TOPICS: Prudence in the post-Dobbs environment, Critical Race Theory and the progressive war on truth, & the Irish poets Katharine Tynan & Eavan Boland

Host Scot Bertram talks with Matthew Spalding, Vice President of Washington Operations and Dean of the Van Andel Graduate School of Government for Hillsdale College, about the post-Dobbs environment and the need for prudence in deliberations and legislating. Jonathan Butcher, Will Skillman Fellow in Education at the Heritage Foundation, previews his recent book SPLINTERED: CRITICAL RACE THEORY AND THE WAR ON TRUTH. And Elizabeth Fredericks, Assistant Professor of English at Hillsdale, returns for more of her series on modern Irish poetry, this time focusing on Katharine Tynan & Eavan Boland

TOPICS: LAND OF HOPE for young readers, a guide to pandemics, and the intersection of faith and science

Host Scot Bertram talks with Wilfred McClay, Victor Davis Hanson Chair in Classical History and Western Civilization at Hillsdale College, about the new, two-part Young Readers’ Edition of LAND OF HOPE. Steven Mosher, an internationally recognized authority on China, joins us to preview his new book THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT GUIDE TO PANDEMICS. And Matthew Young, Chairman and Associate Professor of Chemistry at Hillsdale College, guides us into the intersection of faith and science.

TOPICS: Benjamin Franklin as statesman, Kurt Schlichter’s new book, & Willa Cather’s frontier themes

Host Scot Bertram talks with Kevin Slack, Associate Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College, to conclude a three-part series on Benjamin Franklin, focusing this time on Franklin as statesman. Kurt Schlichter of Townhall joins us to discuss his new book WE’LL BE BACK: THE FALL AND RISE OF AMERICA. And Christopher Busch, Professor of English at Hillsdale, continues his discussion of American writer Willa Cather, speaking of the frontier themes in her work.

TOPICS: Examining the Kennedy ruling from SCOTUS, THE RISE OF THE NEW PURITANS, the founding of Rome, & excerpts from Hillsdale’s 2022 commencement address

Host Scot Bertram talks with Adam Carrington, Associate Professor of Politics and William and Patricia LaMothe Chair in the U.S. Constitution, to analyze the Kennedy opinion recently handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court. Noah Rothman, Associate Editor of Commentary, tells us about his new book THE RISE OF THE NEW PURITANS: FIGHTING BACK AGAINST PROGRESSIVES’ WAR ON FUN. Ken Calvert, Professor of History at Hillsdale, brings us back to the founding of Rome. And we hear excerpts from the 2022 commencement address at Hillsdale College, delivered by Jordan Peterson, professor of psychology at the University of Toronto and a clinical psychologist.

TOPICS: Student loan debt forgiveness plans, abortion’s many harms & more on the life of the Renaissance scholar Erasmus

Host Scot Bertram talks with Gary Wolfram, William Simon Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Hillsdale College, about recent proposals to eliminate some or all current student loan debt. Alexandra DeSanctis, a staff writer for National Review and a visiting fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, discusses her new book TEARING US APART: HOW ABORTION HARMS EVERYTHING AND SOLVES NOTHING and the post-Dobbs environment. And Korey Maas, Associate Professor of History at Hillsdale returns, to teach us more about the life and thinking of the Renaissance scholar Erasmus to mark the 486th anniversary of his death.

TOPICS: An analysis of the Dobbs opinion and Clarence Thomas in his own words

In this special Supreme Court-themed epoisode of the program, host Scot Bertram talks with Adam Carrington, Associate Professor of Politics and William and Patricia LaMothe Chair in the U.S. Constitution, to analyze the Dobbs opinon on abortion recently handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court. Then Michael Pack joins the show to discuss his new book CREATED EQUAL: CLARENCE THOMAS IN HIS OWN WORDS.

TOPICS: Election integrity in the U.S., elements of film noir, and the wisdom of John Senior

Host Scot Bertram talks with Mollie Hemingway, Senior Journalism Fellow at Hillsdale College and Editor-in-chief at The Federalist, about her recent book RIGGED, soon out in paperback. Eddie Muller, host of “Noir Alley” on Turner Classic Movies, tells us about the elements of film noir. And David Whalen, Associate Vice President for Curriculum and Professor of English at Hillsdale, discusses the wisdom and educational philosophy of John Senior.

