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.


How the Anti-Federalists Shaped the Constitution

by David Edwards on Mar 4, 2020

The Anti-Federalists had a strong distrust of government power. A national government with too much power was, as far as they were concerned, a pathway to government oppression. 

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?


Bernie Sanders, the Accidental Nominee

by Paul Matzko on Mar 2, 2020

Sanders’ frontrunner status is a symptom of the devolution of the Democratic Party. Collective action problems could produce Sanders 2020 just like they did Trump 2016.

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.