TOPICS: Woke capitalism, LINCOLN AND THE AMERICAN FOUNDING, & Peter Pan

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 the concept of “woke capitalism” and why it’s become so prevalent. Lucas Morel, Professor of Politics and Head of the Politics Department at Washington and Lee University, discuss his recent book, LINCOLN AND THE AMERICAN FOUNDING. And Dedra Birzer, Lecturer of History and Rhetoric at Hillsdale College takes a deep dive into the world of Peter Pan.

TOPICS: Election analysis, contemplating a bookless future, and taking a virtual tour of Luxembourg American Cemetery

Host Scot Bertram talks with Matthew Spalding, Vice President of Washington Operations and Dean of the Van Andel Graduate School of Government, to get insight about what we should learn from the known results of last week’s election. Mark Bauerlein, English professor at Emory University and senior editor of First Things, discusses a recent essay entitled, “Our Bookless Future”. And on this Veterans Day week, retired Hillsdale professor of history, Tom Conner, takes us on a virtual tour of Luxembourg American Cemetery

TOPICS: The fall of the Berlin Wall, writing from America’s backroads, The Reformation & Martin Luther, and Churchill myths.

Host Scot Bertram talks with Fred Yaniga, Chairman and Associate Professor of German at Hillsdale College, about being in Germany for the fall of the Berlin Wall 31 years ago this week. Salena Zito, national political reporter for the Washington Examiner, talks about writing from America’s backroads. Hillsdale Associate Professor of History Korey Maas tells us about The Reformation & Martin Luther. And Richard Langworth, Senior Fellow with the Hillsdale College Churchill Project, joins us to bust some Churchill myths.

TOPICS: Plans to restructure the Supreme Court, a biography of President Donald J. Trump, and a history of October surprises.

Host Scot Bertram talks with Matthew Spalding, Vice President of Washington Operations and Dean of the Van Andel Graduate School of Government, about his essay at RealClearPolicy, “Joe Biden’s Not-So-Secret Plan to Restructure the Supreme Court”. Conrad Black joins us to discuss his recent biography, DONALD J. TRUMP: A PRESIDENT LIKE NO OTHER. And John J. Miller, Director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College, runs down the history of October surprises.

TOPICS: American institutions & the 2020 Election, classical education, and the Fisk Museum of Natural History at Hillsdale College

Host Scot Bertram talks with Victor Davis Hanson, author, historian, and Distinguished Fellow in History at Hillsdale College, about how ideology is destroying American institutions and checks in on the 2020 election. Hillsdale assistant professor of education, Ben Beier, attempts to define and explain what a classical education entails. And Anthony Swinehart, Professor of Biology and Curator of the D. M. Fisk Museum of Natural History, tells us all about the museum right here on Hillsdale’s campus.

TOPICS: What is capitalism?, U.S. Supreme Court nominations, & pessimistic rhetoric

Host Scot Bertram talks with Gary Wolfram, William Simon Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Director of Economics, and Professor of Political Economy at Hillsdale College, in an attempt to define capitalism and explain why some have an incorrect interpretation of what it is. Ilya Shapiro discusses his new book “Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America’s Highest Court”. And Hillsdale Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Public Address Ethan Stoneman introduces us to his recent book “A Feeling of Wrongness: Pessimistic Rhetoric on the Fringes of Popular Culture”.

TOPICS: Identity politics and the 2020 race, Amy Coney Barrett, & the writings of G.K. Chesterton

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 how identity politics have influenced this year’s politics. Jeff Pojanowski, friend and colleague of Amy Coney Barrett at Notre Dame Law School, tells us what we really should know about the nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. And David Whalen, Associate Vice President for Curriculum and Professor of English at Hillsdale, fills us in and gets us excited about the writing of G.K. Chesterton.

TOPICS: 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope, media & the future of journalism, the Magna Carta, & excerpts from Hillsdale College’s 168th commencement address.

Host Scot Bertram talks with Tim Dolch, Hillsdale assistant professor of physics, about the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope. Christopher Bedford, senior editor with The Federalist, discusses the media today and the future of journalism. Khalil Habib, from Hillsdale’s politics department, tells us what we should know about the Magna Carta. And we hear excerpts from the College’s 168th commencement address, given by Hillsdale professor emeritus of history, Thomas Conner.

TOPICS: Nominating a Supreme Court justice, the moral imagination, and Sparta’s Second Attic War.

Host Scot Bertram talks with Mollie Hemingway, senior journalism fellow at Hillsdale College and co-author of JUSTICE ON TRIAL, about the process and politics of nominating a Supreme Court justice to the open seat. Dan Coupland, chairman and professor of Hillsdale’s education department, explains what is meant by the term “moral imagination.” And Paul Rahe, professor of history at Hillsdale, talks about his new book, SPARTA’S SECOND ATTIC WAR

TOPICS: Introduction to western philosophy, Gen. Robert E. Lee, & More’s UTOPIA and socialism

Host Scot Bertram talks with Nathan Schlueter, professor of philosophy and religion at Hillsdale College, about the new Hillsdale online course on western philosophy. Allen Guelzo, historian, author, and senior research scholar at Princeton University, joins the show to dive into the life of Robert E. Lee. And Matt Mehan, director of academic programs for Hillsdale in D.C. and assistant professor of government, talks with us about More’s UTOPIA & socialism.

