John Popp (audio engineer extraordinaire) and Tim are in the office, even though it’s that awkward time between Christmas and New Years. It’s quiet, for sure. Because we are all feeling inflation in the pocketbook, and now the term “stagflation” is being thrown around, we decided it’d be a good idea to re run the conversation Tim had with Joel Griffith earlier this year explaining inflation. This is a great primer, and sets us up perfectly for next episode when Joel will be back with Tim to tackle “stagflation.”

A new study by Heritage senior policy analyst Jay Greene, Ph.D., found that an overwhelming number of DEI hires are spewing antisemitic views about Israel on social media. Greene breaks down his findings on this week’s episode.


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After the 2020 election season, many came to the realization that our election system needs significant reforms. In fact, we have actually seen a lot of victories on this front in 2021. But as states pass laws, they are experiencing pushback from left-leaning groups, and the Biden DOJ. That’s why The Heritage Foundation has developed an incredible tool called the Election Integrity Scorecard. It analyzes the election laws of every state and grades them on how well they protect the security and integrity of the election process. It’s great context to help understand what has been done, and what more can be done to make it so it’s easy to vote, and hard to cheat. On this episode, we talk with Hans von Spakovsky. He’s on the frontlines of developing the policies that many of these states are implementing, and has keen insight as to how 2022 can differ from 2020.

This week, policy analyst Melanie Israel explains the case of Dobbs v. Jackson, what it was like outside the Supreme Court, and possible outcomes. 

Our friend, Rush Limbaugh, used to read George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789 every year on the air. It was always so inspiring. While it’s great to eat food, watch football, spend time with family, and go around the table to say what we’re thankful for, he also believed Thanksgiving was an opportunity to thank God for the greatness of this Nation, and realize how blessed we are to have our liberty, protected by The Constitution. We are blessed indeed to be citizens of the United State of America.  Given that Rush is no longer with us, we wanted to carry on his tradition of reading President Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789.

There is a lot happening with President Biden’s vaccine mandate, and many questions surrounding. Is it viable?  Is it legal?  What are the consequences? What does it mean for your freedoms as an American? On this episode of Heritage Explains LIVE, we talk with Sarah Parshall Perry. She catches us up to where things are in the courts, where they are likely going, and other issues to keep in mind when talking about this unconstitutional power grab from the Biden Administration.

On this episode, we talk with GianCarlo Canaparo about his recent piece covering President Biden’s changes to Title IX, which governs sexual assault and harassment investigations on college campuses. These will eliminate fundamental due process rights, and put students in a prisoners’ dilemma, coercing them into unnecessary opposition while undermining justice.

This week, Nile Gardiner, director of Heritage’s Thatcher Center for Freedom, explains why Britain can’t stand President Joe Biden. Read Gardiner’s op-ed here.


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It was recently reported that China tested a new hypersonic missile in August. This nuclear-capable rocket circled the globe and apparently took U.S. intelligence by surprise. So what does this mean for the U.S.? Do we have the ability to stop a missile traveling at 10,000 miles per hour traveling through space? As we continue to see our adversaries become more forward in their development, it’s important to continue asking if the U.S. is able to adequately defend against all the threats that exist. On this episode Dakota Wood talks about the state of our preparedness, and uses the 2022 Index of Military Strength to demonstrate why the U.S. is only marginally able to defend America’s vital national interests.

Supply chain issues in conjunction with rising prices continue to clear shelves, idle factories, and take a toll on the wallets of working Americans. The Biden administration falsely insists these problems are transitory and blames the pandemic or the people trying to fix the problems. But this crisis is here to stay as long as the administration continues to push policies that make it worse. On this episode of Heritage Explains Live, we talk with Heritage trade economist Tori Whiting. She breaks down the basics, catches us up on where things currently stand, and takes your questions. THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!

This week, Dean Cheng, a research fellow in Heritage’s Asian Studies Center, breaks down the situation between China and Taiwan and what the United States should do about it.


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Is our supply chain collapsing? This week, Brent Sadler, a senior fellow in Heritage’s Center for National Defense, explains the reason behind today’s shipping backlogs and why it could lead to national security concerns.


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The Biden administration’s historic crisis at the southern border has reached a fever pitch in Del Rio, TX. The most frustrating part is that it was entirely avoidable. Now thousands are suffering from the administration’s foolish push for open borders, and the consequences of this predictable disaster will surely be lasting and painful for America. On this episode, we talk about how Del Rio is just a snapshot of what’s happen at the southern border, and what is likely to happen if this path continues. In addition, we talk about The Democrat’s attempt to use budget gimmicks in Congress to set millions of illegal immigrants on a pathway to citizenship.


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How woke is your workplace? This week on “Heritage Explains,” Christopher Rufo, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and former Heritage visiting fellow, explains what critical race theory is and how it’s dividing America.


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Is Roe v. Wade over? How does this new law in Texas work exactly? What did the Supreme Court say about this law? Our guest, Sarah Perry, a legal fellow in Heritage’s Meese Center, explains.


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It’s been 20 years since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. It’s hard to describe in a short blurb what that day has meant for Americans, and all that has changed because of it. So this week, we wanted to take a special look at and acknowledge the calamity, chaos, and confusion, but also look at the tremendous heroism of first responders, men and woman in uniform, and the incredible charity displayed by everyday Americans. We also talk with Steve Bucci. He was the military assistant to Sec. Donald Rumsfeld on September 11, and recounts being in the Pentagon when the plane hit including the great story of Sec. Rumsfeld pulling wounded people out of the Pentagon. He saw (first hand) the best of Americans in the face of such incredibly dark circumstances. Given the incredibly challenging circumstances we are currently facing in Afghanistan, Bucci also calls on policymakers to be bold in addressing the threats we face today.

This week, Luke Coffey, an Afghanistan war veteran and director of Heritage’s Alison Center for Foreign Policy, answers questions about what’s happening in Afghanistan and what could come next


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Michelle and I have been looking back on the great success of the bi partisan welfare reform act of 1996. In Part 1, Robert Rector told us that in order to serve the 1 in 7 American children who were dependent on government aid, we needed to do two things: first: require work in exchange for welfare, and second: strengthen families. In part 2, we heard that as a result of achieving these, welfare caseloads (which had not dropped significantly in 50 years) promptly fell by 60%, the child poverty rate suddenly dropped by a third (after being static for a quarter century), and the poverty rate for single-parent families has dropped by two-thirds since reform. But the Biden Administration and liberals in Congress are trying to upend these incredible successes, by giving welfare to people under the name of “tax credits”, and requiring virtually nothing to get it. On this episode, Former Senator Rick Santorum joins us to talk about his role in passing welfare reform in 1996, and what we must do to pushback against The Left’s attempt to rob people of the dignity of work.

This week, we break down the Biden administration’s plans to expand welfare. Jason Turner, executive director at Secretaries’ Innovation Group, joins us for the second part of our series on welfare 25 years after the 1996 bipartisan reform. 


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