TOPICS: Reagan, the Great Communicator, identity politics and other afflictions of our time, & a continuing discussion of definition

Host Scot Bertram talks with John J. Miller, head of the Hillsdale College Dow Journalism Program, about Ronald Reagan as “The Great Communicator” and his career in media. Joshua Mitchell, professor of political theory at Georgetown University, joins us to discuss his latest book, “American Awakening: Identity Politics and Other Afflictions of Our Time”. And Benjamin Beier, Associate Professor of Education at Hillsdale, continues his occasional series on the show discussing the concept of definition.

TOPICS: Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech, the root causes of violent protests in the U.S., and “true crime” documentaries

Host Scot Bertram talks with Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, about the 75th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech. Mary Eberstadt discusses her essay, “The Fury of the Fatherless,” looking at the root causes of some of the violent protests across the country. And Ethan Stoneman, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Public Address, talks about the societal impact of “true crime” documentaries.

TOPICS: How baseball became big, why the Green New Deal is even worse than you think, Westward Expansion in America, & a Hillsdale alum shares his insights

Host Scot Bertram talks with Paul Moreno, a huge baseball fan who also serves as William and Berniece Grewcock Chair in Constitutional History, Professor of History, & Dean of Social Sciences at Hillsdale, about how baseball became big business in America. Author Marc Morano discusses his new book, “Green Fraud: Why the Green New Deal Is Even Worse Than You Think”. Hillsdale history professor Brad Birzer explains Westward Expansion in America. And Hillsdale alum Devin Foley ’01 tells us about his time at the College and what he now does at Charlemagne Institute.

TOPICS: The nanny state, the future or artificial intelligence, the essays of Flannery O’Connor, & the philosophy of luck

Host Scot Bertram talks with Paul Rahe, Professor of History & Chair in the Western Heritage at Hillsdale, about the origins of the “nanny state” and attempts to roll it back. Brian Christian, author of THE MOST HUMAN HUMAN discusses the future of artificial intelligence. On the anniversary of her birth, Flannery O’Connor is featured in a conversation with Hillsdale Professor of English Michael Jordan. And Ian Church, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Hillsdale, talks about the philosophy of luck and a recent book he edited on the topic.

TOPICS: The 1776 Report, political correctness and higher education, and the Hillsdale French Study Abroad program

Host Scot Bertram talks with Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College & chairman of the 1776 Commission, about the expanded release of the 1776 REPORT and how listeners might find it useful. Williams College Professor of Political Science Darel E. Paul joins us to discuss political correctness and higher education. And Sherri Rose, Chairwoman of French & Associate Professor of French at Hillsdale, tells us all about the French Study Abroad Programs at the College, which she also heads.

TOPICS: Hillsdale’s new online mathematics course, Lincoln and “‘Anti-Racism,” Alfred, Lord Tennyson, & Big Tech and political manipulation

Host Scot Bertram talks with Thomas Treloar, Chairman and Professor of Mathematics at Hillsdale, about the College’s new online course on mathematics and logic. Ken Masugi, Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute, discusses his recent essay “The Case Against Slavery and Against ‘Anti-Racism'”. Dwight Lindley, Associate Professor of English at Hillsdale, returns with his occasional series on Victorian poetry, focusing on Alfred, Lord Tennyson. And we hear excerpts from a recent CCA lecture at Hillsdale College from Robert Epstein, titled “Big Tech and Political Manipulation”.

TOPICS: The legacy of Rush Limbaugh, leaving Seattle for Texas, and John Henry Newman

Host Scot Bertram talks with James Brandon, Chairman and Professor of Theatre at Hillsdale College, about the legacy left by the late Rush Limbaugh. Long-time Seattle talk radio host Kirby Wilbur discusses his decision to retire and move from the Pacific Northwest to the state of Texas, And David Whalen, Associate Vice President for Curriculum & Professor of English at Hillsdale, discusses the life and teaching of John Henry Newman.

TOPICS: Challenging claims of “systemic racism,” lowered expectations in education, & Alexander the Great

Host Scot Bertram talks with David Azerrad, Assistant Professor and Research Fellow at Hillsdale College’s Van Andel Graduate School of Government, about his recent essay titled, “On the Peculiar Character of American ‘Racism'”. Ian Rowe, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, discusses the pattern of schools lowering expectations in the name of anti-racism. And Ken Calvert, Professor of Ancient History at Hillsdale, begins a two-part conversation about the life of Alexander the Great.

TOPICS: Frederick Douglass the journalist, the CRISIS OF THE TWO CONSTITUTIONS, & discussing definition

Host Scot Bertram talks with John J. Miller, head of the Hillsdale College Dow Journalism Program, about Frederick Douglass the journalist. Charles Kesler, senior fellow at the Claremont Institute, shares insights from his new book, CRISIS OF THE TWO CONSTITUTIONS: THE RISE, DECLINE, AND RECOVERY OF AMERICAN GREATNESS. And Benjamin Beier, Associate Professor of Education at Hillsdale, begins an occasional series on the show discussing definition.

TOPICS: The statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln, reforming the U.S. Agency for Global Media, & Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Host Scot Bertram talks with Kevin Portteus, Professor of Politics and Director of American Studies at Hillsdale College, about the statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln, on this the 212th anniversary of his birth. Michael Pack, former CEO at the U.S. Agency for Global Media discusses his attempts at reform inside the organization. And Ben Whalen, Associate Professor of English at Hillsdale, takes us inside Shakespeare’s A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.

