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The Radio Free Hillsdale Hour is a one-hour, weekly radio show/podcast advancing the efforts of Hillsdale College in radiating its knowledge and teaching to the world outside of campus. Listeners will hear the arguments and debates that make up the liberal arts education and will experience the learning and teaching that happens on campus. Hosted by Scot Bertram.

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    • 4.8 • 264 Ratings

The Radio Free Hillsdale Hour is a one-hour, weekly radio show/podcast advancing the efforts of Hillsdale College in radiating its knowledge and teaching to the world outside of campus. Listeners will hear the arguments and debates that make up the liberal arts education and will experience the learning and teaching that happens on campus. Hosted by Scot Bertram.

    Robert Norton, Arthur Herman, & D.G. Hart

    Robert Norton, Arthur Herman, & D.G. Hart

    TOPICS: The hidden costs of electric cars, the life of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, & Protestantism in America

    Host Scot Bertram talks with Robert Norton, Vice President and General Counsel of Hillsdale College and former Assistant General Counsel at Mercedes/Chrysler, about the hidden costs of electric vehicles. Arthur Herman, historian and senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, discusses the life of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, And D.G. Hart, Distinguished Associate Professor of History at Hillsdale, tells us what Americanization has done to Protestantism.

    • 47 min
    Mollie Hemingway, Sohrab Ahmari, & Benjamin Beier

    Mollie Hemingway, Sohrab Ahmari, & Benjamin Beier

    TOPICS: Political journalism and bias, discovering the wisdom of tradition in an age of chaos, and a look at the concept of definition

    Host Scot Bertram talks with Mollie Hemingway, Senior Journalism Fellow at Hillsdale College, Senior Editor at The Federalist & Fox News Contributor, about some recent controversies regarding media coverage and how we should consider stories as we read them. Sohrab Ahmari, op-ed editor of the New York Post and a columnist for First Things, joins us to discuss his recent book, THE UNBROKEN THREAD. And Benjamin Beier, from Hillsdale's education department, is back for his occasional series on the concept of definition.

    • 51 min
    Ronald Pestritto, Kelly Scott Franklin, & Elliot Gaiser

    Ronald Pestritto, Kelly Scott Franklin, & Elliot Gaiser

    TOPICS: The rise and legacy of American progressivism, a great moment in The Odyssey, & a Hillsdale alumnus spotlight

    Host Scot Bertram talks with Ronald J. Pestritto, Dean of the Graduate School, Professor of Politics, and Charles and Lucia Shipley Chair in the American Constitution at Hillsdale College, about his new book AMERICA TRANSFORMED. Kelly Scott Franklin, from Hillsdale's English department, returns for his series of Great Moments in the Great Books, this time turning to THE ODYSSEY. And Elliot Gaiser '12 talks about his time at Hillsdale and his legal career.

    • 50 min
    Charles Steele, Jason Riley, & David Whalen

    Charles Steele, Jason Riley, & David Whalen

    TOPICS: Keynesian economics, a new biography of Thomas Sowell, and liberal education

    Host Scot Bertram talks with Charles Steele, Chairman of Economics, Business, and Accounting and Associate Professor of Economics at Hillsdale College about John Maynard Keynes and Keynesian economics. Jason Riley dives into MAVERICK, his new biography of one of America's most influential conservative thinkers, Thomas Sowell. And David Whalen, Associate Vice President for Curriculum and Professor of English at Hillsdale, outlines what we mean by a "liberal education."

    • 50 min
    Larry Arnn, Matthew Spalding, Carol Swain, Ryan S. Walters, & Tom Conner

    Larry Arnn, Matthew Spalding, Carol Swain, Ryan S. Walters, & Tom Conner

    TOPICS: The 1776 Commission reconvenes, how the Apollo 1 tragedy helped put the U.S. on the moon, and a tour of Normandy American Cemetery

    Host Scot Bertram shares excerpts of a conversation among Dr. Larry Arnn, chairman of The 1776 Commission, Dr. Matthew Spalding, vice president of The 1776 Commission, and Dr. Carol Swain, vice chair of The 1776 Commission following a reconvening earlier this week of committee members. Ryan S. Walters discusses his new book APOLLO 1: THE TRAGEDY THAT PUT US ON THE MOON. And on this Memorial Day weekend, Dr. Tom Conner, former professor of history at Hillsdale College, takes us on a tour of Normandy American Cemetery.

    • 51 min
    The 1776 Commission: Update, May 2021

    The 1776 Commission: Update, May 2021

    On May 24, 2021, The 1776 Commission met at Hillsdale College’s Washington, D.C. campus to discuss civic education curricula, state civic education reform efforts, pending federal legislation and executive actions, and future activity of the Commission.

    Following the meeting, Dr. Matthew Spalding, executive director of The 1776 Commission, Dr. Larry Arnn, chairman of The 1776 Commission, and Dr. Carol Swain, vice chairman of The 1776 Commission recorded this update to share with America.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
264 Ratings

264 Ratings

SharperEyes ,

Radio Free Hillsdale is solid

Good information source, with guests and topics mainly of interest to conservatives. Most guests are politically or culturally important. They also bring a guest with strong liberal arts info, to cover a specific topic that you may have studied sometime but it is great to get a reminding review.

Little or no chit chat here—I am uninterested in that. Instead, there is emphasis on presenting facts on the issues, then the guest’s opinions or predictions.

Chloepups2 ,

Still a light in darkness

Grandparents went here and mother went here. Thank you for all you do

JVJ1975 ,

Great stuff.

This podcast is one example of what “Higher Education” is supposed to be. Exemplary interviewer. Thank you Hillsdale.

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