Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast number 169 (!!!) it’s the Corruption on Campus edition of the show with your hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist turned artificial intelligence bot Mike Stopa. This week we are happy to invite Mark Bauerlein back to the show with us!

We will talk with Mark about topic number one, which is the Big Lie that takes place on campus regarding racial equality. UPenn Law professor Amy Wax recently remarked (among other things) that “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a black graduate student in the top quarter of the class and rarely, rarely in the top half.” Mark penned a fascinating column in the Weekly Standard about the Penn Law faculty taking up pitchforks and torches and launching a carpet bombing attack on the 65 year old professor (how’s that for a mixed metaphor?!?).

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for November 28, 2017 it is the “Trump First Things” edition of the podcast with your hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist Mike Stopa.

This week we are very lucky to have the senior editor of First Things magazine and Emory University English Professor Mark Bauerlein as our guest for an extended discussion on dumbing down of English departments and conversations at Thanksgiving when you are the only Trumpkin and what’s wrong with Western civilization anyway and a wide array of other topics.

American Mind BookmongerThe state of the American mind is … not good, according to Mark Bauerlein, co-editor of The State of the American Mind: 16 Leading Critics on the New Anti-Intellectualism, a collection of essays just published by the Templeton Press.

Although IQ tests show that Americans are getting smarter, says Bauerlein, we don’t really know more than we did a generation or two ago — and a lot of what we think we know is in fact mistaken, such as the notion that everyone who is poor deserves welfare because all poor people are equally deserving.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Bauerlein explains the motive behind this new volume, how it’s a hat-tip to Allan Bloom, and why we should all worry.

Decades ago, the grade most given to high school students was a C. Today? It’s an A. Does anyone honestly believe that American youth are smarter than they were 50 years ago? What has changed? Cultural Literacy is a theme we will be visiting again on this program. It’s an ongoing theme. Mark Bauerlein and Adam Bellow, both longtime friends of the show, have collaborated on a new book, The State of the American Mind. Where have we stumbled? What can be done. The answers are contained within this broadcast.