We are replaying this wonderful Thanksgiving podcast with Niall Ferguson.

As a prolific columnist and observer of US and world affairs, Niall Ferguson has plenty to be grateful for, beginning with an American president seemingly always in the news. Ferguson, the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, explains the many reasons why Americans should be giving thanks this holiday season.

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Two prominent Democratic presidential candidates want to impose “wealth taxes” on millionaires’ holdings. A prominent liberal economist declares that no billionaire ever made their fortune legitimately. John Cochrane, a renowned economist and the Hoover Institution’s Jack and Rose-Marie Anderson Senior Fellow, explains how and why “wealth” became a pejorative term and where we go from here.

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What a week in politics: public impeachment hearings, a candidates’ filing deadline in New Hampshire, one Republican leaving the presidential race and one (perhaps two) Democrats jumping in. Hoover senior fellows and Stanford political scientists Dave Brady and Doug Rivers review their latest poll data on the 2020 election.

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For nearly two decades now, radio host and Hoover media fellow John Batchelor has saturated the airwaves with cerebral conversations pertaining to national and international affairs. This time answering the questions rather than asking them, Batchelor discusses what drew him to the world of talk radio and how the Trump presidency has affected his show.

 

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In an era of competitive influence with China and Russia, what are the policy implications for the Indo-Pacific region? Joseph Felter, a Hoover Institution research fellow and, until just recently, a defense assistant secretary for South and Southeast Asia, explains the Trump Administration’s options.

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Utah Sen. Mitt Romney’s recent criticism of President Trump, coupled with growing Republican angst over the coming election, has made a complicated relationship between President Trump and party regulars all the more tangled. Lanhee Chen, the Hoover Institution’s David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies and policy director for the 2012 Romney presidential campaign, assesses the current Republican mindset.

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For 40 years now, as political media have grown more polarized, the C-SPAN cable news channel has offered unbiased, unfiltered coverage of political figures, elections, and government. Steve Scully, C-SPAN’s political director, discusses the channel’s approach to the 2020 election, last July’s C-SPAN interview with President Trump, and the challenge of being a neutral “Switzerland” of political journalism.

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Next year marks the 25th anniversary of US-Vietnamese bilateral relations. Navy Capt. Christopher Sharman, a Hoover Institution National Security Affairs Fellow and former naval attaché to Vietnam and China, explains how Vietnam balances its international relations and the strategic options available to the US, as well as the efficacy of soft power in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

 

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Last week’s decision by California utilities to halt power to about two million residents, to avoid downed electricity lines sparking wildfires, plunged parts of the Golden State into darkness – and raised the question of why the world’s fifth-largest economy can’t keep its lights on. James Sweeney, a Hoover Institution senior fellow who studies electricity market problems, explains why this is a matter of risk management in America’s wealthiest and most populous state.

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Is Texas in play in 2020 for Democrats? Is America’s Latino vote the “sleeping giant” the media predict it will be every four years? David Leal, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and University of Texas-Austin political scientist, separates fact from fiction in the Lone Star State, and explains how the Latino segment of the electorate fits into the national landscape.

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The rationale for Donald Trump in 2016: border control, the opiate crisis, honoring America’s “forgotten man,” and much more. Charles Hurt, a Fox News contributor and author of Still Winning: Why America Went All In On Donald Trump – And Why We Must Do It Again, offers his thoughts on the rationale for giving President Trump a second presidential term.

 

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Three words not uttered in the Trump White House’s press room “call the briefing.” Not since March has a White House press secretary done a full-on, live-televised briefing.

Debra J. Saunders, the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s White House correspondent, discusses the “new normal” in Trump-media relations.

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As impeachment speculation mounts, the question remains: what effect, if any, has it had on the popularity of President Trump, Joe Biden, and the Democratic field? David Brady and Doug Rivers, Hoover Institution senior fellows and Stanford University political scientists, explain what their polling data indicates.

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Federal budget choices have consequences – for this and for future generations of Americans. Daniel Heil, a Hoover research fellow specializing in fiscal policy, takes us on a tour of “America Off Balance” – a Hoover interactive site that seeks to educate the public on the perils of Washington’s budget-reform inaction.

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Trying to regain the majority status they lost in the 2018 midterm election, what do House Republicans plan to showcase this fall in the way of ideas and initiatives? Alabama Rep. Gary Palmer, chair of the House Republican Policy Committee, discusses the House GOP brand and its relationship with President Trump.

 

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Most of us remember where we were on September 11, 2001. For Col. Mark Tillman, USAF-Ret., it was commanding Air Force One – which happened to be in Sarasota, Florida, on the day of the attack. One of only 14 Americans to have served as a presidential pilot, Tillman discusses the choices made in securing President Bush, the new-generation of Boeing 747s that are scheduled to enter service in 2024, plus where fact and fiction meet in Harrison Ford’s Air Force One action film.

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Every wondered how individuals determine how much things are really worth? A Hoover Institution online survey – i.e., an “economic beauty contest” – wants your input. Tim Kane, an economist and the Hoover Institution’s J.P. Conte Fellow in Immigration Studies, discusses the importance of valuation with regard to America’s economy. And he analyzes the Trump Administration’s latest immigration actions, including a change to green card qualifications.

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He’s the son of a biracial couple who worked for equality well before “mixed” marriages were publicly accepted, protested in the 1960s and considered himself a “radical” before reconsidering race relations in America. On the 400th anniversary of African slaves introduced to the Virginia colony, Shelby Steele, the Hoover Institution’s Robert J. and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow and an award-winning authority on multiculturalism, addresses a Hoover Summer Policy Boot Camp audience on 21st Century America’s struggles with white guilt and black self-victimization.

 

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A Green New Deal, Universal Basic Income, Medicare-For-All. Are these sounds ideas or economic illiteracy? Michael Boskin, the Hoover Institution’s Wohlford Family Senior Fellow and the Tully M. Friedman Professor of Economics at Stanford University, discusses what the Democratic hopefuls are offering – and the feasibility of President Trump’s interest in reducing the payroll tax and adjusting capital gains.

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Trade wars with China, charges of currency manipulation, volatile markets, a labor market at full employment – all in a week’s news. Edward Lazear, the Hoover Institution’s Morris Arnold and Nona Jean Cox Senior Fellow and chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers in the Bush 43 White House, assesses the health of the US economy.

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