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Free Thoughts Podcast

A show about libertarianism and the ideas that influence it. Hosted by Aaron Ross Powell and Trevor Burrus.

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How the Federal Reserve Works

featuring George Selgin, Trevor Burrus, and Tom Clougherty on Dec 29, 2017

George Selgin joins us again on Free Thoughts for a conversation about the origins and role of the Federal Reserve.

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Free Speech Online

featuring Will Duffield, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 22, 2017

We talk about the freedom of speech in the internet era. How has the shift to digital communication changed interpretations of the 1st Amendment?

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How Conscious Capitalism Can Solve Global Poverty

featuring Michael Strong, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Dec 15, 2017

Michael Strong joins us this week to talk about the role that capitalism and social entrepreneurship play in alleviating global poverty.

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How the Powerful Captured the Economy

featuring Trevor Burrus, Matthew Feeney, Brink Lindsey, & Steven M. Teles on Dec 8, 2017

We discuss 4 pathological policy regimes that are responsible for the slow growth & inequality that’s plagued the US economy.

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Punk Rock Politics

featuring Frank Portman, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Dec 1, 2017

Dr. Frank of The Mr. T Experience joins us to talk about the politics of punk rock. What is punk rebelling against? Is it inherently political?

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How the Right Lost Its Mind

featuring Charles J. Sykes, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Nov 24, 2017

Charles J. Sykes joins us this week for a discussion on the origins of the populist, pro-Trump Right.

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Do Employers Rule Our Lives?

featuring Elizabeth Anderson, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 17, 2017

Elizabeth Anderson joins us to talk about her new book, Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don’t Talk About It).

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Your World on the Blockchain

featuring Brock Cusick, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Nov 10, 2017

Brock Cusick joins us this week to talk about bitcoin and the decentralized blockchain technology that bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies run on.

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The Implications of Behavioral Economics

featuring Peter Van Doren, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Nov 3, 2017

Peter Van Doren joins us for a discussion on Richard Thaler’s work in behavioral economics.

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How Drug Prohibition Caused the Opioid Crisis

featuring Jeffrey A. Singer and Trevor Burrus on Oct 27, 2017

Jeffrey A. Singer joins us to talk about the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic in the United States. Why are there so many opioid users in the US?

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Washington’s Five Tricks

featuring David Schoenbrod, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Oct 20, 2017

David Schoenbrod shares five specific tricks that politicians from both parties use to avoid public accountability.

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Is the Iran Deal a Good Deal?

featuring Trevor Burrus, Emma Ashford, and John Glaser on Oct 13, 2017

John Glaser and Emma Ashford join us this week to discuss the “Iran nuclear deal.” What is this deal—what did the US and Iran agree to?

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The Real James Buchanan

featuring Richard E. Wagner, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Oct 6, 2017

Richard E. Wagner joins us for a discussion on life and thought of James M. Buchanan, who was one of the founders of public choice theory.

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North Korea 101

featuring Michael Malice, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Sep 29, 2017

Michael Malice joins us to give a primer on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. What’s North Korea like?

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Lessons from the Anti-Federalists

featuring William J. Watkins, Jr., Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Sep 15, 2017

William J. Watkins, Jr. joins us for a discussion on the Articles of Confederation and the ideas of the Anti-Federalists.

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What’s the Right Number of Koala Bears?

featuring Ryan M. Yonk, Trevor Burrus, and Aaron Ross Powell on Sep 8, 2017

Ryan M. Yonk joins us this week for a discussion about how we think about ecology and the environment.

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Rights and Radicalism

featuring Grant Babcock, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Sep 1, 2017

Grant Babcock joins us this week to talk about an essay he wrote in defense of natural rights-based libertarianism.