TOPICS: The science of beer, a doctor shortage in the U.S., the Irish poet Seamus Heaney, and challenges to American liberty

Host Scot Bertram talks with Christopher Hamilton, Professor of Chemistry and noted homebrewer, about the science behind beer. Sally Pipes, president, CEO, and the Thomas W. Smith fellow in healthcare policy at the Pacific Research Institute, discusses the doctor shortage in the U.S. and health care messaging ahead of the midterm elections. Elizabeth Fredericks, Assistant Professor of English at Hillsdale, returns for more of her series on modern Irish poetry, this time focusing on Seamus Heaney. And we hear excerpts from a Hillsdale lecture given by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on challenges to American liberty.

TOPICS: The Mont Pelerin Society, the fight against court packing, and an introduction to Willa Cather

Host Scot Bertram talks with Charles Steele, Chairman of Economics, Business, and Accounting, and Associate Professor of Economics at Hillsdale College, about the first meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society, where he says the fight against big government started. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee discusses his new book SAVING NINE: THE FIGHT AGAINST THE LEFT’S AUDACIOUS PLAN TO PACK THE SUPREME COURT AND DESTROY AMERICAN LIBERTY. And Christopher Busch, Professor of English at Hillsdale, begins a short series on the life and work of American writer Willa Cather.

TOPICS: Electric vehicles and the electrical grid, THE STATE OF BLACK AMERICA, the decline of Realism, & a Hillsdale alumnus working in journalism.

Host Scot Bertram talks with Robert Norton, Vice President and General Counsel of Hillsdale College and a former top-level legal executive of automakers, about the effect a mass adoption of electric vehicles could have on the grid and shortcomings of EVs in winter conditions. William B. Allen, resident scholar and former chief operating officer of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, discusses a new book he edited, THE STATE OF BLACK AMERICA: PROGRESS, PITFALLS, AND THE PROMISE OF THE REPUBLIC. Lorraine Murphy, Associate Professor of English at Hillsdale, returns for a final entry in her series on literary Realism. And Hillsdale grad Greg Corombos ’97 discusses his work at Radio America and the “Three Martini Lunch” podcast and what lessons from college stay with him to this day.

TOPICS: A tour of Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, great statesmen as thinkers, & a new Hillsdale online course on C. S. Lewis

Host Scot Bertram talks with Tom Conner, Professor Emeritus of History at Hillsdale and author of WAR AND REMEMBRANCE: THE STORY OF THE AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENT COMMISSION, who gives us a tour of Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in France. Daniel J. Mahoney joins the show to talk about his new book THE STATESMAN AS THINKER: PORTRAITS OF GREATNESS, COURAGE, AND MODERATION. And Kyle Murnen, Director of Online Learning at Hillsdale College, previews a new online course on C. S. Lewis and Christianity.

TOPICS: Hillsdale’s new Graduate School of Classical Education, why inflation is no accident, and the connections between the LITTLE HOUSE series and American identity.

Host Scot Bertram talks with Dan Coupland, dean of Hillsdale’s new Graduate School of Classical Education, about the launch and goals of the program. Christopher Caldwell, senior fellow at the Claremont Institute and columnist at Compact Mag, discusses his recent essay, “Inflation Is No Accident”. And Dedra Birzer, Lecturer of History at Hillsdale, concludes her series on Laura Ingalls Wilder and the “Little House” series of books by examining how the books connect with the American identity.

TOPICS: “Cancel culture” on a college campus, themes in film noir, the rise and fall of Greek democracy, & civics taught in K-12 schools

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 his recent lecture at Saint Vincent College and the reaction from students and school officials. Titus Techera, Executive Director of the American Cinema Foundation, takes us into the world of film noir and the movie LAURA. Ken Calvert, Professor of Ancient History at Hillsdale, tells us about the rise and fall of Greek democracy. And David Randall, Director of Research at the National Association of Scholars and Policy Director at the Civics Alliance, speaks on a recent regarding study by NAS on K-12 civics and how parents might review and think about civics education programs for their children.

