Free Thoughts

How Innovation Works (with Matt Ridley)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Paul Matzko, Trevor Burrus, & Matt Ridley on Apr 10, 2020

Matt Ridley joins the show today to talk about his new book, How Innovation Works.

Pop & Locke

The Good Place

featuring Natalie Dowzicky, Paul Meany, and Jacob T. Levy on Apr 8, 2020

The Good Place argues, time and again, that the perpetual uncertainty about what happens next is part of what makes life so precious and magical. 

Free Thoughts

Must Politics Be War? (with Kevin Vallier)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Kevin Vallier on Apr 3, 2020

Kevin Vallier joins the show today to discuss how politics itself is nothing more than a power struggle between groups with irreconcilable aims. 

Building Tomorrow

Tech Goes Viral (with Alec Stapp)

featuring Paul Matzko and Alec Stapp on Apr 2, 2020

Technology has eased our transition to the new socially distant world. 

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.