Free Thoughts

The Nationalism Problem (with Stephanie Slade)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Stephanie Slade on Mar 27, 2020

Stephanie Slade joins the show to talk about her new cover story for Reason Magazine; Against the New Nationalism. 

Portraits of Liberty

Poullain and Equality

featuring Paul Meany on Mar 26, 2020

François Poullain de la Barre was a philosopher who was completely ahead of any of his contemporaries on the topic of gender equality.

Pop & Locke

Parks and Recreation

featuring Landry Ayres, Natalie Dowzicky, Tess Terrible, & Lauren Sander on Mar 25, 2020

We discuss the absurd antics of Pawnee, Indiana’s public officials as they pursue projects to make their city a better place.

Free Thoughts

Politics Makes Us Worse

featuring Trevor Burrus and Aaron Ross Powell on Mar 20, 2020

In the United States, nothing makes us hate each other quite like politics.

Building Tomorrow

Did the Military Build Silicon Valley?

featuring Paul Matzko, Peter Van Doren, and Christophe Lécuyer on Mar 19, 2020

The government has long played a role in advancing (and delaying) technological innovation.

The Pursuit

The New American Dreamers

featuring Natalie Dowzicky on Mar 17, 2020

Imagine being told, as a child, that you were undocumented and you didn’t belong here. 

Free Thoughts

Do We Have a Duty to Vote? (with Julia Maskivker)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Julia Maskivker on Mar 13, 2020

Julia Maskivker joins the show today to discuss how she believes we have a duty to vote because it is a morally unique action. 

Portraits of Liberty

Beccaria Modernized Criminal Law

featuring Paul Meany on Mar 12, 2020

Beccaria believed that the state had little, if any, moral legitimacy pursuing capital punishment.

Portraits of Liberty

Cato’s Letters

featuring Paul Meany on Mar 12, 2020

John Trenchard and Thomas Gordon wrote Cato’s Letters in 1720. The essays quickly became the most popular reading of their day for their fiery criticism of the British government and radical political philosophy.

Portraits of Liberty

The First Western Feminist

featuring Paul Meany on Mar 12, 2020

In this episode, we explore the life of the medieval writer Christine De Pizan, who in her famous book the City of Ladies debunked a long-standing tradition of misogyny.

Pop & Locke


featuring Landry Ayres, Peter Suderman, Elizabeth Nolan Brown, & Natalie Dowzicky on Mar 11, 2020

Westworld is much more than an exclusive theme park where those who can afford a ticket live without limits and we cannot wait for what season three brings.

Free Thoughts

Overdoing Democracy (with Robert Talisse)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Robert Talisse on Mar 6, 2020

In this far-reaching conversation, we look at the problems of American democracy, at the sources of polarization and tribalism, and offer ways each of us could take small steps towards improving the state of our politics.

Building Tomorrow


featuring Paul Matzko on Mar 5, 2020

The stories we tell about the future can create the future.

The Pursuit

A System Riddled with Fraud

featuring Tess Terrible and Landry Ayres on Mar 3, 2020

How can we make health care third-party free?

Pop & Locke

Disney Princesses

featuring Natalie Dowzicky, Haley Victory Smith, Brittany Hunter, & Madeline Fry on Feb 26, 2020

Since “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was released in 1937, princess characters have won the hearts of many generations of young girls. But, do these stories still resonate with today’s children?

Free Thoughts

Medicalization of Birth & Death (with Lauren K. Hall)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Lauren K. Hall on Feb 21, 2020

Lauren K. Hall joins the show today to argue that medicalization reduces competition, stifles innovation, and prevents individuals from accessing the most appropriate care during their most vulnerable moments.