TOPICS: Hillsdale’s new Graduate School of Classical Education, why inflation is no accident, and the connections between the LITTLE HOUSE series and American identity.

Host Scot Bertram talks with Dan Coupland, dean of Hillsdale’s new Graduate School of Classical Education, about the launch and goals of the program. Christopher Caldwell, senior fellow at the Claremont Institute and columnist at Compact Mag, discusses his recent essay, “Inflation Is No Accident”. And Dedra Birzer, Lecturer of History at Hillsdale, concludes her series on Laura Ingalls Wilder and the “Little House” series of books by examining how the books connect with the American identity.

TOPICS: “Cancel culture” on a college campus, themes in film noir, the rise and fall of Greek democracy, & civics taught in K-12 schools

Host Scot Bertram talks with David Azerrad, Assistant Professor and Research Fellow at Hillsdale College’s Van Andel Graduate School of Government in Washington, D.C., about his recent lecture at Saint Vincent College and the reaction from students and school officials. Titus Techera, Executive Director of the American Cinema Foundation, takes us into the world of film noir and the movie LAURA. Ken Calvert, Professor of Ancient History at Hillsdale, tells us about the rise and fall of Greek democracy. And David Randall, Director of Research at the National Association of Scholars and Policy Director at the Civics Alliance, speaks on a recent regarding study by NAS on K-12 civics and how parents might review and think about civics education programs for their children.

TOPICS: Benjamin Franklin as moral lawgiver, what is inflation and why it’s bad, and the life and work of William Butler Yeats

With the recent release of a PBS documentary on Benjamin Franklin, host Scot Bertram continues his discussion with Kevin Slack, Associate Professor of Politics at Hillsdale, about Franklin as moral lawgiver. Nathan Lewis, co-author with Steve Forbes and Elizabeth Ames of the new book INFLATION: WHAT IT IS, WHY IT’S BAD, AND HOW TO FIX IT, stops by to talk about those exact things. And Elizabeth Fredericks, assistant professor of English at Hillsdale, returns for her occasional series on modern Irish poetry, this time examining the life and work of Wiliam Butler Yeats.

TOPICS: Why a proper approach to history is important, why China is winning the war for high tech, and why raising virtuous men is vital for the country

Host Scot Bertram talks with Wilfred McClay, Victor Davis Hanson Chair in Classical History and Western Civilization at Hillsdale College, about his recent Bradley Prize, his approach to history, and why the subject is so important. Arthur Herman, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, discusses a recent essay that argues China is winning the war for high tech. And Miles Smith, lecturer in history at Hillsdale, tells us why raising virtuous men is vital for the continuity of liberty and self-government in the American republic.

TOPICS: American classical education, themes in C. S. Lewis’s fiction, and a deeper look at Andrew Jackson

Host Scot Bertram talks with Kathleen O’Toole, Assistant Provost for K-12 Education at Hillsdale College, about what makes for truly *American* classical education. Jason Lepojärvi, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Thorneloe University, stops by to discuss themes found in C. S. Lewis’s fiction. And Brad Birzer, Professor of History & Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies, joins the show to take us deeper into the life of Andrew Jackson.

TOPICS: History of the filibuster, the relentless growth of government, Tolstoy’s great works, and a Hillsdale grad in the White House press corps

Host Scot Bertram talks with Paul Moreno, William and Berniece Grewcock Chair in Constitutional History and Professor of History at Hillsdale, about the history of the filibuster in the U.S. Senate. Stephen Moore, Senior Economist at FreedomWorks and former Trump advisor, details his new book GOVZILLA: HOW THE RELENTLESS GROWTH OF GOVERNMENT IS DEVOURING OUR ECONOMY– AND OUR FREEDOM. Lorraine Murphy, Associate Professor of English at Hillsdale, returns for her occasional series on literary realism with a look at the great works of Tolstoy. And Hillsdale alumnus Philip Wegmann of RealClearNews tells us about life in the White House briefing room and lessons learned at the College.

