Marc Thiessen is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) where he studies and writes about American presidential leadership and counterterrorism. He is a columnist for The Washington Post and a regular contributor to Fox News.

Marc joins Phoebe and Robert to discuss partisan media, War in Ukraine, the Afghanistan withdrawal, and the midterm elections.

Paul Kupiec is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies systemic risk and the management and regulations of banks and financial markets. He also follows the work of financial regulators such as the Federal Reserve and examines the impact of financial regulations on the US economy.

Paul Kupiec joins Phoebe and Robert to discuss inflation, financial regulation, mandating ESG investing, and cryptocurrency.

Paul Kupiec is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies systemic risk and the management and regulations of banks and financial markets. He also follows the work of financial regulators such as the Federal Reserve and examines the impact of financial regulations on the US economy.

Paul Kupiec joins Phoebe and Robert to discuss inflation, financial regulation, mandating ESG investing, and cryptocurrency.

Steven Koonin is a nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on climate science and energy policies. From 2009 to 2011, Dr. Koonin served as the under secretary for science at the US Department of Energy, where as the chief scientific officer, he coordinated and oversaw research across the department.

Steven Koonin joins Phoebe and Robert to discuss Biden’s climate agenda, recent heat waves, and developing energy solutions.

Adam White is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on American constitutionalism, the Supreme Court, and the administrative state. Concurrently, he codirects the C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.

Adam White joins Phoebe and Robert to discuss the SCOTUS decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization and the advancement of the “major questions” doctrine.

Edward Pinto is a senior fellow and the director of the AEI Housing Center at the American Enterprise Institute. He is currently researching how to increase the entry-level housing supply for first-time buyers and renters who earn hourly wages, as well as examining the current house price boom that began in 2012. This continues his previous work on the role of federal housing policy in the 2008 mortgage and financial crisis.

Edward joins Phoebe and Robert to discuss the housing market, housing finance, and racial bias in home appraisals.

Benedic Ippolito is a senior fellow in economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, where his research focuses on public finance and health economics. He studies health care financing, the pharmaceutical market and its regulations, and the effect of health care costs on the personal finances of Americans.

Ben joins Phoebe and Robert to discuss drug pricing, medical debt, surprise medical billing, and his work with the legislative branch.

Benedic Ippolito is a senior fellow in economic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, where his research focuses on public finance and health economics. He studies health care financing, the pharmaceutical market and its regulations, and the effect of health care costs on the personal finances of Americans.

Ben joins Phoebe and Robert to discuss drug pricing, medical debt, surprise medical billing, and his work with the legislative branch.

John Yoo is a nonresident senior fellow at AEI. He has worked in all three branches of government, notably as an official in the US Department of Justice, where he worked on national security and terrorism after the September 11 attacks. He also served as general counsel of the US Senate Judiciary Committee and he was a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

John joins Robert and Phoebe at the Old Parkland Conference to discuss the Supreme Court leak, his time working for Justice Thomas, and his advice to Vice President Pence on certifying the 2020 election results.

Ian Rowe is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on education and upward mobility, family formation, and adoption. In his new book “Agency” (Templeton Press, May 2022), Ian Rowe seeks to inspire young people of all races to build strong families and become masters of their own destiny.

Ian joins Phoebe and Robert for a special Banter episode at the Old Parkland Conference in Dallas. He discusses the historic roots of the conference, his F.R.E.E. framework, and Black conservatism in America.

Matt Continetti is a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where his work is focused on American political thought and history, specifically focusing on the development of the Republican party and the American conservative movement in the 20th Century.

Matt joins Robert and Phoebe on the podcast this week to discuss his new book, “The Right: The Hundred-Year War for American Conservatism” (Basic Books 2022). Matt and our hosts dive into significant figures on the Right, past and present, and the conservative movement’s historic successes and tensions.

Jason Blessing is a Jeane Kirkpatrick Visiting Research Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on cybersecurity, military cyber forces, military technological transformation and force structure, US cyber defense policy including civilian-military dynamics in cyberspace, and cyber defense agreements.

