) The Causes of WW2:A presentation of Sowell's essay "Intellectuals and War," from Sowell 2010 classic "Intellectuals and Society." In particular, I discuss the 6 causes of WWII, from Sowell's perspective.2) My conversation with Victor Davis Hanson, (VDH):VDH is a Classicist and Military Historian at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.You can find his books and columns at: VictorHanson.com and I highly recommend you subscribe for premium access to all his ess...

    • 1 hr 53 min
    Israel, The Jews & Sowell. With Dennis Prager.

    Israel, The Jews & Sowell. With Dennis Prager.

    This episode was inspired by the outbreak of war between Israel and the Palestinians which started on October 7, 2023.I explore Sowell's views on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict through two columns written by Sowell, one in 2006 and the other in 2014:2006 Column: “There is no Middle East Peace Process”2014 Column: "Cease the Cease Fires"Our special guest for this episode is Dennis Prager.Dennis Prager was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1948. He graduated from Brooklyn College with a maj...

    • 1 hr 9 min
    "The Triple Package" and Sowell, with Amy Chua

    "The Triple Package" and Sowell, with Amy Chua

    In this episode, I explore the work and ideas of Amy Chua.Amy is not only a tenured Professor of Law at Yale University, she is also a bestselling author of several books. Her most famous books was published in 2011 and is called "The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother."Amy told me that she was a huge fan of Thomas Sowell but what I didn’t know at the time is that Thomas Sowell is also a huge fan of Amy Chua. Find out why in this episode, as I explore Amy's ideas about political tribalism and wh...

    • 1 hr 9 min
    "Maverick" A Biography of Thomas Sowell, with Jason Riley

    "Maverick" A Biography of Thomas Sowell, with Jason Riley

    This episode features my conversation with Jason Riley, author of THE definitive Thomas Sowell biography published in 2021: "Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell"I give a broadstroke overview of the 9 chapters of Maverick, then talk about the book - and Thomas Sowell in general - with Jason Riley himself.He and I also talk about Sowell's new book "Social Justice Fallacies" which is coming out on September 19, 2023.Jason Riley is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a c...

    • 1 hr 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
472 Ratings

472 Ratings

BarbVice ,

Best new (to me) podcast I’ve come across in a while!

Each episode has several different areas to enjoy and learn about, seemingly unrelated at first but quite creatively woven together to illustrate and illuminate a specific theme. The great wisdom of Sowell combines with music of all eras and genres, art and culture, books and film. Add in a current author or historian to interview, and the whole thing gets tied neatly together with a nice little bow. I always learn a lot. Unfortunately, this gift only comes out once every month or two, but I suppose real quality and depth takes time and good things are worth waiting for.

T_K_9 ,

Creative, educational, and easy on the ears!

Incorporating Billy Joel’s music into economic theory is something I never would’ve thought possible. But this podcast did it. Can’t wait to hear more.

FrenchOrwellian ,

FrenchOrwellian

I am hooked on this podcast series, I absolutely love it. I wish everyone would at least listen to the Heather McDonald interview. It is captivating.

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