Cathy Young is journalist who writes at various outlets such as Reason, Newsday, and The Forward. She joins Ben Domenech to discuss current American cultural debates like the positives and negatives of socialism, feminism, and The Enlightenment.
Eric Metaxas discusses pushback against his interview with Milo Yiannopoulos and the escalating censorship of thought and speech with Ben Domenech. They also discuss his work on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the evangelical experience, his personal faith journey, and his concerns with corporate America.
Metaxas is an author, humorist, host of "The Eric Metaxas Show," and his newest book is "Donald Trump Drains the Swamp!"
Ben Domenech and Shadi Hamid discuss and debate the U.S. position in Syria and relationship with Saudis after the Khashoggi crisis. They also dive into liberalism, religion as an institution, and how religions can be exploited as political movements. Shadi Hamid is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute and author of the book, "Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the World."
Congressman Sean Duffy was the first Republican elected in his Wisconsin district in 42 years. Emily Jashinsky interviews Duffy in his DC office on his reality TV background, Trump's hold in Wisconsin, and the new Instagram Live politician.
Today's show is a look back at the cultural trends of 2018 and some predictions for 2019. Ben Domenech and Andrew Heaton discuss the blending of politics and entertainment, and whether it is still true that politics is downstream from culture. Heaton is a comedian, avowed independent, and host of "Something's Off with Andrew Heaton."
Dr. Charles Murray, now emeritus scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, joins Ben Domenech for a discussion on broader cultural trends such as tribalism, free speech, and our insatiable appetites for entertainment.
Tyler Cowen is an economist and professor at George Mason University. Ben Domenech and Cowen discuss trends in the economy, democracy, and political rhetoric. They also discuss Cowen's anti-Jedi and anti-Sith perspectives on Star Wars. His new book is "Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals."
As their final episode of 2018, senior editors Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi answer listener questions. They discuss everything from music to politics, and have some heated debates on conservatism, free trade, and lying to the police.
If you thought 2018 went by fast, wait until Bre Payton and Emily Jashinsky remind you of all the insane new cycles we just lived through the past 12 months. They run through this year's breakups, deaths, movements, social media firestorms, celebrity scandals and the Kardashian-West family roller coaster of drama.