TOPICS: Benjamin Franklin as Enlightenment philosopher, Critical Race Theory & our schools, and the problem of evil and suffering

With PBS debuting a new documentary on Benjamin Franklin, host Scot Bertram talks with Kevin Slack, Associate Professor of Politics at Hillsdale, about Franklin as Enlightenment philosopher. Christopher Rufo, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joins the show to discuss his work on Critical Race Theory and how parents can become involved in this fight. Blake McAllister, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Hillsdale, takes us into his research on the problem of evil and suffering.

TOPICS: Revolutions in 1968, THE UNITED STATES IN CRISIS, a great moment in THE ODYSSEY, and woke capitalism vs. profit.

Host Scot Bertram talks with Darryl Hart, Distinguished Associate Professor of History at Hillsdale College, about events from the year 1968, a year of global revolution. Edward Erler joins the show to discuss his new book THE UNITED STATES IN CRISIS: CITIZENSHIP, IMMIGRATION, AND THE NATION STATE. Kelly Scott Franklin, Assistant Professor of English at Hillsdale, returns for a “Great Moment In a Great Book,” this time from THE ODYSSEY. And we hear excerpts from a recent Hillsdale lecture given by Vivek Ramaswamy titled “Woke Capitalism vs. Profit”.

TOPICS: Fixing the teacher shortage crisis, a defense of Warren Harding, themes in the “Little House” series, and a creative arts alum from Hillsdale

Host Scot Bertram talks with Dan Coupland, Dean of the Graduate School of Classical Education at Hillsdale College, about his recent essay with suggestions on how to fix the teacher shortage crisis. Historian Ryan S. Walters provides a defense of Warren Harding in THE JAZZ AGE PRESIDENT. Dedra Birzer, Lecturer of History at Hillsdale, returns for further conversation about Laura Ingalls Wilder and the “Little House” series, this time looking at themes across the books. And Forester McClatchey ’16 returns to campus as part of the College’s Visiting Writers Series to discuss his work in the creative arts.

TOPICS: A new online course on the Roman Republic, why American public education is failing, & what should be taught in journalism schools

Host Scot Bertram talks with Ken Calvert, Professor of Ancient History at Hillsdale College, one of your teachers in the Colleges new online course, “The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic”. Luke Rosiak of The Daily Wire takes us inside his new book RACE TO THE BOTTOM: UNCOVERING THE SECRET FOCES DESTROYING AMERICAN PUBLIC EDUCATION. And Maria Servold, Assistant Director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale, outlines what should be taught in journalism school.

TOPICS: Why Hispanics are dropping the left, the life of M. Stanton Evans, and the Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh

Host Scot Bertram talks with Victor Davis Hanson, the Wayne and Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History at Hillsdale College, about his recent essay “Why Would Hispanics Drop the Left?” Steven Hayward tells us about the life of M. Stanton Evans, one of the unsung heroes and key figures of the modern conservative movement. And Elizabeth Fredericks, assistant professor of English at Hillsdale, returns for her occasional series on modern Irish poetry, this time examining the life and work of Patrick Kavanagh.

TOPICS: Independent Redistricting Committees, the love of learning, and a Hillsdale student published in a science journal

Host Scot Bertram talks with Stephen Markman, a retired Michigan Supreme Court justice and Professor of Constitutional Law at Hillsdale College, about the promises and results of redistricting commissions in various states. Margarita Mooney Suarez, founder and Executive Director of the Scala Foundation, discusses the purpose of education and her recent book THE LOVE OF LEARNING. And Shane Smith ’22, a Hillsdale senior, highlights the work that landed him in the peer-reviewed science journal NATURE ASTRONOMY.

TOPICS: The preamble to the Constitution, examining the Millennial generation, and taking literature personally

Host Scot Bertram talks with David Azerrad, Assistant Professor and Research Fellow at Hillsdale College ’s Van Andel Graduate School of Government, about how the Constitution’s preamble explains America’s mission statement. Mark Bauerlein, senior editor at First Things, drops by to discuss his new book, THE DUMBEST GENERATION GROWS UP: FROM STUPEFIED YOUTH TO DANGEROUS ADULTS. And we welcome back Dwight Lindley, Associate Professor of English at Hillsdale, to talk about taking literature personally.