Jason joins Phoebe and Robert to discuss cybersecurity and intelligence in the context of the Russia-Ukraine war. He explains the role of the NSA and Cyber Command in maintaining cybersecurity and countering cyber warfare, and the role of General Nakasone. He also analyzes what cyber warfare we have and haven’t seen since Russia invaded Ukraine.

James W. Coleman is a nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on energy policy, including energy commodity, transport, and trade and markets regulation. He is concurrently the Robert G. Storey Distinguished Faculty Fellow and Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University.

James joins Phoebe and Robert to discuss the recent increase in gas prices and energy independence and security after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He explains how increased regulatory requirements and climate policy are impacting today’s energy insecurity.

Scott Winship is Director of Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Before joining AEI, Dr. Winship served as the executive director of the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) and worked at the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, the Brookings Institution and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

On this episode, Scott joins Robert and Phoebe to talk about economic inequality and poverty in America.

Adam White is a resident scholar at AEI, where his work focuses on American constitutionalism, the Supreme Court, and the administrative state. Concurrently, he is assistant professor of law and the director of the C. Boyden Gray Center for the Study of the Administrative State at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University.

Adam joins Robert and Phoebe to talk about the Supreme Court’s docket, judicial interpretation, the non-delegation doctrine, and the future of the federal bench.

In recognition of this year’s 2020 Irving Kristol Award recipient, Banter welcomes Dr. Nicholas Eberstadt as the first guest for new co-hosts Robert Doar (AEI President and Morgridge Scholar) and Phoebe Keller (AEI Director of Media Relations).

Dr. Eberstadt holds the Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at AEI, where he researches and writes extensively on demographics and economic development, and on international security in the Korean peninsula and Asia more specifically. His domestic research focuses on poverty and social well-being. Dr. Eberstadt is also a senior adviser to the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR).

Earlier this month, Marc Thiessen walked into the Oval Office for a wide-ranging interview with President Trump, discussing everything from the possibility of renaming bases named after Confederates to the administration’s stance toward China. Marc joined the show this week for a special final episode for the three hosts, taking us inside his conversation with the president.

Marc Thiessen is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute where he studies and writes about American presidential leadership and counterterrorism. A member of the White House senior staff under President George W. Bush, Thiessen served as chief speechwriter to the president and to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. A biweekly columnist for The Washington Post, Thiessen has done postgraduate studies at the Naval War College and has a B.A. from Vassar College.

Lockdowns don’t work, argues Lyman Stone in a recent piece. Instead, to really crush the curve of coronavirus infections (rather than just flattening it), we need to follow the model of successful Asian nations and implement a robust system of contact tracing. Lyman called in from Hong Kong to discuss what this would look like, as well as China’s recent efforts to crack down on the city.

Lyman Stone is an Adjunct Fellow at AEI, a Research Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies, and a former International Economist at the US Department of Agriculture. He blogs about migration, population dynamics, and regional economics at In a State of Migration. His work has been covered in the The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and numerous local outlets.

Dr. Christina Hoff Sommers, or the “Factual Feminist” as she is known online, joined Banter today to discuss the gender discrimination debates surrounding COVID-19, the state of identity politics in America, the new FX show “Mrs. America,” and more.

Christina Hoff Sommers is co-host of the popular podcast “Femsplainers” and author of “The War Against Boys” and “Who Stole Feminism?”. Her writings have appeared in publications such as The Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Dr. Sommers is also the host of the popular video blog, “The Factual Feminist.” She holds a PhD in philosophy from Brandeis University and a BA from New York University.

As summer gives way to winter in the Southern Hemisphere, how prepared are the nations of South and Central America for the coronavirus? AEI fellow Ryan Berg joined the show this week to discuss the likely impact of the virus, and what it means for US foreign policy toward Venezuela, Brazil, and the rest of the region.

Ryan C. Berg is a research fellow at AEI, where he studies Latin American foreign policy and development issues. Before joining AEI, Dr. Berg served as a research consultant at the World Bank and a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Dr. Berg obtained a PhD from the University of Oxford and a BA in government and theology from Georgetown University.