This Fourth of July season, we are counting the many blessings we are afforded as American citizens. We all have a different story, and a different path, and we are able to move forward because of the freedom and liberty this Nation was founded on. These are the things enshrined in Declaration of Independence. On this inspiring episode, Dr. Allen Guelzo talks about the miracle that is the Declaration of Independence, the story that lead to its drafting and the result, why it is still very relevant in today’s culture, and why it makes him a #ProudAmerican. 

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This week, Jarrett Stepman, a contributor to The Daily Signal and author of “The War on History: The Conspiracy to Rewrite America’s Past” explains Seattle’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone and discusses if communities like this could ever actually exist long term. He also takes a look back at Seattle’s liberal history and explains what he thinks will happen next.

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In the wake of the horrible killing of George Floyd, many are proposing different solutions to ensure that something like this never happens again. From defunding the police entirely or mandating better officer training, it seems like all options are on the table. One option that should not be overlooked is the power police unions have over dealing with situations like this. This week, we talk with Rachel Greszler about how confronting police abuse requires shifting power away from police unions.

 

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Colonizing Mars? Bases on the moon? This week, Dean Cheng explains the significance of the Falcon 9 launch. He also talks about what took American space programs so long to get to this point and if space tourism is something we could actually see in our lifetime. Cheng, is a senior research fellow in Heritage’s Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy. Dean also sits on NASA’s National Space Council Users’ Advisory Group.


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China is very active in building infrastructure for developing nations. For the last two decades, they have invested billions of dollars in Africa in the form of roads, bridges, and other critical infrastructure. Thanks to a recent Heritage report, we now see that they are also building high security government buildings for African nations, and are likely using these as a vector to spy on and undercut the US. On this episode, Josh Meservey explains why China continues to invest in Africa, why Africa continues to allow them, and what that means for American economic activity and security in Africa.

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Most advice on how to prepare for a disaster is just plain wrong. On this episode, Jim Carafano explains five attributes an individual should have in order to survive a major disaster.

 

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Contact tracing has been going on for decades. But now, Google and Apple are aiming to turn smartphones into digital contact tracers. But what does this mean for our privacy? Is this just another grab of our data by big tech? Could this be a way for the government to get our health information? This week, Klon Kitchen walks us through what Google and Apple are proposing, some of the legitimate concerns, and why this effort could serve as an effective tool to fight against the spread of Covid-19 and other diseases in the future.

 

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Restaurants are closed due to COVID-19. Farmers are dumping fresh milk and eggs. Meat processing plants are shutting down, causing shortages of beef, poultry, and pork. How long can these disruptions last? Is there a solution to help farmers, meat processing plants and their workers? Some are making calls for American’s to just stop eating meat. Should we even entertain that? Today, Daren Bakst a senior research fellow in agricultural policy, in Heritage’s Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies helps explain.


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For over 25 years, The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom has been a mainstay in policy discussions in Washington D.C. and around the world. It is a clear example of why free markets and liberty matter when it comes to building a flourishing society. This week, Nick Loris explains a new Heritage report that spells out what the US needs to do to not only increase its ranking, but also to increase the quality of life for our families. Given the rebuilding that must take place after COVID-19, now is the time to implement these ideas of more freedom and less government.

 

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This week, Dr. Richard Tubb, a retired military officer and one of the longest-serving White House physicians in history, serving from 1995-2009, joins us to talk about what plans we should have in place to reopen America. He also talks about his time working for President George W. Bush to build out some of the first pandemic planning. Dr. Tubb is also a member of Heritage’s National Coronavirus Recovery Commission.

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Since Coronavirus fundamentally changed the way we live life, there has been a lot of talk from liberals about moving away from in-person elections, and making all elections by mail. But what would the implications of this be? This week, Hans von Spakovsky breaks down some of the challenges in moving away from in-person elections, and why moving to by-mail elections would unwisely endanger the security and integrity of the election process.

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We have empirical evidence that ‘Medicare For All’ isn’t the answer to COVID-19 Care. Today, we’ll explain how Canada, Italy and Great Britain prove that government run healthcare is not the way to fight this new coronavirus. We get into why price controls on a vaccine would be a really bad idea. Also, what solutions exist for Americans who get sick with COVID-19 but don’t have health insurance? Healthcare expert Sally Pipes, who is also Canadian, breaks it down.

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Since COVID-19 changed life as we know it, everyone is asking the same thing: when will this be over and things return to normal for my family? Unfortunately, there are many things left to discover about this new virus we know very little about. On this episode, Tim and Michelle co-host, and Jim Carafano assesses where we have been and the things to look for as we make our way back to normal. 

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A lot of talking heads on TV go back and forth about just how much power President Trump has when dealing with the Chinese Virus. Where does it start and where does it end? How much power do states have in the unique situation we find ourselves in? This week, David Rivkin and Cully Stimson talk about their recent Wall Street Journal article that gives us a Constitutional guide to emergency powers, and how this should impact our collective response to the Chinese Virus.

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For years, President Trump has been driven to secure the Southern Border. But what has he done since he’s been in the White House to do this? Are Americans safer and more secure? What are the obstacles standing in his way? This week, we sit down with Mike Howell to help us see beyond the media narrative, and explain what more needs to happen.  
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Forget what you think you know about Colombia. It’s not all cocaine and Pablo Escobar. Rather, Colombia is a key pillar of stability and security in South America – as well as an economic leader. This week, Heritage expert Ana Quintana explains the steps Colombia and the US must take in order to secure this peace and progress.

 

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The stock market crashed to record lows this week and lawmakers and the administration are rushing to put out new legislation to deal with the spread of coronavirus and its effects on the economy. But how does everything happening on Wall Street effect everyday Americans? This week, Joel Griffith, a research fellow in Heritage’s Roe Institute for economic policy, breaks it down.

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Can it be? After over 19 years of war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, the US and the Taliban are ready for peace? That’s what the recent agreement says. But it will be a long difficult road to travel before this happens. This week, we talk with Heritage Foundation expert Luke Coffee about what the deal entails, and whether or not we can count on The Taliban to hold up their end of the agreement. Hint: the term “healthy skepticism” is used more than once.

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The White House is expected to announce details on tax cuts for Trump’s second term. One of the ideas on the table is to create tax-free investment accounts for individuals and families. This week, Heritage’s Adam Michel, explains what a “Universal Savings Account” is and how if we can get Americans on board with the idea — President Trump would be taking a major step in replacing the entitlement culture with self made wealth.

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Coronavirus has been dominating the news cycle for several weeks, but there are a lot of things still unknown. One of the best ways to solve a problem, is to have accurate and up-to-date information. Are we getting that from China? Do we have all the resources we need to properly handle coronavirus? This week, Heritage Foundation expert Peter Brookes talks about the U.S. response to the coronavirus outbreak, stopping the spread of disease, and The Trump Administration’s response.

 

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