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Want to know what comes next in politics, culture, and libertarian ideas? Reason’s Nick Gillespie hosts relentlessly interesting interviews with the activists, artists, authors, entrepreneurs, newsmakers, and politicians who are defining the 21st century.

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    • 4.8 • 276 Ratings

Want to know what comes next in politics, culture, and libertarian ideas? Reason’s Nick Gillespie hosts relentlessly interesting interviews with the activists, artists, authors, entrepreneurs, newsmakers, and politicians who are defining the 21st century.

    Ajit Pai on Net Neutrality, 5G, and Why He Wants To 'Clarify' Section 230

    Ajit Pai on Net Neutrality, 5G, and Why He Wants To 'Clarify' Section 230

    Nick Gillespie spoke with Ajit Pai the day before the Reason Foundation, the nonprofit that publishes this podcast, awarded Pai the Sixth Annual Savas Award for Privatization for his market-friendly policies, including facilitating the growth of 5G networks and ending FCC regulation of internet service providers commonly known as Net Neutrality. Pai discusses what sorts of reforms or revisions of Section 230 he supports, what he's most proud of accomplishing at the FCC, and whether he thinks free speech—especially online—has much of a future.

    • 48 min
    Glenn Greenwald on Biden, Free Speech, and Leaving The Intercept

    Glenn Greenwald on Biden, Free Speech, and Leaving The Intercept

    No journalist is more relentlessly iconoclastic than Glenn Greenwald, who shared a 2014 Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the Edward Snowden revelations. 



    Nick Gillespie spoke with Greenwald via Zoom at Greenwald's house in Brazil, where he lives with his husband, two children, and numerous dogs. Among other topics, they discussed what Greenwald sees as a generational fight playing out in newsrooms, the challenge identity politics poses to free expression, and whether a coalition of libertarians and progressives can effectively push non-interventionist foreign policy, lifestyle liberation, and an end to corporate subsidies during the Biden presidency.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Charles Koch and Brian Hooks: Believe in People

    Charles Koch and Brian Hooks: Believe in People

    Billionaire Charles Koch and co-author Brian Hooks discuss their new book, Believe in People: Bottom-Up Solutions for a Top-Down World, leaving political partisanship behind, and learning from critics.

    • 58 min
    Virginia Postrel: When Calico Was Treated Like Cocaine

    Virginia Postrel: When Calico Was Treated Like Cocaine

    "From the moment we're born, we're surrounded by textiles," says Virginia Postrel, author of the new book The Fabric of Civilization. "It's not just our clothes, it's our blankets, it's our curtains. It's our bandages. It's our duct tape! There are more textiles than you can ever think about surrounding us. And we don't think about them very much."

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Shelby Steele: What Really Killed Michael Brown?

    Shelby Steele: What Really Killed Michael Brown?

    Writer and filmmaker Shelby Steele went to Ferguson to investigate the meaning of Brown's death and the reaction that it inspired. His new documentary, a collaboration with his son Eli, is called What Killed Michael Brown?

    • 49 min
    Brian Riedl: Donald Trump, Joe Biden, and $6 Trillion Budgets

    Brian Riedl: Donald Trump, Joe Biden, and $6 Trillion Budgets

    Brian Riedl, a senior fellow at The Manhattan Institute who analyzes budget issues, walks Nick Gillespie through Trump's rotten fiscal record and Biden's insane wish list, explains how bipartisanship is just another word for more spending, and why even a divided government can't stop the red ink from flowing anymore.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
276 Ratings

276 Ratings

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Incredible & important

Fantastic and enlightening interview with Glen Greenwald. A must listen. Love Nick . Thank you.

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Shelby Steele

National treasure

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Consistently interesting interviews

I started listening to the Reason Roundtable Podcast as a reader of Reason Magazine, and Nick’s writings in that publication. I subscribed to this podcast as soon as it spun off from the Roundtable and have found it to be consistently thought-provoking.

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