TOPICS: CNN, Joe Rogan, & redistricting, the “Bully of Asia,” and an introduction to Neil Postman

Host Scot Bertram talks with Mollie Hemingway, Senior Journalism Fellow at Hillsdale College, Editor-In-Chief at The Federalist, and Fox News Contributor, about CNN’s latest troubles, the targeting of Joe Rogan, and the politics of redistricting. Steven Mosher discusses his book BULLY OF ASIA, now available in paperback. And David Diener, Headmaster of Hillsdale Academy and Lecturing Professor of Education at Hillsdale College, introduces us to the thinking of Neil Postman.

TOPICS: Patriotism as a virtue, Tolkien and the Christian Imagination, Gustav Flobert, & Mike Pmpeo at Hillsdale

Host Scot Bertram talks with Matthew Mehan, Director of Academic Programs for Washington D.C. and Assistant Professor of Government for the Van Andel Graduate School of Government, about the concept of patriotism as a virtue. Holly Ordway, Cardinal Francis George Fellow of Faith and Culture for the Word on Fire Institute, speaks on Tolkien and the Christian imagination. Lorraine Murphy, Associate Professor of English at Hillsdale, returns for her occasional series on Realism to discuss Gustav Flobert. And we hear excerpts from a speech here at Hillsdale College given by former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

TOPICS: Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence, debating a cashless society, & Sir Thomas More

Host Scot Bertram talks with Matthew Spalding, Vice President of Washington Operations and Dean of the Van Andel Graduate School of Government at Hillsdale College, about how Thomas Jefferson influenced and helped shape the Declaration of Independence. New York Times bestselling author and economist James Rickards presents the current state of the cashless society. And Stephen Smith, Dean of Humanities and Professor of English at Hillsdale, discusses Sir Thomas More and his recent book, THE ESSENTIAL WORKS OF THOMAS MORE.

TOPICS: Tocqueville & free press/free speech, the life of Robert E. Lee, and Hillsdale’s Churchill Project

Host Scot Bertram talks with Khalil Habib, Associate Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College, about a recent published essay on Tocqueville and the concepts of free speech and the free press. Noted historian Allen Guelzo discusses his recent book ROBERT E. LEE: A LIFE. And, as this week marks the 57th anniversary of the death of WInston Churchill, we talk with Hillsdale president Larry Arnn about the College’s Churchill Project and why he’s so interested in the man.

TOPICS: The effectual truth of identity politics, the breakdown of higher education, & Laura Ingalls Wilder and the “Little House” series

Host Scot Bertram talks with Thomas West, Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College, about his recent essay titled, “The Effectual Truth of Identity Politics”. John M. Ellis joins the show to discuss his book, THE BREAKDOWN OF HIGHER EDUCATION: HOW IT HAPPENING, THE DAMAGE IT DOES, AND WHAT CAN BE DONE, now in paperback. And Dedra Birzer, Lecturer of History at Hillsdale, begins a brief series on Laura Ingalls Wilder and the “Little House” series of books.

TOPICS: Safety in the game of football, the recent book WRATH, drug addiction at the atomic level, & Hillsdale’s Visiting Writers Program

Host Scot Bertram talks with John J. Miller, Director of Hillsdale’s Dow Journalism Program and author of THE BIG SCRUM, discusses changes made to keep the game safe and how President Teddy Roosevelt helped save the sport. Peter Wood, President of the National Association of Scholars, talks about his recent book WRATH: AMERICA ENRAGED. Kelli Kazmier, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Hillsdale, describes drug addiction at the atomic level and shares some of her research. And Dutton Kearney, Associate Professor of English at Hillsdale and director of the school’s Visiting Writers Program, gives us an overview of the project.

TOPICS: Hillsdale’s new Academy for Science and Freedom, Election reform and the Carter/Baker Commission, & the connections between the Renaissance and the Reformation

Host Scot Bertram talks with Scott Atlas, Fellow at Hillsdale College’s Academy for Science and Freedom, about the launch of the new program and what we can expect from the effort. John R. Lott, Jr., Founder and President of the Crime Prevention Research Center, discusses Election reforms and the Carter-Baker Commission. And Matthew Gaetano, Associate Professor of History at Hillsdale, compares and contrasts the key tenets of the Renaissance and the Reformation.