TOPICS: Benjamin Franklin as moral lawgiver, what is inflation and why it’s bad, and the life and work of William Butler Yeats

With the recent release of a PBS documentary on Benjamin Franklin, host Scot Bertram continues his discussion with Kevin Slack, Associate Professor of Politics at Hillsdale, about Franklin as moral lawgiver. Nathan Lewis, co-author with Steve Forbes and Elizabeth Ames of the new book INFLATION: WHAT IT IS, WHY IT’S BAD, AND HOW TO FIX IT, stops by to talk about those exact things. And Elizabeth Fredericks, assistant professor of English at Hillsdale, returns for her occasional series on modern Irish poetry, this time examining the life and work of Wiliam Butler Yeats.

TOPICS: Why a proper approach to history is important, why China is winning the war for high tech, and why raising virtuous men is vital for the country

Host Scot Bertram talks with Wilfred McClay, Victor Davis Hanson Chair in Classical History and Western Civilization at Hillsdale College, about his recent Bradley Prize, his approach to history, and why the subject is so important. Arthur Herman, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, discusses a recent essay that argues China is winning the war for high tech. And Miles Smith, lecturer in history at Hillsdale, tells us why raising virtuous men is vital for the continuity of liberty and self-government in the American republic.

TOPICS: American classical education, themes in C. S. Lewis’s fiction, and a deeper look at Andrew Jackson

Host Scot Bertram talks with Kathleen O’Toole, Assistant Provost for K-12 Education at Hillsdale College, about what makes for truly *American* classical education. Jason Lepojärvi, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Thorneloe University, stops by to discuss themes found in C. S. Lewis’s fiction. And Brad Birzer, Professor of History & Russell Amos Kirk Chair in American Studies, joins the show to take us deeper into the life of Andrew Jackson.

TOPICS: History of the filibuster, the relentless growth of government, Tolstoy’s great works, and a Hillsdale grad in the White House press corps

Host Scot Bertram talks with Paul Moreno, William and Berniece Grewcock Chair in Constitutional History and Professor of History at Hillsdale, about the history of the filibuster in the U.S. Senate. Stephen Moore, Senior Economist at FreedomWorks and former Trump advisor, details his new book GOVZILLA: HOW THE RELENTLESS GROWTH OF GOVERNMENT IS DEVOURING OUR ECONOMY– AND OUR FREEDOM. Lorraine Murphy, Associate Professor of English at Hillsdale, returns for her occasional series on literary realism with a look at the great works of Tolstoy. And Hillsdale alumnus Philip Wegmann of RealClearNews tells us about life in the White House briefing room and lessons learned at the College.

TOPICS: Benjamin Franklin as Enlightenment philosopher, Critical Race Theory & our schools, and the problem of evil and suffering

With PBS debuting a new documentary on Benjamin Franklin, host Scot Bertram talks with Kevin Slack, Associate Professor of Politics at Hillsdale, about Franklin as Enlightenment philosopher. Christopher Rufo, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joins the show to discuss his work on Critical Race Theory and how parents can become involved in this fight. Blake McAllister, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Hillsdale, takes us into his research on the problem of evil and suffering.

TOPICS: Revolutions in 1968, THE UNITED STATES IN CRISIS, a great moment in THE ODYSSEY, and woke capitalism vs. profit.

Host Scot Bertram talks with Darryl Hart, Distinguished Associate Professor of History at Hillsdale College, about events from the year 1968, a year of global revolution. Edward Erler joins the show to discuss his new book THE UNITED STATES IN CRISIS: CITIZENSHIP, IMMIGRATION, AND THE NATION STATE. Kelly Scott Franklin, Assistant Professor of English at Hillsdale, returns for a “Great Moment In a Great Book,” this time from THE ODYSSEY. And we hear excerpts from a recent Hillsdale lecture given by Vivek Ramaswamy titled “Woke Capitalism vs. Profit”.

TOPICS: Fixing the teacher shortage crisis, a defense of Warren Harding, themes in the “Little House” series, and a creative arts alum from Hillsdale

Host Scot Bertram talks with Dan Coupland, Dean of the Graduate School of Classical Education at Hillsdale College, about his recent essay with suggestions on how to fix the teacher shortage crisis. Historian Ryan S. Walters provides a defense of Warren Harding in THE JAZZ AGE PRESIDENT. Dedra Birzer, Lecturer of History at Hillsdale, returns for further conversation about Laura Ingalls Wilder and the “Little House” series, this time looking at themes across the books. And Forester McClatchey ’16 returns to campus as part of the College’s Visiting Writers Series to discuss his work in the creative arts.