Ayaan talks with Dana Perino about career advice for young women and how she always remains positive. Dana shares stories about growing up in Wyoming, her career choices throughout her life, and her latest book, Everything Will Be Okay: Life Lessons from Young Women (from a Former Young Woman).

Dana Perino is co-host of one of the most popular shows on cable television, Fox News’ The Five, co-anchor of America’s Newsroom, and an analyst for Fox News election coverage & specials.

Ayaan talks with Dambisa Moyo about growing up in Zambia, the ideas and reception behind her first book, Dead Aid, and her new book, How Boards Work.

Dambisa Moyo is a co-principal of Versaca Investments – a family office, focused on growth investing globally. She serves on a number of global corporate boards including: 3M Corporation, Chevron, and Conde Nast, as well as, the Oxford University Endowment investment committee. Her areas of interest are on capital allocation, risk, and ESG matters.

Ayaan talks with Christina Hoff Sommers about an alternative to radical feminism: freedom feminism. Christina shares her experiences with radical feminists and how she pushes back against the hysteria.

Christina Hoff Sommers is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where she studies the politics of gender and feminism, as well as free expression, due process, and the preservation of liberty in the academy. Before joining AEI, Dr. Sommers was a philosophy professor at Clark University. She is best known for her defense of classical liberal feminism and her critique of gender feminism.

Ayaan talks with Detective Chris Boughey about honor killings in the United States. Detective Boughey describes the 2009 killing of Noor Almaleki by her father. He explains the role the family plays during honor violence cases and the reasons behind honor killings.

Detective Boughey is currently assigned as a Detective in the Major Crimes Unit in the criminal investigation sector of the Peoria PD. He investigates homicides, robberies, in-custody deaths, and more.

Ayaan speaks with Dave Rubin about the future of liberalism. Can it be saved and if so, how? They discuss faith, religion, and the pseudo-religion of wokeism. Plus, they explore whether or not we still have a free press.

Dave Rubin is an author, comedian, and TV personality best known for his political commentary. He is the host of The Rubin Report, a top-ranking talk show recognized as one of the most influential spaces for candid conversations about complex issues and current events. Dave is known for his iconoclastic and honest approach to big ideas and his unwavering support for free speech.

Ayaan speaks with Dan Seligson about polygamy and the marriage market. They explore the question: does polygamy breed poverty or does poverty breed polygamy? Dan also explains where polygamy still exists, the chronic scarcity it creates, and the commodification of women.

Dan received his PhD in physics from Berkeley. From 1984 until 2001, he worked at Intel Corp. in Santa Clara and Jerusalem where he focused on manufacturing technology and machine learning. He has been an investor in, advisor to, and board member and founder of several genomics-related companies. He has been awarded 9 US patents.

Ayaan speaks with Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about American values. They discuss extremist ideologies, competing world powers, the future of the Iran nuclear deal, and our relationship with China. They also discuss the Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights.

Secretary Mike Pompeo served as the 70th Secretary of State of the United States, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and was elected to four terms in Congress representing Kansas’ 4th District.

Ayaan talks with Mustafa Panshiri about how to successfully integrate migrants from countries like Afghanistan and Somalia into Western cultures. They discuss clan systems, differences between cultures, and the juggling of multiple identities that immigrants handle when integrating into a new society.

Mustafa Panshiri is a former police officer, writer and lecturer. He was born in Afghanistan and moved to Sweden as a young boy. Today, he helps guide new immigrants through Swedish society and is working to bridge the cultural gap between Sweden and Afghanistan.

Ayaan speaks with Abigail Shrier about transgenderism and the sudden demographic shift in cases of gender dysphoria. Abigail explains the process of transitioning and the risks of irreversible damage.

Abigail Shrier is author of IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College; a Bachelor of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. She is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal.

Ayaan talks with Hamed Abdel-Samad about the Islamization of Egypt, his personal journey from Cairo to Germany, and the struggle of balancing multiple cultural identities. He recounts the memory of his sister undergoing female genital mutilation and the suffering of women in oppressive societies.

Hamed Abdel-Samad is an Egyptian-German political scientist and author of several books such as Farewell to Heaven, The Downfall of the Islamic World, and The Case Against Mohammed. His book Islamic Fascism was translated into 13 languages.

Ayaan talks with Vivek Ramaswamy about essentialism, stakeholder vs. shareholder capitalism, and American freedom. They dive into Vivek’s background, discuss the dangers of wokeism and idea fixing, and explore ways of addressing inequality.

Vivek Ramaswamy is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Roivant Sciences and the author of the forthcoming book “Woke Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam.” Follow him on Twitter @VivekGRamaswamy

In this episode, Ayaan talks with Michael Shellenberger about climate change, nuclear energy, and climate apocalypse. Michael shares with Ayaan how the general public can approach climate change issues with common sense.

Michael Shellenberger is the founder and president of Environmental Progress and is the author of Apocalypse Never.

Ayaan talks with Tino Sanandaji about his experiences immigrating to Sweden. Tino gives a crash course on the history of Swedish immigration. And they discuss the challenges and future of integration in Sweden.

Tino Sanandaji is a Kurdish-Swedish economist. Born in Iran, he moved to Sweden as a young boy. He has degrees from Stockholm School of Economics and the University of Chicago. He is now a researcher at the Stockholm School of Economics. He is the author of Mass Challenge: The Socioeconomic Impact of Migration to a Scandinavian Welfare State.

On this episode, Ayaan talks with Ambassador Nikki Haley about her experiences in life and politics. They discuss the mass shooting at the Mother Emanuel Church, taking down the Confederate flag from the South Carolina State House, and much more.

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Ayaan talks with Ruud Koopmans about the relationship between majority and minority groups, as well as issues surrounding integration and assimilation. They also discuss the impacts and dangers of religious fundamentalism, both Christian and Islamic.

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On this episode, Ayaan talks with Sam Harris about threats to freedom of speech from internal, external, and religious sources. They reflect on their 15-year friendship and review what has happened to free speech during this time. They also discuss the spread of woke ideology, why Muslim-majority countries have not condemned China for their mistreatment of the Uyghurs, and more.

This episode was taped in December 2020.

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