Today we talk with Bruce Thornton, research fellow at the Hoover Institution and expert on all things in the Middle East. We talk with Bruce about the civil war in Syria, the always simmering tension with Iran, and what we can expect from this administration on foreign policy over the next few years.

Everyone makes mistakes, and the brilliant among us are no exception as Mario Livio tells us in his new book Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein – Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe.

Livio, an astrophysicist who works on the Hubble telescope, tells of how even the most genius minds sometimes made mistakes in their work–and the discoveries they made came in spite of, or sometimes because of, their mistakes.

After a brief hiatus, we’re back with an excellent talk with Kevin Williamson, author of The End Is Near and It’s Going to Be Awesome.Williamson talks with us about his vision of the future–where the government will have less money and less resources, and how citizens will be better off because of it.

We’re joined today by a favored guest, Craig Sirles, professor of English at DePaul University, to discuss one of our favorite topics–namely, the current state of English usage. Is it whom or who? Milt and I or Milt and me? And, what are some of our pet peeves? We’ll address these and more on today’s show–If only your high school English class could be as much fun!

Today, we talk with Rich Lowry about his new book Lincoln Unbound: How an Ambitious Young Railsplitter Saved the American Dream–and How We Can Do It Again.

Lowry, the editor of National Review, traces Lincoln from his upbringing on a farm in Kentucky through the start of his political career–and discusses how his experiences shaped his political and cultural sense of government.

What is a think tank, and how do they operate? One of the more prominent ones is based in Chicago and known as The Heartland Institute. The president of The Heartland Institute, Joe Bast, joined us to talk about some of the issues they deal with, the business of running a think tank, and the differences in running one now vs. 20 years ago.

Andy Ferguson, a senior editor at The Weekly Standard, joins us today to discuss some of his more recent articles, including a fascinating article on the shunning of philosopher Thomas Nagel for daring to go against the grain of his colleagues.

Donald Rumsfeld has been a Congressman, White House Chief of Staff, CEO of numerous corporations, and served as Secretary of Defense in two different administrations. Over his many years of government and corporate life, he’s become known for what he calls his rules–a collection of stories, quotes, sayings and other lessons useful to anyone in a leadership position. Now he’s collected these rules into a most informative book called, what else, Rumsfeld’s Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life. We talk with him about his time in government, the war in Irag, and how these rules have guided him through his various posts and challenges in life.

We’ve been told over the years that the world, and America, is becoming overcrowded. But more recently, it’s been proven that those guesses were quite wrong, and in fact, our population is on the verge of shrinking. Jonathan Last, author of What to Expect When No One’s Expecting, says that the danger we face isn’t overpopulation, but underpopulation. Without a growing population, we face a drastic change in our culture, politics and society–and it’s a trend that will be hard to reverse. Take a listen for a most edifying discussion concerning demographics in our world today.

In the excellent new book The Savior Generals, written by one of our favorite guests, Victor Davis Hanson, we look at five different generals and how they met the challenges they faced on the battlefield. Ranging from the Athenian general Themistocles to General William Tecumseh Sherman to General David Petraeus, Hanson shows us a common theme that runs through these heralded military leaders. It’s a fascinating look at leadership and military tactics and how they shaped the reputations of these great men.

As we enter the Memorial Day weekend and remember the sacrifices that so many have made, we also remember what makes America, America. One of those things is most certainly the sport of baseball, the great American pastime. Today we talk with Eldon Ham, author of the new book All the Babe’s Men: Baseball’s Greatest Home Run Seasons and How They Changed America.

We talked with Eldon about the early home run sluggers, how America shaped baseball and baseball shaped America, and how the game has changed through the steroid era. 

Was the Arab Spring really surge of democracy that many in the media and government made it out to be? Not according to today’s guest. Andrew McCarthy has written Spring Fever, a book that says for many who practice Islam, freedom simply doesn’t have a place, and the values of the west are at odds with this worldview.

David Gelernter is apparently one of the few conservatives now to be found on the faculty of Yale University. He and Milt (another Yale faculty veteran) discuss his new book, America-Lite, which analyzes the rise of the ideological left on the American campus and traces what Gelernter views as its malign influence upon American culture and politics.

Our 30th President, Calvin Coolidge, is often listed by historians in the bottom quarter of Presidential rankings. Does he belong there? Amity Shlaes, the author of the excellent new biography Coolidge certainly doesn’t believe so. We talk with Shlaes about her new book, the life and times of a severely misunderstood President, and Shlaes role in furthering the understanding of conservative economic policy.

You can find the book on Amazon here.

What goes on in and around Chicago? We talk with one of the finest feature writers in the business, the Chicago Tribune’s Ron Grossman. We talk about the quality of undergraduate education, the overrun of the academy by political correctness (including a story about one academics quest to question the sexuality of Sherlock and Holmes), and the political history of Chicago, among many other topics.

In our inaugural show, we talk with Mark Steyn, author of the book After America and a favorite guest of The Milt Rosenberg Show. We talk with Mark about the host of scandals plaguing the Obama administration, the Boston Bombing suspect, and the changing cultural face of America.

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