TOPICS: New shark fossil discovered, going inside the Washington establishment’s never-ending war on Trump, & how American sports are letting down America

Host Scot Bertram talks with Anthony Swinehart, professor of biology at Hillsdale, about his discovery of a new shark fossil in Michigan. Byron York, chief political correspondent at the Washington Examiner, outlines his new book, OBSESSION: INSIDE THE WASHINGTON ESTABLISHMENT’S NEVER-ENDING WAR ON TRUMP. And we hear excerpts from a Hillsdale lecture featuring Jason Whitlock, award-winning sportswriter with Outkick.com, speaking about how American sports are letting down America.

TOPICS: “The Stakes: America at the Point of No Return,” Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises,” and a Hillsdale professor who also is a member of a progressive rock band.

Host Scot Bertram talks with Michael Anton, Lecturer in Politics and Research Fellow at Hillsdale in D.C., about his new book “The Stakes: America at the Point of No Return”. Hillsdale English professor Ben Whalen takes us through Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises”. And we talk with Brad Birzer, professor of history at Hillsdale, about his work in the progressive rock band The Bardic Depths.

TOPICS: Consequential national political conventions, the failure of Common Core, and Johann Sebastian Bach.

Host Scot Bertram talks with Hillsdale associate professor of politics Adam Carrington about the most notable and consequential political conventions in our nation’s history. Ted Rebarber, CEO and founder of AccountabilityWorks, discusses a report he authored and the data that show the failure of Common Core. And Derek Stauff, assistant professor of music at Hillsdale, takes us inside the life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

TOPICS: National political conventions, rule of law in our American republic, & prepping teachers for the school year

Host Scot Bertram talks with Adam Carrington, assistant professor of politics at Hillsdale College, about the history of national political conventions. Roger Kimball, editor and publisher of The New Criterion and president and publisher of Encounter Books, discusses his recent essays on the rule of law amid protests and riots in America. And Kathleen O’Toole, assistant provost for K-12 education at Hillsdale, returns to help prepare teachers for the coming school year.

TOPICS: Preparing parents for school, getting America back to work, learning about Constantine, and training for/running ultramarathons.

Host Scot Bertram talks with Kathleen O’Toole, assistant provost for K-12 education at Hillsdale College, about how parents can prepare for another unusual school year. Andy Puzder, former CEO of CKE Restaurants, discusses his new book IT’S TIME TO LET AMERICA WORK AGAIN. Ken Calvert, Hillsdale professor of ancient history, educates us on Constantine. And Hillsdale’s Charles Steele on what it’s like to train for and run ultramarathons.

TOPICS: Recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on religious liberty, Mike Gonzalez’s THE PLOT TO CHANGE AMERICA, & Hillsdale In D.C.’s James Madison Fellowship for Young Professionals

Host Scot Bertram talks with Hillsdale associate professor of politics, Adam Carrington, about recent decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court on the issues of religious liberty. Mike Gonzalez, senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, discusses his new book THE PLOT TO CHANGE AMERICA. And Matt Spalding, Vice President of Washington Operations & Dean of the Van Andel Graduate School of Government at Hillsdale in D.C., introduces us to the James Madison Fellowship for Young Professionals.

TOPICS: The Michael Flynn case and a possible Constitutional crisis, what COVID and the recent riots tell us about our understanding of the Declaration, and the life of Alexis de Tocqueville.

Host Scot Bertram talks with Matthew Spalding, Vice President of Washington Operations & Dean of the Van Andel Graduate School of Government at Hillsdale College’s Washington, D.C. campus, about the Michael Flynn case and a possible Constitutional crisis. Ken Masugi, senior fellow at the Claremont Institute, speaks about his recent essay, “Have COVID-19 and the Riots Exposed How We Destroyed the Declaration?” And we talk with Paul Rahe from Hillsdale’s history department about the life of Alexis de Tocqueville, on this the week of the 215th anniversary of his birth.

TOPICS: George Orwell, the new film UNCLE TOM, humanistic psychology, and “Why We Love Sports”

Host Scot Bertram talks with John J. Miller, director of Hillsdale’s Dow Journalism Program, about George Orwell and his impact on language and journalism. Nationally syndicated radio host Larry Elder discusses a new film on which he serves as executive producer, UNCLE TOM. Collin Barnes, from Hillsdale’s psychology department, tells us about humanistic psychology. And, with MLB games resuming, we hear excerpts from a 2017 lecture on Hillsdale campus by the late Michael Novak titled “Why We Love Sports”.

TOPICS: Biden’s electric vehicle plan, COVID’s affect on private schools, what Americanization does to Catholicism, and cancel culture in newsrooms

Host Scot Bertram talks with Hillsdale economics professor Gary Wolfram about Joe Biden’s plan for an electric vehicle fleet. Lindsey Burke with the Heritage Foundation explains what COVID-19 is doing to private schools across the country. Daryl Hart, Hillsdale distinguished associate professor of history, talks about Catholicism in America. And Maria Servold, assistant director of Hillsdale’s Dow Journalism program, tells us about “cancel culture” in newsrooms.

TOPICS: The dimming and brightening of Betelgeuse, the Administrative State, and “The Wind in the Willows”

Host Scot Bertram talks with Hillsdale physics professor Timothy Dolch about the dimming and brightening of Betelgeuse. John Marini, author of “Unmasking the Administrative State” discusses the existential threat of the administrative state to our republic. And Dan Coupland, from Hillsdale’s education department, walks us through “The Wind and the Willows”