35 episodes

Hosts Daniel Wiser, Jr., and Daniel Kane sit down with the authors of National Affairs essays to discuss pivotal issues — from domestic-policy debates to enduring dilemmas of society and culture — that are often overlooked by American media. Each episode promises a fresh view on contemporary and permanent questions across a wide range of topics, all with one central theme: to help you think a little more clearly.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 30 Ratings

Hosts Daniel Wiser, Jr., and Daniel Kane sit down with the authors of National Affairs essays to discuss pivotal issues — from domestic-policy debates to enduring dilemmas of society and culture — that are often overlooked by American media. Each episode promises a fresh view on contemporary and permanent questions across a wide range of topics, all with one central theme: to help you think a little more clearly.

    The Case for Dynamism with Ryan Streeter

    The Case for Dynamism with Ryan Streeter

    The populist turn of the American right has created a policy affinity between nationalist conservatives and mainstream progressives. Both seem to agree that an emphasis on dynamism has undermined our economy’s ability to prioritize workers, families, and communities. But in fact, the trouble facing America’s heartland is more likely the result of a lack of dynamism than an excess of it. Guest Ryan Streeter joins us to make the case for dynamism in American culture and economic policy, and offer some paths to pursue it.
    Ryan Streeter is the director of domestic-policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute.
    This podcast discusses themes from Ryan’s essay in the Winter 2022 issue of National Affairs, “https://nationalaffairs.com/publications/detail/dynamism-as-a-public-philosophy (Dynamism as a Public Philosophy).”

    • 38 min
    How the Founders Balanced Liberty and Power with Allen Guelzo

    How the Founders Balanced Liberty and Power with Allen Guelzo

    How to balance state and national power was perhaps the single most important and challenging question confronting the early republic. The way the framers took up that question, and the approach they landed on for addressing it, can help us appreciate just how unlikely the emergence of the United States as we now know it really was. Guest Allen Guelzo joins us to discuss the framers’ approach to federalism and how it can still help us maximize liberty and use power responsibly today.
    Allen Guelzo is the senior research scholar in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University, as well as director of the Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship at the university’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.
    This podcast discusses themes from Dr. Guelzo’s essay in the Winter 2022 issue of National Affairs, “https://nationalaffairs.com/publications/detail/federalism-and-the-founders (Federalism and the Founders).”

    • 43 min
    How Conservatives Are Confronting Climate Change with Alex Bozmoski and Nate Hochman

    How Conservatives Are Confronting Climate Change with Alex Bozmoski and Nate Hochman

    Conservatives have been on the sidelines of climate-policy debates for several decades now. In recent years, however, a new force has appeared in climate politics: the Eco-right. Guests Alex Bozmoski and Nate Hochman join us to discuss the different factions within this movement of scrappy, conservative-leaning non-profits and think tanks, and explain how they can best work together to guide and embolden the right on climate-related issues.
    Alex Bozmoski is the vice president for programs at DEPLOY/US. Nate Hochman is an Intercollegiate Studies Institute fellow at National Review and a recent graduate of Colorado College.
    This podcast discusses themes from Alex and Nate’s essay in the Fall 2021 issue of National Affairs, “https://www.nationalaffairs.com/publications/detail/the-future-of-conservative-climate-leadership (The Future of Conservative Climate Leadership).”

    • 37 min
    Is Bitcoin the Answer to Inflation? (with Avik Roy)

    Is Bitcoin the Answer to Inflation? (with Avik Roy)

    Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin have few fans in Washington, but thanks to increasing worries over the long-term stability of the dollar, they have piqued the interest of some major investors. In an era of rapid growth in deficits and debt and rising inflation, cryptocurrencies may be pointing us toward a new monetary order. Guest Avik Roy joins us to discuss why policymakers should take these currencies seriously — as both threats and opportunities.
    Avik Roy is president of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity.
    This podcast discusses themes from Avik’s essay in the Fall 2021 issue of National Affairs, “https://nationalaffairs.com/publications/detail/bitcoin-and-the-us-fiscal-reckoning (Bitcoin and the U.S. Fiscal Reckoning).”

    • 33 min
    Why Roe Must Go with Carter Snead

    Why Roe Must Go with Carter Snead

    The case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization — which the Supreme Court will hear this term — offers the cleanest opportunity since 1973 for the Court to revisit its abortion jurisprudence. A review of that jurisprudence shows that, regardless of anyone’s views of abortion itself, basic fidelity to the Constitution and the rule of law demands it be overturned. Guest Carter Snead joins us to make the constitutional, legal, and moral case for rejecting the Court’s abortion precedents.
    O. Carter Snead is professor of law at the Notre Dame Law School and director of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame.
    This podcast discusses themes from Carter’s and Mary Ann Glendon’s essay in the Fall 2021 issue of National Affairs, “https://nationalaffairs.com/publications/detail/the-case-for-overturning-roe (The Case for Overturning Roe).”

    • 34 min
    Former Representative Keith Rothfus on How to Fix Congress

    Former Representative Keith Rothfus on How to Fix Congress

    Few would dispute the observation that Congress is now dysfunctional. But why has that happened? Considering the House of Representatives in particular suggests three ways in which Congress has gone off track: substantive, procedural, and structural. Each in turn points to a set of reforms that might help the House recover its central place in our constitutional system. Former congressman Keith Rothfus joins us to walk through these reforms and how they might empower the people’s house.
    Keith Rothfus represented Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives between 2013 and 2019.
    This podcast discusses themes from Keith’s essay in the Summer 2021 issue of National Affairs, “https://nationalaffairs.com/publications/detail/how-to-fix-the-house-of-representatives (How to Fix the House of Representatives).”

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Patriot98 ,

Excellent, in-depth analysis

I learn a lot from every episode.

statedept1515 ,

FIX THE AUDIO

Great guests and great insight, but the audio quality is bad. This is a big enough podcast to get these kind of issues figured out.

Tom44720 ,

Amateur hour

The content of your podcast is irrelevant if the audio has been so poorly recorded that it is painful to try to listen to. It’s too quiet, but more importantly the volume changes from minute to minute and particularly from speaker to speaker. Give a microphone to each participant and put somebody competent in charge of getting the levels right.
I enjoy your journal. If you’re going to have a podcast do it well. I will check back in six months.

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