How did American Catholics go from subjects to citizens? Who is the “godfather” of the First Amendment? How can spiritual and temporal duties be reconciled? Michael Breidenbach, Associate Professor of History at Ave Maria University, joins the show to answer these questions and discuss his new book, “Our Dear-Bought Liberty: Catholics and Religious Toleration in Early America.”

Does God need politics? What does it mean to be free? Why should we care about tradition? Sohrab Ahmari, op-ed editor of the New York Post, joins Madison’s Notes to discuss his new book, “The Unbroken Thread: Discovering the Wisdom of Tradition in an Age of Chaos.” 

 

Why is education so important in a democracy? Are democracies capable of producing the citizens they need? What do John Locke and Alexis de Tocqueville have to teach us about education in a liberal democracy? Jeffrey Sikkenga, Executive Director of the Ashbrook Center, joins Madison’s Notes to answer these questions and more.

About the Ashbrook Center: https://ashbrook.org/about/

Helen Andrews, senior editor at The American Conservative, joins Madison’s Notes to discuss her new book, “Boomers: The Men and Women Who Promised Freedom and Delivered Disaster.”

Boomers: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/617494/boomers-by-helen-andrews/

Was Socrates guilty? What is the relationship between the philosopher and the city? What does it mean to live an “examined life”? Marcus Gibson, John and Daria Barry Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University’s James Madison Program, returns to the show to discuss The Apology of Socrates in this second episode of our series on the Platonic dialogues.

The Complete Works of Plato: https://www.hackettpublishing.com/philosophy/complete-works

For 40 months, Wang Xiyue was imprisoned in Iran on false charges of espionage. A doctoral candidate in history at Princeton University, Wang Xiyue joins the show to discuss his imprisonment and U.S.-Iranian relations.

Don’t let Iran’s human rights be sacrificed at the altar of a nuclear deal: https://www.aei.org/articles/dont-let-irans-human-rights-be-sacrificed-at-the-altar-of-a-nuclear-deal/

Born in Somalia, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a women’s rights activist, free speech advocate, and New York Times bestselling author. She joins the show to discuss her new book, “Prey: Immigration, Islam, and the Erosion of Women’s Rights.” [Note: This conversation includes discussion of sensitive topics related to sexual violence.]

Prey: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/prey-ayaan-hirsi-ali?variant=32126595203106

What is postmodernism? Does the Biden Administration support Critical Race Theory? How might a recommitment to classical liberal principles help fight “Woke-ism”? James Lindsay joins the show to answer these questions and more and discuss his book (co-written with Helen Pluckrose), “Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything About Race, Gender, and Identity—and Why This Harms Everybody.”

Cynical Theories: https://cynicaltheories.com/

Why and how should we read Plato? Why did Plato write dialogues? Is Plato a friend to democracy? Dr. Marcus Gibson, John and Daria Barry Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University’s James Madison Program, joins Madison’s Notes to provide an introduction to Plato in preparation of a series of episodes on individual Platonic dialogues.

 

John Cribb is the author of “Old Abe,” a historical novel which former Vice President Mike Pence says is the “best book on President Lincoln” he has ever read. John joins to show to discuss the book, the importance of heroes, the “great man” approach to history, Facebook’s attempts to “cancel” his book, and more!

 

What does the future hold for the Republican Party? What are the greatest challenges facing America today? How many pull-ups should a young man be able to do? Congressman Mike Gallagher joins Madison’s Notes to answer these questions and more.

On January 6th, 2021, the world watched in disbelief as rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol  as the results of the Electoral College were being formally presented—and challenged—in Congress. The riots left at least 4 dead, and many others wounded. Robert P. George, Director of the James Madison Program, and Allen C. Guelzo, Director of the James Madison Program’s Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship, discuss the significance of this attack on the Capitol, the state of the Nation, and what Republicans and Democrats alike can do to fix this.

What is the relationship between America’s Founding principles and her foreign policy? What are unalienable rights and how do we know they exist? How have other nations responded to the final report of the U.S. Department of State’s Commission on Unalienable Rights? Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Mary Ann Glendon, Chair of the Commission on Unalienable Rights, join Madison’s Notes to answer these questions and others.

 

What made George Washington the “greatest man in the world”? What is his legacy outside the United States? What did “honor” mean to America’s Founding Fathers, and why was it so important to them?

Craig Bruce Smith, author of American Honor: The Creation of the Nation’s Ideals During the Revolutionary Era, joins the show to answer these questions and others.

Sergiu Klainerman is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University. Born in communist Romania, he sees disturbing parallels between life in the Soviet Bloc and the “soft totalitarianism” or “pre-totalitarianism” taking root in America. He joins the show to discuss these parallels and reflect on Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s 1978 speech, “A World Split Apart.”

 

On November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. Allen C. Guelzo, Director of the James Madison Program’s Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship, joins the show to discuss the legacy of the Gettysburg Address and what Lincoln might say to us today.

 

Are transgenderism and feminism at odds? Are we living through another sexual revolution? Why have conservatives been so unsuccessful in fighting the “culture wars”? Scott Yenor, Professor of Political Science at Boise State University, joins Madison’s Notes to answer these questions and discuss his new book, “The Recovery of Family Life: Exposing the Limits of Modern Ideologies.”

 

Welcome to Madison’s Notes, a new podcast from the James Madison Program at Princeton University. The show is hosted by Antonin “Nino” Scalia (he’s his grandson).  Give it a listen!

Could totalitarianism take root in America? What does it mean to “live not by lies”? Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative and the author of several books, including The Benedict OptionHe joins the show to answer these questions and discuss his new book, Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents.

Is the Supreme Court too powerful? When did judicial nominations become so contentious? Should we have term limits for judges and justices?

Ilya Shapiro ’99, Director of the Cato Institute’s Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies, joins the show to answer these questions and discuss his new book, Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America’s Highest Court.

Is America still a democracy? What is at stake in the 2020 presidential election? Michael Anton, Lecturer at Hillsdale College and Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute, joins the show to answer these questions and discuss his new book, “The Stakes: America at the Point of No Return.”

The Flight 93 Election: https://claremontreviewofbooks.com/digital/the-flight-93-election/