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The Evolution of Cooperation (with Nicholas A. Christakis)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Nicholas A. Christakis on Feb 14, 2020

Nicholas Christakis joins the show today to talk about how humans are unique in that we have evolved the capacity for friendship.

Pop & Locke

Little Women

featuring Natalie Dowzicky, Haley Victory Smith, Marianne March, & Kat Murti on Feb 12, 2020

Marianne March, Kat Murti, and Haley Victory Smith join the show today to talk about the Oscar-winning film, Little Women. 

Free Thoughts

Bitcoin: Boom or Bust?

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, George Selgin, & Diego Zuluaga on Feb 7, 2020

George Selgin and Diego Zuluaga return to the show to talk about how the capability of bitcoin is still in its infancy.

Building Tomorrow

Venture Capital Built Silicon Valley

featuring Paul Matzko, Margaret O'Mara, and Spencer Ante on Feb 6, 2020

Innovation might seem magical, but magic comes with a steep price tag. Venture capital provided a superior way of funding entrepreneurship than what existed before. 

The Pursuit

All War is Darkness

featuring Natalie Dowzicky on Feb 4, 2020

No president wants to be labelled as losing a war, but why would they want to continue an endless one?

Free Thoughts

Rebuilding America (with Yuval Levin)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Yuval Levin on Jan 24, 2020

Yuval Levin joins the show to discuss how the left and right alike respond with populist anger at our institutions that seem to be failing the American people. 

Pop & Locke

The Rise of Skywalker

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Landry Ayres, Natalie Dowzicky, & Nicholas Armstrong on Jan 22, 2020

Disney completed the Star Wars saga with the third and final installment to the sequel trilogy. What’s next for the galaxy?

Free Thoughts

Can Science Save Us? (with Peter Van Doren)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Peter Van Doren on Jan 17, 2020

Peter Van Doren, a self-proclaimed science nerd, comes back to the show today to talk about the role of science in the policy world.

Free Thoughts

The Politics of Science (with Terence Kealey)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Terence Kealey on Jan 10, 2020

Terence Kealey joins the show today to talk about how the government is nearly the single buyer of scientific research.

Building Tomorrow

Immigrants Built Silicon Valley

featuring Paul Matzko and Alex Nowrasteh on Jan 9, 2020

Without immigrants, Silicon Valley would be a shell of what it is today. Yet bad restrictionist policies threaten to undermine American dominance in tech and stymie innovation.

Pop & Locke

Watchmen

featuring Natalie Dowzicky, Landry Ayres, Matthew Feeney, & Julian Sanchez on Jan 8, 2020

Matthew Feeney & Julian Sanchez join the show to talk about how HBO took on the incredible comic book, Watchmen, and to our surprise, they excellently executed the story for a 2019 audience.  

Free Thoughts

Exploring Wealth Inequality

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, Ryan Bourne, & Chris Edwards on Jan 3, 2020

Many political leaders consider wealth inequality to be a major economic and social problem. Ryan Bourne and Chris Edwards join the show to talk about their new study that tackles this issue.

The Pursuit

Re-Release: It Hits Home

featuring Tess Terrible on Dec 31, 2019

It goes to the core of what is meaningful to people. Their family, their home, their livelihood - eminent domain has the power to destroy all of that.

Free Thoughts

Tyranny of Public Health (with Jacob Sullum)

featuring Trevor Burrus and Jacob Sullum on Dec 27, 2019

Jacob Sullum joins the show to talk about how drug prohibition actually creates more problems than if some controlled substances were made legal. 

Free Thoughts

Foreign Policy and the Trump Doctrine

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, Christopher A. Preble, & John Glaser on Dec 20, 2019

Christopher Preble and John Glaser join the show to discuss Trump’s approach, or lack thereof, to foreign policy.