TOPICS: The 1776 Commission and its report, why literature matters, & what Americanization does to Judaism

Host Scot Bertram talks with Matthew Spalding, Executive Director of the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission, Vice President of Washington Operations, and Dean of the Van Andel Graduate School of Government, about the Commission and its report. Glenn Arbery, president of Wyoming Catholic College, tells us why literature matters in a liberal arts education. And D.G. Hart, Distinguished Associate Professor of History at Hillsdale, explains what Americanization has done to Judaism.

TOPICS: Federalist 51 & the separation of powers, LAST STANDS: WHY MEN FIGHT WHEN ALL IS LOST, Victorian poetry, and climate predictions for 2020 that went wrong

Host Scot Bertram talks with Adam Carrington, Associate Professor of Politics at Hillsdale College, about Federalist 51 and the separation of powers in our Constitution. Michael Walsh joins the show to discuss his recent book LAST STANDS: WHY MEN FIGHT WHEN ALL IS LOST. Hillsdale Associate Professor of English Dwight Lindley begins an occasional series with an introduction to Victorian poetry. And Hillsdale alum Tyler O’Neil, now at PJ Media, recaps a list of climate predictions for 2020 that went wrong

TOPICS: Nationalism vs. cosmopolitanism, a response to the 1619 Project, Pico’s Oration, and a Hillsdale alum digging for fossils

Host Scot Bertram talks with Khalil Habib, Associate Professor of Politics at Hillsdale, to define nationalism vs. cosmopolitanism. Peter Wood, author of the recent book 1620, provides a critical response to the 1619 Project. Matthew Gaetano, Associate Professor of History at Hillsdale, takes us through Pico’s “Oration on the Dignity of Man”. And Matthew Hoenig ’16 tells us about opportunities in the sciences at the College and what it’s like to dig for fossils.

Topics: Roman models for our Founders, BIG TECH TYRANTS, & Act III of KING LEAR

Scot Bertram is joined by Hillsdale professor of ancient history, Ken Calvert, to discuss Roman models of government that to which our Founders looked. Floyd Brown, co-author of BIG TECH TYRANTS, outlines how Silicon Valley’s practices addict teens, silence speech, and steal your privacy. And Kelly Scott Franklin, Assistant Professor of English at Hillsdale, presents “Great Moment in Great Works,” looking at Act III of KING LEAR.

TOPICS: CRISPR technology, a defense of the founding with AMERICA ON TRIAL, and George Frideric Handel.

Host Scot Bertram talks with Silas Johnson, Associate Professor of Biology at Hillsdale, about CRISPR technology and what promise it holds in the sciences. Robert R. Reilly provides a defense of the founding with his recent book AMERICA ON TRIAL. And Derek Stauff, Assistant Professor of Music at Hillsdale, tells us about the interesting life of George Frideric Handel.

TOPICS: The Great Reset, sovereignty, nationalism, and the fate of freedom, films of Werner Herzog, and a Hillsdale alum now running the Intercollegiate Studies Institute

NOTE: This is the final episode of 2020. The next new show will be released on 1/8/21.

TOPICS: Hillsdale’s new online course on civil rights in American history, myths and lesser-known facts about COVID-19, the German philosopher Robert Spaemann, and entrepreneurship in America.

Host Scot Bertram talks with Paul Moreno, William and Berniece Grewcock Chair in Constitutional History and Professor of History at Hillsdale, to discuss the College’s new online course on civil rights in American history. Dr. Daniel Halperin outlines some myths and lesser-known facts about COVID-19. Lee Cole, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Hillsdale, introduces us to German philosopher Robert Spaemann and tells us what made him so unique. And we hear excerpts from a Hillsdale lecture on entrepreneurship in America given by the late Walter E. Williams.

TOPICS: Election integrity & media meddling, AMERICA’S NEW DESTINY IN SPACE, and the politics of faith during the Cold War

Host Scot Bertram talks with Mollie Hemingway, Senior Journalism Follow at Hillsdale College, about election integrity and media meddling. Glenn Harlan Reynolds discusses his latest book AMERICA’S NEW DESTINY IN SPACE. And Hillsdale history professor Daryl Hart walks us through his research into the politics of faith during the Cold War.

TOPICS: Woke capitalism, LINCOLN AND THE AMERICAN FOUNDING, & Peter Pan

Host Scot Bertram talks with David Azerrad, Assistant Professor and Research Fellow at Hillsdale College‚Äôs Van Andel Graduate School of Government in Washington, D.C., about the concept of “woke capitalism” and why it’s become so prevalent. Lucas Morel, Professor of Politics and Head of the Politics Department at Washington and Lee University, discuss his recent book, LINCOLN AND THE AMERICAN FOUNDING. And Dedra Birzer, Lecturer of History and Rhetoric at Hillsdale College takes a deep dive into the world of Peter Pan.

TOPICS: Election analysis, contemplating a bookless future, and taking a virtual tour of Luxembourg American Cemetery

Host Scot Bertram talks with Matthew Spalding, Vice President of Washington Operations and Dean of the Van Andel Graduate School of Government, to get insight about what we should learn from the known results of last week’s election. Mark Bauerlein, English professor at Emory University and senior editor of First Things, discusses a recent essay entitled, “Our Bookless Future”. And on this Veterans Day week, retired Hillsdale professor of history, Tom Conner, takes us on a virtual tour of Luxembourg American Cemetery