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How Mao Broke China (with Frank Dikötter)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Aaron Ross Powell, and Frank Dikötter on Oct 18, 2019

Frank Dikötter, an expert on Chinese communism, joins the show to talk about the nature of dictatorships. 

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We Googled It (with Hal Varian)

featuring Matthew Feeney, Peter Van Doren, and Hal Varian on Oct 17, 2019

Hal Varian, Chief Economist at Google, joins the show today to talk about Google’s market dominance and the future of work.

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Talking Talk Radio (with Brian Rosenwald)

featuring Paul Matzko and Brian Rosenwald on Oct 3, 2019

Brian Rosenwald joins the show to discuss the history of talk radio and how it formed our media landscape today. 

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The Ascent of Jacob Bronowski (with Timothy Sandefur)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Timothy Sandefur on Sep 27, 2019

Timothy Sandefur returns to the show to talk about his new book, The Ascent of Jacob Bronowski: The Life and Ideas of a Popular Science Icon. 

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A Republic of One-Square Kilometer

by Gabrielle Okun on Sep 26, 2019

Užupis, which roughly translates into English as “behind the river,” is a bohemian, artistic, and free-spirited republic. 

 

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Talking Across Political Divides (with Arnold Kling)

featuring Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burrus, and Arnold Kling on Sep 20, 2019

Arnold Kling is welcomed back to the show to talk about the new edition of his book, The Three Languages of Politics, and how it is even more relevant in the Trump era. 

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Artificial You (with Susan Schneider)

featuring Paul Matzko, Aaron Ross Powell, and Susan Schneider on Sep 19, 2019

Susan Schneider joins the show to challenge our preconceived notions of consciousness and whether machines can achieve it. 

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Why is Populism So Popular? (with Tom Palmer)

featuring Trevor Burrus, Tom G. Palmer, and Aaron Ross Powell on Sep 12, 2019

Tom Palmer comes back to the show to address the rise of authoritarian populism and what it means for the state of politics in the U.S. 

Everything Wrong with the Presidents

Everything Wrong with the Cleveland Administration

by Stephen Davies on Sep 6, 2019

Grover Cleveland was undoubtedly the most classical liberal President the United States has ever had, but even he still committed many blunders. 

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Crypto History

featuring Paul Matzko and Finn Brunton on Sep 5, 2019

Finn Brunton is on the show today to talk about why cryptocurrency has emerged as more than science fiction in the last decade.