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The Libertarian Podcast: Cell Phones, Privacy, and the Fourth Amendment


On this week’s installment of The Libertarian podcast for the Hoover Institution, Richard leads us through a conversation about the two cases heard by the Supreme Court yesterday on whether police can search a cell phone without a warrant in the course of an arrest. Just how far should the Fourth Amendment’s protections extend? What’s the right balance between law enforcement’s interest in providing security and the individual right to privacy? Professor Epstein is characteristically insightful in answering these and other questions.

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Strategika Podcast: Admiral Gary Roughead (Ret.) on Managing China’s Rise


Roughead current hi-resOne of my favorite guests for Hoover Institution podcasts is retired Admiral Gary Roughead, former Chief of Naval Operations, who always brings unparalleled insight and acumen to discussions of foreign affairs.

In this episode of Strategika, we talk about how America can manage China’s rise. Is the Obama Administration’s “pivot” to Asia worth the candle? What are the factors that will determine whether China is relatively benign or explicitly hostile in its relations with the wider world? Does the crisis in Ukraine bode ill for the future of Taiwan? These and other topics occupy our time together.

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Strategika Podcast: Colonel Joseph Felter (Ret.) on a “Good Enough” Outcome in Afghanistan


joseph_felterOne of the pleasures of doing the Strategika podcast for the Hoover Institution is getting to talk not only to some of the world’s foremost military historians and strategic thinkers, but also to men and women who’ve served in the field of conflict. My guest on this episode, retired Colonel Joseph Felter, worked with both General Stanley McChrystal and General David Petraeus in Afghanistan, and now serves as a research fellow at Hoover and a senior research scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford.

In this conversation, Colonel Felter gives us a sense of what constitutes a “good enough” outcome in Afghanistan once American troops leave, talks about how the departure of Western money from the country will compound the issues arising from the departure of Western troops, and provides some insights about Afghanistan that aren’t available to civilians who’ve only consumed the war through media coverage.

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Strategika Podcast: Edward Luttwak on the Lessons of Chinese History


Luttwak-EdwardIn a new installment of the Strategika podcast for the Hoover Institution, I talk with Edward Luttwak, Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, about how China’s history should influence how we think about the country today.

Will China’s rise inevitably be as an antagonistic power? What can the United States do to counter an emboldened Beijing? Has China tipped its hand too early about its regional ambitions? Professor Luttwak answers all those questions and more in this wide-ranging conversation.

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The Libertarian Podcast: The Supreme Court and Campaign Finance — Troy Senik


In this week’s installment of the Libertarian podcast from the Hoover Institution, Richard discusses the Supreme Court’s decision last week in McCutcheon v. FEC; what level of campaign finance restrictions — if any — the government should impose; and why the recent Brendan Eich controversy should lead us to rethink transparency requirements for political donors.

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Strategika Podcast: Max Boot on America’s Future in Afghanistan


In a new installment of the Hoover Institution’s Strategika Podcast, I talked to the Council on Foreign Relations’ Max Boot about the prospects for Afghanistan once the vast majority of American troops leave later this year.

Is the country’s reputation as the “graveyard of empires” deserved? Was it inevitable that Hamid Karzai would succumb to corruption? How does Max judge the Obama Administration’s efforts in the country? And is there a chance that Afghanistan could reach an equilibrium tolerable to the United States after the departure of our troops? Those are some of the issues we discuss here.

Podcast: Implementing a Coherent Foreign Policy, with (Ret.) Admiral Gary Roughead


How are America’s military leaders constrained by the political process and institutional factors? It’s a question we don’t ask very often, but one that’s key to understanding how American foreign policy actually gets implemented.

In a recent conversation for the Hoover Institution, I talked to retired Admiral Gary Roughead — the 29th Chief of Naval Operations and one of only two officers in the Navy’s history to have commanded both the Atlantic and the Pacific fleets — about precisely this set of issues. What he had to say was fascinating. Have a listen:

The Libertarian Podcast: Hobby Lobby, ObamaCare, and Religious Liberty


On this week’s installment of The Libertarian Podcast, I lead Professor Epstein through a discussion of the challenges to Obamacare’s contraception mandate currently before the Supreme Court. Is the right to religious liberty different (or non-existent) for corporations as opposed to individuals? Would allowing non-participation in the mandate create a slippery slope towards opt-out government? Is the Obama Administration’s case actually weakened by the fact that it’s already granted exemptions to explicitly religious organizations? Those are just a few of the questions Richard answers in this week’s episode

A Debate on Free Speech


I recently accepted an invitation from Jeffrey Rosen at the National Constitution Center to talk with my University of Chicago colleague Geoffrey Stone about the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in New York Times v. Sullivan, establishing the standards by which reporting about public officials can be considered to be defamation or libel.

In this conversation, we discuss whether this was a positive step forward for the free press or whether it needs to be revisited. Hear the debate below:

Hoover Podcast: Technology and Education, with John Chubb


I’ve recently been recording a series of interviews with members of the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K-12 Education, the members of which just released a new book, What Lies Ahead for America’s Children and Their Schools, a collection of essays on the major issues that are going to confront education in the years to come.

In the first of these discussions, I talked with John Chubb, President of the National Association of Independent Schools, about the influence of technology on education. Will internet learning displace or augment a conventional classroom education? Will grade levels become a thing of the past? And is it possible that consumer-centered innovations could actually result in teachers earning moreThose are just some of the topics we discussed in the conversation below: